AAMRI Update: 457 visa changes

AAMRI Update: 457 visa changes

19th April, 2017

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that the Temporary work (skilled) visa (sub class 457 visa), commonly referred to as the 457 visa, would be replaced. In its place will be a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

There are several important changes being made that could potentially have an impact on medical research institute recruitment of overseas scientists. Most importantly these include:

  • Removal of the following from the list of eligible occupations for the new TSS visa, and 457 visas issued up until their replacement in March 2018:
    • Biochemist
    • Biotechnologist
    • Life Scientist (General)
    • Life Scientist (Not Elsewhere Classified)
    • Microbiologist
    • Natural and Physical Science Professionals (Not Elsewhere Classified)
    • Nurse Researcher
    • Research and Development Manager
  • The same list of eligible occupations is also used for the permanent employer sponsored migration programme: the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187). Implementation of reforms in this area will begin immediately and be complete by March 2018. Clarification is being sought but potentially this could prevent MRIs from sponsoring scientists for subclass 186 and 187 permanent visas.

Two fact sheets have been released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection explaining the changes.

  1. Fact sheet one: Reforms to Australia’s temporary employer sponsored skilled migration programme – abolition and replacement of the 457 visa.
  2. Fact sheet two: Reforms to Australia’s permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programme

AAMRI would like to hear from members on the potential impact this change will have for their staffing. Please contact peter.thomas@aamri.org.au if you currently recruit scientists on class 457 visas in any of the above occupations. Please also email Peter if you are interested in receiving a more detailed summary of the changes.