457 Visa Training Benchmarks

Since its inception in 2007, the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation has assisted close to 1,000 students experiencing financial hardship to achieve a better life by granting equity and access scholarships to study at Chisholm.

The Foundation is eligible under the Department of Home Affairs guidelines to accept donations either directly from businesses or via migration agents who need to apply for sponsorship status under the subclass 457 Visa Program.

The Foundation can assist with Training Benchmark A requirements, while your donations to the Foundation will enable a needy student to attain an education, increase their employment prospects, improve their self-confidence and work toward a positive future.

Based in Melbourne, the Foundation can accept donations from anywhere across Australia through a quick, easy and professional service. Follow the three easy steps:

Your contribution to the Foundation will assist others to realise their career ambitions in your industry.

View the range of Chisholm courses.

Download a copy of the donation form

For more information phone the Executive Officer on (03) 9212 5111


Why do I need to contribute?

If your business sponsors overseas workers, you must meet the prescribed 457 Visa training benchmarks.

Businesses must commit to training activities for Australian citizens and permanent residents, and continue to meet these requirements for the term of the sponsorship.

How do I know which Training Benchmark I am required to contribute to?

There are two Training Benchmarks. Businesses seeking approval as a sponsor under the Subclass 457 Visa program are required to contribute to Training Benchmark A or B.

Training Benchmark A:

  • Your business operates in Australia but does not employ any Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Your business has been trading for over 12 months
  • Chisholm offers training in your specific industry area.

If you answered yes to the above criteria, your business must pay the equivalent of at least two per cent of recent payroll expenditure to an industry training fund.

Training Benchmark B:

  • Your business employs Australian citizens
  • Your business has been trading for over 12 months
  • Chisholm offers training in your specific industry area

If you answered yes to the above criteria, your business must provide evidence of spending the equivalent of one per cent of payroll on training for your employees who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

How Chisholm can help?

The Foundation’s expert staff can help businesses and migration agents with their educational donations to Training Benchmark A.

As a part of Chisholm, we can provide access to an extensive range of courses that address specific skill shortage areas. We offer courses in:

  • automotive
  • building and construction
  • plumbing
  • business
  • hair and beauty
  • health
  • horticulture
  • hospitality
  • information technology
  • graphic design
  • manufacturing

We work to provide scholarships to students in severe financial hardship due to refugee backgrounds, homelessness, mental and physical disabilities and family disunity resulting from domestic violence, drugs and alcohol and social isolation.

The process

Three easy steps!

  1. Complete the donation application form
  2. email to ccef@chisholm.edu.au
  3. receive a donation receipt and letter

We know a quick response is important so donation receipts and confirmation letters will be sent for credit card within a few hours, Funds Transfer-within 24 hours and cheque–within three days.

All unsuccessful applications will be refunded in full.