Friday, 13th July 2018


Issue #1 July



skilled visas first round


First Round of Invitations for Skilled Visas is Expected Today


Sponsorship Accreditation - Possible Solution to lengthy visa processing times


Planning to bring your parents to Australia? Know the changes


Australia to offer special boutique visa deals


Available Jobs in Australia


First Round of Invitations for Skilled Visas is Expected Today

Applicants who submitted an expression of interest to apply for Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) or the Skilled Regional (Provisional Subclass 489) may be receiving an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs as early as today.

The first round of invitations for the new migration year is expected to run between 11th and 12th July. Historically speaking, the first invitation round in the new migration year generally results in a large volume of invitations. It is expected that somewhere between 1000 to 2000 invitations will be sent for the Skilled Independent and around 100 invitations for the Skilled Regional visas.

Skilled Migration programme has been significantly impacted by 1 July changes as a resulted of large number of expression of interest (EOI’s) lodged through Skill Select. Skill Select initiative was launched by the Australian Government on 1 July 2012 which is an online service that enables skilled persons who are interested in obtaining an Australian visa to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) that includes information about their skills and other attributes. Skill Select issues invitations to apply to migrate based upon a ranking of the attributes of nominees and subject to ceilings on occupation numbers. Skill Select also enables staff of certain State/Territory government agencies and Australian employers to view relevant information in an intending migrant’s Expression of Interest (EoI). Due to the large volume of invitations currently in the system, the cut-off score for subsequent (post 1 July) invitation round increased to 65 points.

Whilst the minimum pass score is likely to remain at 65 points for the foreseeable future, it is worthwhile to note that invitations issued during the previous round was to prospective applicants sitting on 70 to 75 points.

The highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates. Whilst some data pertaining methodology behind receiving an invitation is published on the Departmental website, it is not possible to know your ranking in the system. This type of information remains unpublished.

Certain occupations in high demand require a greater score due to supply constraints:




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Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers


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Electronics Engineer


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Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers


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Other Engineering Professionals


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ICT Business and System Analysts


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Software and Applications Programmers


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Computer Network Professionals


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In addition, certain occupations are subject to ceilings and limitation in the number of invitations that can be issued for any given migration year. Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. Stock employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

To improve points score, applicants may wish to consider reviewing the following:

  • Resitting English language test
  • Gaining further employment experience in Australia
  • Considering further study in Australia

The following round of invitations will be run the final weeks of July.


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Sponsorship Accreditation - Possible Solution to lengthy visa processing times

sponsorship accreditation

Processing times for subclass 457 as well as its successor, the TSS (482) visa continue to rise. The average processing time for subclass 457 visa is 5 to 9 months whereas subclass 482 visas are taking 2 to 4 months. The average wait time to speak with member of staff at the Department of Immigration is 1 hour. This is clearly a result of the ever-changing legislative criteria, complex visa assessment process, less resource availability to process the visas and collective case management system whereby it is not possible for an applicant to contact the case officer in relation to a specific application. The only method of communication that remains available is via the generic drop box covering entire sponsored visa programme. The Department has an ongoing policy to avoid providing updates in relation to cases which are within the standard processing times for obvious reasons. However, this policy appears to impact cases where there is a genuine need to contact the Department, for example, in situations where a request for further information is issued erroneously and must therefore be dealt with swiftly.

Whilst there appears to be no immediate solution to the lengthy processing times for subclass 457/482 visas, employers wishing to sponsor expatriate employees may wish to consider becoming an accredited sponsor and gain access to a number of assessment concessions as well as significantly reduced processing times. The sponsorship accreditation criteria expended, meaning that more businesses can access the accreditation framework.

There are currently four categories of accreditation framework available:

  1. Commonwealth State and Territory Government Agencies
  2. Australian Trusted Traders
  3. Low volume usage and high percentage of Australian workers
  4. High volume usage and medium percentage of Australian workers

Provided the business can meet one of the four criteria, accreditation becomes a possibility. The Department may approve accreditation for start-up businesses who wish to apply for accreditation but do not meet these requirements where special circumstances apply (e.g. part of a government entrepreneurship program/award winner). These will be assessed on a case-by-case basis where accreditation is requested by a start-up business and a submission is provided requesting special consideration.

The business will also need to demonstrate it has met other requirements including demonstrating consistent annual turnover, having previously sponsored certain number of 457/TSS visa holders prior filing an accrediting application as well as having a low non approval rating for 457/482 nominations.

Once accredited, an employer will be granted a sponsorship accreditation facility with access to priority processing of 482 nomination and visa applications. Streamlined nominations will be auto approved within minutes with no manual intervention. Accredited sponsors will also be able to demonstrate Labour Market Testing by providing evidence of advertising for the sponsored role on their website. Further, applicants sponsored by an accredited sponsor will not be required to obtain an overseas police clearance provided their sponsoring employer is able to issue a reference letter to confirm good character and no prior conviction.

At present, accredited sponsors are afforded processing times of approximately two business days in most cases and up to three weeks in some. Streamlined nominations are auto-approved meaning a decision is made within minutes of lodgement. This clearly is a significant reduction in processing times in comparison to non-accredited sponsors, therefore employers who are looking to sponsor overseas workers should consider becoming accredited if eligible.



Planning to bring your parents to Australia? Know the changes

parent visa

Here's what you need to know about the recent changes to the parent visas, from where it should be sent to the price increase.

There are two parent visa categories in Australia, non-contributory and contributory. The main differences between the two types of visas are cost and wait time.

Since 1 July, there have been two changes affecting parent visas applicants.

Parent visa applications are now sent to Perth

As of this July, all parent visa applications must be submitted directly to the Perth Visa and Citizenship Office, by post or courier.

Fees are increasing

Application fees have increased by roughly two percent at the beginning of the month.

Parents applying for the subclass 173 temporary contributory parent visa now pay $2,595 instead of $2,540.

Parents applying for the subclass 143 permanent contributory parent visa, subclass 884 temporary aged parent contributory visa and subclass 864 permanent aged parent contributory visa, now pay $3,855, an increase of $85.

It takes more time to get a parent visa

The processing time to get a parent visa is getting longer and longer. Just last year the Department's estimated processing time used to state somewhere about 3 years, now it's 4.5 years - this is for the contributory parent visa, and longer it processes, the parents obviously would age, and as the parents age their health may deteriorate which may affect their parent visa outcome.

With the government allocating only 1,500 non-contributory parent visas and 7,715 contributory parent visas in the 2017-18 migration programme, applicants provide as much information and documents as possible to not affect their waiting time.

Applications with full supporting evidence tend to be processed quicker.

No change in the income threshold for sponsors… for now

The government won't be doubling the income threshold of sponsors, as initially announced. But parents who are eligible to apply for a visa do so as soon as possible because the government could tighten the rules.

The current government is putting red tapes on many different visas. The major changes have been regarding work visas, also, recently, the general skilled migration. The minimum points from 60 has increased to 65. Those changes tend to suggest that Immigration is going to make Australian migration a bit harder.

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Australia to offer special boutique visa deals

boutique visa

The Turnbull Government is targeting particular parts of the country for boutique visa deals as it tries to combat niche skills shortages.

The Government has already granted special visas in industries such as aged care, where bilingual workers are increasingly in demand.

Australian regions with niche skills shortages are being earmarked for "boutique" visa deals offered by the Turnbull government, SBS News can reveal.

There are already 322 special labour agreements in place with certain businesses and industries across the country, but the Minister for Citizenship Alan Tudge has said he wants to go further and do deals based on geographical location.

Northern Queensland and the Goldfields in Western Australia’s southeast are two regions most likely to benefit within months.

"In north Queensland, they've got a thriving tourism industry and they've got requirements for things like Chinese-speaking scuba diving instructors," Mr Tudge told SBS News.

"In the Goldfields, they've got a shortage of drillers. They've got a shortage of people who can work on some of the nearby farms and we want to be able to ensure that those skills gaps can be met so that those businesses can continue to grow."

The visa deals for those regions are expected to be in place by the end of the year. Which other areas may benefit and how many visas may be available has not been confirmed.

What is a boutique visa?

Boutique arrangements are granted at the government’s discretion when there are vacancies for niche positions that cannot be filled locally and when that particular job does not fall within the Skills Shortage List of more than 600 occupations eligible for skilled visa categories.

Companies must demonstrate they are unable to find local workers by advertising nationally first.

In the majority of cases, visa holders are given a pathway to permanent residency.



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:

  • 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

Alternatively you can check our website for further details


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