The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) commenced on 12 August 2018 and is now in effect. Businesses are now required to pay a 'Nomination Training Contribution Charge' (NTCC) into the SAF for each visa holder sponsored on a:

  • Subclass 482 Visa (Temporary Skills Shortage - TSS)

  • Subclass 186 Visa (Employer Nomination Scheme - ENS)

  • Subclass 187 Visa (Regional Skilled Migration Scheme - RSMS) 

SAF Refund Provisions

A refund will be available: 

  • If the sponsorship and visa is approved but the visa holder does not commence employment in their nominated position

  • If the sponsorship and nomination is approved but the associated visa is refused due to health or character issues

  • If a TSS Subclass 482 Visa holder leaves the employer within 12 months of employment and the agreed visa period was for more than 12 months

    • A part refund will be available for unused full years of the agreed visa period

    • This does not apply to ENS Subclass 186 or RSMS Subclass 187 visa holders who leave their employer within 12 months of employment

  • In cases where a refund of the nomination fee applies, for example:

    • If a Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) application is refused  

  • In cases of error, for example: 

    • Department of Home Affairs approved a nomination in error

    • Nominations withdrawn prior to approval due to miscalculated amounts

    • Wrong occupation or visa stream is identified 

For more information, advice or assistance please contact Nevett Ford Immigration Lawyers

Telephone: +61 3 9614 7111