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Reduced Labour Market Testing For Subclass 482 And 494 Visas

Australia Simplifies Labour Market Testing

The Australian government has mitigated the burden on employers by streamlining the labour market testing (LMT) process for Subclass 482 and 494 visas. As of December 11, 2023, the following changes have been implemented:

Employers are now required to show only two proofs of advertisement at the time of lodging nominations, which applies to both on-hand nominations and nominations lodged on or after December 11, 2023.


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These changes also cover Subclass 482 and 494 Visa holders hired under the Labour Agreement stream (Category 2 location). According to LMT requirements, businesses in a Category 2 location will no longer need to advertise on Workforce Australia and will only need to run two valid advertisements.

All the other existing LMT requirements will remain the same except for these changes unless a person is exempt from LMT or alternative arrangements apply, such as International Trade Obligations.

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Moreover, the government’s Migration Strategy specifies that the Subclass 482 Visa will soon be replaced with a new Skills in Demand Visa, which may alter LMT requirements, particularly for top-tier workers earning at least $135,000 per annum.

These changes aim to lighten the administrative burden on employers and provide improved access to global talent to cope with the shortage of skilled workers.

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We advise you to seek professional advice from a Registered Migration Agent for specific guidance on LMT requirements,  as the government requires that you meet LMT requirements in very specific ways.

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These changes begin a journey towards the right direction for various employers. Further modifications to the LMT requirements can be expected in the future.

We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Australian immigration.


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