What is Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR)? and How to determine the AMSR


Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR)

What is Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR)?

The AMSR is a method of determining that the salary that the nominated position is in line with what equivalent Australian workers are paid.

The AMSR can be established in different ways, and these might include:

  • Comparisons to relevant Australian workers
  • Enterprise agreements
  • Industrial awards
  • Information that outlines the outlook for the job
  • Undertakings
  • Remuneration surveys
  • Recent job advertisement information and advice from unions or employer associations

How to determine the AMSR

Where There Is an Equivalent Australian Worker

Where there is an equivalent Australian worker, the AMSR is based on the salary of the person unless the worker is paid under an enterprise agreement or industrial award, in which case:

  • The name of the agreement or award (if any) as lodged by the Fair Work Commission, and
  • The salary level or, if the case requires, the occupation group for the nomination.
  • Copies of relevant employment contracts and payslips for the equivalent employee.

Note: An Australian worker with different experience levels or pay grades is not considered equivalent.

Where There Is No Equivalent Worker but There Is an Enterprise Agreement or Industrial Award

Where there is no equivalent worker but there is an appropriate enterprise agreement or industrial award:

  • The name of the agreement or award if any, as lodged by the Fair Work Commission at the time of application and
  • The salary level or, if required, the occupation group that is relevant to the nomination.

Where no equivalent employee, agreement or award applies.

 If no equivalent employee, agreement or award applies you must make a judgement about the AMSR and provide data to support this judgement. Some relevant data may include:

  • Job outlook data
  • Advertisements for equivalent occupations in the same location from the last 6 months
  • Remuneration surveys conducted by reputable sources.
  • Written advice from unions or employer associations.

What is Salary Justification?

The Salary Justification is a report that detail and compare the nominated salary for new visa holders with the prevailing rates of salary in Australia to meet the expectation of the Department.

The report should address the AMSR and provide evidence that the nominated salary is market-related considering skill level, location, qualification, and experience of the prospective employee.

We recommend the salary justification report and AMSR for following visa types:

  • Subclass 407 Visa-Highly recommended for unusual high or low salary levels.
  • Subclass 482 Visa– Critical to demonstrate compliance with AMSR.
  • Subclass 186 Visa– Necessary to justify the salary meets market rates.
  • Subclass 494 Regional Sponsored Visa- Ensures regional salary standards are met. These are determined by Regional Certifying body (RCB)

Ultimate Migration, immigration agent in Perth, specializes in creating customized Salary Justification Reports with a proven track record of success.

Our comprehensive reporting techniques ensure that your salary offerings are justified, competitive, and compliant with AMSR requirements for various visa types.

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