Have your say: 457 Visa reform

On 18 April 2017, the Federal Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

For factsheets outlining all changes, click HERE.

Changes to Occupations List/s:

  • The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has been reduced by 216 occupations and renamed the Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL), to be reviewed every 6 months;
  • The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) will be renamed the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL),  and assessed as being of high value to the Australian economy and aligning to the Government’s longer term training and workforce strategies. 

Changes to these occupations lists and eligibility will affect the following visas:

  • 457 - Temporary Work (Skilled) visa, to be replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018;
  • 186 - Employer Nominations Scheme (ENS) visa;
  • 187 - Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa;
  • 189 - Skilled Independent visa;
  • 190 - Skilled Nominated visa;
  • 489 - Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa.

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) is looking into the details of this reform and what it may mean for the Queensland tourism industry. We are seeking feedback from our members as to how the reform may affect your business.

The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete and will be open until 5.00pm Wednesday 3 May 2017.

Click here to complete survey.

Questions or comments can be directed to the QTIC Policy team on (07) 3236 1445 or