• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 20/11/2013

Migration Newsflash

Migration Newsflash
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Migration Newsflash: Labour Market Testing for subclass 457 program 

Further details to support the commencement of Labour Market Testing (LMT) for the subclass 457 visa program have now been issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. This will come into effect for all nomination applications lodged from 23 November 2013. We understand that nomination applications lodged before this date will be unaffected.

From this date, all standard business sponsors (including those with Accredited Status) wishing to utilise the subclass 457 visa program will be required to provide evidence of LMT for each nomination application, unless otherwise exempted. Businesses that are party to a Labour Agreement will not be subject to these LMT requirements.

Employers should carefully review the occupation lists included in this Migration Newsflash to identify the impact the implementation of LMT will have to their business.


As with any change in immigration legislation, communications with key stakeholders are vital, given the increased administration, cost and time that LMT may cause to business operations.


Key insights

  • Who is exempt from LMT?
  • What evidence of LMT does the business need to provide?
  • How does this impact redundancies and retrenchments?

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