457 MSL changes

By Claire Zee, Acacia Immigration Australia Pty Ltd, 11 September 2008

An important change is occurring on 1 August 2008 in relation to the way the Minimum Salary Level (MSL) is calculated and applied to sponsored workers in the Subclass 457 program. This change will affect all existing and future sponsored workers to whom the MSL applies.

On 1 August 2008, a new Legislative Instrument (Gazette Notice) will be issued, which will increase the MSL by 3.8 per cent. This new instrument will apply not only to new sponsored worker visa applicants, but to all existing sponsored workers. This will mean that the formula for calculating the MSL will apply to every sponsored worker who is paid in accordance with an MSL.

The MSL that will apply for new sponsored workers (those granted visas from 1 August) is:

  • $77 850 where the English language exemption is claimed
  • $59 480 for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workers
  • $43 440 for non-ICT workers
  • $53 530 for ICT workers under a regional concession
  • $39 100 for non-ICT workers under a regional concession
  • The MSL level for existing sponsored workers already in your employment in Australia, who are paid in accordance with an MSL, will increase by 3.8 per cent.

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