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2017 – 2018 Skilled Migration Intake Announced

Today, Treasurer Scott Morrison announced his annual budget to Parliament which included a couple of items of interest to people looking to emigrate to Australia.

An annual foreign worker levy of $1,200 to $1,800 per annum will be applied to employers of temporary foreign workers, whereas employers of permanent skilled workers will be levied a one-off $3,000 to $5,000 fee.

The measures are expected to raise $1.2 billion over the forward estimates, with the money raised to be put into training initiatives for local workers.

2017 - 2019 Australian Migration Intake

Importantly, there will be no cut in the skilled migrant intake from the current level of 130,000 people per year, this number is important as it will ultimately form the basis for the skilled occupations ceilings which we expect to be announced in the coming weeks.

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. Hi Mark,

    Does the new list for 2017-2018 contain the occupation for ICT Business Analyst?

    Thanks,
    Sunal

  2. Hi
    Is the MLTSSL released April 2017 not final ?? Are we expecting any further cutting out of occupations from it ?
    Please advice

      • Hi Mark

        thanks for the reply. You say “may be” this implies there is a good chance that the existing list might be in place for the next 12 months… Lets hope for the best, I belong to one of the 16 caveat occupations, the dreaded 233513. Lets hope it stays for one more year.

  3. Hello Mark!

    Since the number of permanent migration intake will still the same as 2016-17 program, do we have to expect no significant changes on the MLTSSL, especially on the 16 caveat occupations?

    DIBP did not attained last year’s ceiling perhaps by 30,000 places and its really tough for them not to include such occupations on the MLTSSL list if they are aiming such total number of migration intakes.

    What are you insights?

    • I like your hypothesis Lemer, however, I don’t think it is that simple, unfortunately. With that said, I’m not expecting significant changes to the MLTSSL.

      • Thanks Mark!

        I am worried since my occupation is one among the 16 caveats in the MLTSSL. It was unfortunate for me that I did not received an ITA yet with just few days to go on the EOI cut off date.
        I was under occupation group 2335 and its last 65 point invitation round was on April 12, 2017 with EOI cut-off date Nov. 19, 2016. I am a 65 pointer and EOI last update was Nov. 23, 2016, just four days more.
        Anyways, it seems this is a good news for me but I still have to wait until the official list coming in few days/weeks from now.

        Until then….

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