If your business sponsors a non-Australian citizen to work in Australia on a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457), the government requires a financial contribution to training, via 'Training Benchmark A' or 'Training Benchmark B'.

Victoria University’s Scholarship Fund is an approved recipient for Training Benchmark A contributions.

Overview of 457 visa requirements

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) allows skilled workers to relocate to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years.

To be approved as a sponsor of subclass 457 visas, and employ workers on that visa, your business must meet one of two training benchmarks set by the Department of Home Affairs.

These require that your business invests in training Australians to meet long-term skills shortages while employing non-Australian citizens to fill current shortages.

Your organisation may make this investment via one of the following:

  • Training Benchmark A: contributing financially to an approved training provider, such as VU
  • Training Benchmark B: providing training directly for your Australian-citizen employees.

Refer to the Department of Home Affairs for more information on Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) training benchmarks.

Training Benchmark A – Industry Training Fund

In this case, your business needs to demonstrate a training-fund investment during the previous 12 months to the equivalent of at least 2% of the payroll. This investment is made through payments allocated to an industry training fund relevant to your business.

Victory University's Scholarship Fund has been approved by the Department of Home Affairs as a recognised scholarship fund.

You may contribute through Training Benchmark A to Victoria University’s Scholarship Fund if your business meets the necessary requirements.

Training Benchmark A:

  • benefits companies seeking to employ a non-Australian citizen
  • suits recently established businesses
  • allows employers to fulfil training-benchmark obligations immediately.

The training-fund study area must correspond to the skill shortage that your business is seeking to fill. For example, if you are a law firm sponsoring an IT specialist, the study area will need to be IT.

Check if we offer industry-relevant courses by searching in our course finder.

For more information about contributing to our Scholarships Fund in order to meet Training Benchmark A, contact the Advancement Office.

Phone: +61 3 9919 1014
Email: advancement@vu.edu.au

Training Benchmark B – Employee Training

In this case, your business must show training-provision expenditure during the last 12 months to the equivalent of at least 1% of payroll. The training needs to be provided to employees of your business who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

If employee training is not a practical option for your business, you may consider a contribution through Training Benchmark A to Victoria University’s Scholarship Fund.

For further information on fulfilling Training Benchmark B, contact our Skilled Migration Assessment Service.

Phone: +61 3 9919 7365
Email: 457skillsassess@vu.edu.au

Visa reforms 2018

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) will be replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

There are no current changes to the training benchmark requirements, and VU is still accepting contributions. Any changes will be clarified as they are set by government.

For more information, refer to these government factsheets: