Increases to Minimum Salary Level for 457 Effective 1 July 2011

By Mark Webster
23 June 2011

The minimum salary level for 457 visas will increase on the 1st of July 2011. A summary of the changes is as follows:

Increase of TSMIT to $49,330

The TSMIT (Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold) will increase from $47,480 to $49,330. The TSMIT is the lowest possible base salary to be eligible for a 457 visa. However, if the market rate for the position is higher than this, the 457 holder must be paid at the higher rate.

Increase of English Testing Exemption Salary to $88,410

The minimum salary for the English language testing exemption for trade occupations will increase from $85,090 to $88,410. Applicants in professional and management roles are exempt from English language testing. People in trade occupations would normally need to do English language testing unless they are from a native English speaking background or meet the minimum salary level for the exemption.

No Change to High Income Threshold for Market Rate

There is no change to the high income threshold to be exempt from salary market rate testing - this will remain at $180,000.

Please contact us if you need more information on the changes.


English Exemption Salary
TSMIT increase

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