Concessions available

English language

An English language concession is available to overseas workers.

The available concession is:

  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of at least five or an equivalent level on one of the other English language testing systems accepted by the Australian Government
  • no individual IELTS test component in reading, writing, listening and speaking less than four or an equivalent level on one of the accepted English language testing systems.

This only applies if your occupation is eligible for an English language concession.

For the occupation of Cook - specialist ethnic cuisine:

  • they must achieve an IELTS overall band score of at least five or an equivalent level on one of the other English language testing systems accepted by the Australian Government
  • no minimum individual IELTS test component score applies or an equivalent level on one of the accepted English language testing systems.

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)

If a Northern Territory (NT) employer can provide a strong business case a concession to the TSMIT may apply. The TSMIT is $53,900 per year plus superannuation.

The TSMIT concessions are:

Concession Option A - up to a 10% concession to the TSMIT

You, as the employer, have to show that the base rate of pay offered is no less than an Australian citizen or permanent resident could expect. This is for doing the same job in the same location.

A concession of up to 10% of the TSMIT may be available.

Concession Option B - TSMIT to include guaranteed overtime

You have to show that the base rate of pay offered is no less than an Australian citizen or permanent resident could expect. This is for doing the same job in the same location.

The TSMIT may be varied to include agreed guaranteed overtime where:

  • the guaranteed overtime is consistent with standard industry practice
  • there are Australians under an industrial arrangement doing equivalent work at the same location
  • at the time of nomination you provide evidence that the hours are guaranteed in the overseas worker’s employment contract and confirm the hours are consistent with National Employment Standards.

To calculate if the base rate of pay is equal to or more than TSMIT the base rate may include a maximum of seven hours guaranteed overtime. This is up to a maximum of a 45 hour week.

Concession Option C - TSMIT to include non-monetary and monetary benefits

You have to show that the base rate of pay offered to an overseas worker is at least what an Australian citizen or permanent resident could expect. This is for doing the same job in the same location.

The TSMIT may be varied to include monetary and non-monetary benefits. This does not include guaranteed additional hours.

This applies where the:

  • benefits go toward the overseas worker’s living expenses
  • overseas worker would have had to cover those expenses if they were not provided by the employer
  • benefits are quantifiable
  • benefits are consistent with the terms and conditions provided to Australians employed in a similar position
  • benefits are guaranteed in the employment contract
  • benefits exclude payments such as overtime, bonuses and commissions.

When considering the base rate of pay relative to TSMIT the value of non-monetary accommodation and meals:

  • may be capped by the Australian Government at 10% of TSMIT
  • should not exceed published home stay rates for the NT.

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Last updated: 21 June 2017