Friday, 7 July 2017


Issue #1 July



Summary of the changes in australian visas commanced 1st july 2017


A summary of the changes commenced 1st July 2017


Details of New Pathway to Permanent Residency for New Zealand Citizens


Working Holiday Age Raised to 35


Latest Statistics from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal


Available Jobs in Australia


A summary of the changes commenced 1st July 2017

July 1st saw a series of changes to multiple visas, below is a summarized list of all the changes for each visa affected.


The Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) have been created, and are shown in a combined list on the DIBP website. The link to the combined list of occupations on the DIBP website can also be found at the bottom of this newsletter, for ease of reference. The combined list has had 36 new occupations added, 12 occupations removed, occupations transferred between lists and some caveat revisions.


All Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) applicants must now score a 6 or above in each English component of the IELTS. All Direct Entry applicants must complete a skills assessment (no more exemptions), and nominations must include information about the identity of the nominee. Direct Entry applicants after July 1st must be younger than 45 years of age and TRT and Direct Entry nominations must now provide evidence of a genuine need for the applicant to fill the nominated position.

NZ pathways:

The 189 New Zealand special category visa stream has been introduced as of July 1st, however applications for this stream can only be made online. There have also been changes to the eligible New Zealand citizen and New Zealand family relationship visa to better align with Australian social security law.

Points test skilled visas (189,190,489):

All applicants must be younger than 45 years of age, and 189, 489 and 485 visa applicants must be nominated for an occupation from the MLTSSL, while 190 and 489 visa applicants can be nominated for an occupation from the MLTSSL and some occupations on the STSOL.


Indian passport holders can now lodge Visitor visa applications online and Chinese, Indian and United Arab Emirates citizens will now be able to apply online for the priority consideration service available for Visitor visa applications.


Applicants for the Medical Treatment visa who are in Australia but do not hold a substantive visa must provide additional documentation regarding their proposed medical treatment.

Combined STSOL and MLTSSL Lists

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Details of New Pathway to Permanent Residency for New Zealand Citizens

New pathway to permanent citizens for newzealand-ciitzens

Details of the new pathway to Australian permanent residency for New Zealand citizens, which was originally announced by the Australian Government on 19 February 2016, are now available!

Amendments to Schedule 2 of the Migration Regulations 1994 and a new legislative instrument (IMMI 17/035) came into force on 1 July 2017 in order to introduce this pathway.

Here is the story:

The pathway will be available through a "New Zealand stream" of the Subclass 189 visa - Skilled Independent.

The pathway is available for New Zealand citizens who have been "usually resident" in Australia for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately before the application.

The continuous period of usual residence must have commenced on or before the date that the new pathway was announced, 19 February 2016. This of course means that New Zealand citizens who began a period of residence in Australia after 19 February 2016 will not be eligible to take advantage of this pathway.

Unless they are able to avail themselves of an exemption under the legislative instrument, NZ citizens will need to establish that they earned at least the "Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold" or "TSMIT", for the following years:

  • 2011 – 2012: $49,330
  • 2012 – 2013 : $51,400
  • 2013- 2014 and succeeding years through 2016 – 2017: $53,900

Applicants will need to provide proof of their income to the Department in the form of notices of assessment, or amended notices of assessment, issued by the Commissioner of Taxation in relation to the 4 most recently completed income years before the date of the application.

Exemptions to the threshold income requirement will be available to the following cohorts:

  1. Holders of Special Category Subclass 444 visas who were unable to meet the income requirements for any period during the 5 years immediately before making an application because they were prevented from leaving Australia to return to New Zealand because the Family Court of Australia had assigned primary care of a child to the applicant and placed restrictions on the applicant from removing the child from Australia;
  2. Holders of Subclass 444 visas who were unable to meet the income requirement during any of the 5 years immediately before making the application because they were receiving compensation for an injury which prevented them from earning at or above the threshold and their ongoing rehabilitation or any compensation would have been discontinued if they had returned to New Zealand;
  3. Holders of Subclass 444 visas who were unable to meet the requirement for any period during the 5 years before making their application because they were on an approved period of parental or carer’s leave from their usual employment; immediately prior to the period of leave, had an annual income that met the threshold for the relevant income year; and have resumed, or are expected within a reasonable period, to resume earning an income that is no less than the income threshold.

A further requirement for the grant of the new visa is that applicants, and all members of the family unit who are applicants for the visa, must satisfy the health criteria of Public Interest Criterion 4007. This means that "health waivers" would be available to applicants and family members even if they suffer from a disease or condition that would be likely to require health care or community services that would be likely to result in a significant cost to the Australian community or to prejudice the access of Australian citizens or permanent residents to health care and community services so long as the cost or prejudice would not be "undue".


Working Holiday Age Raised to 35

Working holiday age raised to 35

Some welcomed news for working holiday travellers wishing to visit Australia. Applicants must be no more than 35 years of age at the time of application.

A Subclass 417 Working holiday visa is a temporary visa for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries. Once in Australia, an individual is able to apply for a second working holiday visa assuming they meet the requirement of having completed work in regional area.

Currently the following list of countries are eligible for the subclass 417 working holiday visa:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom.

A subclass 462 Work and Holiday shadows the 417 visa. Extension of this visa is also possible in some circumstances.

Currently the following list of countries are eligible for subclass 462 working holiday visa:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • USA
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

Happy holidaying!

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Latest Statistics from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Guide to appeal after visa refusal

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal released their Migration Caseload Summary for July-May by visa subclass.

For this period there were approximately 16,700 lodgements for an appeal. The overwhelming bulk of applications are to appeal student visa refusals with approximately 3,800 lodgements. Second in line are partner visas with approximately 3,700 lodgements for appeal followed by sponsorship/nomination refusals sitting at 1,750.

There were approximately 4,622 appeals lodged for refugee visas with Malaysian nationals making up almost 50% of the caseload.

In most cases applicants have 21 days to submit their appeal from the date of the refusal.


Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

Job2Go is a local recruitment company based in Adelaide, Queensland and Sydney, and has been providing staffing solutions and human resource services to small to large sized companies throughout Australia. We are hiring for the following positions.


An exciting opportunity had opened for an experienced Cook! Our client has been providing high quality authentic Indian food for the past 20 years. The right candidate will have excellent knowledge of dishes from all over India.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Attention to detail and be a good team player.

Office Manager

Our client has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Office Manager to join their team! This family owned business specialises in commercial printing including digital, wide format and offset printing. Proven to be very successful, they are currently undergoing a major expansion and therefore are in need of an Office Manager who possess high standards of organisational skills.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience within a professional service firm
  • Formal qualifications required
  • Strong work ethic and be highly organised and attention to detail with accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and balance several tasks and work with deadlines with a demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking


Specialising in all cutting styles, our client is in need of an experienced Hairdresser who is capable of providing services to all age groups. Our client’s concept is simple and clean and is ladies only cutting salon. The ideal candidate must possess the ability to cut all hair styles and be extremely confident in all aspects of hair.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Dedication to personal and professional development
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Extensive knowledge in all aspects of hair and products

Medical Administrator

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • At least a Bachelor degree or at least 5 years’ of relevant experience.
  • An understanding of medico-legal issues and the legislative framework for public health services
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of an inter-disciplinary team and to communicate with clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Ability to analyse and critically evaluate relevant information and apply to medical management issues
  • Well-developed written and communication skills

Contact Job2Go on 1300 562246. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send your resume to

Alternatively you can check our website for further details


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