Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) or “TSS visa” is a work visa which allows Australian employers to sponsor a person from overseas to work in their business in Australia.
This particular work visa was introduced on 19 March 2019. It replaced the Temporary Work visa subclass 457 which has been abolished by DHA.
If you have the skills to fill a job position with an Australia employer who is looking to recruit you then you may be eligible for the the TSS visa.
There are three (3) streams to the TSS visa:
Short-term streamThis is for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for a maximum of two years (or up to four years if an international trade obligation applies).
Medium-term streamThis visa stream enables employers to address Medium term labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled overseas workers where employers cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian.
Long-term streamThis visa stream enables employers to address Long term labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled overseas workers where employers cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian.
You can select the stream that applies to you by referring to the Consolidated Skilled Occupations list. If your occupations make you eligible under the short-term stream then maximum time period that your TSS visa will be approved for is two (2) years. If your occupation makes you eligible under the medium-term stream, then the maximum time period that your TSS visa will be approved for is four (4) years.
The general requirements of the TSS visa are that:
Note :- There is no age requirement for the TSS visa.
Employers who sponsor foreign nationals to work in Australia on the TSS visa are required to:
Q)1. Why has the 457 visas been replaced with the TSS 482?
A). The main reason for this change was to help fill any gaps in the Australian job market. Processing times are also expected to be greatly reduced, according to The Department of Home Affairs. It usually takes around 30 working days to receive the TSS 482 Visa where under the 457 Visa it took up to three months.
Q)2. How do the changes to the Visa affect doctors looking to come and work in Australia?
A). Without going into the technical details of the visa, the main change that affects doctors looking to come to Australia is the change to the Labour Market Testing requirement (LMT). LMT is required for GPs, but most other doctor specialties have been granted an exemption to LMT. The LMT enables the government to closely manage the distribution of GPs working around Australia and requires the employer to show they have tried unsuccessfully to recruit an Australian GP first.
The TSS 482 Visa is a temporary visa which permits the holder to live in Australia, while working full-time for the employer that is sponsoring them, in the nominated position for up to four years. Applicants for a TSS 482 Visa may include partners and dependent family members in their application (partners can also work).
For doctors looking to come and work in Australia for the first time, the frustrating delay between signing your employment contract and actually being in a position to start work should generally be much shorter than the previous six to nine months.
Q)3. Can I work as a locum on a 457 or 482 when I already have a full-time job?
A). Doctors under the TSS 482 Visa, like the 457, can work for employers other than the visa sponsor. So, if you have a full-time job and can take leave, then as long as you have General or Specialist Registration with AHPRA, we can arrange locum work for you.
Q)4. Can I work as a full-time locum on a 482 or 457 Visa?
A). Triple0 can now sponsor doctors with a 482 Visa and either General or Specialist Registration with AHPRA so they can work full time as a locum around Australia. This is a great way of experiencing different locations around Australia, different cultures and different work environments. The rate of pay you receive as a locum is greater than you would receive as a full-time employee of the host hospital as you are helping them out in a time of shortage.
Q)5. How Much does it Cost?
A). There is no cost to you for this 482 Visa and we take care of the paperwork – it really is that easy.