Skilling Australians Fund & Training Levy Update

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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Welcome Marianne to the TMA Team

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We are delighted to welcome Marianne Calacala to the TMA team. Marianne is joining us as a Senior Consultant and will be leading client relationship management and service delivery for our business and individual clients. Marianne brings a wealth of knowledge experience as a solicitor and migration agent having worked in top tier law firms…

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

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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

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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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TSS Visa Regulations Take Effect 18 March 2018

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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Proposed new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa

The Department of Home Affairs has provided further details about the new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (TSS Visa) during a briefing to the industry body, Migration Institute of Australia. The TSS Visa is proposed to come into effect in March 2018, in replacement of the current subclass 457 temporary skilled work visa. While legislation to…

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Demand for tech skills intensifies across Australia

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Source: IT Brief Australia The number of jobs advertised across Australia is on the rise. This is according to Seek, a global job marketplace particularly prominent in Australia and New Zealand. Seek has collected data on the nation’s job market, revealing which skills are in demand, which job sectors are seeing a decline in terms…

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January 2018 Visa Update

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On 20 December 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection was rebranded by the Government and is now known as the Department of Home Affairs – https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/ This name change sees the former Department of Immigration included in the portfolio of federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management and border related…

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We are hiring! New vacancy for a Junior Migration Consultant

Come join our team and experience a progressive & flexible work environment, access to high quality work and competitive remuneration. The Migration Agency is a full service migration firm with a vision to partner with innovative businesses to provide access to a global talent pool. The firm advises and services creative industries and leading Australian…

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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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457 Sponsor’s Training Benchmark Obligations

Overview Businesses operating in Australia seeking to hire and sponsor talented migrant workers should be aware of the requirements associated with training Australian citizens and permanent residents. Currently, businesses operating for more than 12 months must meet either Training Benchmark A or B as set out below when seeking to apply for Business Sponsorship under…

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