Friday, 21 April 2017

 

Issue #2 April

 

TOP STORY

Abolition and replacement of 457 visa April 2017
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa

 

Changes to the occupation lists

 

Changes to Australian Citizenship test

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa

On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.

This new visa is part of the Government’s significant reform package to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programmes.

What is changing?

Changes from April 2017

From 19 April 2017, for the existing 457 visa:

  • Occupation lists: The occupation lists that underpin the 457 visa will be significantly condensed from 651 to 435 occupations, with 216 occupations removed and access to 59 other occupations restricted.
  • Of the 435 occupations, access to 24 occupations has been restricted to regional Australia (e.g. occupations relating to farming and agriculture).
  • The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) will also be renamed as the new Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) and will be updated every six months based on advice from the Department of Employment.
  • The other occupations list used for skilled migration, the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) will be renamed the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). This list will contain occupations that have been assessed as being of high value to the Australian economy and aligning to the Government’s longer term training and workforce strategies.
  • Validity period: The maximum duration of 457 visas issued from this date for occupations that are on the STSOL will be two years. Occupations on the MLTSSL will continue to be issued for a maximum duration of four years.

Changes from July 2017

From 1 July 2017, for the existing 457 visa:

  • Occupation lists: The STSOL will be further reviewed based on advice from the Department of Employment. The MLTSSL will be revised based on outcomes from the Department of Education and Training's 2017-18 SOL review.
  • English language requirements: English language salary exemption threshold, which exempts applicants whose salary is over $96,400 from the English language requirement, will be removed.
  • Training benchmarks: Policy settings about the training benchmark requirement will be made clearer in legislative instruments.
  • Character: Provision of penal clearance certificates will become mandatory.

Changes by December 2017

Before 31 December 2017, for the existing 457 visa:

  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) will commence the collection of Tax File Numbers for 457 visa holders (and other employer sponsored migrants), and data will be matched with the Australian Tax Office's records to ensure that visa holders are not paid less than their nominated salary.
  • The Department will commence the publication of details relating to sponsors sanctioned for failing to meet their obligations under the Migration Regulation 1994 and related legislation.

Changes from March 2018

From March 2018, the 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the TSS visa. The TSS visa will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years, and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years.

The Short-Term stream is designed for Australian businesses to fill skill gaps with foreign workers on a temporary basis, where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced.

The Medium-Term stream will allow employers to source foreign workers to address shortages in a narrower range of high skill and critical need occupations, where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced.

The Short-Term stream will include the following criteria:

  • Renewal: Capacity for visa renewal onshore once only.
  • Occupations:
    • For non-regional Australia, the STSOL will apply.
    • For regional Australia, the STSOL will apply, with additional occupations available to support regional employers.
  • English language requirements: A requirement of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test) score of 5, with a minimum of 4.5 in each test component.
  • Genuine entry: A genuine temporary entrant requirement.

The Medium-Term stream will include the following criteria:

  • Renewal: Capacity for visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after three years.
  • Occupation lists:
    • For non-regional Australia - the MLTSSL will apply.
    • For regional Australia - the MLTSSL will apply, with additional occupations available to support regional employers.
  • English language requirements: a requirement of a minimum of IELTS 5 (or equivalent test) in each test component.

Eligibility criteria for both streams will include:

  • Work experience: at least two years' relevant work experience.
  • Labour market testing (LMT): LMT will be mandatory, unless an international obligation applies.
  • Minimum market salary rate: Employers must pay the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold requirements.
  • Character: Mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided.
  • Workforce: A non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers.
  • Training requirement: a strengthened training requirement for employers to contribute towards training Australian workers.

The detailed policy settings for several of these requirements will be finalised through the implementation process. Further details on these requirements to inform stakeholders will be available in due course.

Why are these changes being made?

These measures will sharpen the focus of Australia's employer sponsored skilled migration programmes to ensure they better meet Australia’s skills needs, increase the quality and economic contribution of skilled migrants and address public concerns about the displacement of Australian workers.

Who is affected?

Current 457 visa applicants and holders, prospective applicants, businesses sponsoring skilled migrants and industry. Existing 457 visas will continue to remain in effect.

457 visa applicants that had lodged their application on or before 18 April 2017, and whose application had not yet been decided, with an occupation that has been removed from the STSOL, may be eligible for a refund of their visa application fee. Nominating businesses for these applications may also be eligible for a refund of related fees.

More information about these reforms is available on the Department's website at www.border.gov.au.

 
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Changes to the occupation lists

changes to occupation lists

What is changing?

From 19 April, 2017:

  • The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is being replaced by the Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
    • Occupations currently listed on the SOL will remain available for visas that use the SOL as the sole occupation list (the Skilled Independent (subclass 189), the Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) and the Eligible Relative Nominated stream of the Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489).
    • For all other visas that use occupation lists, there will be 16 occupations removed from the MLTSSL. These removed occupations are listed for you at Attachment A.
  • The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) is being replaced by the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).
    • There has been a removal of 200 occupations from the CSOL in creating the STSOL. These removed occupations have been listed for you at Attachment A.
      • These removed occupations will affect the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186), the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457), the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190), the State and Territory Nominated stream of the subclass 489 and some applicants for the Training visa (subclass 407).
    • In addition, 24 occupations listed on the STSOL will now only be eligible for positions located in regional Australia (for the subclass 457 and the subclass 186) and for the State and Territory Nominated stream of the subclass 489. These regional occupations have been listed for you at Attachment B.

Which visas are impacted by the changes?

These changes affect a range of temporary and permanent visas, including:

  • The Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457);
  • The Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186);
  • The Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489);
  • The Skilled Nominated (subclass 190);
  • The Skilled Independent (subclass 189);
  • The Training visa (subclass 407); and
  • The Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485).

Why are these changes being made?

The measures will tighten Australia's employer sponsored skilled migration programmes to ensure they better meet Australia's skills needs, increase the quality and economic contribution of skilled migrants and address public concerns about the displacement of Australian workers.

What if I have recently nominated an applicant in one of the removed occupations?

If you have recently nominated someone in one of these removed occupations, and they have been sent an invitation to apply in SkillSelect, then they will be able to apply for a subclass 190 or 489 visa.

If you have recently nominated someone in one of these removed occupations and they have lodged a visa application, their application will be finalised as normal.

What if I have identified a person in SkillSelect that I want to invite?

From 19 April, you will not be able to nominate and invite someone to apply for a subclass 190 or 489 visa in one of these removed occupations.

Please be aware that SkillSelect will not be updated for a short period from the date of the announcement, and you may try to nominate someone in one of the removed occupations. The Department will not honour any invitation you make to applicants in these occupations from 19 April.

More information about these reforms is available on the Department's website.

Attachment A

Occupation ANZSCO Code
1. Defence Force Senior Officer 111212
2. Turf Grower 121218
3. Deer Farmer 121314
4. Goat Farmer 121315
5. Public Relations Manager 131114
6. Policy and Planning Manager 132411
7. Research and Development Manager 132511
8. Project Builder 133112
9. Importer or Exporter 133311
10. Wholesaler 133312
11. Production Manager (Manufacturing) 133512
12. Production Manager (Mining) 133513
13. Procurement Manager 133612
14. Medical Administrator (Aus) / Medical Superintendent (NZ) 134211
15. Regional Education Manager 134412
16. Commissioned Defence Force Officer 139111
17. Commissioned Fire Officer 139112
18. Commissioned Police Officer 139113
19. Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member 139211
20. Sports Administrator 139915
21. Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager 141211
22. Licensed Club Manager 141411
23. Bed and Breakfast Operator 141911
24. Retirement Village Manager 141912
25. Antique Dealer 142112
26. Betting agency Manager 142113
27. Travel Agency Manager 142116
28. Amusement Centre Manager 149111
29. Call or Contact Centre Manager 149211
30. Railway Station Manager 149412
31. Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator 149911
32. Cinema or Theatre Manager 149912
33. Financial Institution Branch Manager 149914
34. Actor 211111
35. Entertainer or Variety Artist 211113
36. Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec 211199
37. Composer 211211
38. Music Director 211212
39. Singer 211214
40. Music Professionals nec 211299
41. Painter (Visual Arts) 211411
42. Potter or ceramic artist 211412
43. Sculptor 211413
44. Artistic Director 212111
45. Media Producer (excluding Video) 212112
46. Radio Presenter 212113
47. Television Presenter 212114
48. Author 212211
49. Art Director (Film, Television or Stage) 212311
50. Director of Photography 212313
51. Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors nec 212399
52. Radio Journalist 212414
53. Corporate Treasurer 221212
54. Futures Trader 222212
55. Human Resource Adviser 223111
56. Workplace Relations Advisor 223113
57. Training and Development Professional 223311
58. Archivist 224211
59. Intelligence Officer 224411
60. Policy Analyst 224412
61. Electorate Officer 224911
62. Liaison Officer 224912
63. Migration Agent (Aus) 224913
64. Market Research Analyst 225112
65. Sales Representative (Industrial Products) 225411
66. Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products) 225412
67. Aeroplane Pilot 231111
68. Air Traffic Controller 231112
69. Flying Instructor 231113
70. Helicopter Pilot 231114
71. Air Transport Professionals nec 231199
72. Master Fisher 231211
73. Ship's Engineer 231212
74. Ship's Master 231213
75. Ship's Officer 231214
76. Marine Surveyor 231215
77. Marine Transport Professionals nec 231299
78. Multimedia Designer 232413
79. Chemical Engineer 233111
80. Materials Engineer 233112
81. Electronics Engineer 233411
82. Industrial Engineer 233511
83. Production or Plant Engineer 233513
84. Petroleum Engineer 233612
85. Food Technologist 234212
86. Conservation Officer 234311
87. Park Ranger 234314
88. Geophysicist 234412
89. Hydrogeologist 234413
90. Life Scientist (General) 234511
91. Biochemist 234513
92. Biotechnologist 234514
93. Microbiologist 234517
94. Life Scientists nec 234599
95. Metallurgist 234912
96. Exercise Physiologist 234915
97. Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec 234999
98. Vocational Education Teacher (Trades) 242211
99. Vocational Education Teacher (Non-Trades) 242211
100. Education Reviewer 249112
101. Drama Teacher (Private Tuition) 249213
102. Environmental Health Officer 251311
103. Homoeopath 252212
104. Nurse Researcher 254212
105. Web Developer 261212
106. ICT Support and Test Engineers nec 263299
107. Judge 271211
108. Magistrate 271212
109. Tribunal Member 271213
110. Intellectual Property Lawyer 271214
111. Historian 272411
112. Translator 272413
113. Archaeologist 272414
114. Community Arts Worker 272611
115. Operating Theatre Technician 311214
116. Pathology Collector (Aus) / Phlebotomist (NZ) 311216
117. Fisheries Officer 311311
118. Quarantine Officer 311313
119. School Laboratory Technician 311414
120. Hydrographer 311415
121. Construction Estimator 312114
122. Plumbing Inspector 312115
123. Surveying or Spatial Science Technician 312116
124. Civil Engineering Technician 312212
125. Electronic Engineering Draftsperson 312411
126. Electronic Engineering Technician 312412
127. Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 312511
128. Safety Inspector 312611
129. Maintenance Planner 312911
130. Building and Engineering Technicians nec 312999
131. ICT Support Technicians nec 313199
132. Telecommunications Network Planner 313213
133. Blacksmith 322111
134. Electroplater 322112
135. Metal Casting Trades Worker 322114
136. Metal Polisher 322115
137. Pressure Welder 322312
138. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) 323111
139. Engraver 323311
140. Gunsmith 323312
141. Saw Maker and Repairer 323315
142. Engineering Patternmaker 323411
143. Vehicle Painter 324311
144. Stonemason 331112
145. Floor Finisher 332111
146. Electrical Linesworker (Aus) / Electrical Line Mechanic (NZ) 342211
147. Communications Operator 342312
148. Telecommunications Cable Jointer 342412
149. Telecommunications Technician 342414
150. Butcher or Smallgoods Maker 351211
151. Horse Trainer 361112
152. Zookeeper 361114
153. Kennel Hand 361115
154. Shearer 361211
155. Nurseryperson 362411
156. Screen Printer 392112
157. Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker 392211
158. Small Offset Printer 392312
159. Canvas Goods Fabricator 393111
160. Leather Goods Maker 393112
161. Sail Maker 393113
162. Shoemaker 393114
163. Apparel Cutter 393211
164. Clothing Patternmaker 393212
165. Dressmaker or Tailor 393213
166. Clothing Trades Workers nec 393299
167. Wood Turner 394214
168. Gas or Petroleum Operator 399212
169. Gallery or Museum Technician 399311
170. Broadcast Transmitter Operator 399511
171. Light Technician 399513
172. Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer 399515
173. Television Equipment Operator 399517
174. Diver 399911
175. Interior Decorator 399912
176. Optical Dispenser (Aus) / Dispensing Optician (NZ) 399913
177. Optical Mechanic 399914
178. Plastics Technician 399916
179. Wool Classer 399917
180. Fire Protection Equipment Technician 399918
181. Technicians and Trades Workers nec 399999
182. Dental Hygienist 411211
183. Dental Prosthetist 411212
184. Dental Therapist 411214
185. Mothercraft Nurse 411412
186. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 411511
187. Parole or Probation Officer 411714
188. Defence Force Member - Other Ranks 441111
189. Emergency Service Worker 441211
190. Fire Fighter 441212
191. Detective 441311
192. Police Officer 441312
193. Prison Officer 442111
194. Driving Instructor 451211
195. Funeral Director 451311
196. Funeral Workers nec 451399
197. Flight Attendant 451711
198. Travel Attendants nec 451799
199. First Aid Trainer 451815
200. Dog or Horse Racing Official 452318
201. Sports Umpire 452322
202. Other Sports Official 452323
203. Golfer 452412
204. Jockey 452413
205. Conveyancer 599111
206. Legal Executive 599112
207. Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ) 599212
208. Insurance Investigator 599611
209. Insurance Risk Surveyor 599613
210. Clinical Coder 599915
211. Auctioneer 611111
212. Stock and Station Agent 611112
213. Business Broker 612111
214. Retail Buyer 639211
215. Wool Buyer 639212
216. Driller 712211

Attachment B

Occupation ANZSCO Code
1. Aquaculture Farmer 121111
2. Cotton Grower 121211
3. Flower Grower 121212
4. Fruit or Nut Grower 121213
5. Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ) 121214
6. Grape Grower 121215
7. Mixed Crop Farmer 121216
8. Sugar Cane Grower 121217
9. Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ) 121221
10. Crop Farmers nec 121299
11. Apiarist 121311
12. Beef Cattle Farmer 121312
13. Dairy Cattle Farmer 121313
14. Horse Breeder 121316
15. Mixed Livestock Farmer 121317
16. Pig Farmer 121318
17. Poultry Farmer 121321
18. Sheep Farmer 121322
19. Livestock Farmers nec 121399
20. Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer 121411
21. Production Manager (Forestry) 133511
22. Wine Maker 234213
23. Agricultural Technician 311111
24. Primary Products Inspectors nec 311399
 

Changes to Australian Citizenship test

changes to australian citizenship test

The Federal Government has announced sweeping changes to the nation's citizenship laws, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declaring that new arrivals must prize "Australian values" and prove their commitment to the nation.

The new measures would see migrants face a tougher citizenship test which will assess their commitment to Australia and their attitudes to religious freedom and gender equality.

The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian citizen, by:

  • Increasing the general residence requirement, which means an applicant for Australian citizenship will need to demonstrate a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship;
  • Introducing an English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being able to sit the citizenship test;
  • Strengthening the Australian Values Statement in application forms for visas and citizenship to include reference to allegiance to Australia and require applicants to make an undertaking to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community;
  • Strengthening the test for Australian citizenship through the addition of new test questions about Australian values, and the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship;
  • Introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community. Applicants will need to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community by providing, for example, documentation to the effect that people who can work are working, or are actively looking for work or seeking to educate themselves; that people are contributing to the community by being actively involved in community or voluntary organisations; that people are properly paying their taxes and ensuring their children are being educated. Applicants’ criminal records and adherence to social security laws are also relevant; and
  • Strengthening the Pledge of commitment in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to refer to allegiance to Australia; and extending the requirement for individuals aged 16 years and over to make the Pledge of commitment to all streams of citizenship by application, including citizenship by descent, adoption and resumption.

These reforms are integral to Australia’s future as a strong and successful multicultural nation, united by our allegiance to Australia and commitment to freedom and prosperity.

 
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Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

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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
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • 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 a 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 and be 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 a demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking

Hairdresser

Specialising 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
  • Relevant experience
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Dedication to personal and professional development
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • 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

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