Master Series: Preparing for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa – What You Need To Know to Plan Ahead 

19 July 2017 
Park Hyatt Melbourne 
Melbourne, Australia 

*ROOM UPDATE: Fairmont I Room, Banquet Level


The new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa will replace the Subclass 457 visa in March 2018.  Have you prepared your business for this change and the impact that it will have on your workforce?

In this session, we outline some of the key considerations for HR and Mobility teams including:

  • Timeline of future changes with respect to the 457 visa program and introduction of the new TSS visa
  • The impact of these regulatory changes on your talent pipeline and broader workforce planning strategy
  • Consideration that must be given to changes to policies and processes for the mobilisation of key staff to Australia, including planning for longer lead times
  • Changes to sponsorship requirements and expected compliance and monitoring activity
  • Related permanent residence changes and important timelines for making an application under current rule

There will be active discussion as to what businesses should practically consider and action now with respect to your current workforce, as well as from a longer term, strategic planning perspective.


Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be available from 8:30-9:00 outside of Fairmont I Room.



 8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee
 9:00 - 12:00 Educational Program

Park Hyatt Melbourne
1 Parliament Square, off Parliament Place
Melbourne, VIC 3002


Chris Spentzaris



Chris is a Partner of the Australian and New Zealand Practice of Fragomen and has responsibility for the Melbourne and New Zealand offices, in addition to leading the firm’s Advisory, Compliance and Government Relations Group and the Professional Practices Group. He is also heavily involved in the management and development of operations across all Australian offices.

Chris is currently the Chair of the Migration Law Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria in addition to being an Accredited Immigration Law Specialist. As an experienced commercial and administrative law litigator and having practiced immigration law since 1995, Chris has extensive experience in providing immigration legal advice.

Rupert Timms
Special Counsel


Rupert is an Australian immigration lawyer based in Fragomen's Melbourne office. Rupert holds the position of Special Counsel. He is an accredited specialist in immigration law, recognized by the Law Institute of Victoria, and practices extensively in all aspects of immigration law. He has experience in company sponsored, independent skilled and family migration, and a wide range of temporary residence visa categories. Rupert’s experience also includes seven years as an officer within the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), and over 15 years as a registered migration agent.

Charles Johanes
Special Counsel

Charles partners with clients to assist them in reviewing their internal policies and processes in order to implement best practices and ensure compliance with their obligations under Australian immigration law. He also provides strategic immigration advice in situations where immigration law may intersect with other areas of law (such as in mergers and acquisitions, or business restructures). Working with corporate clients that operate across a variety of sectors (including telecommunications, information technology, engineering, financial services, retail and professional services), Charles has worked with a number of the world's largest multinational corporations, major Australian corporations, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and start-up companies. He has also assisted individual clients with a broad range of temporary and permanent visa applications, including applications for review.

Questions? Contact Micki Crouch at or +1 703-842-3413