End of the 457 Visa: What you need to know

by mapadmin : April 19th, 2017
End of the 457 Visa

The end of the popular 457 visa has been announced by the Australian Government.

If you ask most Australians, the only Australian visa they have heard of is the 457 visa.

The 457 visa was introduced by John Howard’s Liberal Government in 1996 when the Australian resource boom was creating new and unique Labour Market demands.

The 457 visa was intended to provide employers with a vehicle to recruit workers for hard to staff industries and locations. It was also intended to help prevent wage inflation and counteract the movement of skilled workers to resource jobs.

A lot has changed in the Australian Labour Market since 1996, and the Turnbull Liberal Government has decided that it is time for the 457 visa to change as well.

The end of the 457 visa was announced on 18 April 2017.

With national unemployment currently sitting at 5.9% and with significantly higher unemployment rates in some geographic locations, Malcolm Turnbull has stated that “Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs.”

When did the 457 visa changes happen?

The Department of Home Affairs have replaced the 457 visa with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 visa.

Some changes to the 457 visa commenced on 19 April 2017 and additional changes commenced on 1 July 2017.

The 457 visa was replaced by the TSS visa in March 2018 and final changes including implementation of the SAFLevy occurred on 12 August 2018.


Are you applying for a TSS visa?

Click here for more information regarding TSS application requirements.

Are you a Current 457 visa holder looking to apply for PR? 

You may meet grandfathering arrangements for Permanent Residency for 457 visa holders through the 186 and 187 Temporary Residence Transition visas.

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