Friday, 5th Oct 2018


Issue #1



Regional Australia


Regional Visas to be prioritised


Skilled visa invites down 20 per cent in first quarter of 2018-19


Parent visa queue update


Commencement of new Graduate stream for Western Australian State nomination


Trades Recognition Australia - Update on the Assessment Criteria


Available Jobs in Australia


Regional Visas to be prioritised

Australia has a new Migration Minister David Coleman. Hon David Coleman is a member for Banks, New South Wales. Prior to entering politics, Hon David Coleman worked in the private sector, principally in the media and technology industries. He was Director of Strategy and Digital and Nine Entertainment Co, Chairman of ninemsn, and held board positions with a number of other companies including Sky News and 3P Learning, the operator of the Mathletics business. He also worked with the management consulting firm McKinsey and Co, and had his own consulting business. In his recent interview with SBS, the Minister of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs advised that regional visas will be given a priority under his portfolio. It is also worthwhile noting that immigration portfolio no longer falls under Home Affairs Ministry.

According to latest statistics published by Home Affairs, approximately 128,550 places were allocated to skilled migrants and of those, approximately 16,000 were regional visa grants.

There are several consequences which are to be expected:

Realignment of allocated places for regional visas such as subclass 489 regional (provisional visas). This visa allows skilled workers to live and work in regional or low-population growth metropolitan areas of Australia for up to four years. This visa also offers a pathway of permanent residence for migrants who have demonstrated commitment to living in a regional area. Recent invitation round published on Home Affairs website for August 2018 indicated that a mere 10 invitations were issued for this subclass. This is a sharp drop compared to last years’ figures where approximately 250 invitations were issued for the same month .

Greater focus on RSMS program. Currently this visa allows employers to nominate foreign workers for permanent residence to fill genuine vacancies in their business. Participation in the RSMS is restricted to businesses actively and lawfully operating in regional Australia. Regional Australia has the meaning as outlined in the relevant legislative instrument and does not include major cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth. The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) is specifically designed to assist regional employers nominate skilled migrants to fill a full-time vacancy (available for at least two years) when there is a genuine need for a paid employee in a business located in regional Australia. The RSMS category is not points tested and applicants may be overseas or already in Australia on a temporary visa. RSMS covers all areas of Australia except Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne.

Expansion of Regional Occupation List (ROL). This list designed to include occupations that are in need in regional areas. ROL is updated on a regular basis on advice by the Department Jobs and Small Businesses. Migrants can access ROL if their occupation is located in a regional area (for example, direct access to subclass 482 and 186 visas). The Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business is a department of the Government of Australia charged with the responsibility for employment, job services and the labour market, workplace relations, small business, and deregulation .

Greater focus on Labour 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. Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employers. They are generally in effect for five years and provide for visas and offer a pathway to permanent residence. The government has been vocal on use of Labour Agreements as a solution to skills shortages in regional areas. There are also industry specific labour agreements including dairy, fishing, meat, pork and restaurant .

With regards to Australian Citizenship, it is yet to be fully understood whether the Minister will reintroduce controversial Citizenship bill which was quashed in the Senate last year due to harsh requirements such English language, residency and character requirements.

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Skilled visa invites down 20 per cent in first quarter of 2018-19

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Visa applicants are having to wait longer for their permanent residency, with fewer people invited to submit applications in this quarter of this year compared to the same period last year.

Following a cut of 20,000 in the immigration intake last year, migration agents fear the intake could fall even further this year with the invites for skilled visas during the first quarter falling by 20 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The Department of Home Affairs has issued 5980 invites to Independent Skilled Visa (189) applicants during the first three months of 2018-19 compared to 7,500 in the first quarter of the last financial year.

Skilled Independent visas are capped at 43,990 in the current year's immigration planning. At this average, there will be a cut of 20,000 in this category alone.

Last year, Australia admitted 20,000 fewer permanent residents than the previous year while the planning levels remain constant at 190,000. In 2017-18, Australia’s immigration intake fell below 163,000 compared to 183,608 in 2016-17.

A cut of 12,000 in the skilled stream that has total 128,550 places and 8,000 in family visas (capped at 57,400) drove last year's decile in immigration intake to a ten year low.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton who was then responsible for the Immigration portfolio attributed the decline in permanent visas to enhanced scrutiny of applications.

"What these figures show is that we have also strengthened Australia's permanent visa program by ending Labor’s slavish drive for quantity and replacing it with a sharper focus on integrity and quality," Mr Dutton said in July.

"I want the migration program to work for Australians, not just the migrants themselves."

Earlier this year Mr Dutton conceded that he canvassed his cabinet colleagues for lowering the immigration cap by 20,000.

Applicants with IT and Accountancy related occupations are also having to contend with a significantly high threshold of points test score with some occupations requiring an evidence of up to 80 points before an invite is issued.

The minimum requirement was raised to 65 points from 60 at the start of the current financial year.


Parent visa queue update

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On Wednesday 26 September, the Department of Home Affairs updated their information on the current parent visa scheme framework. Home Affairs confirmed that the following numbers of visas are available under contributory and non-contributory parent visa scheme:

In the 2018 - 19 Migration Programme year:

  • 1,500 places have been allocated to Parent (non-contributory) visas (subclasses 103 and 804)
  • 7,175 places have been allocated to Contributory Parent visas (subclasses 173/143 and subclasses 884/864).

In the current Migration Programme year, 1 500 Parent (non-contributory) visa places are available for applicants applying from in and outside Australia. These types of visas are assessed in order of lodgement, assigned a queue date and then placed in the queue for the relevant visa subclass. The queue date is the date that the application was assessed as meeting the initial criteria for a Parent (non-contributory) visa. When a queue date has been assigned it is a fixed date and the application cannot be given priority ahead of other applications. Applications are finalised in order of their queue date as places become available. Based on current planning levels, applicants for a Parent (non-contributory) visa can expect an approximate 30 year wait before visa grant.

The department's online queue calculator enables applicants to determine how many people are ahead of an application in the queue.

To use the queue calculator, the applicant can enter the queue date and select the parent visa subclass applied for. The parent visa queue calculator will give an approximate number of persons ahead in the queue. This process is also helpful in estimating the approximate time it will take to be considered for visa grant based on the number of visa grants available for the visa subclass in any one Migration Programme year. If an applicant is a new Contributory Parent visa applicant, they will not be provided with a queue date. Therefore the queue calculator is not applicable to these applications at this time.

The number of people ahead of you in the queue includes applicants being considered for visa grant for this Migration Programme year.

Numbers in the queue are subject to:

  • changes in the number of visa places available each year
  • fluctuations due to visa grants, refusals and withdrawals
  • fluctuations due to successful review cases which are given priority.

Contributory Parent Visas

In the 2018-19 Migration Programme year, 7,175 Contributory Parent visa places are available for applicants applying from in and outside Australia.

Home Affairs process applications for this visa in date of lodgement order and according to the planning levels set in the Migration Programme each year. Unlike standard parent visa, the Contributory Parent visa is currently not subject to queuing arrangements, therefore an applicant will not be provided with a queue date.

If an applicant is applying for Contributory Parent visa, you should note that processing times can vary. It is important that you ensure you have funds available for the second visa application charge at all times during the application process, as payment might be required at an earlier date than was anticipated at the time of visa application lodgement.

Temporary Parent Visa

The new visa will allow Australians to sponsor their parents to stay in Australia for up to five years at a time.

This new visa arrangement does not replace the existing Parent category visas and there will be approximately 15,000 places available per year. The visa was due to be introduced in May 2017, however the legislation is yet to pass the Senate.

The Bill will extend relevant aspects of this sponsorship framework to apply to family sponsored visas with a view to:

  • separate sponsorship assessment from the visa application process for family sponsored visas;
  • require the approval of persons as family sponsors before any relevant visa applications are made;
  • impose statutory obligations on persons who are or were approved as family sponsors;
  • provide for sanctions if such obligations are not satisfied;
  • facilitate the sharing of personal information between a range of parties associated with the program; and
  • improve the management of family violence in the delivery of the program by allowing the refusal of a sponsorship application; and cancellation and / or barring of a family sponsor where inappropriate use of the program or serious offences are detected - especially those involving family violence.
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Commencement of new Graduate stream for Western Australian State nomination


The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Migration Services is pleased to advise that a new Graduate stream is now available for Western Australian State Nomination through the State Nomination Migration Program.

The new stream is available to:

  • eligible university graduates who have gained a higher qualification and studied for at least two years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university;
  • have an available occupation on the Graduate occupation list for the intended visa subclass; and
  • can meet the Western Australian State Nomination Graduate stream eligibility criteria.

As from October 2018 it is anticipated invitations for Western Australian State Nomination will be issued on the second Thursday of each month.

Comments attributed to WA Premier Mark McGowan:

"The new Graduate Occupation List will provide a viable pathway to skilled migration for the best and brightest university graduates in an effort to increase the State's share of the international education market. We are committed to developing and investing in an International Education Strategy to grow and diversify the knowledge economy, while creating jobs for Western Australians."

View 2018 Graduate occupation list here.


Trades Recognition Australia - Update on the Assessment Criteria


Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) is a skills assessment service provider specialising in assessments for people with trade skills gained overseas or in Australia, for the purpose of migration and skills recognition. There are currently three options available for migrants, to access detailed program information or to progress a TRA application.

1) TSS Skills Assessment

The TSS Skills Assessment Program is an assessment pathway for applicants applying for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, who:

  • work in a nominated occupation and hold a passport from a nominated country or Special Administrative Region (SAR)
  • are required by the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) to have a skills assessment for temporary migration.

A skills assessment determines if an applicant has the skills and experience necessary to work in Australia at the trade level for the occupation.

In addition, there are two skills assessment pathways available under the TSS Skills Assessment Program:

Pathway 1 is for applicants that do not hold an Australian qualification in their trade. Skills assessments are conducted against the requirements of the relevant training package qualification for the nominated occupation. The Pathway 1 assessment process consists of four steps that must be completed sequentially.

Pathway 2 is for applicants who hold a:

  • relevant Australian VET qualification; or
  • current identified Australian occupational licence.

2) Off-shore Skills Assessment

The Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) is for applicants applying for a skilled migration visa (excluding 485 or TSS visas). This assessment is compulsory for applicants from the nominated countries, Special Administrative Regions (SARs) and occupations listed on TRA's website.

It is also compulsory for applicants in the following licensed occupations regardless of their country of origin:

  • Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Electrician (General),
  • Electrician (Special Class),
  • Plumber (General).

The OSAP is also available for applicants choosing to undertake a skills assessment in a non-licenced nominated occupation who can travel to Australia or a nominated country for a skills assessment.

As with TSS Skills Assessment, OSAP has two pathways.

Pathway 1 is for applicants who do not hold an Australian qualification in their trade. Skills assessments are conducted against the requirements of the relevant training package qualification for the nominated occupation.

The Pathway 1 assessment process consists of four steps that must be completed sequentially.

Pathway 2 is for applicants who hold a:

  • relevant Australian qualification; or
  • current identified Australian occupational licence.

3) Migration Skills Assessment

The Migration Skills Assessment Program (MSA) is for applicants applying for a permanent skilled migration visa in occupations and countries not covered by Registered Training Organisations (RTO) approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).

It is a paper based skills assessment of qualification/s and employment history to determine comparability with Australian standards for a skilled worker in the nominated occupation.

The MSA program is for migration purposes only. A successful MSA outcome does not result in the awarding of an Australian qualification and cannot be used for employment, licensing or qualification recognition purposes.

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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

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