Visas

Regional migration: Is this the answer to congestion in our 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. Benefits of encouraging regional migration According to recent Department of Home…

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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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Fair Work Ombudsman recovers $746,000 in unpaid wages

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Source: Smartcompany The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has asked consumers to consider the real price of cheap food after recovering $746,203 in unpaid wages for almost 400 workers including migrants in recent blitz of sushi restaurants. The FWO has audited 45 sushi businesses in NSW, Queensland and the ACT, finding widespread non-compliance with workplace laws…

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400 Visa – not as straight forward as it used to be

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Since the more restrictive TSS visa was introduced this year, we have noticed there is now increased scrutiny on Subclass 400 visa applications which can vary between processing centres.  This may be due to the influx of Subclass 400 visa applications, which we expect have been caused by: Increased and uncertain 457 processing times which…

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Practical guide to labour market testing

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How to: Deal with Labour Market Testing requirements Many sponsors struggle to satisfy the strict requirements for advertising a role, set by the Department of Home Affairs. And yet, this requirement does not have to be a barrier to sponsoring your new hire. We have compiled our top tips for handling labour market testing so…

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Employers must now pay Training Levy

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Employers are now required to pay levies to the Skilling Australia Fund for business nominations lodged on or after 12 August 2018. The Australian Government has implement the collection of a training levy from employer sponsors under the Skilling Australians Fund Act 2018 and the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Regulations 2018. The levies are intended…

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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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Global Talent Scheme Visa is here!

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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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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Increase to Visa Application Charges

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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