This month marks the official introduction of the Commonwealth Government’s new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa. Originally announced in April 2017, the TSS visa is the replacement for the previous 457-visa program allowing the applicant to live in Australia while working full-time for a sponsoring employer. Unlike its predecessor though, the TSS visa divides the list of eligible occupations into two separate streams. The Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) contains occupations which are eligible for visas of up to two years, with the option of renewing for an additional two years. The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) contains occupations which are eligible for a four-year visa, with the option of applying for permanent residency after three years. At present, chefs are included on the MLTSSL with cooks and cafe and restaurant managers included on the STSOL.
R&CA has recently met with the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs and provided multiple submissions to the department regarding the composition of the two lists. R&CA will continue to advocate on the sector’s behalf to have cooks and cafe and restaurant managers moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL.
Juliana Payne, CEO
Restaurant & Catering Australia