TSS visa (sc 482) - Temporary Skill Shortage visa

A TSS visa enables employers to sponsor employees who wish to work in Australia. The TSS visa (Temporary Skill Shortage visa) replaced by March 2018 the previous 457 visa. There are two different streams available to visa applicants under the TSS visa classes depending on the length of their desired stay and the occupation for which they will be nominated by their employer. Each stream has an applicable occupation list which prescribes the occupations that are available under each TSS visa stream.


TSS visa - Short Term Stream

The Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) lists the occupations that are available for the purposes of theTSS visa short term stream.  The short term stream provides the TSS visa applicant with approval to live and work in Australia for up to 2 years.


TSS visa - Medium Term Stream

The Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) lists the occupations that are available for TSS visa applicants for the purposes of the medium term stream.  The medium term stream provides the TSS visa applicant with approval to live and work in Australia for up to 4 years.  In addition, holders of TSS visas under the medium term stream also have a pathway to permanent residency after 3 years.


Key requirements for the TSS visa – both streams

We list below the key requirements for TSS visa applicants wishing to apply for a Temporary Skill Shortage visa (sc 482) in either the short term stream or the medium term stream.

  • Employer sponsor: The TSS visa applicant must be sponsored / nominated by an approved employer sponsor.
  • Equivalent terms and conditions of employment: Employers must provide terms and conditions of employment which are at least equivalent to those which are or would be provided to Australians performing the same work at the same location. This includes paying the market salary rate for the relevant occupation (which as at 2017 must be at least $53,900).
  • Labour market testing: Employers must advertise the occupation in the local market place and consider Australian applicants first unless exempted from this requirement.
  • English language: TSS visa applicants must meet English language requirements and pass prescribed tests unless exempted.
  • Minimum work experience: TSS visa applicants must have a minimum of 2 years relevant experience in their nominated occupation.
  • Character test: Police / penal clearance certificates must be provided from each relevant country.


Skilling Australians Fund – TSS visa

Business sponsoring TSS visa applicants must make contributions to the “Skilling Australians Fund”: Small businesses must contribute $1,200 per year. All other businesses must contribute $1,800 per year.


Read in detail about becoming a Business Sponsor and how to obtain a Business Sponsorship to nominate your workers and employees:

Business Sponsorship


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