Update on employment contract requirements for 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa


The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) has recently clarified they have removed the requirement for employment contracts to have an end date. Departmental policy required the duration of the employment contract to be no longer than the period of stay of the Subclass 482 TSS visa.

The Department has explained that their original intention for setting this requirement was to highlight that the TSS visa is a temporary visa. The primary intention was to avoid permanent or ‘ongoing’ contracts for temporary positions in the business. The policy intention was also to ensure sponsoring employers were genuine in testing the local labour market before they rehired existing subclass 482 TSS visa holders already working in the nominated position.Department Case officers have been advised to assess nomination applications according to previous policy advice where there was no such requirement to have a contract end date