Friday, 24 March 2017


Issue #2 March



Temporary skilled migration income treshold


Review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)


Immigration Department set to deport grandmother who arrived in Australia as a two-year-old


Fake doctor exposes immigration system failure


From green to gold: Irish expat builds million dollar business


Available Jobs in Australia


Review of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)

The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) is a major component of the 457 programme. It has been used as an entry level salary threshold to protect lower paid Australian jobs, and to ensure that 457 visa holders have reasonable means of support while in Australia. Since it was introduced, TSMIT has been increased annually to reflect prevailing conditions.

An independent review of the 457 programme conducted in 2014 Robust New Foundations: a Streamlined, Transparent and Responsive System for the 457 Programme, (henceforth referred to as Robust New Foundations) established a detailed framework for a new approach to the whole 457 visa programme. Two of its major recommendations referred to TSMIT. They were that a separate review of TSMIT be carried out within two years, and that, in the meantime, it should remain at its then current level of $53,900. It was expected that, within the two years, the new framework for the 457 programme would be fully operational.

The principal recommendation of Robust New Foundations, however, was that a tripartite Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) be established, to consist of representatives from business, unions and government, both federal, state and territory. The aim was that these representatives would proactively identify significant issues in their sector and raise them in the Council. The Council would be supported by a resource, one of whose tasks would be to collect the evidence relevant to the issues raised in the MAC. That evidence, and the evidence-based discussion that would ensue, would then form the basis for the Council's advice to Government.

There have been many positive developments since Robust New Foundations, including the Government's decision to revitalise the previous Ministerial Advisory Council for Skilled Migration (MACSM), in a more active role than that of its predecessor. However, the earlier expectation that the new MACSM framework would be completely bedded down and operational within two years has proved to be premature. For this new framework to be fully effective, stakeholders should be encouraged to bring issues to MACSM on their own initiative, that is, proactively.

In the meantime, this report makes a set of more immediate recommendations relating to TSMIT:

  • it should be retained as a single figure
  • it should continue to be set at $53,900
  • since it has not been adjusted after July 2013, it should be annually indexed as of July 2016
  • it should be indexed according to the seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index
  • any concessions to TSMIT should continue to be negotiated through Labour Agreements
  • Labour Agreements should be included in the simplified sponsorship model
  • the current legislative framework should continue to be used for TSMIT
  • the current discrepancy between the 457 programme, which requires sponsors to meet TSMIT, and the ENS/RSMS programmes, which do not have such a requirement, should be addressed by Government.


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Immigration Department set to deport grandmother who arrived in Australia as a two-year-old

Grandmother deportation

A Brisbane grandmother who has lived in Australia for 50 years is set to be deported after Assistant Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke denied her permission to stay in the country.

Maryanne Caric has not left Australia since she arrived with her parents as a two-year-old from the then Republic of Yugoslavia, and does not speak Croatian.

On March 1, Ms Caric, a convicted drug offender detained in Sydney's Villawood detention centre, was handed deportation papers. She has no connections in Croatia, and as far as she knows, will receive no financial or health support.

It's a case that raises questions about where Australia's obligations lie, and what responsibility we have for our citizens and non-citizens.

Ms Caric has been caught up in legislative changes introduced in 2014 which, among other provisions, made it mandatory that any non-citizen who was sentenced to imprisonment of 12 months or more, would have their visas cancelled.

A statement to The Law Report from the Department of Immigration said: "The vast majority of this group has committed serious or violent crimes."

When a migrant is deemed to have failed the character test under Section 501 of the Migration Act, their visa is cancelled. Many of these so-called "501s" have been New Zealanders.

Visa cancellations can be revoked by ministerial intervention, but in most cases that doesn't happen. In Ms Caric's case, Mr Hawke has acknowledged her likely fate in Croatia.

In his decision, obtained by The Law Report, he said: "I accept that having been away from her country of origin for close to 50 years and having no personal support network there, together with her health and substance abuse issues, that it would be extremely difficult for her to make the necessary adjustments to life there."



Fake doctor exposes immigration system failure

fake doctor scammed australia

A FAKE doctor who scammed the health system for more than a decade was able to flee the country as many as four months after authorities began to investigate him.

Acharya, 41, practised for 11 years as a doctor in NSW public hospitals on credentials stolen from Dr Sarang Chitale while in India.

He came to Australia on an Indian passport in the fake name in 2003 after being recruited by NSW Health and was able to gain citizenship, an Australian passport and property in the fake name.

An angry Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he was "appalled" Acharya could leave Australia while under investigation. He pledged to raise his concerns with federal colleagues when they meet on Friday and wants answers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

"A federal system that allows a doctor who, on the face of it, has been guilty of conning us all (to leave Australia) is a system with a major problem," he said.


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From green to gold

WHEN Eoin Daniels arrived in Australia with nothing but a suitcase, a working holiday visa and a passion for carpentry, he didn't expect that in just over a decade's time he would be running his own national company.

Around 13 years ago, Daniels was fresh off the plane from Ireland when he secured his first job in Sydney with a local carpentry and joinery team.

After falling in love with the country and the work he was doing, Daniels took a leap of faith to secure his residency and start his own company.

"After spending a couple of months in Australia I realised I really liked it here and applied for permanent residence," says Daniels.

"I always loved working in carpentry, working with my hands and seeing the finished product and at thetime I saw that there was definitely an opportunity to go out on my own."

Armed with a laptop and the keys to a humble Sydney apartment, Daniels launched Top Knot Carpentry and Joinery on a shoestring.

In the years that followed, after a long haul of door-knocking, hand-shaking and deal-making, Daniels managed to build a solid base of clients.

Today, he operates a 300-strong team across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, boasting a high-profile portfolio of work including the Royal Randwick Racecourse, The Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre and Darling Harbour's iconic Opera Bar.

Daniels largely credits the success of his company to the tireless efforts of his team, who continue to take the Top Knot brand from strength to strength.



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.
  • 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 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, 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


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

Alternatively you can check our website for further details


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