To be approved as an employer who can sponsor employees holding a 457 Visa, you must have a history of contributing a percentage of your payroll to training (called a Training Benchmark), as specified in the Australian government’s Training Benchmarks scheme.

If are not able to demonstrate the required commitment (e.g. you have been operating for less than 12 months), you can submit a plan explaining how you will meet your obligations.

 

How BHI can help

Box Hill Institute has:

  • an Approved Scholarship Fund that you can make payments into in order to satisfy the requirements of Training Benchmark A
  • many programs that your employees can complete, in order to satisfy the requirements of Training Benchmark B.

 

The Training Benchmarks

There are two benchmarks, as explained below.

 

BENCHMARK A

​Obligation Evidence required
Contributions of at least 2% of the last 12 months’ payroll to an Approved Scholarship Fund or Industry Training Fund Contributions of at least 2% of the last 12 months’ payroll to an Approved Scholarship Fund or Industry Training Fund
OR if you have not been operating for 12 months
commitment to this contribution for the term of the sponsorship (as approved).
 OR if you have not been operating for 12 months
commitment to this contribution for the term of the sponsorship (as approved).

 

BENCHMARK B

​Obligation Evidence required
Contributions of at least 1% of the last 12 months’ payroll to the training of your employees who are Australian citizens or permanent residents  Evidence (e.g. a receipt, letter or email) of engaging external providers to deliver training for these employees.
OR if you have not been operating for 12 months:
commitment to this contribution for the term of the sponsorship (as approved).
A plan explaining how you will meet this obligation for the term of the sponsorship.

 

Choosing between Benchmark A and Benchmark B

Training Benchmark A benefits a business that:

  • does not employ Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • is recently established
  • needs to fulfil the obligation immediately.

Training Benchmark B benefits a business that:

  • employs Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • has a plan to implement training to their staff who are Australian citizens or residents
  • operates in an industry where an industry training fund is available
  • would like the opportunity for financial government incentives for training

Please also note: eligible employers may be entitled to government trainee incentive funding.

 

To find out more

Find out more information at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website, or email scholarships@boxhill.edu.au.

To find out about our Approved Scholarship Fund and how to make payments, please email scholarships@boxhill.edu.au.