Friday, 7th Sep 2018


Issue #1



australian skilled visas


Australian Skilled Visas September Update


LMT Update


SAF Levy Update


Permanent skilled visa update


Cessation of Snow Sports Labour Agreements (SSLA)


Available Jobs in Australia


Australian Skilled Visas September Update

TSS Update

The Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) advises that TSS applications will be processed in the following order:

  1. applications lodged by accredited sponsors
  2. applications lodged for positions that are located in a regional Australia
  3. applications lodged under the Labour Agreement stream
  4. all other applications

Processing time for TSS applications depends on a number of factors including the Stream under which an application is made as well as whether the nominee is an existing 457/482 visa holder. On average, the processing time for a TSS application (as per updated Global Processing Time) is between 32 to 50 days in 75% of all cases.

Home Affairs also confirmed that it will no longer accept priority processing service requests as of 5 September. This means that any TSS applications lodged on or after 6 September with accompanying priority processing request will result in the request no longer being acknowledged and the TSS application will be processed under the above mentioned arrangements.

Sponsors are encouraged to gain accreditation where possible. There are four categories of accreditation status currently available:

  • Commonwealth, state and territory government agencies
  • Australian Trusted Traders
  • Low volume usage and high percentage of Australian workers
  • High volume usage and medium percentage of Australian workers

Home Affairs are sending the following reminders to sponsors as well as visa holders:

  • standard business sponsors to encourage them to renew their standard business sponsorship (SBS) before its expiry date; and
  • visa holders to remind them, if their sponsor has notified the Department that they have ceased employment, that they have 60 or 90 days of their employment cessation date (depending on when their visa was granted), to find themselves another current business sponsor who will nominate them or depart Australia

This arrangement commenced on 9 August 2018.

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LMT Update


New arrangements concerning labour market testing (LMT) commenced on 12 August 2018.

To satisfy the LMT requirement per the new current rules, a business sponsor at the time of lodging their 482 nomination must provide the following information:

  • Copy of the job advertisement
  • Paid invoice for the advertisement (if the advertisement has been paid for)
  • Number of applications received in connection to the position
  • Reasons why other applicants were not suitable for the role advertised

In practice the nomination form will require the sponsor to input the relevant LMT data such as the number of applicants that applied for the position and the number of applicants hired. Nonetheless, accompanying evidence such as copy of the advertisement and invoice (where applicable) should be uploaded via Immi account on lodgement.

  • At least two advertisements conducted in English
  • On a recruitment website that has a national outreach
  • LinkedIn's online recruitment platform
  • A general classifieds website or an advertisement through social media notification such as Twitter and Instagram are not an acceptable method
  • If the sponsor is accredited, the advertisement can be published on sponsor's websitev

Examples of suitable recruitment websites accepted by the Department of Home Affairs for LMT purposes include Seek, Indeed and CareerOne. The Department will not accept advertisements placed on Gumtree. If an external recruitment company was engaged to conduct LMT on behalf of the sponsor, a letter of support from the recruitment company outlining the recruitment activities as well as copy of the advertisement should satisfy the LMT requirement.

In addition to the above, the advertisement must specify the title or a description of the position. The skills and experience will need to be listed as well as the salary for the position if the intended annual earnings are below $96,400.00. The Department will accept LMT evidence where a salary range is published. For example, it is acceptable to publish salary as "$60,000.00 to $70,000.00 per annum".


SAF Levy Update


Home Affairs confirmed that SAF levy cannot be covered by a nominee. Employers are responsible for paying the SAF levy for ENS/RSMS applications, not nominees. A nominee being asked to pay the SAF levy for an ENS/RSMS application may be a breach of payment for visa sponsorship legislation.

In circumstances where an employee is transferring their visa across to a new employer, the sponsor should nominate and pay SAF levy for the intended period of employment.

SAF refunds are:

  • only available from November for situations where the employment period is more than one year and
  • discretionary only. That is, a refund request may be declined where there are concerns that companies are engaged in activities designed to avoid the intended operation of the SAF levy scheme.
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Permanent skilled visa update


Transitional arrangements for TRT stream – two year visa and employment requirement

Agents are reminded that clients who have access to transitional arrangements for TRT stream (refer to March edition of Skilled Visa E-news) must still meet standard TRT nomination requirements. The transitional arrangements in place only provide for the following exceptions:

  • the skilled occupation list requirements do not apply
  • the applicant has held a TSS or subclass 457 visa for a total period of at least two years immediately before the TRT nomination application is made
  • the applicant has been employed in their nominated position as the holder of a TSS or subclass 457 visa for at least two years immediately before the TRT nomination application is made.

As such, clients from the transitional cohort who were granted a subclass 457 visa for a period of two years and whose nominated occupation is currently not on the list of eligible skilled occupations are unlikely to meet the second and the third dot points above. Should clients from this cohort be nominated in a different occupation for the purpose of a TSS visa application and provided the TSS visa is granted, the two year period for the purpose of a two year visa and employment requirements will commence on the date of the TSS visa grant.

Skilled migration occupation ceilings for the 2018-19 program year

The Department's SkillSelect web page containing the 2018-19 migration program year occupation ceiling values was initially published in July 2018 with values that had not been amended for 2018-19.

The occupation ceiling values for the 2018-19 program year have since been updated and were published on the website on 29 August 2018.

Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) Visas – ImmiAccount

As of 1 July 2018, ImmiAccount became the preferred option for providing supporting documents for a Business Innovation and Investment Subclass 888) visa – see: Business innovation and Investment visa online applications.

You will not be sent a manual checklist any longer. You are able to access your application online at any time up until the time of decision, and attach additional documents as required. You should refrain from emailing or mailing documents to the processing centre in addition to attaching them in ImmiAccount.


Cessation of Snow Sports Labour Agreements (SSLA)


SSLA's ceased on 31 August 2018 following discussions with industry stakeholders. Accordingly, SSLA’s will no longer be available to new sponsors. On advice from Home Affairs, applicants should be using Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (subclass 400) visa by the snow sports industry where overseas workers are required during the ski season to meet recruitment needs.

Subclass 400 visa is for people who want to travel to Australia to:

  • do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work
  • in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests.
  • Generally the stay period allowed is up to three months but up to six months may be considered in limited circumstances if supported by a strong business case.
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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.


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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