Friday, 30 September 2016

 

Issue #3 September

 

TOP STORY

Temporary visa for parents
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Introducing a temporary visa for parents

 

Proposed public education contribution fee for 457 visa holders

 

Australian airports face immigration strike action for next two weeks

 

Australia signs new Work and Holiday visa arrangements with Luxembourg and San Marino

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

Introducing a temporary visa for parents

The Australian public is invited to provide their views on the development of a new visa for parents of Australians. This invitation is in response to the government's election commitment of 21 June 2016 that indicated it would enhance existing visa arrangements to enable sponsored parents to visit their family in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years, if re-elected.

Purpose

The Australian Government believes that parents should have the opportunity to visit children and grandchildren who live in Australia as long as parents and their sponsors can satisfy community expectations and that their stay in Australia does not have an undue cost impact on the Australian community. While several visa options are already available for parents to spend time with their family in Australia, community feedback indicates that a fresh approach should be considered.

Additionally, the introduction of such a visa is a significant shift from current visa options for parents. It raises a number of issues around our communities and the nature of services to support these visitors. The government is seeking community input to help shape the development of the visa.

Discussion paper

This paper is available at: Introducing a temporary visa for parents - discussion paper (115KB PDF).

Providing a submission

Written submissions in response to the discussion paper are open to the general public.

If you would like to make a written submission on the development of a temporary stay parent visa, or on issues raised in this discussion paper, send an email to: temporary.parent.visa@border.gov.au.

All submissions should be received by midnight, Monday 31 October 2016 (AEDT).

Submissions received after this deadline might not be considered.

 
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Proposed public education contribution fee for 457 visa holders

Proposed public education contribution fee for 457 visa holders

The State Government of South Australia is introducing a contribution fee for families on 457 visas whose children attend public schools in South Australia.

These proposed changes would bring South Australia in line with some other Australian states and territories and how they manage contributions towards public education.

Proposed changes

From January 2017, newly arriving 457 visa holders will be required to contribute to the cost of educating their children in government schools.

This requirement will then extend to all 457 visa holders from 1 January 2018.

The amount payable would be based on family circumstances and payment would be made when a child or young person is enrolled in a government school.

Students would continue to be allowed to enrol in their local schools (subject to availability).

Contribution fees

The annual contribution payable by a family in South Australia on a 457 visa for 2017 would be:

  • $5,100 for each primary school student
  • $6,100 for each high school student.

This amount would be charged for the eldest child in a family, with the fees for all siblings attracting a 10% discount.

The proposed changes would allow parents to elect to pay the contribution in one of the following ways:

  • upfront annually
  • per semester
  • per term
  • in regular instalments.

Materials and service charges

A separate materials and service charge already applies to all students enrolled in government schools, with the amount charged varying between schools.

This charge will continue to be collected by the school that each students attends.

Preschool fees

No separate fees would be charged for children attending preschool, although existing fees charged by individual preschools will continue to apply.

How income affects the contribution

A contribution fee would not be charged unless the holder of the 457 visa and their spouse/partner earns a combined gross income of more than $57,000. Gross income includes salary sacrifice amounts and overtime payments.

Means testing

A means test would be used so that a family with one child at school would not pay the full contribution rate until the gross family income reaches $77,000. The threshold at which maximum fees are payable is increased by $10,000 for each additional child.

For example, a family with 3 school aged children would not pay full fees unless gross family income is $97,000 per year or more.

Determining your contribution fee

You can determine your potential contribution fee by following these steps:

1. Calculate the full fees payable. This will be:

  • $5,100 for each government primary school aged student
  • $6,100 for each government high school aged student.

Take into account the 10% discount available for second and subsequent children from the same family.

2. Figure out your anticipated annual gross family income (including salary sacrifice and overtime payments) rounded down to the nearest whole $1,000.

3. Figure out which threshold applies - for which the full contribution is payable - based on the number of children attending government schools:

  • for 1 child this is $77,000
  • for 2 children from the same family this is $87,000
  • for 3 children from the same family this is $97,000.

Increase by $10,000 for each additional child.

4. Where the family income calculated at step 2 exceeds the threshold calculated at step 3, the full contribution calculated at step 1 will apply.

Percentages of full fees

Where the family income is more than $57,000, but less than the threshold calculated at step 3, a percentage of the full fee calculated at step 1 is payable.

The relevant percentage will depend on the number of children attending a government school.

For one child, the contribution percentage payable increases by 5% for each additional $1,000 of income above $57,000. The percentage payable on this additional income changes with the number of children. For example:

  • 2 children by 3.33%
  • 3 children by 2.5%.

Exemptions

Where the family income calculated at step 2 is $57,000 or less, no contribution would be payable.

A full or partial waiver of fees for exceptional cases of hardship would be available.

Where the family income calculated at step 2 is $57,000 or less, no contribution would be payable.

A full or partial waiver of fees for exceptional cases of hardship would be available.

If you are on a 457 visa and become a permanent resident, you would no longer have to pay the contribution. You would need to provide evidence to the department so that your new residency status can be registered.

 

Australian airports face immigration strike action for next two weeks

Australian airports face strike for two weeks

People arriving at airports and ports in Australia are facing two weeks of intermittent disruption as immigration staff embark on another round of strikes.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has warned that employees may take part in stoppages at all Department work areas in all states, including international airports, client service centres, ports, container examination facilities and international mail facilities.

'We have contingency arrangements in place to minimise the impact of stoppages. We are working closely with stakeholders to minimise the impact on the travelling public and on cargo and mail operations,' said a DIBP spokesman.

'We are ensuring appropriate measures are in place for visa and citizenship services, we strongly encourage passengers departing on international flights get to the airport early and those arriving should expect some delays,' he explained.

'The health, safety and security of the public and our staff continues to be our priority during protected industrial action,' the spokesman added.

30 September 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

1 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

2 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

3 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

4 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

5 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

6 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

7 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

8 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

9 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

10 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

11 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

12 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

13 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

14 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

15 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time

16 October 2016

A stoppage of work will also occur for CPSU members in all states and territories

  • midnight to 24.00 hours local time
 
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Australia signs new Work and Holiday visa arrangements with Luxembourg and San Marino

New working holiday visa fro san marino

Australia has signed two new Work and Holiday visa arrangements in the past week. The Memorandum of Understanding signed with San Marino on 23 September 2016 and with Luxembourg on 28 September 2016 establish a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement with each country.

Each arrangement will allow up to 100 young adults from Australia and the partner country to enjoy a holiday in each other's country, during which they can undertake short term work and study.

When commencement dates have been announced, eligible young adults from Australia and the relevant partner country will be able to apply for this visa.

In the coming months, Australia will work closely with Luxembourg and San Marino to implement the necessary legal and administrative processes to bring each visa arrangement into effect. The work and holiday arrangements will not commence until start dates have been agreed with each country.

 

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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