How much does it cost to sponsor an employee in Australia?

  • Australian employers frequently need to hire foreign workers to fill a specialised position within the business.
  • There are different types of costs associated with sponsoring a foreign worker depending on which visa option an employer chooses.
  • This article discusses the costs for sponsoring a foreign worker under the three main types of employer-sponsored visas.

Australian employers have access to a range of visas to hire foreign workers to fill a specialised position within the business. These visas can cover employees on a temporary or permanent basis. However, an important consideration for many businesses is the cost to sponsor an employee through this arrangement. There are different types of costs associated with sponsoring a foreign worker, which primarily depend on which visa option you choose. Further, as with all visa applications, you will need to pay some fees to the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA). This article will discuss the costs that you must pay when sponsoring a foreign worker under the three main types of employer-sponsored visas in Australia; the:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (subclass 482)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494).

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