Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concessions under the Orana DAMA
The TSMIT value is set by legislation to ensure that migrant workers can financially support themselves in Australia and acknowledges the additional costs temporary residents incur (such as health care and education costs). The current value of the TSMIT is $70,000 excluding superannuation.
When calculating whether the salary paid by an employer meets the TSMIT, annual earnings may consist of the base salary plus guaranteed earnings such as housing, company car, and guaranteed overtime where this is the industry standard. If an employer intends to include these guaranteed earnings to meet TSMIT requirements, they must be valued and written into the agreed employment contract.
The use of concessions must not undermine relevant industrial awards nor market salary rates for an equivalent Australian employee in the same location.
There are two TSMIT concessions available under the Orana DAMA
Concession Type 1
Businesses must demonstrate that annual monetary earnings will be at least 90% of TSMIT whilst also meeting Award requirements and Annual Market Salary Rate expectations for the specific occupation and location.
Concession Type 2
Businesses must demonstrate that monetary earnings will be at least 90% of TSMIT and non-monetary earnings (food and board) must not be more than 10% of TSMIT, with the total package being at least equal to the TSMIT.
There are very specific rules as to what constitutes eligible non-monetary earnings:
- The benefits must relate to the actual living costs of the employee, and they would have genuinely been paid by the employee had the employer not paid them
- The benefit must be measurable (and able to be documented/verified)
- The benefit must be guaranteed in the employment contract and must be consistent with that of other, similar employees
- The benefit excludes non-guaranteed overtime, bonuses, and commissions.
As per Concession Type 1, total earnings must also at least meet award requirements and Annual Market Salary Rate expectations for the specific occupation and location. To find out more about guaranteed overtime and how it may apply, contact us via email@example.com
The table below outlines which occupations under the Orana DAMA are eligible for the TSMIT concessions outlined above.
|ANZSCO||Occupation||Skill Level||TSMIT Concession|
|423111||Aged or Disabled Carer||4||Y|
|721111||Agricultural and Hoticultural Mobile Plant Operator||4||Y|
|351211||Butcher or Smallgoods Maker||3||Y|
|421111||Child Care Worker||4||Y|
|431511||(Waiter) Food and Beverage Attendant||4||Y|
|149999||Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers (nec)||2||Y|
|831311||Meat Process Worker||5||Y|
|234611||Medical Laboratory Scientist||1||Y|
|841611||Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Worker||5||Y|
|721999||Mobile Plant Operators(nec)||4||Y|
|423312||Nursing Support Worker||4||Y|
|423313||Personal Care Assistant||4||Y|
|411715||Residential Care Officer||2||Y|
|733111||Truck Driver (General)||4||Y|