Acquiring Temporary Work Visas For Staff

One of many types of temporary work visas in Australia, 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.

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Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

The TSS visa facilitates targeted use of overseas workers to address temporary skill shortages while ensuring that Australian workers get priority.

This visa requires sponsorship, so your candidate must be nominated for a skilled position and you must be an approved sponsor. In fact, there are three steps that must be completed for a TSS 482 visa.

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The business must meet requirements such as being an active business, lawful and meets employment regulations in order to fulfill the requirements of the sponsorship application.

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The nomination application should include details that confirm the authenticity of the role, such as position details, salary, proof of efforts to hire an Australian and confirmation that the business is viable to sponsor overseas.

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Visa Application

The nominated employee must fill out an application that details character and health requirements, as well as their suitability for the role.

Holders of this specific temporary work visa 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 TSS is only one type of temporary work visa in Australia, there are actually several types and each have different criteria and requirements.

The subclass that is the temporary work visa 400 is often referred to as the short stay specialist visa. This is for people who want to travel to Australia to:

  • Undertake short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work.

  • In limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests.

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Temporary Work Visa 400 Eligibility

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

The stay time for this visa can be up to 6 months, but in order for a visa to be granted for longer than 3 months the business must make a strong case as to why the additional time is required. The work for this visa cannot be ongoing and needs to be a fixed-term project or area of work, because this visa is not eligible for extension applications.

If you need assistance with organising a temporary visa for a worker, the team at Techvisa can assist you. Contact us now to find out more about how we can help your business.