Need to Know: Training Benchmarks for 457 Visa Brickies

Employers applying for approval as Sponsors of 457 Visa Bricklaying workers entering Australia must meet the requirements of the Training Benchmarks set by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Employers as Sponsors need to demonstrate that they have made a contribution to training each year. This may include a contribution of at least 2% of payroll to an Industry Training Fund if current training expenditure on employees is less than 1% of payroll. This pre-requisite is seen as a contribution to national training in lieu of training existing employees.


New ABBTF Incentive Means a Rethink on Adult Apprentices

Good news for both employers and job seekers 21 to 24 years. ABBTF is introducing a new incentive to support bricklayer employers signing on an apprentice bricklayer aged between 21 and 24. The support provides $2,000 to be paid to the employer on the completion of first year. This payment is in addition to the ABBTF Brickstart subsidy of $3,000, the Federal Government’s support of $4,000 and support from Construction Industry Training Funds in some States.


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