TSMIT increase: How it affects Sponsored Workers

New nomination applications for employer-sponsored workers must meet a minimum salary requirement of $73,150 as of July 1, 2024 (up from $70,000). This follows the Australian Government’s recent announcement to increase the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT).

 TSMIT Increase: What Employers and Skilled Migrant Workers Need to Know.

This TSMIT increase affects the following visas:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) Visa
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) Visa via the Direct Entry stream only
  • Employer-Sponsored Regional (SC494) Visa

How Does the TSMIT Increase Impact New Nomination Applications?

Nomination applications lodged by July 1, 2024, to engage a worker on a 482 TSS Visa, 494 Regional Visa, or 186/187 Permanent Residence Visa will need to meet the new TSMIT minimum salary of $73,150.

Alternatively, they have to meet the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the person’s occupation – whichever is higher.

The AMSR ensures a migrant worker’s salary aligns with what an Australian worker would earn in the same role and location of work.

Does the TSMIT increase affect current sponsored visa holders?

No – the change to the TSMIT will not affect existing visa holders or nominations lodged before July 1, 2024.

What does this mean for employers?

Employers planning to submit nominations for the following:

  • TSS SC482 visa
  • ENS SC186 Direct Entry Stream
  • Regionally Sponsored SC494 visa

For the above visas, the employers will need to ensure the annual salary being offered to the nominee is at least $73,150.00 plus superannuation.

This may necessitate budget adjustments or re-evaluation of salary structures, especially in industries with salaries near the existing threshold or inclusive of superannuation.

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Positions that will be nominated after July 1, 2024, should also be updated. This ensures to comply with the proposed salary or salary band is above the new TSMIT of $73,150.00.

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