Friday, 16 September 2016

 

Issue #2 September

 

TOP STORY

Changes in the points test for skilled migration
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Changes in the points test for the Skilled Migration Program

 

New Entrepreneur visa for Australia is launched

 

Australian immigration system faces calls for reform

 

Government considering costs of family reunion visas

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

Changes in the points test for the Skilled Migration Program

On 10th September 2016, the Department of Immigration has announced changes to the Skilled Migration Program which will grant 5 additional points to the students of Australian institutions.

The amendment to the points test will enhance the pathway to permanent residence for students who have completed Doctoral or Masters by research-level qualifications in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or specified information and communication technology (ICT) related fields in Australia.

The current points test will be amended to award additional points for Doctorate and Masters by research-level qualifications gained from Australian universities in STEM, specified ICT and other related fields.

The following fields of education qualifications are proposed to be accepted under this new measure:

Field of Education:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Other Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Other Information Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering and Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology
  • Engineering and Related Technologies
  • Geomatic Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Technology
  • Maritime Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology
  • Other Engineering and Related Technologies
  • Process and Resources Engineering.

Graduates whose qualification is at Doctorate or Masters by research-level and their field of education is listed in the above table then they will be eligible for five additional points towards their points test.

 
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New Entrepreneur visa for Australia is launched

New Entrepreneur visa for Australia 2016

The Entrepreneur visa will be part of the Business Innovation and Investment visa programme. Entrepreneurs interested in applying for the Entrepreneur visa will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect and be nominated by a State or Territory government.

Key proposed eligibility criteria include:

  • Applicants must be undertaking, or proposing to undertake, an entrepreneurial venture in Australia.
  • The entrepreneurial venture must not be related to residential real estate or labour hire or involve purchasing an existing business or franchise.
  • Applicants must also be under 55 years of age, have a competent level of English, and have at least 30 per cent interest in their entrepreneurial venture.
  • There must be one or more funding agreements in place for at least $200,000 between the entrepreneur or venture and a third party funding body or bodies.

Sources of third party funding are limited to state and territory governments, Commonwealth agencies, Publicly Funded Research Organisations, and investors registered as a Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (VCLP) or Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (ESVCLP). Agreements outlining funds from a combination of these sources are also acceptable.

Applicants must have a business plan outlining their plans for their venture in Australia.

An Entrepreneur visa holder can progress to permanent residency after four years if they can meet a measure of success, which includes factors such as business turnover, employment of Australians and ability to obtain significant financial backing.

 

Australian immigration system faces calls for reform

Australian Immigration system reform

An Australian government report has called for the country's immigration system, which Brexit campaigners have named as a model for the UK to follow, to be reformed to better target younger, more skilled migrants, with better English skills.

The Productivity Commission report, released on 12 September 2016, also recommended tightening restrictions on family reunion visas and abolishing special investment visas, which award fast-track residency rights to foreigners in return for investment

"The current skilled migration programme falls short of generating the best outcomes for the Australian community. In essence, it does not adequately target migrants who are younger, more skilled and who have higher English-language proficiency," it says.

The commission said one of the weaknesses of the current system was that it allows temporary skilled workers nominated by employers to gain permanent residency without undergoing a skills test. It recommends introducing a single universal points test for all applicants and introducing a requirement for English language proficiency.

The report is a result of the Government asking the commission to study whether Australia should move from its points based skilled migration programme to one based mainly on charging migrants for visas and restricting access to government supports.

The report estimates that a price-based system could save the government $20 billion to $25 billion, but recommends against implementing one as it could lower the average educational level of migrants, lead to a reduction in the number of skilled migrants with high English language proficiency and dent integration prospects.

The commission questioned whether the current high levels of immigration are justified over the long term due to the pressures which new migrants place on the price of land and housing as well as their impact on local infrastructure and services. It says these impacts should be considered when determining the migrant intake and notes community gains depend on attracting immigrants who are younger and more skilled and policies that are responsive to economic, social and environmental conditions.

It also recommended abolishing Australia's significant investment visa scheme, which since it was established in November 2012 has offered residency to individuals in return for an investment of between A$5m to A$15m. By the end of July, the scheme had generated A$7.4bn investment in return for 1,483 residency visas, 90 per cent of which were allocated to Chinese nationals.

The commission said this type of programme was susceptible to fraud and warned it resulted in immigrants with lower English language proficiency and an older age profile.

"Overall the case for retaining the significant and premium investor visas programmes is weak," it says. Canada abolished a similar investment visa scheme in 2014.

Source - Asia-Pacific

 
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Government considering costs of family reunion visas

Family Reunion visas costs

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said the government is considering the "policy settings" for family visas days after the Productivity Commission urged the government to double the $55,000 fee for parent reunion visas to help offset the massive cost to taxpayers.

The Productivity Commission said the fee for the arrivals who come on parent reunion visas only covers a fraction of the budget cost. The commission estimates they ultimately cost the community $335,000 to $410,000 each or $2.6 billion to $3.1 billion in present dollars overall.

According to the commission, 7200 people who arrive here every year on the visas, pay relatively little tax and require more government services and welfare.

At a speech to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Mr Dutton said the visa system is "overly complex and supported by ageing infrastructure" and in need of further changes.

"Each year around 130,000 places are made available for skilled persons and their families to migrate permanently to Australia, and around 60,000 places are available for families of Australians to do the same. These numbers are substantial and capable of having a significant impact on the labour force and welfare costs into the future," he said.

He signalled there may need to be further changes.

"It is therefore vitally important that we carefully consider the policy settings for the permanent skilled and family streams of the migration program. With the right settings these new entrants to the labour market can be an effective supplement to the labour force, and not a substitute for it," he said.

Source - Financial Review

 

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.

Cook

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 required
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Attention to detail and be a good team player.

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 major expansion therefore is 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, 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 demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking

Hairdresser

Specializing in all cutting styles, our client is in need of an experienced Hairdresser who is capable of providing services to all age groups. Our client’s concept is simple and clean and is ladies only cutting salon. The ideal candidate must possess the ability to cut all hair styles and be extremely confident in all aspects of hair.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Formal qualification required
  • Relevant experience required
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Dedicated to personal and professional development
  • Excellent attention to details
  • Extensive knowledge in all aspects of hair and products

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 jobs@job2go.org

Alternatively you can check our website for further details www.job2go.org

 
 

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