The Opportunities Provided by the New TSS Visa and Global Talent Scheme Pilot

Despite the media attention around the introduction of the TSS Visa, it is relatively similar to the previous 457 Visa and remains the preferred option for Australian businesses seeking to fill skilled positions which cannot be filled by Australians.

The operation of the TSS Visa supports Australian businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages, whilst safeguarding the Australian workforce and prioritising the employment of Australian workers.

The key reforms include:

  • Targeted occupation lists which better align with the Australian labour market;
  • Minimum salary threshold and mandatory Labour Market Testing requirements to ensure that overseas workers are protected, and are not engaged to undercut Australian workers; and
  • Reconsidered work experience and character requirements for visa applicants.

With the introduction of the TSS Visa, the Global Talent Scheme (GTS) pilot was also launched to provide Australia with easier access to the world’s talent.

The GTS allows Australian employers to access highly-skilled overseas workers for specialised positions, where there are no suitable Australians to fill the vacancies.  It is designed to be supportive of innovative and start-up businesses, aiming to facilitate growth, skills transfer and job creation as well as provide the cutting-edge skills that Australia needs to compete globally. 

The niche pilot scheme can be accessed under the TSS Visa Programme, and will run for 12 months from 1 July 2018.

The framework of the GTS protects Australian workers as any positions filled must provide opportunities for Australians, including the creation of new jobs for Australians and the transfer of skills and knowledge to Australian workers.

If an Australian business has a vacant skilled position which cannot be filled by the Australian workforce, then the TSS Visa Programme would be appropriate to consider.

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