Registered Migration Agent No. 0742052

457 Sponsor training requirements

The business must show that training has been provided to Australian employees, equivalent to the costs of at least 1% of the payroll of the business.

For example, a company with a payroll of $1 million would need to show $10,000 in training costs in the past year.

Expenditure that can count towards this benchmark includes:

• paying for a formal course of study for the business’s employees who are Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents or for TAFE or University students, as part of the organisational training strategy

• funding a scholarship in a formal course of study approved under the Australian Qualifications Framework for the business’s employees who are Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents or, for TAFE or University students, as part of the organisational training strategy

• employment of apprentices, trainees or recent graduates on an ongoing basis in numbers proportionate to the size of the business

• employment of a person who trains the business’ Australian employees who are Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents as a key part of their job

• evidence of payment of external providers to deliver training for Australian employees

• on-the-job training that is structured with a timeframe and clearly identified increase in the skills at each stage, and demonstrating:

• the learning outcomes of the employee at each stage,

• how the progress of the employee will be monitored and assessed;

• how the program will provide additional and enhanced skills;

• the use of qualified trainers to develop the program and set assessments; and

• the number of people participating and their skill/occupation

 

Expenditure that cannot count towards this benchmark includes training that is:

• delivered on-the-job, other than on the job training which meets the requirements outlined above under the heading ‘expenditure that can count towards this benchmark’

• confined to only one or a few aspects of the businesses broader operations, unless the training is in the primary business activity

• only undertaken by persons who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents

• only undertaken by persons who are principals in the business or their family members

• only relating to a very low skill level having regard to the characteristic and size of the business.