Better targeting skilled visas - Budget 2017-18

The Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa will be replaced with a new two-stream temporary skill shortage visa, issued under a new visa sub class from March 2018.

Information update: This Budget measure is subject to the tabling of regulation.

Description of the Measure

The Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa will be replaced with a new two-stream temporary skill shortage visa, issued under a new visa sub class from March 2018.

These streams will consist of:

  1. a new short-term stream allowing entry for up to two years, and
  2. a new medium-term stream allowing entry for up to four years.

Like the existing 457 temporary skill work visa, the new visa will not allow access to social security, but the existing Child Care Benefit hardship exemption will still apply. The new visa provides workers’ rights. Holders of the visa can register for employment assistance.

Questions and answers

Whom is eligible for this measure?

This measure will affect people who would be considering applying for a Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa.

What date will this measure start and finish?

The new visa sub class will start from March 2018 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017