Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Checklist – Standard Business Sponsorship

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We provide below a summary of the documents generally required for a Standard Business Sponsorship application associated with the TSS visa. Employers must be an approved Standard Business Sponsor before they can nominate someone for the TSS visa.

PLEASE NOTE: These documents relate to general Standard Business Sponsorship applications only, and each application will differ and may require different documents. Different documents will be required for Accredited Sponsorship application.

If you are not sure about your personal circumstances we recommend you contact Immigration directly or seek further advice.


 Documents and evidence required

Evidence of operation

Evidence to show the nominating business is operating and trading in Australia. This could include:

  • A letter from a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) confirming the annual turnover for the business, assets and cash on hand (and if they are comfortable putting it in writing, that the business is viably operating and able to support the applicant in their employment).
  • Evidence of business registration.
  • Financial statements, such as Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet. If the business has a low turnover or is running at a loss, you will need to provide additional documents to prove the business is viable.
  • Three recent BAS statements.
  • Tax return for the most recently completed financial year.
  • Full ASIC extract.
  • Bank statements showing cash on hand.
  • Lease agreement for current premises.
  • Service or supply contracts the business has with clients.
  • Any other documents you believe shows the business is actively operating.

For Trusts

If the business operates under a Trust agreement, you should provide:

  • A copy of the relevant Trust Deed.
  • The ABN for the Trust.

Evidence of business structure

If the Sponsoring employer is part of a larger corporate structure, and particularly if associated entities as part of this structure will access the Sponsorship when it is in place, we recommend you provide a corporate structure chart.

Adverse information

If there is adverse information about the business (i.e. the business has ever gone into voluntary administration, has ever had compliance issues with Immigration etc.), this needs to be addressed in the application. You should provide as much information as possible to assist the Immigration officer to make their assessment. If you have specific questions about this you should speak to a qualified Immigration Agent.

For overseas businesses only

You need to show you are sponsoring an employee for either of the following reasons:

  • Establish, or help establish a business in Australia. This could be evidence of service contracts, business plans for an Australian entity etc. OR
  • Fulfill or assist to fulfill contract obligations in Australia. A copy of the relevant contract and information about the obligations should be provided.
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