Key statistics and trends in the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) programme for 2016-17 to 31 December 2016

The size of the programme

During this reporting period, the size of the overall subclass 457 programme has decreased when compared with the same period last programme year as indicated in the table below.

2015-16 at 31/12/15 2016-17 at 31/12/16% difference
Primary applications lodged 27,330 27,000 -1.2%
Primary applications granted 22,870 24,270 6.1%
Number of primary  visa holders in Australia 85,900 81,300 - 5.4 %

The composition of the programme

The tables below outline the composition of the 457 programme for 2016-17 to 31 December 2016 in terms of applications granted as at 31 December 2016.

Primary visas granted – top three Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) occupational groups
ANZSCO group2016-17 to 31/12/16% change from 2015-16
Professionals13,4009.4%
Technicians and Trades Workers5,6503.0%
Managers4,080-0.9%

Primary visas granted - top three sponsor industries
Industry% of 457 programme
Professional, Scientific and Technical16.1%
Information Media and Telecommunications 14.1%
Accommodation and Food Services13.1%

Primary visas granted – top three occupations
Nomination occupation2016-17 to 31/12/16% of 457 programme% difference from
last programme year
Cook1,3405.5%+ 2.4%
Developer Programmer1,0504.3%+ 6.4%
Café or Restaurant Manager9303.8%- 8.2%

Primary visas granted – top three locations for nomination positions
Nominated position location% of 457 programme
New South Wales 46.9%
Victoria24.8%
Queensland11.7%

Primary visas granted – top three citizenship countries
Citizenship countries% of 457 programme
India22.5%
United Kingdom18.7%
Philippines6.2%

Pathways to permanent residence

In the 2016-17 programme year to 31 December 2016:

  • 24,590 subclass 457 visa holders were granted permanent residence or a provisional visa, a decrease of 7.7 per cent compared with the same period in the previous programme year (26,640)
  • the vast majority of permanent visa grants to subclass 457 visa holders were in the economic migration stream (96.9 per cent), with the remaining permanent visa grants in the family stream (3.1 per cent).