The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa, or ‘subclass 457 visa’, allows skilled persons to come to Australia to work for an approved employer, accompanied by their immediate families, for a period of between one day and four years.
The uncapped program is driven by employer demand, and built on the premise that it does not undermine job opportunities for Australians. It allows employers to access overseas workers where a genuine skill shortage exists or, in effect, where a suitably qualified Australian worker is not available.
The program involves a three-stage process whereby an employer applies to become an approved sponsor and then nominates a skilled overseas worker to fill a specific position. The skilled overseas worker completes the process by lodging a linked temporary work skilled visa application.
The subclass 457 is the most commonly used program to sponsor overseas workers on a temporary basis.
This guide provides an overview of the program to assist enquiries into the role of employers and visa holders, and some of the broader considerations in the program. Links to information sources are provided throughout the quick guide and in the final section ‘Need to know more?’