Skilling Australians Fund levy

Skilling Australians Fund levy (Nomination Training Contribution Charge).

Our FOI revealed that Commonwealth Departments of Home Affairs and Education and Training have netted in excess of $8M in levies from refused and withdrawn Nominations in the Subclass 482 visa program, paid by business big and small and the likes of not for profit health care providers and State health departments.

The Migration Regs permit a refund of the levy in very limited circumstances.

Many 482 Nominations are refused for trivial non compliance, such as submitting an unsigned employment contract. An extreme example, if a Nominee dies and a Nomination is withdrawn – the Regs do not permit a refund of the levy.

The Australian published the below on 9 May 19, and quoted our FOI figures and an example of a non profit health care provider forfeiting $4,800 in levy for trivial non compliance with 482 Nomination criteria. We are looking constitutional validity angles and lobbying to amend Reg 2.73AA (which stinks).