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Global Talent Scheme Visa is here!

By Sarah Thapa | Jul 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Global Talent Scheme (“GTS”) is a new visa scheme designed to attract highly skilled global talent and drive innovation in Australia. The one-year pilot program commenced on 1 July 2018. There are two streams: Established business stream – TSS accredited business sponsors who are publicly listed or has had an annual turnover of at […]

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ACS: Australia needs 200,000 more tech workers in five years

By Sarah Thapa | Jul 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
Tech Skilled Migrant Worker

ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse Report The technology skills gap in Australia is deepening, with an extra 200,000 technology workers needed in the next five years if the country is going to be a world leader in the digital economy, according to a new report from the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and Deloitte. The ACS Australia’s Digital […]

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Skilled Points Test – new minimum 65 points

By Sarah Thapa | Jul 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
independent skilled work visas

General Skilled Migration – Increase to pool and pass marks For visa applications lodged from 1 July 2018 in response to an invitation issued on or after this date, the pool and pass mark is now 65 points for the following visa subclasses: Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) (Points tested) stream Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass […]

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Increase to Visa Application Charges

By Prue Gorman | Jul 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

On 1 July 2018, the visa application charges for most visa subclasses increased in line with CPI. The credit card surcharge for Visa and MasterCard credit cards have also increased from 0.98% to 1.32% on this date. Below is a summary of some of the key visa subclass increases for primary applicants: Visa Type Current […]

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Fair Work High Income Threshold increase

By Sarah Thapa | Jul 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
Requirements, compliance, visa

From 1 July 2018, the Fair Work High Income Threshold (“FWHIT”) is now $145,400. As this is an increase from last year’s threshold of $142,000, the change may affect the following business sponsors and visa applicants: Sponsors who are conducting labour market testing in preparation for a TSS nomination application Labour market testing policy states […]

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Insight: The top 10 in demand tech jobs and skills in Australia

By Sarah Thapa | Jun 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
Standard Business Sponsorship

Source: Australian Financial Review Top 10 in demand tech jobs and skills Australia will need another 100,000 tech workers over the next five years. Customer service, management and leadership are the three most in demand skills. The most in demand jobs are project manager, business analyst and business development manager. Australia has created 63,000 new […]

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Skilling Australians Fund & Training Levy Update

By Prue Gorman | Jun 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Skilling Australians Fund (“SAF”) update and implementation timeline   When the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Act 2018 and associated Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Act 2018 come into effect, the nomination training contribution charges (“training levy”) will be introduced. Although we do not have an exact date when the training levy will be implemented, […]

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$200,000 penalty for terminating overseas worker by text message

By TMA | Mar 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
Appealing a visa refusal or cancellation

Source: Fair Work Ombudsman  The former owner-operator of an Indian restaurant in Perth has been penalised more than $200,000 after paying an overseas cook nothing for almost four months’ work then sacking him by text message for taking a day of sick leave. Simon Peter Mackenzie, who owned and ran The Curry Tree restaurant in Nedlands was […]

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Government Announces New Global Talent Visa

By TMA | Mar 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Australian government has announced it will pilot a new visa scheme this year to help companies lure skilled technology workers to Australia. The ‘global talent scheme’ will be trialled from 1 July 2018. It will allow established businesses with more than $4 million in annual turnover to sponsor a “highly skilled and experienced” individual […]

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TSS Visa Regulations Take Effect 18 March 2018

By TMA | Mar 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Executive Summary The Australian Government has published regulations to overhaul key employer sponsored visa programmes. The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) will replace the subclass 457 visa with effect from 18 March 2018. TSS visa applicants will need to satisfy new criteria, including criteria related to: Genuine temporary entrant requirement 2 years relevant […]

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