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Skilled Points Test – new minimum 65 points

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

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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Government Announces New Global Talent Visa

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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Occupation Ceilings For General Skilled Migration Released For 2017-18

On 3 August 2017, the Department released the Occupation Ceilings for General Skilled Migration. The Occupation Ceilings are the upper limit on the number of invitations that can be issued to apply for the following visas: Skilled independent visas Skilled regional sponsored visas Skilled or business state or territory sponsored visas. The ceilings are intended …

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Changes to Employer Sponsored PR Visas & Training Benchmarks – 1 July 2017

There have been a number of changes to the Employer Sponsored Permanent Residence visa program (ENS and RSMS) as part of the 1 July changes. This article outlines the changes and briefly explains the impact for applicants. These changes are part of a series of reforms announced by the Government in April 2017 with implementation …

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What’s next for innovation?

Political events like Brexit and Trump’s presidential election might have seen Australia benefit from their aftermath, with Australia’s technology, research and engineering industries set to poach key talent to drive a boom in its innovative, new-economy industries.   With Donald Trump’s presidency and anti-immigration policies now upon us and the UK’s “Hard Brexit” about to start in earnest, the …

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Australian Federal Budget 2017 – How it impacts immigration

Overview On 9 May 2017 Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the 2017-18 Federal Budget which included announcements of a new ‘Skilling Australians Fund’ levy to support the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa from March 2018, increased visa application charges in line with inflation, limits on foreign investors intended to reduce pressure on housing affordability and the …

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Dear Mr Shorten: Immigration is good for innovation in Australia

A letter to Mr Shorten (read our full article on Medium here) Migration is a key feature of a more interconnected world. Despite recent concerns about sovereignty and migration’s economic and social implications, the movement of people across the world’s borders has been shown to boost global productivity. The countries that prioritise integration stand to …

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new points test for stem qualifications

New points test for STEM qualifications

Changes to the points test for STEM qualifications The Australian Government is amending the points test for the skilled migration programme.  The changes are part of an initiative under the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) to help Australia attract the skilled, talented people needed to drive prosperity in Australia through innovation and science. From 10 September 2016, five …

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