Friday, 26th Oct 2018


Issue #2



Regional NSW


Subclass 489 Visas – Regional NSW


The Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018


TSS Visas – Update from the Department of Home Affairs


Skill Select Update - Business Talent and Significant Investor Visa Invitation Numbers Soar


Available Jobs in Australia


Subclass 489 Visas - Regional NSW

Northern Inland NSW updated requirements relating to subclass 489 – regional visas. Updates include minimum pass mark in order to obtain a subclass 489 visa, removal of certain occupations from the regional list as well as criteria for obtaining a release letter (applicable to existing 489 visa holders)

To apply to Regional Development Australia Northern Inland for Skilled Regional Sponsorship the applicant is expected to make a commitment as well as to make a genuine effort to satisfy 489 visa conditions in the region – full-time equivalent employment for at least 12 months and living in the regional area for at least 2 years.

The applicant is expected to make genuine attempts to find work in Northern Inland NSW. If an applicant has applied from within Australia, NSW Government expects the applicant to relocate to the region within 3 months of receiving the Visa Grant Notice.

Subclass 489 visas are subject to Condition 8549. A person whose visa is subject to condition 8549 must live, work and study only in an area specified as a designated area of Australia.

When applying for a provisional points-tested skilled migration visa, applicants sign an undertaking that they understand and accept the conditions associated with the visa. However, under policy, it is consistent with the intention of the condition that a visa holder who continues to be employed in a specified regional area and continues to reside in a specified regional area might travel to an area outside a specified regional area for work or recreational purposes such as:

  • for once-off business reasons
  • a brief holiday or
  • to undertake training for work.

The following occupations were removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on Thursday 11 October 2018:

  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 254412
  • Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health) 254413
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health) 254414
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 254415
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) 254418
  • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 254421

The following occupations were removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on Friday 28 September 2018. Applications received before this time will be considered BUT they must be complete applications, with all requirements met or a negative outcome may result:

  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 254423
  • Registered Nurse (Surgical) 254424
  • Chef 351311
  • Cook 351411
  • Structural Engineer 233214
  • Construction Project Manager 133111
  • Engineering Manager 133211
  • Geotechnical Engineer 233212

Updated list can be found here:

Whilst there is no set processing time for subclass 489 visas, NSW Government will endeavor to consider applications within 6 months of nomination lodgments.

Priority Processing Fee - This service is no longer offered by NSW Government.

Applying for a release letter:

A "Release Letter", releasing a 489-visa holder from their obligation to their assigned region may not be granted without the visa holder showing that they have taken serious steps to relocate to or remain in this region, through seeking employment. Such a letter can provide peace-of-mind when a skilled migrant need to broaden their job search beyond their nominating region.

RDA Northern Inland has been informed that 489 visa holders do not need a "Release Letter" for their permanent 887 visa application.

887 Pathway

Subclass 489 may lead to permanent residency assuming all applicable criteria is met. If the applicant’s objective is to obtain permanent residence, they will need to apply for a subclass 887 visa.

This is a permanent visa for people who have lived and worked in specified areas of regional Australia. Visa sub-class 489 recipients are eligible to apply for this.

The requirements include having:

  • lived in a regional Australia/low population growth metropolitan area for at least two years if you were nominated by a state or territory government
  • lived in a designated area of Australia for at least two years if you were sponsored by an eligible relative
  • worked full time (usually at least 35 hours a week) in a specified regional area for at least a year while you held your eligible visa
  • complied with the conditions attached to your eligible visa or your Bridging visa.

An applicant can meet the work requirement if they worked at least 35 hours a week in one full-time job or in two part-time jobs. Prospect applicants can include any paid employment or self-employment, and they will need to be able to provide evidence of employment claims.

Source: Migration Alliance

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The Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018


The Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018 (the Bill) amends the Migration Act 1958 (the Migration Act) to provide grounds for non-citizens who commit serious offences, and who pose a risk to the safety of the Australian community, to be appropriately considered for visa refusal or cancellation.

Specifically, the provisions of the Bill:

Source: Migration Alliance


TSS Visas – Update from the Department of Home Affairs


1. Processing Times

Home Affairs published latest processing times for subclass 482 visas. Based on the October 2018 processing times frames, 75% of all 482 applications are processed in:

  • 49 days – Short Term Stream
  • 38 days – Medium Term Stream
  • 22 days – Labour Agreement Stream
  • 38 days – Sponsorship
  • Nominations – 35 days

Processing times are updated regularly and are published on Department of Home Affairs website.

2. 457 Legacy Cases

Home Affairs is aware that a number of applicants with approved 457 nominations are currently awaiting outcome on their 457-visa application. Current processing times for 457 visas is 13 to 15 months from lodgement date based on processing times published for October 2018. Applicants with approved nominations which are approaching expiry are encouraged to contact in order to allocate the associated visa application for assessment. In the event where a 457 nomination does expire, it will no longer be possible for Home Affairs to approve associated 457 visa application. Recent Skilled Newsletter published by Home Affairs confirms that cases which fall into this category (e.g. 457 nomination expiry pending) are being identified and the Department will endeavour to have the 457 applications finalised prior to expiry of the nomination.

3. Bridging Visas

In the event where an applicant is required to obtain a Bridging Visa or vary conditions attached to their existing Bridging Visa, the following process should be followed:

Bridging Visa, A or C with no work rights. If an applicant wants to apply for a bridging visa A or C to allow to work on a Bridging Visa, an application should be lodged via ImmiAccount and ask to have conditions changed. If the bridging visa is linked to a TSS visa application, to be considered eligible for work rights, you will need to provide evidence of financial hardship.

Applications for Bridging Visa B (BVB) to travel should also be made online via ImmiAccount. Home Affairs advises applicants to apply for BVB no more than three months, and not less than two weeks, before the date on which proposed travel is scheduled. Generally, decisions on Bridging Visa B’s are assessed within 10 business days. Urgent travel may be accommodated.

4. Other administrative considerations

Police checks - If an applicant requires a letter to be able to obtain a penal check, please email the bio-data page of the passport with the subject line 'Front end load – Penal Check Letter'. The email address is

Condition 8547 - Email: a completed form (1445 Form) with the subject line ‘8547 waiver’. Waivers are assessed within 10 business days of receiving the request

Incorrect information provided on the application – any incorrect information should be corrected using immi account

5. Unlawful Decisions

Home Affairs may be in the position to review a TSS/457 refusal in the following circumstances:

  • the decision has not been appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
  • you have provided detailed evidence/reasoning to support your claim
  • your query references the 'refusal query code' relevant to your particular case as listed below:
    • P1 – Subclass – Spon/Nom/Visa – TRN – to be used where the application was refused on the grounds that certain evidence was not provided when it was
    • P2 – Subclass – Spon/Nom/Visa – TRN – to be used where the refusal resulted because the applicant was not exempted from a requirement where appropriate because of international trade obligations (ITO)
    • P3 – Subclass – Spon/Nom/Visa – TRN – to be used where the application was refused before the time period for requested information or comments to be provided ended
    • P4 – Subclass – Spon/Nom/Visa – TRN – to be used where the application was refused despite an earlier request for withdrawal being made
    • P5 - Subclass – Spon/Nom/Visa – TRN - to be used where the application was refused on grounds that the client was invited to comment on adverse information (s57/procedural fairness) within a specific timeframe and the decision to refuse was made prior
    • P6 - Subclass – Spon/Nom/Visa – TRN - to be used where an application was accidentally withdrawn without the client's consent .

Source: Migration Alliance

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Skill Select Update - Business Talent and Significant Investor Visa Invitation Numbers Soar


Skill Select – More Invitations to be issued today

Home Affairs issues invitations in relation to Skilled (General) subclass 189 as well as Skilled Regional subclass 489 visas once per month. Current invitation round is expected to be conducted today. Accordingly, applicants who have submitted their expression of interest are encouraged to check their skill select account. Based on invitation rounds issued in September, approximately 2490 subclass 189 invitations as well as 10 subclass 489 invitation are expected to be issued today. Minimum test score for subclass 189 visa is 70 points. The minimum test score for subclass 489 visa is 80 points. Certain occupations such as Accountants attract a higher minimum test score.

State and Territory Nomination Rounds Published

Home Affairs published the first round of State and Territory Nominations issued for 2018/19 Immigration Program Year. For the month of August, a total of 886 subclass 190 nominations invitations were issued.

The following number of invitations were issued per State/Territory:

  • Victoria – 292
  • NSW – 173
  • QLD – 109
  • TAS 132
  • SA – 78
  • ACT - 66
  • WA – 1

Business Innovation and Business Talent Invitation Rounds Published

Business Innovation Subclass 188 (State by state breakdown)

  • ACT – 0
  • NSW – 100
  • NT – 0
  • QLD – 112
  • SA – 32
  • TAS – 3
  • VIC – 438
  • WA – 38

Business Talent Subclass 132 (State by state breakdown)

  • ACT – 0
  • NSW – 13
  • NT – 0
  • QLD – 60
  • SA – 116
  • TAS – 1
  • VIC – 11
  • WA – 26

A total of 331 Subclass 188 invitations were issued in August 2018 and 156 Invitations issued for Subclass 132 visa the same period. This represents almost 40% of the entire intake for both subclasses for 2017/18 Migration year.

All intending migrants who are interested in applying for a provisional Significant Investor visa must submit an Expression of Interest through Skill Select and be nominated by a State or Territory government or Austrade in order to receive an invitation to lodge a visa application. In addition to the applicant will need to complete Form 1413D in relation to complying significant and premium investments.

For Significant Investor stream applicants, the Complying Significant Investment must include:

  • a total of at least AUD500,000 in one or more venture capital funds; and
  • a total of at least AUD1,500,000 in emerging companies investments.

Any remaining portion of the investment may be invested in one or more balancing investments and/or either of the above. The complying significant investment allows for investments to be made via a fund of fund structure. Declarations are to be made by the declaring fund manager for the fund which has overarching control of the investment.

Source: Migration Alliance


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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