Australia Sponsored Business Visas (Subclass600)

When you become a standard business sponsor, you can

Sponsor someone to work for you on a:

  • Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 494)

How long the sponsorship lasts

  • 5 years from the date we approve the sponsorship

If we approve your standard business sponsorship, we recommend you apply for accredited status. It has significant benefits for you.

What you must do

You have obligations as a sponsor. Some of your obligations apply beyond the term of sponsorship approval.

To retain or renew your standard business sponsorship, you must continue to meet your sponsor obligations.

Examples of things you must let us know about in writing include changes to your:

  • legal name
  • trading name
  • registration details
  • business structure
  • ongoing communication contact
  • owners, directors, principals or partners
  • business address

You must let us know in writing if your business:

  • becomes insolvent or is bankrupt
  • goes into receivership, liquidation or administration
  • ceases to exist as a legal entity

You must let us know in writing if the person you sponsor:

  • ceases employment with you
  • has a change in duties
  • did not commence working with you

You must also let us know in writing if there are any changes to how you meet your training obligations.

This obligation starts on the day we approve your standard business sponsorship or the work agreement commences.

This obligation ends two years after:

  • your sponsorship or the work agreement ends and
  • you no longer employ a sponsored visa holder

All businesses

Let us know within 28 calendar days if:

  • the visa holder’s employment ends or is expected to end (the sponsor must tell us if the end date changes)
  • there are changes to the work duties carried out by the sponsored visa holder
  • you have paid the return travel costs of a sponsored visa holder or any of their family members in accordance with the obligation to pay return travel costs
  • you have become insolvent within the meaning of subsections 5 (2) and (3) of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 and section 95A of the Corporations Act 2001
  • your business ceases to exist as a legal entity

Companies

Let us know within 28 calendar days if a new director is appointed.

Also let us know within 28 calendar days if an administrator is appointed for the company under Part 5.3A of the Corporations Act 2001:

  • the company resolves by special resolution to be wound up voluntarily under subsection 491(1) of the Corporations Act 2001
  • a court has ordered that the company be wound up in insolvency under Part 5.4, or on other grounds under Part 5.4A, of the Corporations Act 2001
  • a court has appointed an official liquidator to be the provisional liquidator of the company under Part 5.4B of the Corporations Act 2001
  • a court has approved a compromise or arrangement proposed by the company under Part 5.1 of the Corporations Act 2001
  • the property of the company becomes subject to a receiver or other controller under Part 5.2 of the Corporations Act 2001
  • procedures are initiated for the deregistration of the company under Part 5A.1 of the Corporations Act 2001

Individuals

If you operate your business as an individual, let us know within 28 days if:

  • you enter into a personal insolvency agreement under Part X of the Bankruptcy Act 1966
  • you enter into a debt agreement under Part IX of the Bankruptcy Act 1966
  • a sequestration order is made against your estate under Part IV of the Bankruptcy Act 1966
  • you become a bankrupt by virtue of the presentation of a debtor’s petition under Part IV of the Bankruptcy Act 1966
  • you present a declaration of intention to present a debtor’s petition under Part IV of the Bankruptcy Act 1966
  • a composition or scheme of arrangement is presented in relation to you in accordance with Division 6 of Part IV of the Bankruptcy Act 1966

Partnerships

Let us know within 28 calendar days if:

  • a new partner joins the partnership
  • any of the events listed for an individual or a company occurs

Unincorporated associations

Let us know within 28 calendar days if:

  • a new member is appointed to the managing committee of the association
  • any of the events listed for an individual or a company occurs
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