In order to sponsor employees for TSS 482 visas, most businesses need to be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor.
STANDARD BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP REQUIREMENTS
To obtain this approval, there are a number of important hurdles which must be met:
There is a properly established business structure – such as a company, trust, partnership or registered business name; and
The business must be in a sound financial position
Business be lawfully operating
SPONSORSHIP PERIOD OF VALIDITY
Once obtained Sponsorship approval is generally valid for 5 years. However, there are a number of exceptions to this:
Recently Established Businesses: if a business has been established for less than 12 months, then the business sponsorship approval, as well as any TSS visas granted, will be valid for a maximum of 12 months.
Accredited Sponsors: high volume sponsors can apply to become accredited sponsors. In this case, the sponsorship is valid for a period of 6 years
LIMITATION ON NUMBER OF SPONSORED EMPLOYEES
From July 2018, employers must specify how many employees they will sponsor during the validity of the sponsorship. The proposed number of employees must be justified and the Department of Home Affairs can specify a lower number of sponsorships if they feel this is warranted.
Once the limit has been reached, the employer needs to apply for a variation of the sponsorship to be able to sponsor further employees.