Temporary Skill Shortage

The TSS visa (subclass 482) enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian. It facilitates targeted use of overseas workers to address temporary skill shortages, while ensuring that Australian workers get priority.

TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor under one of three streams:

  • Short-Term stream of up to two years (unless international trade obligations apply). This stream is designed for Australian businesses to fill short-term skill gaps with foreign workers on a temporary basis, where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced;
  • Medium-Term stream of up to four years. This stream allows employers to source foreign workers to address shortages in a narrower range of occupations in medium and long-term need, where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced;
  • Labour Agreement stream may be utilised in exceptional cases where standard visa programs are not available and there is a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market.

Projects & Temporary Work Visa

The subclass 400 visa is for people who want to travel to Australia to:

  • Do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work.
  • In limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests. ​


To consider this program, an applicant must:

  • Be invited, or supported, by the organisation the applicant will be working for.
  • Have specialist skills, knowledge or experience that is needed but cannot be found in Australia