Friday, 29th Sep 2017


Issue #3 Sep



nsw skilled occupation list 2017-18


Want to migrate to Australia? NSW updates skilled occupation list


Concerns over foreign workers' exploitation on this lesser known visa


Opportunities exist in Australia for highly skilled professionals in IT, engineering and financials services


Crash Course on Bridging Visas


Available Jobs in Australia


Want to migrate to Australia? NSW updates skilled occupation list

If you are someone who wants to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident, this news is for you. New South Wales’ updated Priority Skilled Occupation list for 2017-18 is out now.

Successful applicants are invited to apply for Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa which allows visa holders to live and work in Australia permanently.

The list is reviewed and revised on the advice of the state’s Department of Industry based on the demand and availability of occupational skills.

The occupations on the Priority Skilled Occupation list can be nominated for state nomination which gets applicants an additional five points towards the overall score on the points-tested visa application process.

The highest ranking applicants in occupations on the list are invited first to apply for a visa.

The NSW Department of Industry says the process remains ongoing and changes are made to the occupation list based on the needs of the economy.

Visa subclass 190

Eligible applicants upon receiving the state nomination will be able to apply for visa subclass 190 which is a skilled nominated permanent visa.

Successful nominees are required to live and work in NSW for at least two years while in Australia on this visa.

"Demand for NSW nominations is very high, usually exceeding the number of places available under the NSW 190 program. Due to the large volume, only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to apply," the Department of Industry says.

You can check the list here.

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Concerns over foreign workers' exploitation on this lesser known visa

subclass 400

Visa holders from countries including India, China and Indonesia have been allegedly employed to fill job vacancies involving semi-skilled jobs.

Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating at least 11 cases of alleged exploitation of foreign workers on a relatively lesser known work visa (subclass 400), sparking concerns of unscrupulous employers exploiting the visa after the federal government announced it was abolishing 457 visa due to similar concerns.

Among the cases under investigations are of the Chinese workers who were paid as little as $1.90 an hour to wind up a vehicle manufacturing plant in South Australia and metal fabricators from the Philippines paid $4.90 an hour to work in NSW, Fairfax Media reports.

The news report also claims that in the 2015 cricket world cup, camera crews from Singapore were flown in on 400 visa, refusing the work to Australian camera crews.

According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the visa is for short-term and non-ongoing work and can only be availed for highly specialised skills that cannot be found in Australia.

But experts say the visa which was introduced in 2013 is being used to fill semi-skilled positions. In 2016-17, 46,000 subclass 400 visas were granted.

In April this year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a crackdown on sponsored skilled visas, announced this government was going to abolish the controversial 457 visas to prioritise jobs for Australians.

Experts feel the 400 visa escaped scrutiny because of it being a lesser known subclass.

"For the 400 there is not much information at all. It's a sleeper visa category not much attention has been paid to it," Dr Chris Wright of the University of Sydney told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Migration agent Yatharth Bharadwaj says 400 visa is used predominantly by big businesses to sponsor foreign workers.

"Because smaller businesses attract tougher scrutiny from the department [DIPB], they rarely use it, but big companies, including multinationals, use it often," he says.

Labor MP Julian Hill accused the government of a “fake crack down” on visas when it abolished the 457.

He said temporary skilled visas should only be available when there's a genuine skills gap that Australian workers can't fill.

"It appears that some employers are still finding ways to bypass the new skills shortage lists and avoid labour market testing," Mr Hill said.

A spokesperson for the Immigration Minister said all the 400 visa applications are processed with careful consideration of all relevant information.

"The government is committed to ensuring that Australian workers have priority and that foreign workers are a supplement to, and not a substitute for, Australian workers," he said.



Opportunities exist in Australia for highly skilled professionals in IT, engineering and financials services

it engineering financial services

Australia is experiencing a mismatch between the skills jobseekers possess and those employers want, suggesting there is still demand for professionals in many industries from abroad.

Overall, despite an existing pool of labour, employers in Australia still find it difficult to fill jobs that require highly skilled professionals, according to the 2017 Hays Global Skills Index.

According to recruiting experts Hays, increased job opportunities in highly skilled industries and technological advances are behind this struggle to keep pace with labour market demand.

'Employers in industries such as IT, engineering, financial services and professional services have higher demand for talent than those in low skill industries,' said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.

'The significant expansion of the wage gap between high and lower skill occupations year on year also underscores the talent mismatch. New technology is rendering routine and repetitive jobs redundant and leading to greater demand for higher skill workers relative to medium and lower skill workers,' he explained.

'Wages for the former, such as in digital, engineering, senior accounting and estimating, have continued to grow at around the same rate year on year, while lower skill occupations experienced much slower wage growth,' he added.

Meanwhile Australia's increase from 5.1 to 5.5 on the overall index, the highest since 2013, shows increased pressure in the job market. Deligiannis explained that this means it is harder to secure the right talent now than it was a year ago.

The index shows that in Australia readily available candidates are now less likely to possess the skills employers want and wage pressure in high skill industries is rising much quicker than in low skill industries relative to the past creating a shortage of suitable talent in high skill industries.

It also found that employers are trying to hold onto the talented employees that they have and are not using salary levels to compete for talent overall.

'Australia's fluid job market is delivering career advancing opportunities, but the talent required for these roles is changing. Highly skilled professionals are sought over those who perform routine or repetitive tasks that can be automated,' said Deligiannis.

'At the same time, the labour force is shrinking and is less likely to possess the skills employers want. Add wage stagnation and Australia's overall score has returned to 5.5, a figure not seen since 2013,' he added.


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Crash Course on Bridging Visas

australian bridging visas

Bridging Visas for many remains a tricky area in the Australian immigration law for a number of reasons. For example, an applicant may be granted a Bridging Visa, however this Bridging Visa may not come into effect until certain event/s occur. An applicant may be granted a Bridging Visa ranging from Bridging Visa A to Bridging Visa R. In general, the further you work down the alphabet, the less beneficial the Bridging Visa (with exception to Bridging Visa B) becomes in terms of ability to travel and/or work.

What is a Bridging Visa?

Bridging Visa as the name suggest aims to act as a "bridge" between the last substantive Australian visa held and the subsequent visa application which is yet to be finally determined by the Department of Immigration or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Different type of Bridging Visa can be granted depending on applicant’s circumstances at the time they lodge an application for a substantive visa.

How many Bridging Visas are there?

Common Bridging Visas that employers as well as visa applicants may be familiar with includes Bridging Visa A and Bridging Visa B. There are however a number Bridging Visas that are less common and that that may be granted where an applicant is unable to meet the requirements for grant of Bridging Visa which is more beneficial.

Class WA - Bridging A (BVA) - Subclass 010 - Bridging A

This visa can be granted to a non-citizen who holds/held a substantive visa and/or holds a BVA or BVB and who has applied for either:

  • a further substantive visa that has not been finally determined (includes any merits review); or
  • judicial review of a decision to refuse to grant that substantive visa

Class WB - Bridging B (BVB) - Subclass 020 - Bridging B

The BVB (Class WB - subclass 020 (Bridging B) visa can be granted to a non-citizen who holds BVA or BVB and who has substantial reasons for leaving and re-entering Australia during either:

  • the processing of their associated substantive visa application (including any merits review); or
  • judicial review of a decision to refuse to grant that substantive visa

Class WC - Bridging C (BVC) - Subclass 030 - Bridging C

The BVC (Class WC - subclass 030 (Bridging C) visa) can be granted to a non-citizen who does not hold a substantive visa nor a BVE and has not held a BVE since they last held a substantive visa. The non-citizen must have applied for either:

  • a substantive visa and that application has not been finally determined; or
  • judicial review of a decision to refuse to grant that substantive visa

Class WD - Bridging D (BVD) - Subclass 040/041 - Bridging (Prospective Applicant) and Subclass 041 - Bridging (Non-applicant)

The BVD (Class WD - subclass 040 (Prospective Applicant) visa) can be granted to:

  • an unlawful non-citizen who is not in immigration detention or criminal detention; or
  • a non-citizen who holds a visa that will cease within the next 3 working days; and
  • the non-citizen has unsuccessfully attempted to make a valid application for a substantive visa but would be able to do so within 5 working days. A BVD (040) cannot be granted to a person who has previously been granted two BVD (040) visas since they last held a substantive visa

The BVD (Class WD - subclass 041 (Non-applicant) visa) can be granted to an unlawful non-citizen who is not in immigration detention or criminal detention and is either unable or does not want to apply for a substantive visa and an authorised officer is not available to interview them.

Class WE - Bridging E (BVE) - Subclass 050 - Bridging (General) and Subclass 051 - Bridging (Protection Visa Applicant)

The BVE (Class WE - subclass 050 (General) visa) can be granted to an unlawful non-citizen or holder of either a BVE or BVD (041) who

  • is making arrangements to depart Australia; or
  • has made, or will soon make, a valid application for a substantive visa; or
  • has applied for judicial review in relation to a migration decision and proceedings have not been completed; or
  • has applied, or will soon apply, for revocation or review of a cancellation decision; or
  • has applied for a declaration that the Act does not apply to them or a determination under s48B of the Migration Act; or
  • has applied for ministerial intervention under s345, s351, s391, s417 or s454; or
  • has served a sentence of periodic detention or imprisonment; or
  • has applied for judicial or merits review of a decision under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007; or
  • is a person in relation to whom the Minister has decided to substitute a more favourable decision for the decision of the AAT but the person cannot, for the time being, be granted that visa.

The BVE (Class WE - subclass 051 (Protection Visa Applicant) visa) can be granted to a non-citizen who has applied for a protection visa and that application has not been finally determined or is the subject of judicial review and the non-citizen:

  • was refused or bypassed immigration clearance; and
  • came to the department’s attention within 45 days of arrival and and either:
  • is under 18 and certain child welfare authorities have certified that release from immigration detention is in their best interests; or
  • is 75 or older and adequate arrangements have been made for community support; or
  • has a specialised need for treatment that cannot be met in immigration detention and adequate arrangements have been made for their support; or
  • is the spouse, or family unit member of a spouse, of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen

Class WF - Bridging F (BVF) - Subclass 060 - Bridging F

The BVF (Class WF - subclass 060 (Bridging F) visa) can be granted to a non-citizen who has been identified by Australian Federal or State/Territory police as being a suspected victim of human trafficking. The non-citizen:

  • does not hold a visa and has not held a BVF; or
  • does not hold a visa and has held a BVF; or
  • holds a BVF; or
  • has been invited to make an application under regulation 2.20B(2) and suitable arrangements have been made for their care in Australia.

Class WR - Bridging R (BVR) - Subclass 070 - Bridging (Removal Pending)

The BVR (Class WR - subclass 070 (Removal Pending) visa) can be granted to persons in immigration detention when removal from Australia is not reasonably practicable and

  • any visa applications have been finally determined and
  • the person has been invited to apply for the BVR in accordance with regulation 2.20A(2) (usually done through a process of ministerial intervention under s195A).

Not all visa applicants are entitled to a Bridging Visa

Bridging Visa is not granted automatically and grant of a Bridging Visa will depend on a number of circumstances including the subsequent visa subclass. In some instances, you may not receive a Bridging Visa, for example, there is a common misconception that by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) for subclass 189/190 visa, will not entitle you to a Bridging Visa.

Tips for visa applicants

If are granted a Bridging Visa, it is important to fully understand its conditions and limitations. For example, it may not be possible for you to travel outside Australia until a decision is made on your subsequent application. There may be work limitation and restrictions. Certain Bridging Visas carry directions such as appearing before the Department of Immigration and departing Australia within specified period of time. Failure to abide and understand these conditions could result in a negative outcome of subsequent visa applications to Australia or limit your ability to return to Australia in future.

Tips of employers

It is important to request and keep a copy of a Bridging Visa grant notification held by your current or incoming employee on file and conduct VEVO checks on quarterly basis. Under Employer Sanctions Act, employers are now faced with greater liability for hiring individuals with no or limited work rights. These liabilities include civil as well as criminal charges per offence.

Offenses include:

  • allowing an unlawful non-citizen to work;
  • allowing a lawful non-citizen to work in breach of a work-related condition;
  • referring an unlawful non-citizen to work; and
  • referring a lawful non-citizen to work in breach of a work-related condition.

Key Points:

  • not all visa applicants are entitled to a Bridging Visa
  • the further you work down the alphabet, the less beneficial is the Bridging Visa (with exception to B)
  • work rights should be checked every three months when employing a holder of a Bridging Visa
  • know and fully understand any conditions attached to a Bridging Visa



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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