SAF Skilling Australia Fund levy (SAF Levy) starts 12 August 2018

The Department of Home Affairs has announced that the SAF Levy charges will commence for nomination applications lodged from 12th August 2018. This means that if you are seeking to sponsor an overseas worker under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) visa programme to fill a position in your business, the nomination application fee will from that date include a charge for the SAF levy. The SAF levy will also apply to permanent residence nomination applications lodged under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa programmes. How much is the SAF levy? See the charges listed below.

The SAF charges for each of these visa programmes are detailed below.

Subclass 482 TSS nomination

The amount of the SAF levy will depend on two factors: the annual turnover of the nominating business and the visa period (between one and four years).

Visa period

Business turnover less than $10 million

Business turnover is equal to or more than $10 million

One year



Two years



Three years



Four years





Subclass 186 ENS and 187 RSMS nominations

The amount of the SAF levy is based on the annual turnover of the nominating business and is calculated as follows:



Business turnover less than $10 million

Business turnover is equal to or more than $10 million

SAF levy




Note that there are exemptions which apply to nomination applications lodged for the occupation of Minister of Religion under both the TSS and ENS visa programmes.

Given the complexity of the migration laws and the fact that every case is different, we recommend that you seek professional advice if you are considering sponsoring/nominating an overseas worker either for temporary or permanent residence to Australia. Your Migration Agent will be able to advise you on the eligibility requirements, documentary evidence that will be required as well as all costs that will apply, including the SAF levy noted above. Being well prepared and properly informed about the process will give you the greatest chance of not only a successful outcome, but also avoid unnecessary delays.

Migration Agent Assistance

For up to date advice on sponsorship or nomination requirements and the SAF changes, book your confidential consultation with a migration agent in Adelaide. PAX Migration Australia is a leading immigration advice service based in Adelaide, and we aren’t expensive! Just ask us!