May 18 2011

457 Visa Long Stay

Subclass 457 visa Temporary Business

The Temporary Business (Long Stay) (subclass 457) visa is the most commonly used Visa that allows overseas skilled workers to be sponsored by employers to fill positions of need in Australia, on a temporary basis, for a period of between three months and four years.

Applicants on this Visa can bring eligible secondary applicants with them, and these secondary applicants are also allowed to work and study.

It has various conditions imposed on it, and some people have confused these conditions with other temporary visa classes.


  • Step 1 – The employer must complete an application to become a sponsor.
  • Step 2 – The employer must nominate the position to be filled.
  • Step 3 – The employee must apply for a visa to be allowed to work in Australia.

457 Income Threshold

For a nomination to be approved, the base salary must be at least equal to the TSMIT (Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold).

The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), is currently set at $53,900 per annum. (no Change for the 2016/17 year)

Previous Year Thresholds were:

$53,900 July 2015
$53,900 July 2014
$53,900 July 2013
$51,400 July 2012
$49,330 July 2011
$47,480 July 2010.

Health Insurance on 457 Visa

Do subclass 457 visa holders need to have health insurance and if so who pays?

It is a requirement for visa grant that applicants have made adequate arrangements for health insurance for themselves and accompanying family members.
In addition, Condition 8501 requires all visa holders, including accompanying family members, maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia.
Failure to comply with a visa condition may result in your visa being cancelled.

Visa holders who are enrolled with Medicare under reciprocal health care arrangements will be considered as having met this requirement.

Living Away From Home Allowance

The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is no longer aviailble for 457 Visa Holders

School Fees for 457 Visa Holder

Most States allow the children of Temporary “Resident” Visa holders to access Government School facilities under the same conditions as Citizens and Residents.

However, it must be noted that the ACT, New South Wales and now Western Australia, do NOT.

  • NSW charges between $4,500 and $5,500 per child for education whilst on a 457 Visa. www.schools.nsw.edu.au
  • ACT charges between $9,500 and $13,500 per child for education whilst on a 457 Visa.
  • QLD treats 457 Visa Holders the same as Citizens and Residents.
  • WA is charging fees from 2014 for 457 Visa Holders www.eti.wa.edu.au – listing of fee paying visas
  • VIC treats 457 Visa Holders the same as Citizens and Residents.
  • SA treats 457 Visa Holders the same as Citizens and Residents.
  • Tasmania treats 457 Visa Holders the same as Citizens and Residents.
  • Northern Territory treats 457 Visa Holders the same as Citizens and Residents.

Note: NSW Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper Article quote from September 20, 2007:

A spokeswoman for the NSW Education Minister, John Della Bosca, said:457 visa holders could apply to have school fees waived


If you are from a country with reciprocal health care arrangements with Australia, (United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway or the Netherlands) Medicare assistance is available for immediately necessary treatment.

Nationals from reciprocal countries must therefore also pay the Medicare Levy on wages earned.

Is the spouse of a 457 visa holder allowed to work?

The spouse of a 457 visa holder has an unrestricted right to work.

457 Visa Holder Statistics March 2016

Average nominated base salary for 457 primary applications granted in 2015-16 to 31 March 2016
$88,400 Australian Average
This rises to $94,200 for total remuneration package.


Frequently Asked Questions for subclass 457 visa holders
  • Can my sponsor cancel my visa?
  • I signed an employment contract when I was overseas. Is it valid in Australia?
  • Can I move to a new sponsor?
  • Can I bring my family dependants to Australia with me? Are they allowed to work?
  • Who should pay for my medical costs if I or a family member gets sick while in Australia?
  • What type of accommodation am I allowed to live in?
  • How many hours should I be working? How much money should I be paid?
  • What money can be deducted from my pay?
  • What do I need to know about Australian workplace relations laws?
  • What do I need to know about Australian tax and superannuation?
  • Do I have to pay the Medicare Levy?
  • My workplace is unsafe. What should I do?
  • I am being treated unfairly at work. What can I do?
  • Can I join a union?

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