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Changes to Acceptable Skills Assessments for Employer Nomination Scheme and Regional Skilled Migration Scheme visas – 28 October 2013

From 28 October 2013 skills assessments obtained for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa will no longer be accepted when you apply for a Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa or a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa.

If you applied for an Employer Nomination Scheme or a Regional Skilled Migration Scheme visa before 28 October 2013, and your application is yet to be decided by the department, this change will not apply to you.

Annual Update of Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List – 1 July 2013

The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has changed from 1 July 2013, with seven new occupations to be added.
See: Occupations on the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) from 1 July 2013

Nomination fee increase – 1 July 2013

From 1 July 2013, the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) nomination application fee will increase from $85 to $330 in order to reflect the real cost of processing and administering nominations, and to bring Australia's visa system in line with international benchmarks. The fee to apply to be an Approved Sponsor under the subclass 457 programme remains unchanged at $420.

Changes to the Subclass 457 programme – 1 July 2013

Overview of changes being made to the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) programme which will take effect from 1 July 2013.
See: Changes to the Subclass 457 programme

Increase to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold and the English Language Salary Exemption Threshold – 1 July 2013

From 1 July 2013, the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) and the English Language Salary Exemption Threshold (ELSET), have been indexed by 4.8 per cent, in line with the Australia-wide increase in average weekly earnings. This has increased TSMIT from $51 400 to $53 900 and the ELSET from $92 000 to $96 400.
See: Increase to Income Threshold levels

Proposed Temporary Work visa changes – 1 November 2012

Summary of the Proposed changes being made to Temporary Work visas on 24 November 2012.
See: Temporary Work Visa changes

First court finding against 457 visa sponsor – 2 July 2012

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship today welcomed a Federal Magistrates Court decision against a Victorian 457 visa sponsor who underpaid a worker by $10 000.
See: First court finding against 457 visa sponsor

Template labour agreement for fast food employers

Following an extensive consultation process, the department has established a template labour agreement for employers in fast food businesses. This will help meet identified shortages of qualified managers and supervisors particularly for employers in regional areas competing with the resources sector for workers.

There are limited visa options for sponsoring workers in management and supervision roles in fast food environments but demand for these workers is high. The industry-wide template labour agreement provides certainty for employers experiencing these skills shortages as expectations are clear: the parameters of a template agreement are non-negotiable, detailing English language requirements, pay, qualification, and work experience requirements, and training benchmarks.

Fast food employers will be able to sponsor Diploma-qualified Retail Managers with five years’ experience and Retail Supervisors with Certificate IV qualifications and four years’ experience, provided they:

  • can demonstrate that they have been attempting to recruit Australian workers
  • are training their workforce
  • can pay market salary rates above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold.

For further information, contact us.

SkillSelect – 27 January 2012

SkillSelect is an online system that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI).  People intending to migrate to Australia may be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they may be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

SkillSelect was implemented on 1 July 2012.
See: SkillSelect

Last reviewed Thursday 23 January 2014

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