Standard Business Sponsorship

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The Standard Business Sponsorship

If an Australian Business wishes to recruit or nominate overseas skilled workers to fill positions that they have not been able to fill from the local labour market, the sponsoring organization must apply for a Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS). This sponsorship once approved is issued for 5 years and allows the business to nominate the overseas citizen worker for Temporary Shortage Skilled Visa (TSS) (subclass 482) and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (SESR) (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494). The Australian Business could apply to become an accredited sponsor which receive priority when the Department processes the associated TSS and SESR applications.    

Sponsorship Obligations

The businesses will have obligations as a sponsor.  They are in place to ensure that overseas skilled workers are protected from exploitation, and that the visas programme is being used to meet genuine skills shortages and not to undercut labour wages and conditions.  Some obligations apply beyond the term of sponsorship approval.

Some of the obligations are summarized as below:

  • cooperate with inspectors
  • ensure equivalent terms and conditions of employment
  • keep records
  • provide records and information to the Minister
  • inform the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) when certain events occur
  • ensure the visa holder participates in the nominated occupation, program or activity
  • not recover from, transfer or charge certain costs
  • Pay travel costs of sponsored visa holders to leave Australia
  • pay costs to remove unlawful non-citizens
  • provide training to Australians and permanent residents
  • not engage in discriminatory recruitment practices.

To retain or renew the SBS, the business must continue to meet the sponsor obligations.

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