Friday, 2nd Mar 2018

 

Issue #1 Mar

 

TOP STORY

changes to skilled visas unveiled
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

'Significant changes' to skilled visas unveiled

 

Labour Agreements

 

Is immigration too high in Australia?

 

Introducing culture to regional Australia

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

'Significant changes' to skilled visas unveiled

Industry insiders say a large number of prospective visa applicants will find it hard to meet the new requirements for some visas.

Changes flagged to the skilled visas by the Federal Government last year are due to take effect this month.

The government, last year announced it was axing the temporary employer-sponsored 457 visa which will now be replaced by two new Temporary Skill Shortage visas sometime during the next month.

The TSS visa will be available in two streams – short term and medium term.

Short term visas will be issued for two years, while medium-term visas will be issued for up to four years. A two-year work experience and market salary rate assessment will be mandatory, besides tightened English language requirements for the medium term stream. The short-term stream of the visa will not provide a pathway to permanent residency.

Many believe the mandatory work experience will eliminate many international students from the equation who were earlier able to apply for 457 visas.

Another equally critical change is being made with RSMS (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) and ENS (Employer Nomination Scheme) which will now, among other things, require potential visas holders to have three-years of relevant experience in the field they are being sponsored to work into.

 
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Labour Agreements

Labor Agreements

Labour agreements enable approved businesses to sponsor skilled overseas workers when there is a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market and standard temporary or permanent visa programs are not available. They are only available for the following visa programs:

  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)

Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government, represented by the Department, and employers. They are generally in effect for five years and might​ include additional terms and conditions, because labour agreements provide a variation to standard migration requirements.

You might be able to enter into a labour agreement if you are in one of the following situations:

  • the occupation of the workers you want to employ is not listed on either the list of eligible skilled occupations or the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)
  • you are a recruitment company seeking to sponsor skilled workers to be on-hired to other businesses, and the occupations requested are on the list of eligible skilled occupations
  • standard immigration options are not suitable.

In order to propose a labour agreement, you must demonstrate among other things, the following:

  • identify the relevant skills shortage in the business and why these vacancies cannot be filled by suitably qualified Australian workers. You must show that you have made recent, genuine efforts to recruit, employ or engage Australian workers
  • specify the number of skilled workers needed from outside Australia
  • specify the skill and English language requirements that relate to the nominated occupations. Semi-skilled occupations can be considered provided they are specialised and in demand
  • include evidence that there is a genuine and systemic shortage of skilled workers
  • evidence of written correspondence that you have consulted or made genuine efforts to consult industry stakeholders (including relevant trade unions and peak industry bodies)
  • you have a commitment to training Australians.

You might be able to use a template labour agreement if there is one for your industry or your worker's occupation. A template labour agreement is a set of standard parameters for similar employers and it does not guarantee an agreement will be approved. If the template does not suit your needs, you might be able to negotiate an individual agreement.

A labour agreement comes into effect when it has been signed by all parties involved in the negotiations. When you have a labour agreement in place, you are an approved sponsor for the term of operation of the agreement. You can then nominate skilled workers from outside Australia under the terms of the labour agreement.

You will also need to meet your sponsorship obligations and any other terms and conditions specified in the agreement. If you breach the terms and conditions of your agreement, we could suspend or terminate it.

Source: Department of Home Affairs

 
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Is immigration too high in Australia?

Immigration to Australia too high

CUTTING immigration into Australia may improve living standards and housing affordability for residents but there are also trade=offs that need to be considered.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has called for Australia to drastically reduce immigration levels from 190,000 to 110,000 people a year.

"My issue is not immigration; it's the rate of immigration at a time of stagnant wages, clogged infrastructure, soaring house prices and, in Melbourne at least, ethnic gangs that are testing the resolve of police," he said during a speech at the Sydney Institute on Tuesday evening.

"It's a basic law of economics that increasing the supply of labour depresses wages; and that increasing demand for housing boosts price."

THE ARGUMENT FOR LOWER IMMIGRATION

Population expert Bob Birrell, a former Monash University professor and now head of the Australian Population Research Institute, said net overseas migration was responsible for half the growth in households in Melbourne and Sydney.

Treasurer Scott Morrison said today it was temporary migration driving population growth up, so the government had tightened controls on 457 visas and extended the waiting list time for migrants to be able to claim welfare.

But Mr Birrell said he thought dramatic cuts could still be made to the skilled migration program.

According to 2015-16 statistics, almost 130,000 people enter Australia every year under the "skills stream", a substantial number of the total 190,000 granted permanent visas. Most of the other places are granted under the "family stream".

"That could be slashed because the so-called skilled migrants it is attracting - very few have skills that are in short supply in Australia," Mr Birrell said.

"Employers would hardly notice the difference if the skills stream was slashed."

In a report published in December 2016, Mr Birrell highlighted rorting of the previous 457 visa system (which has now been replaced) among three popular occupations: IT professionals, engineers and accountants.

"Competition from the migrant influx is part of the problem."

But Mr Birrell said changes announced in April last year to abolish the 457 visa and replace it with a new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa was a significant reform.

Unlike the 457 visa, the two-year TSS will not allow migrants to apply for permanent residency once they expire. The government also slashed the number of occupations eligible to apply for the visa.

Source: News.com.au

 

Introducing culture to regional Australia

Introducing culture to regional Australia

Australia is a multicultural country, however majority of the multicultural aspects of Australia remain within and surrounding the cities and coastal areas. In the regional areas of Australia you are hard pressed to find cultural events, shops, bilingual speakers and a diverse variety of authentic cuisines. Majority of Australian regional towns have smaller populations, are more widespread and the local industries are agricultural and mining based.

Stawell and Heywood in Victoria are just a couple of these regional towns in Australia, where cultural opportunities are hard to come by, making it difficult for language teachers to inspire their students. Luckily some very dedicated teachers in these areas are willing to go the extra mile to ensure their students have access to the cultural events and cuisines that those in the cities have. These teachers are travelling 3 or more hours to Melbourne with their students in order to eat a Chinese meal or attend Indonesian events. This dedication is needed in regional Australia and will hopefully continue to grow throughout regional Australia.

 
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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.

Cook

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:

  • 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.
  • 5 years experience with exclusive European cars like Ferrari, Maserati, Audi, Porsche etc.
  • 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

Pastry Chef / Baker

With an established brand, our company requires individuals who has trade qualifications and experience as a Baker/Pastry Cook.

The position broadly entails:

  • Preparing and mixing ingredients according to formulas and methods
  • Operating manufacturing equipment
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy work area
  • Understanding and implementing different cooking processes.

The individual applying requires:

  • Trade qualifications in baking
  • Available for full time work
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge of baking industry
  • Good communication skills
  • A positive work attitude and professional manner
  • Demonstrate a high degree of attention to detail

If you believe you are an applicable candidate and have plenty of energy and enthusiasm, then please forward your resume and cover letter.

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 jobs@job2go.org

Alternatively you can check our website for further details www.job2go.org

 
 

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