Limits on number of sponsored employees:
Employees must specify the number of employees that will be sponsored during the validity of the sponsorship. The number of employees requested will need to be justified and the Department of Home Affairs may specify a lower number if they feel it is warranted. If your limit is reached during the SBS period, you’ll need to apply for a variation of the sponsorship to be able to sponsor further employees. Click here to read about your obligations as a sponsor.
Additional Information for Businesses outside of Australia:
If your business is registered and operates outside of Australia, you must be seeking to employ a skilled worker to either:
- Establish, or help establish, a business operation in Australia
- Fulfil obligations for a contract in Australia
Overseas businesses seeking to setup operations in Australia have a maximum sponsorship period of 18 months, while businesses seeking to fulfil contract obligations in Australia have up to five years.