WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SKILLING AUSTRALIANS FUND (SAF) LEVY.
The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy impacts employers sponsoring overseas workers on both temporary and permanent visas. It officially came into force on August 12th 2018.
The SAF levy is a levy payable by employers nominating overseas skilled workers for any of the following visas:
The purpose of the SAF levy is to require employers who sponsor temporary and permanent overseas skilled workers to contribute to the broader skills development of Australians.
The SAF levy amount is payable in full when lodging a nomination application. The amount depends on the size of the sponsoring business and the proposed period of stay of the overseas worker in Australia. SAF levy payments are tax deductible.
|Business size||TSS visa||ENS / RSMS visas|
|Small Business||annual turnover < $10 million||AUD1,200 per year or part thereof||AUD3,000 one-off|
|Large Business||annual turnover > $10 million||AUD1,800 per year or part thereof||AUD5,000 one-off|
There are no exemptions for the SAF levy, except for religious workers nominated under the Labour Agreement streams of the TSS or ENS visas. All other sponsors who are party to a Labour Agreement must also pay the SAF levy
REFUND PROVISIONS FOR THE SAF LEVY
Refunds of the SAF levy are ONLY available in the following circumstances:
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 61 2 94116000 for detailed information.
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