Scholarships

Subclass 457 Visas

Subclass 457 Visas

Subclass 457 visas enable Australian businesses to sponsor overseas workers to fill short-to-medium skill shortages that cannot be filled from the current local labour market. If you have filled a short-to-medium position within your business, as a sponsor you will be required to meet one of two benchmarks.

Training Benchmark A – Industry Training Fund

Your business may contribute to our Scholarship Donations Fund to meet the Training Benchmark A requirements for the Subclass 457 Visa program. This visa allows skilled workers to relocate to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years.

If you meet the following criteria, you’ll need to pay the equivalent of at least 2% of your recent payroll into an industry training fund:

  • Your business operates in Australia, but you don’t employ any Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Your business has been trading for over 12 months
  • Melbourne Polytechnic (training fund) must correspond to the skill shortage that your business is seeking to fulfil. For example, if a law firm is sponsoring an IT specialist, the study area will need to be IT.

Use our course search to see if we conduct industry relevant courses in your field.

If you are still unsure, please contact:

Training Benchmark B – Employee Training

If your business meets the following criteria, you’ll need to provide evidence of spending the equivalent of 1% of payroll on training for your employees who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

  • Your business employs Australian citizens
  • Your business has been trading for over 12 months
  • Melbourne Polytechnic offers training programs in your specific area

Please refer to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection website for detailed information about the subclass 457 visa training benchmarks.

Use our course search to see if we conduct industry relevant courses in your field.

For further information about Employee Training under Training Benchmark B, please contact:



Maintained by Web Developer and Administrator, M&CC.
Last Modified: 26th June 2017