Friday, 14 October 2016

 

Issue #1 October

 

TOP STORY

457 visa policy update
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

457 visa policy update

 

Lodge your tax return by 31 October 2016

 

Australian employers need talented skilled people in IT and engineering

 

Business leaders in Western Australia want a more flexible visa system

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

457 visa policy update

Amendments to policy regarding evidence of Labour Market Testing (LMT)

If an applicant is not exempt from the LMT requirements and international trade obligations do not apply, evidence indicating that LMT has been completed within the prescribed period must be provided - i.e. evidence of any advertising and details of the fees paid or payable for that advertising.

In accordance with the Migration Act, nominations must be 'accompanied by' this evidence. The Department considers that 'accompanied by' means that this evidence must be provided at the time the application is made. As a result, policy arrangements have been that if LMT evidence is not provided on the same day, the applicant's application will be refused.

As outlined in the Nominations PAM to be released on 14 October 2016, from now on, the Department will, however, accept LMT evidence where provided on the same day as lodgment OR the next day.

These are interim arrangements until further systems enhancements can be delivered in 2017 (TBC) to facilitate pre-lodgment attachments. They are designed to ensure a consistent approach to processing LMT evidence and acknowledge delays that can occur due to technical issues and/or BPAY payments.

Condition 8107 change

Subject to the approval of necessary changes to the Migration Regulations 1994 and approval by the Governor-General, from 19 November 2016 the period that a primary subclass 457 visa holder can remain in Australia after their employment ceases will be reduced from 90 days to 60 days. This change would apply to subclass 457 visas granted on, or after, 19 November 2016.

Minor changes to new sponsorship accreditation arrangements

The 'Visa Grant Threshold' characteristic

One of the characteristics that accredited sponsors must meet is to 'have sponsored at least ten primary 457 visa holders in the 24 months prior to the application for accreditation'.

Going forward, the Department will be taking a more flexible approach. The current visa grant threshold will be replaced by a 'Sponsorship Volume Threshold' – with an applicant required to have had nominations for at least ten primary 457 visa holders approved in the 24 months prior to their sponsorship application being made.

What should be covered in a salary table?

Accredited sponsors must specify salary rates for their Australian employees in an Enterprise Agreement (EA) or internal salary table.

When constructing these salary tables to apply for accredited sponsorship, applicants should ensure that they detail salaries against the occupations as they appear in ANZSCO, and not against an internal business structure. The table should also cover occupations for which the sponsor has previously used the subclass 457 visa programme, or intends to do so.

When does the Department need to be provided with a copy of new template contracts?

Approved accredited sponsors must employ all their 457 visa holders under a written contract of employment (or an assignment letter in the case of an intracompany transferee).

Applicants for accreditation must provide the Department with a copy of the template contract (or letter) that they use.

 
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Lodge your tax return by 31 October 2016

Lodge your tax return

This month, ATO is reminding you that October 31 is the last date for lodging your tax return, in case you lodge it yourself.

And if you are using a tax agent for the first time or using a different agent from last year, you need to contact them before 31 October.

Please note - if you're preparing your own tax return, you can lodge online with myTax or you can lodge with a paper tax return. To use myTax, you will need a myGov account linked to the ATO.

Alternatively you can lodge with the ATOs Tax Help service, a free and confidential service for people who earn less than fifty thousand dollars and have simple tax affairs.

 

Australian employers need talented skilled people in IT and engineering

Australian employers need it and engineering

The latest global skills index from recruiters Hays says that there is a talent mismatch in Australia, which means that those applying for skilled positions don't have the experience and qualifications sought.

The report, published in collaboration with Oxford Economics, shows that despite an existing pool of labour, employers in high skill industries can still find it difficult to fill jobs that require highly skilled professionals.

'Employers in industries such as engineering, IT, life sciences, financial services and professional services have higher demand for talent than those in low skill industries,' said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.

'As it takes time to undertake the training necessary to work in these industries, it makes them more vulnerable to skill shortages since the number of people qualified to start work cannot be changed quickly. This is creating a talent mismatch,' he added.

He pointed out that Australia's increase from 5.0 to 5.1 on the overall index shows increased pressure in the job market which means that it is slightly harder to secure the right talent now than it was a year ago.

A score of 8.0 for wage pressure in high skill industries, unchanged since 2014, also suggests that Australia faces a shortage of highly skilled talent in high skill industries since wages in high skill industries are rising much quicker than those in low skill industries.

 
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Business leaders in Western Australia want a more flexible visa system

business leader want flexible visa system

Businesses in Western Australia want to be able to employ more skilled workers from overseas where there is a skills shortage but say the current visa system is too rigid.

In particular the country's immigration policy is not responsive enough to the needs of business, according to a group of industry experts attending a roundtable event at Curtin University.

Business leaders want industry to invest in education and training for migrant workers where they are needed to fill job vacancies, helping to create an environment for overseas workers to thrive, the meeting heard.

They believe that the skilled migrant list is not flexible enough. For example, bricklayers are on the list yet the region is currently going through a construction slump. The same applies to plasterers, tilers, and electricians.v

The skills list, which is released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), could be better organised, according to Curtin Business School research fellow Roslyn Cameron.

Dr Cameron used the department's data in her BankWest Curtin Economic Centre report on minimising skills wastage and maximising the wellbeing of skilled migrants to Western Australia and believes that more could be done to support skilled migrants who arrive under their own steam without employer sponsorship.

'They are the people who are on the skilled occupation list, they want to get to Australia, they have the skills but not a lot of safety nets when they get here,’ she pointed out, adding that these workers often plug skills shortages in regional Western Australia.

A recent Department of Training survey of 117 migrants who came to the State under the skilled priority list showed only 35% were actually employed in the job they came to do, however, the department's director of service delivery operations Jodie Wallace, said it was nearly impossible to regulate the skilled migration system.

She explained that a lot of independent skilled migrants arrive via the DIBP and the system means that individual States have little or no control over which skilled migrants actually arrive in the State.

 

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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