The Australian Government recognises that there are low risk businesses and organisations that have a history of compliant sponsorship and a genuine need to seek to engage foreign skills. Those businesses or organisations that fit within 5 specific and defined categories of sponsor, can seek Accredited Sponsor status. Once granted accredited status, the process of obtaining a 482 visa is streamlined and you will receive an answer on your applications within a reasonable and prioritised period.
An accredited sponsor receives priority when the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) nominations and visa applications are processed. The Department of Home Affairs process most Accredited Sponsor nomination applications in approximately 5 business days.
The 5 defined categories are:
Category 1: Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies
Category 2: Australian Trusted Traders
Category 3: Low volume usage and high percentage of Australian workers (at least 85%)
Category 4: High volume usage and medium percentage of Australian workers (at least 75%) Category 5: Major investment in Australia