Australian Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482).
The Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482), is a replacement for the old Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) which was a common visa for those who wanted to work in Australia for up to 4 years.
This new visa, the TSS visa, is to enable Australian employers to bring in genuine, and appropriately skilled, workers where they unable to find an appropriately skilled Australian to cover their labour shortages.
Australian workers must get priority for these positions, before the employer can target the use of overseas workers.
TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation, for their approved sponsor, under one of three streams:
- 2 year Short-Term stream – Available for occupations listed on the Short-term Skilled Occupation list (STSOL). It is normally for a maximum of two years.
- 4 year Medium-Term stream – Available for occupations listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL). It is normally for a maximum of four years.
- Labour Agreement stream – Available for occupations where an employer wishes to sponsor you and has entered into a labour agreement with the Department.
The employer must be an approved standard business sponsor or have executed a labour agreement with the Department.