18 April 2017 – Turnbull Government announces abolition of the 457 visa and introduction of the new TSS visa

19 April 2017 – Removal of 218 skilled occupations from list of sponsored occupations as well as introduction of two new skilled occupations lists:

o    Medium – Long Term Strategic List (MLTSSL) and Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

o    Changes to the validity period of a 457 visa for applications lodged and/or approved on or after 19 April 2017.  Two years will be granted if the occupation is on STSOL or up to four years if the occupation is on MLTSSL

o    Opportunity given by DIBP to withdraw a 457 nomination and/or visa application in progress where an occupation is no longer on the either list

·         1 July 2017 – Further review of existing 457 visa arrangements

o    Possible removal of occupations from both lists (MLTSSL and STSOL)

o    Introduction of providing police clearance as part of the 457 visa application process

o    Changes to existing training benchmark requirements

o    Changes to English language requirements

·         1 December 2017 – Data Matching Introduced

o    DIBP will start collecting Tax File Numbers (TFN) for existing 457 visa holders for the purpose of cross checking salary against earnings declared on a recent 457 nomination

·         March 2018 – Abolition of the 457 visa and introduction of the TSS visa

o    457 visas will be abolished

o    TSS will be introduced

o    There will be two streams available under TSS

§  Caveats for certain occupations including minimum salary requirements as well as certain occupations reserved exclusively for regional areas

§  Mandatory prior employment experience for both streams

§  Labour Market Testing (unless exempt under International Obligations)

§  A non discriminatory workforce test to be introduced