Friday, 10th of July 2015


Issue #1 July



australian visas for 2016 financial year


Almost 200,000 Australian visas available for next financial year


Does your business meet the benchmark? Important Information for 457 Visa Sponsors


Changes in the Australia’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL)


It's Tax Time


Australia launches 10 year pilot visa for Chinese nationals


Australian Immigration and Customs departments merged


Almost 200,000 Australian visas available for next financial year

Up to 190,000 permanent migration places will be available in Australia in the 2015/2016 financial year, the same as the previous year, it has been confirmed.

This includes up to 128,550 places for skilled migrants, including the employer sponsored, general skilled and business categories, and 57,400 places for family migrants sponsored by immediate family members.

Some 565 places will be open to special eligibility migrants, which include former permanent residents who have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia and at least 3,485 permanent child visa places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme.

Child category visas, excluding Orphan Relative, will no longer be counted under the managed Migration Programme. ‘This is in response to the Government's commitment to reform and improve the processes relating to inter country adoption,’ said a spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Border Control (DIBP).

He added that the child category will continue to be carefully monitored while it transitions to a fully demand driven model by the 2019/2020 financial year.

Orphan Relative visas will now form part of the Other Family category within the Migration Programme with 400 places allocated to Orphan Relative visas.

A full breakdown of the figures show that in the skilled stream there will be 48,250 employer sponsored visas available, 43,990 skilled independent visas, 28,850 state and territory nominated visas, 7,260 business innovation and investment visas and 200 distinguished talent visas.

In the family visa stream there will be 47,825 partner visas, 8,675 parent visas and 900 other family visas of which 400 will be orphan relative visas. There will also be 565 special eligibility stream visas.

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Does your business meet the benchmark? Important Information for 457 Visa Sponsors

benchmark training for 457 visa sponsors

Many businesses from every industry have had their applications to sponsor employees under the Subclass 457 Visa denied, simply for failing to submit sufficient evidence of meeting the training benchmark.

In order to maintain your accreditation as a 457 Visa sponsor, you must be able to demonstrate that your business provides a certain amount of training to your Australian employees. There are two methods by which you can meet your training obligations.

Under Training Benchmark A, you may be able to make a contribution to a fund such as the Learning Potential Fund to satisfy your training requirements. Training Benchmark A requires expenditure equivalent to at least 2% of the payroll of your business.

Alternatively, you may choose to procure or provide training for employees of your business who are Australian citizens or permanent residents under Training Benchmark B. Training Benchmark B requires expenditure equivalent to at least 1% of the payroll of your business.

Ascertaining the requirements to satisfy either Training Benchmark for a particular business involves a detailed assessment of the structure of the business as well as the nature of any training plan to be implemented by the sponsor. It is therefore advised that sponsors and prospective sponsors seek professional advice from a reputable migration law firm to help you to achieve a favourable outcome.

Remember that the cost of seeking professional advice is far less than the cost of having your 457 Visa sponsorship denied or cancelled.

In association with No Borders Migration, NB Lawyers provides benchmark training tailored to the needs of your business. We will provide you with the necessary documentation to meet your reporting requirements.

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Changes in the Australia’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL)

sol list changes

Panel beaters and cabinet makers have been added to Australia's Skilled Occupation List (SOL) which means they can apply for a visa under the country’s skilled migration programme.

Urban and regional planners, dentists and dental specialists have been removed from the list. Tourism chiefs have called for tourism and hospitality jobs to be added to the skilled occupation list and other occupations have been flagged for close review in next year's process.

Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said that the new occupations on the SOL the gap between the skills of Australians and the work that needs to be done.

'Cabinet makers and panel beaters make a valuable contribution to the Australian economy. Migrants with these skills will enhance the size and skill of the Australian workforce,' she explained.

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It's Tax Time

tax time

Taxation rules for Temporary Residents

You may be a temporary tax resident if you:

  • hold a temporary visa granted under the Migration Act
  • do not have a spouse, either married or defacto (include same-sex Partners) who is a n Australian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Temporary residents include New Zealanders who hold special category visas (SCV) [New Zealanders who hold "protected" SCV cannot qualify as temporary resident

Temporary Residents are subject to tax on earnings relating to worldwide employment services performed while a temporary resident at resident tax rates but are exempt from tax in Australia

  • Foreign sourced personal & investment income
  • Capital gains and losses other than those arising the disposal of "taxable Australian property" (Australian real property & an indirect interest in Australian real property)

So please remember to check if you are subject to tax by using the ATO's "Do I need to lodge a Tax Return" tool.


Australia launches 10 year pilot visa for Chinese nationals

Australian pilot visa

A new pilot visa is being launched in Australia aimed at the Chinese market which will allow holders to visit for tourism purposes over a 10-year period.

China is regarded as a big money spinner for the Australian economy and it is hoped that the new pilot 10 year visitor visa will encourage even more Chinese people to visit the country and experience less red tape and paperwork.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said it will allow more Chinese visitors to come and experience all that Australia has to offer while simultaneously providing immense benefits to Australia.

'Australia is a diverse and unique destination for international travellers and the government is committed to ensuring we capitalise on our tourism opportunities,' he added.

The announcement was made at the same time as a landmark Free Trade Agreement was signed with China by the Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb and his Chinese counterpart Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng.

Robb said that this will provide an enormous boost to tourism. 'Chinese travellers are growing exponentially and it is estimated that by 2020, more than 200 million Chinese people will be travelling to destinations including Australia,' he explained.

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Australian Immigration and Customs departments merged

DIAC changed to DIBP

From the beginning of July 2015 the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) are combined with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, creating the new Australian Border Force.

It means that information will be available on a new website and email addresses will also be changed. The new site is located at

From 01 July internet searches for and are redirected to the new address and the new website will combine information from the Department and ACBPS websites and include new information about the ABF.

The website will have a new look and feel and will be optimised for mobile devices and there will be ongoing updates to the website after 01 July 2015. Some pages will be automatically redirected to the new location, but users will need to fix any broken links, bookmarks or favourites in their systems.

Some other websites owned by the Department will remain in their current form. These include the Minister's and Assistant Minister's websites, the Translating and Interpreting Service website and the Office of the MARA website.

Content from other sites owned by the Department will be integrated with the new website. For example, products and information on citizenship, will be moved to the new website.


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