Friday, 27th Oct 2017


Issue #2 Oct



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Government hit with 'surge' of citizenship applications after Dutton's bill fails in Senate


Victoria announces changes to skilled visa applications


South Australia urged to introduce State specific visas to attract overseas workers


What is SkillSelect and how does it work? - Part 2


Available Jobs in Australia


Government hit with 'surge' of citizenship applications after Dutton's bill fails in Senate

Immigration Department sees spike in applications after the Turnbull Government’s controversial overhaul was struck down in the Senate.

The Department of Immigration has received a rush of applications for Australian citizenship this week, after the government failed to pass sweeping reforms that included a tougher English language test.

Department officials said citizenship applications had fallen to a low "plateau" since immigration minister Peter Dutton announced the crackdown in April.

But last week the government missed a deadline to pass the bill through the Senate, sparking a new rush on applications.

"Since the announcement last week there’s been another surge," Immigration Department official Christine Dacey told Senate Estimates on Monday evening.

The bill would have increased waiting times for permanent residents from one to four years, as well as introducing a new English language exam and a test on "Australian values".

Ms Dacey said there was another spike when the changes were first announced in April.

"There was a very large spike on or about the 20th of April, and then there was kind of a plateau, which was lower than compared to 12 months ago," she said.


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Victoria announces changes to skilled visa applications

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Victoria has temporarily closed skilled applications for two occupations and has increased the work experience requirement from two to five years for engineering and building occupations.

Victoria updated it's Visa Nomination Occupation List, temporarily closed skilled applications for two occupations and has increased the work experience requirement from two to five years for engineering and building occupations.

The state's official website said, due to a large volume of visa nomination applications received, applications for engineering and building occupations on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria will not be accepted from 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018.

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:

  • 312112 Building Associate
  • 233211 Civil Engineer
  • 312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson
  • 233311 Electrical Engineer
  • 312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 233914 Engineering Technologist

However, applicants who hold an offer of employment in Victoria in their nominated occupation or meet the streamlined PhD or 457 pathways are not affected by this closure and may apply for these engineering and building occupations during this time.

This temporary closure will allow processing of all outstanding applications and reduce the risk of delay for future applicants.

All applications received prior to 16 October 2017 will be assessed against the guidelines that applied at time of application and an outcome will be provided in due course.

Applications for all other occupations eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

With this, Victoria also announced new criteria for engineering occupations.

From 16 October 2017, applicants will have to fulfil new minimum work experience and specialisation requirements while applying for engineering occupations which has been increased from two years to five years.

Victoria also updated its Visa Nomination Occupation List on 12th October 2017.

For more information, see Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria


South Australia urged to introduce State specific visas to attract overseas workers

south australia to introduce state specific visas

South Australia wants to attract more people to its small cities and country towns and could adopt a radical plan to boost populations in these areas, including offering more visas for jobs.

Enticing more people to move from overseas could work well for the State as many automatically want to move to places such as Sydney and Melbourne, but it is regional areas where there are shortages of workers.

A plan outlined by think tank, the SA Centre for Economic Studies, recommends offering an easier path to citizenship and opening up job visas for more occupations as part of a regionally focused migration programme as well as introducing a State specific temporary visa.

It says that visa changes due to come onto force in March 2018 that will restrict the number of temporary visas granted as well as the occupations, are a gut reaction to problems relating to housing and infrastructure in cities like Sydney and Melbourne but could cut population growth in places such as South Australia where migration was needed to balance an ageing population and people moving interstate.

The report also states that concerns about migrants making unemployment rates worse were not supported by the evidence which actually shows migration has no impact on the employment rates of the non-migrant population and a very small but positive impact on average wages.

Migration Solutions chief executive Mark Glazbrook, who organised funding for the research, said it was obvious the current structure of the migration program did not support South Australian businesses.

'Unmet demand for workers, regional depopulation and our ageing population would benefit greatly from the introduction of a new migration program which is based on genuine demand. For too long there has been a widespread misunderstanding that migration takes jobs, However this research shows that under the right settings, rules and regulations that migration can stimulate economic growth and prosperity,' he explained.

The report says that it is not just highly skilled professionals that are needed. There are labour shortages for semi and low skilled occupations as well as skilled occupations.

'Our research found a number of aspects of the current migration system that did not meet the needs of the South Australian economy or South Australian employers, in particular that the use of a single level for the minimum wage level for jobs to be eligible temporary skilled visas (called the TSMIT) means that many positions in lower wages areas, which is most of South Australia, are locked out of the skilled migration system,' the report says.

'The current migration system lacks regional flexibility and is focussed on jobs with unmet demand nationally, whereas the skills gaps identified by many regional South Australian employers are often in different areas which are not typically eligible for skilled worker visas,' it adds.

It recommends the introduction of a temporary work visa that gives greater flexibility to regional needs, and allows local employers to address their own unmet demand, rather than positions in demand in the major cities.


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What is SkillSelect and how does it work? - Part 2

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Continuing further on what was discussed in the last newsletter, today we will discuss about the employer sponsored visa programmes, occupation ceilings and bridging visas.

Employer sponsored visa programmes

Employers can search for skilled workers that they might want to discuss job opportunities with. If you are contacted by an employer in SkillSelect, you can choose to contact them to discuss employment and visa opportunities. You do not need to receive an invitation from SkillSelect in order to apply for an employer sponsored visa.

When you complete an EOI that includes one of these visa types, you will be asked which state or territory you are interested in working and residing in. You will be able to select one or more state or territories, or any state or territory. Employers will be able to view your EOI and will be able to narrow their searches to specifically focus on skilled workers interested in their area. SkillSelect protects your personal information such as your name, date of birth and other characteristics that could personally identify you. This information will not be made available to employers.

Occupation ceilings

An 'occupation ceiling' might be applied to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be selected for skilled migration from an occupation group. This ensures that the skilled migration programme is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that programme year. Invitations will then be allocated to intending migrants in other occupation groups even if they are lower ranking.

If you are invited or selected

If you are invited to apply for a visa you will receive an invitation from SkillSelect. You will then have 60 days from the date of invitation to make a valid visa application online before the invitation expires.

Applications received outside of this timeframe will not be valid and you will need to wait for a further invitation before being eligible to make an application. The online visa application system will use information from your EOI, therefore you do not need to re-enter some information already provided.

You must provide evidence to support your claims with your visa application. Health and character requirements will be assessed and requested during the visa application stage.

Please be aware if you do not make a valid visa application after receiving two invitations, your EOI will be removed from SkillSelect.

If you are not invited or selected

Many more people want to migrate to Australia than there are places available. This means not everyone who completes an EOI will receive an invitation to apply for a visa. Your EOI will stay in SkillSelect for a maximum of two years. At any time during the validity of your EOI, you can update your details to reflect any additional qualifications or experience you might have obtained. This might increase your likelihood of being invited or an employer contacting you. You might receive notifications from SkillSelect during this time to notify you of visa program changes, the expiration of your EOI, or other information that you might find useful. You will not be notified of the progress of your EOI or be able to obtain any updates on the likelihood of receiving an invitation. After each invitation round for the independent and skilled regional (provisional) sponsored visas, the Department will publish on the SkillSelect website the lowest points scoring points test mark that allowed an EOI to be invited. This will give you an indication of your potential for receiving an invitation in future rounds.

An EOI is not a visa application. You cannot access merits review by the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT).

Bridging visas

An EOI is not a visa application and you will not be granted a Bridging visa by submitting an EOI. Your eligibility for a Bridging visa would only be considered once a valid visa application is lodged.

If you are in Australia and the visa you hold is about to expire before you are invited and able to apply for a skilled visa, you will need to apply for another visa to remain in Australia. If you do not meet the requirements for the grant of another visa, you will need to depart Australia before your visa expires.


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.

Panel Beater

Well established BRISBANE Auto Centre is seeking to employ an experienced Panel Beater.

Your role will require you do the following:

  • 5years experience with exclusive European cars like Ferrari, Maserati, Audi, Porsche etc.
  • Conducting finishing touches on panel repairs including grinding, filing, polishing, painting and spray painting.
  • Fitting and replacing damaged vehicle parts with new panels.
  • Utilising welding equipment in cutting and fitting new parts onto the vehicle.
  • Filling small and large depressions with plastic fillers.
  • Repairing dents and damaged panels.
  • Utilising hydraulic equipment to straighten, realign and repair damaged vehicle parts.
  • Removing upholstery and other vehicle parts.
  • Assisting in any other work the supervisor sees fit

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

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