Skilled Migration

Regional migration: Is this the answer to crowded cities?

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The Morrison Government has proposed that changes to our regional migration program are required to address population growth in our major cities. Whilst details of the proposed policy are still being developed, many are questioning how effective such a policy will be in practice. The Government’s proposed regional migration policy According to recent Department of…

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Business leaders leverage skills of refugee global talent pool

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Talent shortages will affect the future of the world’s largest economies in upcoming years, and developing new and creative solutions to address these critical shortages is an economic imperative. The global refugee population should be part of the solution. A report commissioned by Talent Beyond Boundaries highlights the contributions from businesses who are spearheading efforts…

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State Nomination – Occupation List and other changes for NSW WA & SA

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A number of states and territories have updated their skilled migration occupation lists and requirements for nomination for 2018/19.  Each state and territory has its own specific requirements matched to local needs. Below is a summary of changes announced by the New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia Governments. NSW Priority Skilled Occupation List…

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Skilled Points Test – new minimum 65 points

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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

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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

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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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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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