Standard Business Sponsorship – Training Benchmark

One of the requirements that a sponsor needs to satisfy in order to obtain Standard Business Sponsorship and sponsor Subclass 457 visa applicants is the ‘training benchmark’ requirement.

If the business has been trading in Australia for 12 months or more, in order to satisfy the ‘Training Benchmark’, it needs to satisfy one of the following pathways:

  1. Pathway 1 – Demonstrate that in the last 12 months prior to the lodgement of the SBS application, the business has allocated payments to an industry training fund and these payments equate to at least 2% of the payroll of the business. The business must be operating in the same industry as the industry training fund. Furthermore, The business must make a commitment that it will maintain such payments (i.e. 2% of total payroll) in each fiscal year for the term of the SBS approval; or
  2. Pathway 2 – Demonstrate that in the last 12 months prior to the lodgement of the SBS application, expenditure on the training of Australian citizen or permanent resident employees of the business equates to at least 1% of the payroll of the business. The business must also make a commitment that it will maintain such expenditure (i.e. 1% of total payroll) on training in each fiscal year for the term of the SBS approval.

Pathway 1

If a business does not employ any Australian citizens or permanent residents, then it will only be to apply by satisfying pathway 2 by contributing to an industry training fund that is in the industry that it is operating in. An industry training fund is statutory authority which is responsible for providing funding for training of eligible workers in certain industries.

The business will need to provide evidence of contributing to such funds such as through receipts or a letter from the relevant fund.

Pathway 2

What types of expenditure can be counted towards the Training Benchmark? 

You can only count the expenditure of the business entity. You cannot count the training expenditure of a related entity.

You will firstly note that you can only count training expenditure for employees who are Australian citizens and permanent resident. The following are examples of training expenditure which the business can count towards the Training Benchmark:

  • Evidence of expenditure on external training.
  • If the business employs an individual and a key part of this person’s role is to train the business’ employees who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Employment of apprentices, trainees or recent graduates in on-going roles. The number of these individuals needs to be proportional to the size of the business. In relation to the hiring of recent graduates, only the formal training aspects of the graduate position can be included (see below for further information)
  • Funding a scholarship in a formal course of study approved under the Australian Qualifications Framework where this is part of the business’ training strategy. If your business does fund scholarships, then a key consideration in DIAC assessing whether this formal course of study is part of the business’ training strategy is the relevance of the course of the business. In any case, relevance is given a broad interpretation.
  • Structured internal on-the-job training. Such training needs to have clearly defined goals that are aimed at increasing the employees’ skills and experience with progression through the various stages of the training. For such internal training, the business should to evidence the following:
  1. The learning outcomes of the employee at each stage;
  2. How the progress of the employee will be monitored and assessed;
  3. How the program will provide additional and enhanced skills;
  4. The use of qualified trainers to develop the program and set assessments; and
  5. The number of people participating and their skill/occupation.

You cannot count the wages of the Australian citizens or permanent residents that the business pays while these employees are attending training (except where the staff are apprentices, trainees or recent graduates).

The actual expenditure on training has to be quantifiable. For instance, where training is provided by a franchise head office, the applicant needs to show exactly what percentage of the franchise fee is attributed to training. We cannot count the whole franchise fee nor can we accept an estimate of the training component; there would need to be some evidence from the franchisor confirming the actual percentage.

The same principle applies to all the training expenditure that the business is including.

Definition – Payroll Expenditure

Payroll refers to the amount of money which an employer pays in wages to their employees in the 12 months prior to application lodgement. Payroll expenditure includes any wages, remuneration, salary, commission, bonuses, allowances, superannuation contributions (mandatory or otherwise) or eligible termination payments that are defined as wages in the Act relating to payroll tax in the relevant State/Territory.

A business can assess whether this requirement is met by calculating its total expenditure on training of Australian citizens and permanent residents and its total expenditure on payroll for the last 12 months, and determining whether total expenditure of training equates to at least 1% of payroll.

Commitment to Continued Satisfaction of Training Benchmark

This commitment is made as part in the application form for SBS. Depending on how the business satisfies the Training Benchmark, the business will need to certify/provide evidence demonstrating one of the following:

  1. Certify that the contribution to the industry training fund will be made each fiscal year; or
  2. Demonstrate that the training provided Australian citizens or permanent residents employees is part of an ongoing organisational training strategy; or
  3. Demonstrate that the employment of apprentices, trainees or graduates is part of an ongoing organisational training strategy.

Training provided by a third party

If the business is including the cost of training that is provided by an external party, then the business will need to submit invoices and receipts which confirm the cost of the training and that the training occurred within the last 12 months prior to lodgement of the SBS application. If available, the business should also submit documents relating to the training provided (e.g. handouts, slides etc.). These documents will allow DIAC to better understand the purpose of the training and the intended learnings and professional development outcomes.

Inclusion of on-the-job or internal training

Expenditure on on-the-job or internal training can be counted towards the Training Benchmark if this training is part of a formal, structured course with identified learning outcomes that contribute to the upgrading of skills of employees.

Inclusion of salaries of Apprentices & Trainees

Apprenticeships and traineeships are, by definition, training positions. Consequently, if the business employees apprentices and/or trainees, 100% of these employees salaries can be counted towards satisfying the 1% of payroll Training Benchmark.

The business needs to show that there is a formal apprenticeship or traineeship agreement in place (known as a Training Contract) which has been lodged with the relevant State or Territory government authority. The Training Contract should be submitted as supporting evidence in the SBS application.

You can count expenditure for hiring apprentices and/or trainees which the business has hired via a third party such as a recruitment agency or Group Training Organisation (GTO).

Inclusion of salaries of Recent Graduates

A recent graduate is considered as someone who has completed their higher education studies within the last 24 months prior to the lodgement of an application for approval as a standard business sponsor. Furthermore, the role which the graduate is working in needs to be relevant or related to the subject of their recently completed qualification (although DIAC is likely to give this a broad interpretation).

A recent graduate’s salary can only be counted towards the Training Benchmark if the graduate will be participating in a formal, structured graduate program for up to two years, or is completing a professional year following their graduation. If this is satisfied, then 100% of the graduate’s salary can be counted.

If the graduate is not participating  in a formal, structured graduate program or completing a professional year following their graduation, then the business can only count the expenditure on the graduate position that is part of the formal training aspects of the graduate position. While the graduate is undertaking formal training, you can count the wages that the business to this employee during the course of the formal training.

Final note before lodgement

As with presenting any information to DIAC, your should try to ensure that the information is easy to understand and that you are guiding the case officer wherever this is necessary. The DIAC case officer should not need to formulate his or her own interpretation of your application, or the documents and information that you are presenting.

Your case officer will not have nearly the same level of knowledge about your business as you do. Do not assume that your case officer will understand and interpret the various components of your application in the same way you. This is particularly the case with SBS applications because every business is difficult and every business has difficult methods for delivering training to its Australian citizen or permanent resident employees. This is unlike visa applications where generally, every applicant are required to submit a standardised set of documents and information such as his or her passport, resume and qualifications which are relatively straightforward to understand.

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170 thoughts on “Standard Business Sponsorship – Training Benchmark

  1. Alejandro

    Hello Peng,

    If I go for the Direct Stream (in the 186), the DIBP will check the training for the last 12 months or for the full period of the SBS (4 years)?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Department website extract:
      Direct Entry stream
      Use this stream if you want to nominate an applicant to fill a position that is:
      an occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List
      full time, ongoing and available for at least two years.
      You must meet the following training requirements:
      If your business has been trading in Australia for more than 12 months, you must show you have contributed to the training of Australians. You must meet one of two benchmarks:
      Training benchmark A: recent expenditure equal to at least 2 per cent of the payroll of the business in payments allocated to an industry training fund that operates in the same industry as the business and a commitment to maintain that level of expenditure for the term of approval as a sponsor
      Training benchmark B: recent expenditure equal to at least 1 per cent of the payroll of the business, in the provision of training to employees of the business. The expenditure must be expenditure that can count towards the benchmark.
      If your business has been operating for less than 12 months, you must demonstrate that you have an auditable plan to meet this training benchmark.
      PC

      Reply
  2. Leigh Bes

    Hi,

    My employer’s daughter who is an Australian citizen and works with us went for the Training to satisfy the 1% benchmark. Is there any issues with that?

    Your immediate response is highly appreciated

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Leigh,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  3. GAURAV TYAGI

    Hi Peng Cheng,

    My company has been working for more than 1 year now but still in start up phase because yet to launch the application.
    I started working with them this year itself and now when my visa is expiring ,company is happy to sponsor me a 457 visa but never had Sponsorship approval before. So they will be applying for sponsorship approval now and then nominating me. In this situation will they still need to provide evidence for training benchmark or can simply submit a future plan, please advice.
    The company never had a 457 employee working with them. I am the only employee.

    Thanks & regards,
    Kaushal

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kaushal,
      Please see above:
      If the business has been trading in Australia for 12 months or more, in order to satisfy the ‘Training Benchmark’, it needs to satisfy one of the following pathways:
      Pathway 1 – Demonstrate that in the last 12 months prior to the lodgement of the SBS application, the business has allocated payments to an industry training fund and these payments equate to at least 2% of the payroll of the business. The business must be operating in the same industry as the industry training fund. Furthermore, The business must make a commitment that it will maintain such payments (i.e. 2% of total payroll) in each fiscal year for the term of the SBS approval; or
      Pathway 2 – Demonstrate that in the last 12 months prior to the lodgement of the SBS application, expenditure on the training of Australian citizen or permanent resident employees of the business equates to at least 1% of the payroll of the business. The business must also make a commitment that it will maintain such expenditure (i.e. 1% of total payroll) on training in each fiscal year for the term of the SBS approval.
      PC

      Reply
  4. Ravinder

    Hi , I am working on457 from more than two years . Our company pay 1% training to Australian citizen this year let’s say company payroll was $200000 . We paid $2000 for training that only 1 Australian guy . My queastion is that we have only 1 Australian on the time of training . The other Australian was owner . So my question is that can we spend whole 1% on one person. Thanks

    Reply
  5. Ari

    Hi Peng Cheng

    Thanks for this blog.

    I wonder how could I prove my income if I am working with ABN?
    And how about the previous employers that paid me on ABN but I never received any pay slip?
    Is immigration would check the bank statement too?

    Regards
    Ari

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ari,
      PAYG summary or other tax records can also be used to demonstrate your work experience.
      Generally speaking, employer sponsored visa applicants don’t need to provide their personal bank statements.
      PC

      Reply
  6. Jonathan

    Hi Peng Cheng,

    Thank you very much for your helpful article.

    Can I please ask 2 questions:

    Question 1: my employer has just had Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) in July, 2016. I have held a 457 visa for 2 years and I am going to apply for visa 186 in October. Does my employer need to apply/renew SBS to sponsor me a nomination?

    Question 2: If my employer had to apply/renew a SBS for me, how long it would take normally (processing time) and can I apply my visa 186 altogether with the employer nomination? Or I have to wait when the employer has got new SBS.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you. Appreciate your time and work!

    Kind regards,
    Jonathan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jonathan,
      No the SBS doesn’t have to be valid when you proceed with your 186 nomination and visa applications.
      Department’s processing time is around 6-8 months.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Dan

        Hi Peng Cheng,

        I am in a similar situation, my companies SBS has expired and I would like to apply for ENS 186. Does my company need to have met any training benchmarks for the nomination to be successful?

        Regards,
        Dan

        Reply
  7. Guin

    Hi Peng,
    This article is very helpful.
    Are you able to tell me about the recent graduates criteria.
    We employ graduates casually for up to two years, they work in assisting roles and are mentored by our senior staff in their graduate field.
    Is this classed as an ongoing role and can this be counted towards the training benchmark?
    If so what documents do i need to provide to show this?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Guin,
      Sorry but we will need to refer you to our consultation service for such advice – please see Contact Us page.
      PC

      Reply
  8. susana

    Dear Peng,

    My proposed sponsor PL: Commission is about 200000, wages is 100000, super is 10000, in a real estate company, training fee is 1%of total or only 1% of wages+spuer? appreciate for you reply

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Susana,
      Please see above post:
      Definition – Payroll Expenditure
      Payroll refers to the amount of money which an employer pays in wages to their employees in the 12 months prior to application lodgement. Payroll expenditure includes any wages, remuneration, salary, commission, bonuses, allowances, superannuation contributions (mandatory or otherwise) or eligible termination payments that are defined as wages in the Act relating to payroll tax in the relevant State/Territory.
      A business can assess whether this requirement is met by calculating its total expenditure on training of Australian citizens and permanent residents and its total expenditure on payroll for the last 12 months, and determining whether total expenditure of training equates to at least 1% of payroll.
      PC

      Reply
  9. vaishu

    Hi
    My employers SBS has been expired in nov-2015, and i am going to apply ENS in july 2016, and during 3 yrs ,sponsership , they paid training benchmark regularly, so, employer has to pay the training benchmark after nov 2015.?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vaishu,
      Extract from Department’s website:
      You must have met the subclass 457 visa training requirements in each year you have been a standard business sponsor.
      PC

      Reply
  10. Pam

    Hi Peng,
    Your comments r very helpful. My company sbs expired last year may 2015. I am applying 186 visa June 2016. Do company require benchmarking for 2015-2016 financial year or not. Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Pam,
      Yes the employer needs to comply with the training requirement during its approved period as a business sponsor, and also during all periods that it has 457 visa holders working for it.
      PC

      Reply
  11. Jen Stallard

    Hi,

    Thank you for the helpful article.
    I am on a 457 & applying for PR soon. I have been on my 457 visa since August 2012. Can you please clarify how many years training info I have to give now with my PR application?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jen,
      The employer needs to demonstrate that it has complied with training requirement during the period that it has been approved as a standard business sponsor.
      PC

      Reply
  12. Kate

    Hi Peng. I am happy that I found out this website today. I am currently under 457 visa for 2yrs, I am eligible to apply for TRT. My company spent right amount of expenses for training benchmark consistantly and its keeps going. However problem is that they separated ABN to 3 different one and all apprenticeship/my wages are paid with not the same ABN what I am sponsored with. Yet those companys (ABN)are actually same business which are considered as sister or parents companies. And employer is able to prove that.
    In this case, is that training benchmark expenditure possible to be accepted by DIAC?
    Many thanks for your time.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kate,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  13. Ross

    Hi Peng, I am on a 457 Visa and looking to apply for PR. My employer has not met the training benchmark A and has been told to pay $9000 approx. as he hasn’t met that criteria. Does he have to pay this entire amount himself or can we split the cost amongst two of us. There are no other employees apart from him (owner) and myself. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ross,
      The employer needs to pay for the cost of the training – 457 visa holder shouldn’t be paying for this.
      PC

      Reply
  14. Sen

    Hi
    I’m wondering if the 1% includes payment for subcontractors as well or only employees?
    And is that correct that the training only counts for Aus citizens and permanent residents?

    Thanks Sen

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sen,
      See above post – the training needs to benefit Australian citizen or permanent resident employees of the business. Training for contractors isn’t included.
      PC

      Reply
  15. Davinder

    Hi Peng
    My 457 visa granted November 2014 , my employer have forgate to pay 2 percent of benchmark training. Can he fix it now.Does it Start from visa granted date or sponsorship approved . Because my sponsorship approved on May 2013 .

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Davinder,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  16. Kevin

    Does the 2% training need to be paid within each 12 month period for the SBS, or the Fiscal year? I thought it was the first.

    Regards,

    Kevin

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Extract from Department’s website: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/457-
      The obligation begins on the day you are approved as a sponsor. You must meet this obligation in each 12 month period within which you employ a sponsored visa holder (including if the sponsored visa holder is not employed by you for the full twelve months). Where your approval as a standard business sponsor is varied, you must meet the training requirement if you employ one or more primary sponsored persons.
      The obligation ends either:
      three years after you are approved as a sponsor
      if you are an accredited sponsor, six years after you are approved as a sponsor.
      PC

      Reply
  17. dan

    Hi there

    I have missed the payment for the training for the previous financial year. Can i possibly get the trainer to back date it and say that it was just oweing? Also who qualifies as a trainer? I know it has to be in the same industry but do they have to be certified? Or can they just simply issue me an invoice that they provided training? Thanks so much

    Dan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dan,
      Sorry but I will need to refer to you our Consultation Service if you need advice in relation to satisfying the training requirement.
      Please see Contact Us page and information in relation to our Consultation Service.
      PC

      Reply
  18. Ammar

    Hi sir,
    when we need to pay training benchmark, do we need to add total amount of superannuation that paid by employer or just the wages we need to add

    Reply
  19. Ari

    Hi PC

    Need your help please…
    Is that possible if a company want to sponsor me and that company just employee sub contractor?
    And lets say, 3 of employee including director are on fulltime salary, 7 on PAYG, 10 as subcontractor (plus super). Then how to count the payroll to meet that 1% or 2% training benchmark? Are there only 3 fulltime salary x 1% or 2% would be counted? Or total of 20 employees’s salary times 1% or 2%?

    Thanks heaps
    Ari

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ari,
      The employer doesn’t need to count the cost of contractors for payroll calculation.
      Sorry but I can’t advise in relation to whether the relevant requirements are satisfied just based on the above information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Kalina

        HI Peng,
        We are sponsoring an employee and we are about to calculate the amounts we need to pay in order to meet the Training Benchmark. Our business has employees and subcontractors who provide some materials as well as labour, do we need to include the full amount of payments to subcontractors or can we exclude the materials component if it can be determined?

        Reply
  20. vir

    Hi
    My employer’s SBS is expired in nov 2015, and i want to apply 186 visa in june 2016, so should we renew the SBS?
    and other quetion is someone told me if we paid three years TB, so we donot need to pay 4th year’s TB.is it right?

    Thanks,
    vir

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vir,
      A current SBS is not required to sponsor a 186 visa applicant.
      Extract from Department’s website:

      The obligation begins on the day you are approved as a sponsor. You must meet this obligation in each 12 month period within which you employ a sponsored visa holder (including if the sponsored visa holder is not employed by you for the full twelve months). Where your approval as a standard business sponsor is varied, you must meet the training requirement if you employ one or more primary sponsored persons.

      PC

      Reply
  21. stephen

    Hi,

    I have been working for the same company as an engineering surveyor for 4 years on a 457 visa and I am now looking to gain PR via the Temporary Residence Transition Stream.

    My employer cannot provide evidence of the 1% training benchmark as stated in pathways one and two. However I have been working either with the boss or a survey manager every day for the past 4 years where multiple hours every week are spent training. Does this type of training fall under the “on-the-job or in-house training” category as stated as one of the exemptions? If so, do I need to provide a log of training schedules etc for the past 12 months? Or is it necessary to show a cost of some description to the employer? Any help on this is much appreciated

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Stephen,
      Sorry but I don’t think that such informal training can count, but I would need to complete an assessment before I can advise on this matter.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to this requirement.
      PC

      Reply
  22. Gwen

    HI Peng,
    I am a self employed 457 holder, I employed myself as a restaurant manager. I have a Australia chef, Italian cook and a 15 years old certificate III in hospitality trainee. I have a training contract with her and lodged with gov. She worked for me for 3 months. Technically, how do i assume her salary can be reach 1% of training benchmark?
    Should I
    her salary(she only works once a week, therefore no super and tax should be paid )
    ________________________________________________________________________________________ X 100%?
    my salary & super + all my staff salary & super + her salary

    what else should include in the formula?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gwen,
      See definition in above post:

      Definition – Payroll Expenditure
      Payroll refers to the amount of money which an employer pays in wages to their employees in the 12 months prior to application lodgement. Payroll expenditure includes any wages, remuneration, salary, commission, bonuses, allowances, superannuation contributions (mandatory or otherwise) or eligible termination payments that are defined as wages in the Act relating to payroll tax in the relevant State/Territory.
      A business can assess whether this requirement is met by calculating its total expenditure on training of Australian citizens and permanent residents and its total expenditure on payroll for the last 12 months, and determining whether total expenditure of training equates to at least 1% of payroll.

      PC

      Reply
  23. Aman

    Hi peng
    My husband is on 457 since sept 2014 and his company got sponsorship approval in april 2014 and company paid 1 percent on training in november 2013 i.e prior making SBS application so my question is when is the next due training? Should we consider paid training as year 2014-2015 after got SBS approval or 2013-2014 when they paid for training? Please reply
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Aman,
      Extract from DIBP’s website: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/457-
      The obligation begins on the day you are approved as a sponsor. You must meet this obligation in each 12 month period within which you employ a sponsored visa holder (including if the sponsored visa holder is not employed by you for the full twelve months). Where your approval as a standard business sponsor is varied, you must meet the training requirement if you employ one or more primary sponsored persons.
      PC

      Reply
  24. Stacey

    Hi Peng
    I have a question about a business in Australia, if is has been operating here for 5 years but has never employed any au citizens or Pr can they still be accepted as sponsors if they are happy to meet benchmark A?
    Thank you for your answer!

    Reply
  25. Harry

    Hi
    Peng
    I have completed 2 year on 457 visa and i am going to apply 186 visa but we just checked my employer did not pay right 2% training Banchmark he paid on time but by mistake he paid 2000 less each year now we calculated and he paid remaining amount for both years so is that OK to apply for my 186 visa immigration we approve my visa or not.

    Regards
    Harry

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Harry,
      Please see Contact Us above information in relation to our consultation service if you need advice in relation to the training requirement.
      PC

      Reply
  26. Nai

    Hi Peng,

    My name is Nai. I’m holding 457 visa for 2 years already. I have a question about the training requirement as the restaurant I’m working with is operating as a family trust. The owner has 1 restaurant and 1 company. So with the 1% of the payroll for 457 requirement, would it count only the restaurant I work for or it count for the whole trust wages paid. The thing is the owner has only paid for the 1% of the restaurant wages. Kindly help me clarify please.

    Many thanks
    Nai

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Nai,
      I think that only the payroll of the restaurant counts, but I would need to complete an assessment before I can determine the training requirements – please see Contact Us above information in relation to our consultation service.
      PC

      Reply
  27. Simi

    Hi Peng,

    i have a sponsor (457) which is a bakery and has been operating for more than 12 months. The business only employs one casual Australian employee apart from the owner

    For SBS can you please advise, which benchmark we may need to go with . The company has not done any training before.

    If benchmark B , so we need to make payment for the training before the lodgement of SBS application – Please confirm. Would it b ok since no trainings have been conducted by the business so far.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Simi,
      Employer can choose either pathway A or B for training.
      Training cost can actually be paid after the lodgement of the business sponsorship application, but this needs to be paid before business sponsorship approval can be granted.
      PC

      Reply
  28. Raji

    Hi Peng Cheng
    Please if you help that will be grate.Under 186 visa we submit two invoices for training benchmark.however my case officer was asked me….something like this (however no details of the training conducted s can be provided as
    Previously you have provided two invoices
    was provided. Please refer above for more details on what evidence
    acceptable training evidences.
    Now this training was done by proper way she was came our place but unfortunately she closed here business we trying to contact to here but no response……how we can provide other evidences and what types of evidence because nothing wrong from our side…..
    If you help and give suggestions that will be grt……I like you website which so helpful for us

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raji,
      Perhaps you can submit bank statements or cheque receipts to show that the employer has paid the relevant training cost.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Raji

        Hi Peng

        Thank you so much for your help and my employer was paid everything. He has all evidence but sometimes his feeling stress for more documents togethering and it is times consuming…sometime I am afraid to asking again and again.but anyway thank you so much again and I appreciate your time.

        Reply
  29. rajib

    hi ping

    my employer failed to meet first year training benchmark but
    second year he meet the altogether first and second is that work or they need to pay first year.

    ragards
    raz

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raz,
      Sorry but that doesn’t really satisfy the training benchmark requirement because this needs to be paid during each year that the employer has 457 visa holders working for it.
      PC

      Reply
  30. Tsvetelina Vasileva

    Hello,
    I am an Economist and would like to set up a company so that to selfsponsor myself. Does the company need to be registered with GST if my sells are less than $75 000?

    Thank you!

    Reply
  31. Paul Kim

    Dear Peng,

    I have couple of enquiries regarding Training Benchmark B- Employee Training
    • One of the training course (e.g. Tax institute) we want to attend, they require us to join the membership before attending the course.
    Without joining the annual membership, they are not allowed to attend the course. In other word all of their courses are exclusively for members only.
    My question is that can we include this membership fee as 1% training course requirement?
    • On the other hand, for CPA Australia, if we join the membership, they allow to discount training course fee to person who has the membership.
    If we joint the membership, we think we have more benefit financially. And we think by saving the course fee by joining membership, our employees have more chance to take other courses they want to attend.
    In this case, can we include this membership fee as 1% training course requirement?

    I look forward for your reply

    Thanks

    Paul Kim

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Paul,
      Sorry but we would need to complete an assessment before we can answer such queries – please see contact us page and information in relation to our consultation service.
      PC

      Reply
  32. Mary

    Hi Mr Cheng,
    I just wanted to ask you on how to satisfy the annual training benchmark, if you don’t mind please. My 457 visa had been approved on 18/05/2013, it’s almost closed to the end of financial year 30/06/13. My 1st year would’ve then been from 18/05/13 to 17/05/14, company sent a co-employee (Aus citizen) to a training on 20-21/06/13 but it was pre-paid on the company bank statement on 02/05/13. Would this training expense apply to my 1st year (date above)? My 2nd year was from 18/05/14 to 17/05/15, training was prepaid again (as training needs to be booked and paid for in advance) on the bank statement on 18/05/14, training dates were 16-17/06/14. Would this apply for my 2nd year training compliance? I am really confused as to which period to follow, would it be the annual visa due date OR the financial year since calculation of 1% of payroll for training is based on the annual company PAYG summary statement? E.g. $150,000 = $1,500
    I appreciate an advice please.
    Thank you

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mary,
      Sorry but we would need to complete an assessment before we can answer these queries in relation to training – please see contact us page and information in relation to our consultation service.
      PC

      Reply

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