Can I do Contract Work on a 457 Visa?

We have 3 partner companies in Australia who enable you to work as a contractor with a 457. They are all licensed work permit sponsors who have a Labour Hire agreement with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The sponsorship process takes 2-4 weeks and you must cross the border into Australia to activate your work permit. This means if you are already in Australia when you get approved for your 457, you must leave and return before you can start contracting. Most people in this situation fly to Fiji, Bali or New Zealand as they are the closest and cheapest destinations.

When can a contractor be sponsored on a 457 visa?

When you meet these 3 criteria:
- You have a contract offer paying at least A$400 per day and lasting 6 months or longer
- Your job title must be found on the list of contracting roles which our partners can sponsor. You will notice a heavy IT bias. In our experience the 457 is most commonly used as a visa for IT contractors in Australia.
- You have 5+ years experience or a relevant University degree

How much will you earn?

Your net earnings will vary according to your daily rate, but you will net between 60-69% of gross billing after all taxes, medicare levy and management fees. Contact us if you'd like a quote on your specific circumstances.

457's for freelancers

The earnings level and requirement for a medium to long contract make it difficult to get visa sponsorship for freelancers in Australia. If you are a specialist consultant or freelancer like a graphic designer then you need an anchor client who has you booked up for at least $2000 of work each week. We have seen this succeed for people like IT Trainers or Management Consultants who charge a high daily rate. They can use this high paying client as the basis for third party sponsorship in Australia and still supplement their billing with other clients.

Please note that recruitment agencies and most contractor management companies are not allowed to issue work permits for contracting in Australia. Only companies with a license from DIAC may supply 457 visa holders as "on-hire".

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