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    Australian 2017 – 2018 Occupation Ceiling

    2017 - 2018 Australian occupation ceilings

    Each year the Australian government publishes their Australian Occupations Ceilings list.

    The Australian Occupations ceiling governs the number of invitations the government will issue to migrants applying for Australian Migration when applying using one of the Australian Occupations In Demand.

    If you are applying for An Australian visa, keep in mind that there is not an infinite number of places available. Relatively speaking, visa places are limited and for certain occupations, the chances of receiving an invitation to emigrate to Australia are particularly difficult.

    As an example, for the 2017  – 2018 migration year, If you are a Registered Nurse, Electrician or a secondary school teacher, the occupation ceilings for these occupations reaches over 34000 places.

    On the flip side, if you are Veterinarian, a glazier or a midwife, you have a little over 3000 places available before the Australian Occupation Ceiling caps the places available for the current migration year.

    For the full listing of occupations and occupation ceiling values for the 2017 – 2018 migration tear, See the list below.

    2017 – 2018 Australian Occupation Ceilings

    Occupation ID


    Occupation Ceiling Value 2017-18





    Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians



    Agricultural and Forestry Scientists



    Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics



    Architects and Landscape Architects



    Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers*



    Automotive Electricians






    Boat Builders and Shipwrights



    Bricklayers and Stonemasons






    Carpenters and Joiners



    Cartographers and Surveyors






    Chemical and Materials Engineers



    Child Care Centre Managers



    Chiropractors and Osteopaths



    Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians



    Civil Engineering Professionals



    Computer Network Professionals*



    Construction Managers



    Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists



    Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers



    Electrical Distribution Trades Workers



    Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians



    Electrical Engineers






    Electronics Engineers*



    Electronics Trades Workers



    Engineering Managers



    General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers






    Health and Welfare Services Managers



    ICT Business and Systems Analysts*



    Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers*



    Internal Medicine Specialists



    Land Economists and Valuers



    Medical Imaging Professionals



    Medical Laboratory Scientists



    Metal Fitters and Machinists






    Motor Mechanics



    Occupational Therapists



    Optometrists and Orthoptists



    Other Engineering Professionals*



    Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals



    Other Medical Practitioners



    Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals



    Painting Trades Workers


















    Precision Metal Trades Workers









    Registered Nurses



    Secondary School Teachers



    Sheetmetal Trades Workers



    Social Workers



    Software and Applications Programmers*






    Special Education Teachers



    Speech Professionals and Audiologists



    Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers






    Telecommunications Engineering Professionals



    Telecommunications Technical Specialists






    Wall and Floor Tilers


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    Occupations List And Legislative Instrument Conflicts Causing Confusion

    Occupations List And Legislative Instrument Conflicts Causing Confusion

    Since publishing the updated MLTSSL and STSOL occupations lists on the 1st July, we have had a number of comments from confused readers highlighting a conflict between the occupations listed on our lists (or the lists on the DIBP website) and the legislative instruments which govern the content of the list.

    Occupations lists / Legislative Agreements Not matching Up?

    Well, it transpires that trying to work out if your occupation qualifies for a certain visa type has become a whole lot more complicated as there are now a number of legislative agreements for different visa programmes instead of a couple of legislative agreement summarising the whole list of occupations that might qualify for an Australian Visa.

    Variants of the Australian Occupations Lists

    While previously there were only two skilled occupation lists being used across the migration programme, we now have a total of SEVEN skilled occupation lists referenced within the same number of legislative instruments as points of reference.

    The key point to note is that some occupations are available for one visa but not necessarily for another because the legislative agreements that govern the use of these visas are different, (although the occupations lists that support these visa types share the same name – MLTSSL and STSOL)

    Variations to the Australian Occupations Lists

    With reference to skilled occupation lists for the Australia migration programme, we now have the following variants of occupation lists:

    – MLTSSL for the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa, Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored (Relative) Visa and Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa under the General Skilled Migration programme

    – MLTSSL for the Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa and the Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa Direct Entry Stream

    – STSOL for the Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa and the Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa Direct Entry Stream

    – MLTSSL for the Subclass 407 Training Visa – Nomination eligibility type 2

    – STSOL for the Subclass 407 Training Visa – Nomination eligibility type 2

    There is also a separate occupation list for the Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa.

    Checking if your occupation qualifies for the visa you are applying for

    The best source of reference is the respective legislative instruments which list the table of occupations appropriate for the respective visa programmes.

    They are listed below for easy reference:

    Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa, Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa, Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa and Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa applications, refer to Migration (IMMI 17/072: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2017.

    457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa applications refer to Migration (IMMI 17/060: Specification of Occupations—Subclass 457 Visa) Instrument 2017.

    Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Visa Direct Entry Stream applications refer to Migration (IMMI 17/080: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities—Subclass 186 Visa) Instrument 2017 and Migration Regulations 1994 – Specification of Class of Persons 2015 – IMMI 15/109.

    Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa applications refer to Migration (IMMI 17/058: Occupations for Subclass 187 visas; Skill, Age and English language requirements for Subclass 186 and Subclass 187 visas) Instrument 2017.

    Subclass 407 Training Visa applications with Nomination eligibility type 2, refer to Migration (IMMI 17/071: Specification of Occupations—Subclass 407 Visa) Instrument 2017.

    If you are in doubt, seek the advice of a Registered Migration Agent to understand your situation better. A detailed reading of the legislative instruments also indicates the application of caveats for the subclass 186 ENS Direct Entry visa application.

    Note this information is accurate as of 23 July 2017

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    2017-2018 Skilled Occupations Lists Announced

    2017-2018 Skilled Occupations Lists Announced

    Australia has announced the new skilled occupation list for the immigration intake program for the year 2017-18. The new occupation list takes effect on Saturday, 1st July 2017.

    Applicants for General Skilled Migration are required to nominate an eligible occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List

    Applicants for the following visas can choose an occupation from the MLTSL

    Subclass 189 (Skilled—Independent) visas; and

    Subclass 489 (Skilled—Regional (Provisional)) visas by applicants who are not nominated by a State or Territory government agency; and

    Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) visas.

    The new MLTSSL has 178 occupations that can be nominated for skilled migration to Australia.

    Each year, the Department of Education and Training advises the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the skilled occupation list.

    The suitability of occupations for inclusion on the SOL is assessed through a two-step process. The first step involves identifying occupations that are most susceptible to supply constraints and are likely to warrant government intervention to address these limitations.

    The second step involves assessing the medium to long-term skill needs of the economy for each occupation identified in step one, to determine if the occupation would benefit from skilled migration.

    12 occupations have been entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupations, nine of these were eligible for 457 and 186 visas on 19 April 2017.

    Occupation ANZSCO code
    Equipment Hire Manager^ 149915
    Fleet Manager^ 149411
    Picture Framer^ 394212
    Property Manager^ 612112
    Psychotherapist^ 272314
    Real Estate Agent Principal^ 612113
    Real Estate Agent^ 612114
    Real Estate Agent Representative^ 612115
    Ship’s Engineer 231212
    Ship’s Master 231213
    Ship’s Officer 231214
    University Tutor^ 24211


    Some occupations have been added to the lists for certain visa programmes, and some additioal occupations have moved between the STSOL to the MLTSSL.

    The Short-term Skilled Occupation List  (STSOL) replaced the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List in April this year.

    Those applying for Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa, Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visa (state nominated), Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 visa, Temporary Worker (Skilled) Subclass 457 visa and Training Subclass 407 visa- Occupational Training Stream must nominate an occupation on the STSOL.

    Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List

    Item Column 1


    Column 2

    ANZSCO code

    Column 3

    Assessing authority

    Column 4

    Specified for only certain classes (see subsection (2))

    1 construction project manager 133111 VETASSESS
    2 project builder 133112 VETASSESS Y
    3 engineering manager 133211 (a) Engineers Australia; or

    (b) AIM

    4 child care centre manager 134111 TRA
    5 medical administrator 134211 VETASSESS Y
    6 nursing clinical director 134212 ANMAC
    7 primary health organisation manager 134213 VETASSESS
    8 welfare centre manager 134214 ACWA
    9 accountant (general) 221111 (a) CPAA; or

    (b) ICAA; or

    (c) IPA

    10 management accountant 221112 (a) CPAA; or

    (b) IPA; or

    (c) CAANZ

    11 taxation accountant 221113 (a) CPAA; or

    (b) IPA; or

    (c) CAANZ

    12 external auditor 221213 (a) CPAA; or

    (b) IPA; or

    (c) CAANZ

    13 internal auditor 221214 VETASSESS
    14 actuary 224111 VETASSESS
    15 land economist 224511 VETASSESS
    16 valuer 224512 VETASSESS
    17 architect 232111 AACA
    18 landscape architect 232112 VETASSESS
    19 surveyor 232212 SSSI
    20 cartographer 232213 VETASSESS
    21 other spatial scientist 232214 VETASSESS
    22 chemical engineer 233111 Engineers Australia
    23 materials engineer 233112 Engineers Australia
    24 civil engineer 233211 Engineers Australia
    25 geotechnical engineer 233212 Engineers Australia
    26 quantity surveyor 233213 AIQS
    27 structural engineer 233214 Engineers Australia
    28 transport engineer 233215 Engineers Australia
    29 electrical engineer 233311 Engineers Australia
    30 electronics engineer 233411 Engineers Australia
    31 industrial engineer 233511 Engineers Australia
    32 mechanical engineer 233512 Engineers Australia
    33 production or plant engineer 233513 Engineers Australia
    34 aeronautical engineer 233911 Engineers Australia
    35 agricultural engineer 233912 Engineers Australia
    36 biomedical engineer 233913 Engineers Australia
    37 engineering technologist 233914 Engineers Australia
    38 environmental engineer 233915 Engineers Australia
    39 naval architect 233916 Engineers Australia
    40 agricultural consultant 234111 VETASSESS
    41 agricultural scientist 234112 VETASSESS
    42 forester 234113 VETASSESS
    43 medical laboratory scientist 234611 AIMS
    44 veterinarian 234711 AVBC
    45 physicist (medical physicist only) 234914 ACPSEM
    46 early childhood (pre‑primary school) teacher 241111 AITSL
    47 secondary school teacher 241411 AITSL
    48 special needs teacher 241511 AITSL
    49 teacher of the hearing impaired 241512 AITSL
    50 teacher of the sight impaired 241513 AITSL
    51 special education teachers (nec) 241599 AITSL
    52 medical diagnostic radiographer 251211 ASMIRT
    53 medical radiation therapist 251212 ASMIRT
    54 nuclear medicine technologist 251213 ANZSNM
    55 sonographer 251214 ASMIRT
    56 optometrist 251411 OCANZ
    57 orthotist or prosthetist 251912 AOPA
    58 chiropractor 252111 CCEA
    59 osteopath 252112 AOAC
    60 occupational therapist 252411 OTC
    61 physiotherapist 252511 APC
    62 podiatrist 252611 (a) APodA; or

    (b) ANZPAC

    63 audiologist 252711 VETASSESS
    64 speech pathologist 252712 SPA
    65 general practitioner 253111 MedBA
    66 specialist physician (general medicine) 253311 MedBA
    67 cardiologist 253312 MedBA
    68 clinical haematologist 253313 MedBA
    69 medical oncologist 253314 MedBA
    70 endocrinologist 253315 MedBA
    71 gastroenterologist 253316 MedBA
    72 intensive care specialist 253317 MedBA
    73 neurologist 253318 MedBA
    74 paediatrician 253321 MedBA
    75 renal medicine specialist 253322 MedBA
    76 rheumatologist 253323 MedBA
    77 thoracic medicine specialist 253324 MedBA
    78 specialist physicians (nec) 253399 MedBA
    79 psychiatrist 253411 MedBA
    80 surgeon (general) 253511 MedBA
    81 cardiothoracic surgeon 253512 MedBA
    82 neurosurgeon 253513 MedBA
    83 orthopaedic surgeon 253514 MedBA
    84 otorhinolaryngologist 253515 MedBA
    85 paediatric surgeon 253516 MedBA
    86 plastic and reconstructive surgeon 253517 MedBA
    87 urologist 253518 MedBA
    88 vascular surgeon 253521 MedBA
    89 dermatologist 253911 MedBA
    90 emergency medicine specialist 253912 MedBA
    91 obstetrician and gynaecologist 253913 MedBA
    92 ophthalmologist 253914 MedBA
    93 pathologist 253915 MedBA
    94 diagnostic and interventional radiologist 253917 MedBA
    95 radiation oncologist 253918 MedBA
    96 medical practitioners (nec) 253999 MedBA
    97 midwife 254111 ANMAC
    98 nurse practitioner 254411 ANMAC
    99 registered nurse (aged care) 254412 ANMAC
    100 registered nurse (child and family health) 254413 ANMAC
    101 registered nurse (community health) 254414 ANMAC
    102 registered nurse (critical care and emergency) 254415 ANMAC
    103 registered nurse (developmental disability) 254416 ANMAC
    104 registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation) 254417 ANMAC
    105 registered nurse (medical) 254418 ANMAC
    106 registered nurse (medical practice) 254421 ANMAC
    107 registered nurse (mental health) 254422 ANMAC
    108 registered nurse (perioperative) 254423 ANMAC
    109 registered nurse (surgical) 254424 ANMAC
    110 registered nurse (paediatrics) 254425 ANMAC
    111 registered nurses (nec) 254499 ANMAC
    112 ICT business analyst 261111 ACS
    113 systems analyst 261112 ACS
    114 analyst programmer 261311 ACS
    115 developer programmer 261312 ACS
    116 software engineer 261313 ACS
    117 ICT security specialist 262112 ACS
    118 computer network and systems engineer 263111 ACS
    119 telecommunications engineer 263311 Engineers Australia
    120 telecommunications network engineer 263312 Engineers Australia
    121 barrister 271111 a legal admissions authority of a State or Territory
    122 solicitor 271311 a legal admissions authority of a State or Territory
    123 clinical psychologist 272311 APS
    124 educational psychologist 272312 APS
    125 organisational psychologist 272313 APS
    126 psychologists (nec) 272399 APS
    127 social worker 272511 AASW
    128 civil engineering draftsperson 312211 (a) Engineers Australia; or


    129 civil engineering technician 312212 VETASSESS
    130 electrical engineering draftsperson 312311 Engineers Australia
    131 electrical engineering technician 312312 TRA
    132 radio communications technician 313211 TRA
    133 telecommunications field engineer 313212 Engineers Australia
    134 telecommunications network planner 313213 Engineers Australia Y
    135 telecommunications technical officer or technologist 313214 Engineers Australia
    136 automotive electrician 321111 TRA
    137 motor mechanic (general) 321211 TRA
    138 diesel motor mechanic 321212 TRA
    139 motorcycle mechanic 321213 TRA
    140 small engine mechanic 321214 TRA
    141 sheetmetal trades worker 322211 TRA
    142 metal fabricator 322311 TRA
    143 pressure welder 322312 TRA Y
    144 welder (first class) 322313 TRA
    145 fitter (general) 323211 TRA
    146 fitter and turner 323212 TRA
    147 fitter‑welder 323213 TRA
    148 metal machinist (first class) 323214 TRA
    149 locksmith 323313 TRA
    150 panelbeater 324111 TRA
    151 bricklayer 331111 TRA
    152 stonemason 331112 TRA
    153 carpenter and joiner 331211 TRA
    154 carpenter 331212 TRA
    155 joiner 331213 TRA
    156 painting trades worker 332211 TRA
    157 glazier 333111 TRA
    158 fibrous plasterer 333211 TRA
    159 solid plasterer 333212 TRA
    160 wall and floor tiler 333411 TRA
    161 plumber (general) 334111 TRA
    162 airconditioning and mechanical services plumber 334112 TRA
    163 drainer 334113 TRA
    164 gasfitter 334114 TRA
    165 roof plumber 334115 TRA
    166 electrician (general) 341111 TRA
    167 electrician (special class) 341112 TRA
    168 lift mechanic 341113 TRA
    169 airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic 342111 TRA
    170 electrical linesworker 342211 TRA Y
    171 technical cable jointer 342212 TRA
    172 electronic equipment trades worker 342313 TRA
    173 electronic instrument trades worker (general) 342314 TRA
    174 electronic instrument trades worker (special class) 342315 TRA
    175 chef 351311 TRA
    176 cabinetmaker 394111 TRA
    177 boat builder and repairer 399111 TRA
    178 shipwright 399112 TRA

    The following table is the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List.

    Short‑term Skilled Occupation List

    Item Column 1


    Column 2

    ANZSCO code

    Column 3

    Assessing authority

    Column 4

    Specified for only certain classes (see subsection (2))

    1 aquaculture farmer 121111 VETASSESS Y
    2 cotton grower 121211 VETASSESS Y
    3 flower grower 121212 VETASSESS Y
    4 fruit or nut grower 121213 VETASSESS Y
    5 grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ) 121214 VETASSESS Y
    6 grape grower 121215 VETASSESS Y
    7 mixed crop farmer 121216 VETASSESS Y
    8 sugar cane grower 121217 VETASSESS Y
    9 vegetable grower (Aus) / market gardener (NZ) 121221 VETASSESS Y
    10 crop farmers (nec) 121299 VETASSESS Y
    11 apiarist 121311 VETASSESS Y
    12 beef cattle farmer 121312 VETASSESS Y
    13 dairy cattle farmer 121313 VETASSESS Y
    14 horse breeder 121316 VETASSESS Y
    15 mixed livestock farmer 121317 VETASSESS Y
    16 pig farmer 121318 VETASSESS Y
    17 poultry farmer 121321 VETASSESS Y
    18 sheep farmer 121322 VETASSESS Y
    19 livestock farmers (nec) 121399 VETASSESS Y
    20 mixed crop and livestock farmer 121411 VETASSESS Y
    21 sales and marketing manager 131112 AIM
    22 advertising manager 131113 AIM
    23 corporate services manager 132111 VETASSESS
    24 finance manager 132211 (a) CPAA; or

    (b) IPA; or

    (c) CAANZ

    25 human resource manager 132311 AIM
    26 research and development manager 132511 VETASSESS
    27 manufacturer 133411 VETASSESS
    28 production manager (forestry) 133511 VETASSESS Y
    29 production manager (manufacturing) 133512 VETASSESS
    30 production manager (mining) 133513 VETASSESS
    31 supply and distribution manager 133611 AIM
    32 health and welfare services managers (nec) 134299 VETASSESS
    33 school principal 134311 VETASSESS
    34 education managers (nec) 134499 VETASSESS
    35 ICT project manager 135112 ACS
    36 ICT managers (nec) 135199 ACS
    37 arts administrator or manager 139911 VETASSESS
    38 laboratory manager 139913 VETASSESS
    39 quality assurance manager 139914 VETASSESS
    40 specialist managers (nec) except:

    (a) ambassador; or

    (b) archbishop; or

    (c) bishop

    139999 VETASSESS
    41 cafe or restaurant manager 141111 VETASSESS
    42 hotel or motel manager 141311 VETASSESS
    43 accommodation and hospitality managers (nec) 141999 VETASSESS
    44 hair or beauty salon manager 142114 VETASSESS
    45 post office manager 142115 VETASSESS
    46 fitness centre manager 149112 VETASSESS
    47 sports centre manager 149113 VETASSESS
    48 customer service manager 149212 VETASSESS
    49 conference and event organiser 149311 VETASSESS
    50 transport company manager 149413 VETASSESS
    51 facilities manager 149913 VETASSESS
    52 dancer or choreographer 211112 VETASSESS
    53 music director 211212 VETASSESS
    54 music professionals (nec) 211299 VETASSESS
    55 photographer 211311 VETASSESS
    56 visual arts and crafts professionals (nec) 211499 VETASSESS
    57 artistic director 212111 VETASSESS
    58 book or script editor 212212 VETASSESS
    59 director (film, television, radio or stage) 212312 VETASSESS
    60 film and video editor 212314 VETASSESS
    61 program director (television or radio) 212315 VETASSESS
    62 stage manager 212316 VETASSESS
    63 technical director 212317 VETASSESS
    64 video producer 212318 VETASSESS
    65 copywriter 212411 VETASSESS
    66 newspaper or periodical editor 212412 VETASSESS
    67 print journalist 212413 VETASSESS
    68 technical writer 212415 VETASSESS
    69 television journalist 212416 VETASSESS
    70 journalists and other writers (nec) 212499 VETASSESS
    71 company secretary 221211 VETASSESS
    72 commodities trader 222111 VETASSESS
    73 finance broker 222112 VETASSESS
    74 insurance broker 222113 VETASSESS
    75 financial brokers (nec) 222199 VETASSESS
    76 financial market dealer 222211 VETASSESS
    77 stockbroking dealer 222213 VETASSESS
    78 financial dealers (nec) 222299 VETASSESS
    79 financial investment adviser 222311 VETASSESS
    80 financial investment manager 222312 VETASSESS
    81 recruitment consultant 223112 VETASSESS
    82 ICT trainer 223211 ACS
    83 mathematician 224112 VETASSESS
    84 gallery or museum curator 224212 VETASSESS
    85 health information manager 224213 VETASSESS
    86 records manager 224214 VETASSESS
    87 librarian 224611 VETASSESS
    88 management consultant 224711 VETASSESS
    89 organisation and methods analyst 224712 VETASSESS
    90 patents examiner 224914 VETASSESS
    91 information and organisation professionals (nec) 224999 VETASSESS
    92 advertising specialist 225111 VETASSESS
    93 marketing specialist 225113 VETASSESS
    94 ICT account manager 225211 VETASSESS
    95 ICT business development manager 225212 VETASSESS
    96 ICT sales representative 225213 VETASSESS
    97 public relations professional 225311 VETASSESS
    98 technical sales representatives (nec) including education sales representatives 225499 VETASSESS
    99 aeroplane pilot 231111 CASA
    100 flying instructor 231113 VETASSESS
    101 helicopter pilot 231114 CASA
    102 fashion designer 232311 VETASSESS
    103 industrial designer 232312 VETASSESS
    104 jewellery designer 232313 VETASSESS
    105 graphic designer 232411 VETASSESS
    106 illustrator 232412 VETASSESS
    107 web designer 232414 VETASSESS
    108 interior designer 232511 VETASSESS
    109 urban and regional planner 232611 VETASSESS
    110 wine maker 234213 VETASSESS Y
    111 geologist 234411 VETASSESS
    112 primary school teacher 241213 AITSL
    113 middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ) 241311 AITSL
    114 education adviser 249111 VETASSESS
    115 art teacher (private tuition) 249211 VETASSESS
    116 dance teacher (private tuition) 249212 VETASSESS
    117 music teacher (private tuition) 249214 VETASSESS
    118 private tutors and teachers (nec) 249299 VETASSESS
    119 teacher of English to speakers of other languages 249311 VETASSESS
    120 dietitian 251111 DAA
    121 nutritionist 251112 VETASSESS
    122 occupational health and safety adviser 251312 VETASSESS
    123 orthoptist 251412 VETASSESS
    124 hospital pharmacist 251511 APharmC
    125 industrial pharmacist 251512 VETASSESS
    126 retail pharmacist 251513 APharmC
    127 health promotion officer 251911 VETASSESS
    128 health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec) 251999 VETASSESS
    129 acupuncturist 252211 Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
    130 naturopath 252213 VETASSESS
    131 traditional Chinese medicine practitioner 252214 Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
    132 complementary health therapists (nec) 252299 VETASSESS
    133 dental specialist 252311 ADC
    134 dentist 252312 ADC
    135 resident medical officer 253112 MedBA
    136 anaesthetist 253211 MedBA
    137 nurse educator 254211 ANMAC
    138 nurse researcher 254212 ANMAC
    139 nurse manager 254311 ANMAC
    140 web developer 261212 ACS
    141 software tester 261314 ACS
    142 database administrator 262111 ACS
    143 systems administrator 262113 ACS
    144 network administrator 263112 ACS
    145 network analyst 263113 ACS
    146 ICT quality assurance engineer 263211 ACS
    147 ICT support engineer 263212 ACS
    148 ICT systems test engineer 263213 ACS
    149 ICT support and test engineers (nec) 263299 ACS
    150 judicial and other legal professionals (nec) 271299 VETASSESS
    151 careers counsellor 272111 VETASSESS
    152 drug and alcohol counsellor 272112 VETASSESS
    153 family and marriage counsellor 272113 VETASSESS
    154 rehabilitation counsellor 272114 VETASSESS
    155 student counsellor 272115 VETASSESS
    156 counsellors (nec) 272199 VETASSESS
    157 interpreter 272412 NAATI
    158 social professionals (nec) 272499 VETASSESS
    159 recreation officer 272612 VETASSESS
    160 welfare worker 272613 ACWA
    161 agricultural technician 311111 VETASSESS Y
    162 anaesthetic technician 311211 VETASSESS
    163 cardiac technician 311212 VETASSESS
    164 medical laboratory technician 311213 AIMS
    165 pharmacy technician 311215 VETASSESS
    166 medical technicians (nec) 311299 VETASSESS
    167 meat inspector 311312 VETASSESS
    168 primary products inspectors (nec) 311399 VETASSESS Y
    169 chemistry technician 311411 VETASSESS
    170 earth science technician 311412 VETASSESS
    171 life science technician 311413 VETASSESS
    172 science technicians (nec) 311499 VETASSESS
    173 architectural draftsperson 312111 VETASSESS
    174 building associate 312112 VETASSESS
    175 building inspector 312113 VETASSESS
    176 architectural, building and surveying technicians (nec) 312199 VETASSESS
    177 mechanical engineering technician 312512 TRA
    178 metallurgical or materials technician 312912 VETASSESS
    179 mine deputy 312913 VETASSESS
    180 hardware technician 313111 TRA
    181 ICT customer support officer 313112 TRA
    182 web administrator 313113 ACS
    183 ICT support technicians (nec) 313199 TRA
    184 farrier 322113 TRA
    185 aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics) 323111 TRA
    186 aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical) 323112 TRA
    187 aircraft maintenance engineer (structures) 323113 TRA
    188 textile, clothing and footwear mechanic 323215 TRA
    189 metal fitters and machinists (nec) 323299 TRA
    190 precision instrument maker and repairer 323314 TRA
    191 watch and clock maker and repairer 323316 TRA
    192 toolmaker 323412 TRA
    193 vehicle body builder 324211 TRA
    194 vehicle trimmer 324212 TRA
    195 roof tiler 333311 TRA
    196 business machine mechanic 342311 TRA
    197 cabler (data and telecommunications) 342411 TRA
    198 telecommunications linesworker 342413 TRA
    199 baker 351111 TRA
    200 pastrycook 351112 TRA
    201 butcher or smallgoods maker 351211 TRA
    202 cook 351411 TRA
    203 dog handler or trainer 361111 VETASSESS
    204 animal attendants and trainers (nec) 361199 VETASSESS
    205 veterinary nurse 361311 VETASSESS
    206 florist 362111 TRA
    207 gardener (general) 362211 TRA
    208 arborist 362212 TRA
    209 landscape gardener 362213 TRA
    210 greenkeeper 362311 TRA
    211 hairdresser 391111 TRA
    212 print finisher 392111 TRA
    213 printing machinist 392311 TRA
    214 dressmaker or tailor 393213 TRA
    215 upholsterer 393311 TRA
    216 furniture finisher 394211 TRA
    217 wood machinist 394213 TRA
    218 wood machinists and other wood trades workers (nec) 394299 TRA
    219 chemical plant operator 399211 TRA
    220 power generation plant operator 399213 TRA
    221 library technician 399312 VETASSESS
    222 jeweller 399411 TRA
    223 camera operator (film, television or video) 399512 TRA
    224 make up artist 399514 TRA
    225 sound technician 399516 TRA
    226 performing arts technicians (nec) 399599 VETASSESS
    227 signwriter 399611 TRA
    228 ambulance officer 411111 VETASSESS
    229 intensive care ambulance paramedic 411112 VETASSESS
    230 dental technician 411213 TRA
    231 diversional therapist 411311 VETASSESS
    232 enrolled nurse 411411 ANMAC
    233 massage therapist 411611 VETASSESS
    234 community worker 411711 ACWA
    235 disabilities services officer 411712 VETASSESS
    236 family support worker 411713 VETASSESS
    237 residential care officer 411715 VETASSESS
    238 youth worker 411716 ACWA
    239 diving instructor (open water) 452311 VETASSESS
    240 gymnastics coach or instructor 452312 VETASSESS
    241 horse riding coach or instructor 452313 VETASSESS
    242 snowsport instructor 452314 VETASSESS
    243 swimming coach or instructor 452315 VETASSESS
    244 tennis coach 452316 VETASSESS
    245 other sports coach or instructor 452317 VETASSESS
    246 sports development officer 452321 VETASSESS
    247 footballer 452411 VETASSESS
    248 sportspersons (nec) 452499 VETASSESS
    249 contract administrator 511111 VETASSESS
    250 program or project administrator 511112 VETASSESS
    251 insurance loss adjuster 599612 VETASSESS
    252 insurance agent 611211 VETASSESS
    253 retail buyer 639211 VETASSESS
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    Victoria Releases New Skilled Occupations List Effective 1st July

    Victoria releases new Skilled Occupations List

    In November 2016, skilled visa applications for 11 ICT-related occupations were temporarily closed by the Victorian Government. This temporary halt was then extended through to 30 June 2017.

    The Victorian state government has now announced that from 1 July 2017, the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program will reopen to applications for ICT occupations. The news also comes with a new application process.

    New application process for ICT occupations

    Due to the high number of ICT applications that Victoria receives, the state government is changing the application process for ICT occupations. The aim of this is to reduce processing times.

    Those interested in applying for Victorian nomination (in ICT occupations) are advised to follow these steps:

    1. Check you meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) requirements and Victoria’s minimum nomination requirements.

    2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in DIBP’s SkillSelect, and indicate your interest in Victorian nomination. You do not need to notify Victoria that you have submitted an EOI.

    3. Regularly check your email (including your junk mail folder) to see if Victoria has selected you. There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. An Invitation is not guaranteed.

    If selected, an email invitation to apply for Victorian visa nomination will be sent to the email address you used for the EOI.

    4. Submit an online application for Victorian visa nomination within 14 days of receiving the invitation. Note that you must be able to demonstrate that you still meet the criteria you claimed within your EOI.

    It is recommended that you have all your supporting documents ready before you submit your EOI in SkillSelect, as the 14 days deadline cannot be extended.

    5. If you are successfully nominated by the Victorian Government, you will receive a SkillSelect Invitation to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

    6. Submit a visa application to DIBP within 60 days of being nominated by Victoria.

    Selection considerations

    The Victorian Government will review and select the top ranking ICT candidates from SkillSelect, who have indicated Victoria as their preferred state.

    Candidates who are chosen to apply are still required to meet Victoria’s minimum eligibility requirements, including demonstrating employability and commitment to Victoria, and are not guaranteed a nomination.

    If the Victorian Government does not select you, you will not receive an email. Your EOI will continue to be considered for as long as it remains in DIBP’s SkillSelect system.

    See below for the full list of eligible occupations

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination

    Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination


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    Australian 189 Skilled Independent Visa Age Threshold Lowered

    Australian skilled visa age threshold

    The Australian Government has introduced new changes for the subclass 189 Skilled Independent visas resulting in applicants aged over 45 years will no longer qualify to apply under the 189 Skilled Visa Stream.

    New age ceiling for subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa

    The new requirement for applicants to be under age 45 will be implemented on 1 July 2017. This change will not affect you if:

    • You have received an Invitation to Apply from SkillSelect before 1 July 2017, and you have submitted the visa application before 1 July 2017.
    • You are applying as a secondary applicant

    All applicants will need to be below 45 years of age to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

    Ae you affected? Let us know in our comments!

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    Australian De Facto Visa Tips To Prove Your Relationship

    Australia De Facto Visa Requirements

    The Australian De Facto Visa is a popular visa for those overseas candidates who are in a de facto relationship with an Australian Citizen or permanent resident.

    To qualify for an Australian de facto visa, you need to provide evidence that you are in a ‘real’ relationship and not simply using the de facto status as a means to gaining an Australian Visa.

    One of the ways in which the Australian Migration department validates the legitimacy of a relationship is by having a one year relationship requirement as a condition of application.

    What is the one year relationship requirement?

    The one year de facto relationship requirement is a criterion that must be met by applicants for the following visas who claim to be in a de facto relationship:

    • a permanent visa
    • a business skills (Provisional) (Class UR) visa
    • a business skills (Provisional) (Class EB) visa
    • a student (Temporary) (Class TU) visa
    • a partner (Provisional) (Class UF) visa
    • a partner (Temporary) (Class UK) visa
    • a general skilled migration visa.

    To satisfy this requirement, the couple must demonstrate that they have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months before the visa application is made. For migration purposes, a person is in a de facto relationship with another person if they:

    • are not married to each other
    • have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others
    • are in a genuine and continuing relationship
    • live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis
    • are not related by family.

    Living together

    Living together is regarded as a common element in most on-going relationships. It is recognised that, for various reasons, couples may sometimes have to live apart. Provided the separation is temporary and the couple had, at some point since commencement of the relationship lived together, their relationship might still satisfy the requirements of a de facto relationship.

    For this reason, the one year relationship criterion does not require the couple to have physically lived together for the entire 12 months, but rather to have been in a de facto relationship for that period.

    Partners who are currently not living together may be required to provide additional evidence that they are not living separately and apart on a permanent basis in order to satisfy the requirements of a de facto relationship.

    What evidence is considered?

    When submitting evidence of a de facto relationship, applicants must be able to demonstrate that their relationship has existed for at least one year before the application is made. Evidence may include but is not limited to:

    The history of the relationship through a signed statement regarding:

    • how, when and where the couple first met
    • how the relationship developed
    • the couple’s domestic arrangements, that is, how they support each other financially, physically and emotionally and when this level of commitment began
    • any periods of separation, when and why the separation occurred, for how long and how the couple maintained their relationship during the period of separation
    • the couple’s future plans.

    Financial aspects of the relationship, such as:

    • joint ownership of the house or joint names on a lease
    • correspondence addressed to the couple at the same address
    • details of financial commitments including bank statements, and any joint liabilities.

    The nature of the household, such as:

    • any joint responsibility for the care and support of any children
    • the couple’s living arrangements including sharing responsibilities within the home.

    Social context, such as:

    • evidence that the couple is generally accepted and recognised as a couple socially such as joint invitations
    • evidence of common friends
    • assessments by the couple’s friends and family of the relationship
    • joint travel or joint participation in sporting, social or cultural activities.

    The couple’s commitment to each other, such as:

    • the duration of the relationship including knowledge of each other
    • intention to have a long term relationship, for example, through terms of their wills
    • correspondence and telephone accounts to show that the couple maintained contact during any periods of separation.

    Australian De Facto Visa – Evidence Tips

    Now let’s dig into some examples of the types of evidence you can prepare in support of your Australian De Facto visa Application. Collating your evidence for an Australian de facto visa is not an easy task, however to help you get started, we have included a collection of tips to assist you on your way.

    Financial Evidence Tips for your de facto Visa application:

    Don’t have a joint lease? Bills? Did you travel together for a year or live with your parents? Did one of you support the other? Relax.

    Very meticulously go through bank statements, for at least the past 12 months you have been together. Whether you paid bills, rented a campervan, paid for a flight to see your partner, bought them a Christmas present, paid for insurance, groceries, rent and so on, even if you don’t have the actual bill/piece of paper that says you did, it will be on your statement.

    Highlight each relevant purchase/payment and put a one or two word description next to it. If you are in this situation, then definitely write a declaration that explains it all. You can also provide some bills (say one or both of your names aren’t on it) and include them in this section—your CO could match the billing date to when the payments were made in the bank statement.

    Bills and even grocery stores also have “codes” that can be matched. ATM withdrawals will also have a location near them which can be matched to things you say in statements (eg: my BF and I traveled to NSW together… oh look there is an ATM withdrawal from NSW at the same date they went…get where I am going with this?)

    You will be surprised as to how much stuff is on your bank statements—one idea to do while you are highlighting is, for example, if you find a purchase of a present your partner gave you try to find the card or the letter that came with it… copy it and provide it with your application.

    Bank statements can also serve to show you have been living together even if your names weren’t on the lease—if your billing addresses are where you both lived make a note of that in the stat dec for this section to bring the CO’s attention to it.

    Other examples:

    – Receipt for a computer you might have bought together
    – Documents showing joint bank account and online banking accounts
    – Bank statements showing transfers between accounts
    – Receipts from Australia Post, money spent on sending letters and packages to partners family
    – Receipt for registering domestic relationship
    – Receipt for English classes
    – Receipt for working holiday visa

    Nature of the household tips:

    Nature of the household is evidence that you and your partner share responsibilities within your household. This includes things like living arrangements, housework, joint ownership of your house, joint responsibility for bills, and correspondence addressed to both you and your partner at the same address.

    The Nature of the household section is probably the most straightforward when it comes to your de facto partner application.

    Write a statement as to who did what in the house, who paid for what (see partner migration booklet linked at the bottom of this article), get bills together (if you have them, if not refer back to the financial tips), and correspondence addressed to both of you if you have it.

    Consider including letters and cards given to you by your partner or your partner’s family.

    Social Context Tips:

    You can get cards together, ticket stubs etc. You may have already shown joint travel in your financial section if you used bank statements.

    • Can your friends and family prove anything you have said along the way? Get them to write that in their stat decs (eg: if you lived with your mother, get her to mention that you did) along with stuff to prove your relationship is real.
    • Pictures: don’t include too many (they don’t like it apparently) but do include ones showing you with each others families, out with friends, and traveling together if possible. Have you known each other for ages? Include one of you two where you look visibly different than you do now.
    • You can write a short explanation/stat dec here too in order to explain what you are showing your CO
    • If it’s a lot of small pieces, stick it in a plastic baggy so they wouldn’t all fly around and I labeled the bag.

    Other examples:

    – Statutory declaration from best friend
    – Statutory declarations from family: mother, father, sister
    – Joint activities together in Australia: e.g. ACMI Disney exhibition, Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Otway Fly Treetop Walk, Eureka Tower, Melbourne Zoo

    Couples commitment tips:

    Need to include itemised phone bills?

    Put a key at the top to what each number is (eg: Daves work number, Jackies house number). Remember, these CAN be hard to get and you might have to pay for them depending on your company and how far back you need to go.

    Need to show your intent that the relationship will last—if you are planning on getting a house together, you can include a quote from a bank for a mortgage.

    Exemptions from the Australian Defacto Visa one year relationship requirement

    The one-year relationship requirement does not apply if the applicant can establish that:

    • there are compelling and compassionate circumstances for the grant of the visa, for example, there is a child of the relationship
    • the relationship is registered under a law of a state or territory prescribed in the Acts Interpretation (Registered Relationships) Regulations 2008 as a kind of relationship prescribed in those regulations
    • their partner is, or was the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa and, before the humanitarian visa was granted, was in a de facto relationship with the applicant that was declared to the Department at the time
    • their partner is an applicant for a permanent humanitarian visa.

    Australian Defacto Visa – Commonly asked questions

    I have been in a de facto relationship for 11 months. Do I still have to wait for another month before I can apply?

    No. You can apply for a visa even if you have been in a de facto relationship for less than one year. However, your application is likely to be refused unless:

    • there are compelling and compassionate circumstances for the grant of the visa, for example, there is a child of the relationship or the laws in your home country prevent you living with your partner
    • your relationship is registered under a law of a state or territory prescribed in the Acts Interpretation (Registered Relationships) Regulations 2008 as a kind of relationship prescribed in those regulations
    • your partner is, or was the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa and, before the humanitarian visa was granted, was in a de facto relationship with you that was declared to the Department at the time
    • your partner is an applicant for a permanent humanitarian visa.

    My partner and I met when we were travelling around the world and realise now that we want to remain together. Does our time travelling together count towards the one year requirement?

    If your relationship has been on a more casual basis you are unlikely to be able to establish that you are in a de facto relationship. This may be the case if, for example, during your travel, you shared accommodation but you each paid your own expenses, were not committed to a mutually exclusive relationship and made no long-term plans for your future until recently.

    To be considered a de facto couple for migration purposes, you must not be related by family and be able to demonstrate that:

    • you have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others
    • your relationship is genuine and continuing
    • you live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis.

    The factors that might be taken into account by the Department in assessing whether you are in a de facto relationship include the history of the relationship, social and financial aspects of the relationship, the nature of the household and your commitment to each other. The one year de facto relationship will only commence from the time you can demonstrate you are in an established de facto relationship.

    We have been in a de facto relationship for longer than one year but, as my job in Australia does not allow me to travel to my partner’s country, we have only lived together for eight months. Will I be eligible to sponsor my partner on a partner visa to Australia?

    Despite not living together for one year, your partner may still be eligible for a partner visa. It is expected that couples will have physically lived together at some time since they committed to the relationship. However, it is recognised that couples may be physically apart for periods of time, for example, due to work or travel commitments, yet remain in a genuine and continuing relationship and are committed to a shared life to the exclusion of all others.

    In assessing whether you are in a de facto relationship, the Department may take into account a number of factors other than periods of physical cohabitation such as the history of the relationship, social and financial aspects of the relationship, the nature of the household and your commitment to each other.

    I have been in a de facto relationship with my partner for less than one year. My partner has a child from a previous relationship who will be migrating to Australia with my partner. Will my partner be exempt from the one year de facto relationship requirement?

    Your partner might be exempt from the one year requirement if she/he can demonstrate compelling and compassionate circumstances or one of the other exemptions outlined in this fact sheet.

    Compelling and compassionate circumstances may exist if you and your partner are both parents of the child (for example, through birth or adoption) and the child is dependent on you.

    My partner and I met over the internet and we established a close relationship before we had physically met. Can the time since we began our relationship before meeting be considered as part of the relationship requirement period?

    No. In order to be in a de facto relationship, you must be able to demonstrate that you have met and have lived together, even if you later lived apart temporarily. The one year relationship requirement will only commence once you have established a de facto relationship.

    I want to apply for a partner visa. My partner came to Australia on a permanent visa as a refugee under the humanitarian programme. Are we still required to meet the one year relationship requirement?

    No, provided you can show that you were in a de facto relationship with your partner at the time she/he was granted the permanent humanitarian visa and this was declared to the Department at the time.

    Where can I register my de facto relationship?

    Currently only the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria have laws in place allowing a relationship to be registered in accordance with the Acts Interpretation Act (Registered Relationship) Regulations.

    You should contact the relevant authorities in your state or territory for information about how to register your relationship.

    I have been living away from my partner to fulfil a work contract and therefore cannot satisfy the one year relationship requirement. Does this qualify as a compelling and compassionate circumstance?

    There is no clear definition of compelling and compassionate circumstances as it requires an assessment of the individual circumstances of the case.

    Compelling and compassionate circumstances may include, but are not limited to, applicants who have a dependent child of the relationship or where the laws of the applicant’s country of residence in the one year prior to making the visa application prohibit de facto relationships.

    Do you have your own De Facto Visa Tips?

    If you have your own tips, please consider contributing by adding your comments in the comment form below.

    Information Sources:

    Aussie Immigration Factsheet: https://www.border.gov.au/
    Partner Migration Booklet: https://www.border.gov.au/Forms/Documents/1127.pdf

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    Baby born in Australia – What is my babies Australian residency and Citizenship status?

    baby born in Australia citizenship residency status

    Since giving birth to our own baby girl since migrating down under we’ve had a number of comments made on this associated post asking what the immigration status,  residency or citizenship status of their own  baby will be following the birth.

    With this in mind I thought I’d write up a quick article to summarise the residency and citizenship status of your baby should you be blessed with the birth of a new child whilst spending your time down under.

    On the assumption that you applied for your Permanent Residency visa before your baby was born the following circumstances will normally apply.

    If your baby is born in Australia, and at least one parent is an Australian permanent visa holder or Australian citizen, your baby is an Australian citizen by birth. No Australian visa is required for this baby.baby born australian citizen

    If your baby is born in Australia and neither parent is an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, your baby will generally automatically acquire the visa of either parent dependent on whichever visa is more “beneficial”.

    If your baby is born outside Australia, and at least one parent is an Australian citizen otherwise than by descent, your baby is eligible for Australian citizenship by descent.

    If your baby is born outside Australia and at least one parent is an Australian citizen by descent and that parent was present in Australia lawfully for at least 2 years before your baby’s citizenship registration, your baby is eligible for Australian citizenship by descent.

    If your baby is born outside Australia, and neither parent is an Australian citizen, your baby has no immigration status in Australia and will need a visa to enter Australia. Continue reading

    Originally posted 2009-01-08 09:10:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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    Australian 457 Visa Changes – FAQ

    457 visa changes latest

    So since we announced the abolishment of the 457 visa on the 19th April, we’ve had literally hundreds of comments posted trying to seek additional information on clarification on the announcements.

    I’m a 457 holder, will I still be able to get PR?  My occupation is no longer on the list, can I still apply? What do the 457 grandfathering provisions mean?

    We’ve tried our best to help where we can but to a certain extent, we’ve struggled as the amount of information which has been made available since the announcement has been extremely limited so we’ve had to base our responses on our own interpretation of the information.

    Thankfully, today we received a copy of one of the guidance newsletters issued by the Australian department of Immigration to Australian Migration agents to assist with their client’s enquiries.

    Though the clarification notes don’t answer all the questions, they certainly help. I have to say though, It’s really frustrating that these clarification points are not readily available so with this in mind, we’re publishing the clarification notes below.

    Even though it’s evident that there is still some work to be done on the migration departments part (ie. in some instances, the answer to some of the questions appear to be work in progress). We are hopeful that you’ll find these clarification points useful!

    19 April 2017 changes

    Q1. What has already changed?

    A. As of 19 April 2017:

    • the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has been replaced with the new Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL);
    • the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been replaced with the new Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL);
    • there has been a reduction of 216 occupations available for subclass 457 visa programme applications;
    • 59 caveats now apply to specified occupations – these either relate to work experience, regional location or are occupation specific; and
    • new visa validity periods also apply under the standard subclass 457 programme with a maximum 2 year period available for occupations that are eligible for the subclass 457 programme but not on the new MLTSSL.

    Q2. Can people still apply for subclass 457 visas?

    A. Yes. The subclass 457 programme remains open until the new TSS visa comes into effect in March 2018. The occupation list has been restricted (19 April 2017) and integrity settings will be further tightened.

    Q3. Where can I find a list of removed occupations?

    A. This is available on the Department’s website or on the getting down under website here.

    Q4. Why were occupations removed?

    A. They were removed due to a wide range of factors including: immigration integrity concerns, low usage over the last five years, being reserved for Australian citizens (e.g. magistrate) and based on advice from the Department of Employment.

    Q5. Where can I find information about the caveats?

    A. This is available on the Department’s website. Agents have also been provided with interim guidelines on these caveats until the 457 Nominations Procedural Instructions (PI) are updated for 1 July 2017. We will continue to expand this advice in the future based on feedback from agents and staff. Note: Additional FAQs specifically on caveats is also provided below.

    Q6. Do the above changes have any impacts on existing subclass 457 visa holders?

    A. No – unless they wish to change employers or positions, in which case a new nomination will need to be approved under the new arrangements. Note:

    • This will include situations where due to business structure changes, an employer is required to lodge a new sponsorship application and is required to lodge new nomination applications to accommodate existing subclass 457 visa holders (unless they continue to work for an associated entity of an Australian sponsor).
    • A new nomination approval for an occupation listed on the STSOL will not result in a reduction of the visa period already held by the visa holder.

    Q7. My client has a pending application where the occupation has been removed from the list – what happens now?

    A. Once the application has reached the assessment stage, you will be contacted by the Department and given the opportunity to withdraw your application in writing. The letter will specify a period for required response (i.e. 14 days for nomination applications and 28 days for visa applications).

    Alternatively, you can request a withdrawal in writing at any time and your client will then be entitled to a refund of the application fee. If you do not withdraw your application, it will be refused. Note: • If seeking to withdraw a visa application, we ask that you complete and attach Form 1446 to ImmiAccount where possible to facilitate faster processing.

    • If seeking to withdraw a nomination application, we ask that you attach a written request to this effect to ImmiAccount where possible to facilitate faster processing.
    • Once a withdrawal has been actioned, the process to facilitate a refund will be initiated. Applications which do not meet the requirements and are not withdrawn within the prescribed timeframes will be refused. No refund will be provided in such circumstances.

    Q8. What about situations where my client has a pending application but a caveat now applies?

    A. Once the application has reached the assessment stage, an officer will assess whether or not the caveat applies. If it does, the same withdrawal and refund options as noted above (Q7) will be made available to the client – as the occupation is no longer ‘on the list’ in the circumstances specified.

    Note: where a caveat may apply, but the nomination has already been approved and it is only the visa application that is outstanding, the Department will assess caveats for visa applicants based on information already available on Departmental systems. We will not seek further information if there is no clear indication that a caveat applies.

    Q9. Can I get a refund for an approved nomination if a related visa application now cannot be approved?

    A. Yes, if, a subclass 457 visa application is unable to be granted where the approved nomination is for an occupation that has been removed from the list, the sponsoring business can request that the nomination be withdrawn and request a refund of the nomination fee. Note:

    • If seeking to withdraw your approved nomination, we ask that you utilise Form 1446 where possible to facilitate faster processing. The completed form should be emailed through to 457@border.gov.au.
    • Once a withdrawal has been actioned, the process to facilitate a refund will be initiated. 457 agent news May 2017 | 3

    Q10. Can I get a refund of my sponsorship fee if my sponsorship application has been lodged and/or approved but I no longer wish to use the subclass 457 programme due to the changes in occupation lists?

    A. No – a refund is not available under the legislative framework.

    Q11. Can I change the nominated occupation?

    A. No – but you can withdraw and lodge a new nomination with a new occupation specified for the nominee. This may, however, raise concerns about the genuineness of the position – particularly if the new occupation is substantially different.

    Q12. Can I change the nominated base salary for a position post lodgement of the nomination?

    A. Yes – you can provide updated information to the Department via ImmiAccount, but you must also provide an updated contract of employment reflecting the new salary rate. This may, however, raise concerns about the genuineness of the position and whether the local labour market has been effectively tested.

    Q13. What is the impact of 19 April 2017 changes on the subsequent dependant applications?

    A. Nil – if the primary visa application has been granted, then subsequent dependant applicants can still be granted for the same period as the primary (subject to any 457 MOFU extension restrictions).

    Q14. Do the changes impact cases that have a review application pending?

    A. Yes – the AAT must make a decision based on the current framework – i.e. they are required to take into account recent occupation removals and caveats.

    Q15. Will the reforms affect visa processing times?

    A. Processing times are expected to slow down in the short term as staff become familiar with the new arrangements. Additional concurrent measures are, however, being considered for 1 July 2017 to streamline processing for lower risk sponsors – including possible further expansion of 457 accredited sponsor arrangements.

    Q16. What are caveats?

    A. Occupational caveats are additional requirements for certain occupations to demonstrate that the position you have nominated is appropriate for a skilled visa programme. Caveats do not prevent lodgement of all applications for that particular occupation. They limit use of the occupation in certain circumstances. These caveats will be subject to regular review and may be added, altered or removed in future.

    Q17. Where the caveat requires a business to have a turnover of at least $1M, what is the period in which $1M turnover is considered?

    A. From 1 July 2017, the subclass 457 nomination form will collect information regarding the turnover of the business for the last financial year, which will be used to determine whether or not this caveat applies. Up until this time, the Department will use existing information available on our systems if they indicate that this element of a caveat is met.

    Where such information is not available in Departmental systems, additional information will be sought from the sponsoring company. If this occurs, it is recommended that agents provide financial information to cover the last financial year. Independently verifiable information should be provided where possible.

    Q18. Can the $1M include turnover from related entities?

    A. No – this relates to the sponsoring business only.

    Q19. Can the $1M turnover figure include GST?

    A. No.

    Q20. Will occupational caveats apply to businesses that have traded for less than 12 months? If so, will projected turnover suffice where relevant?

    A. Yes – they apply. In general, projected turnover will not suffice. As above, the turnover needs to be at least $1M for the last financial year. However, the Department will consider exceptional circumstances on a case by case basis.

    Q21. Where the caveat requires a business to have a minimum of five employees, are there any restrictions on the type of employee (e.g. do they have to be full time, Australian)?

    A. No – not at this stage. If the business declares that they have five employees and this is consistent with other information provided (e.g. structure chart for business etc.), then this will be accepted unless the Department has concerns that this is not the case. From 1 July 2017, the subclass 457 nomination form will ask companies to declare their total number of employees and how many are Australian/overseas workers, as per the current subclass 457 sponsorship form.

    Q22. Where the caveats require at least two years of work experience, what does this mean?

    A. This means that a successful candidate for the nominated position would be expected to have completed at least two years full time (as per the industry standard) work experience in the relevant occupation post qualification. The Department recognises that work experience may take different forms for different occupations. For example, relevant experience for a University lecturer could include conducting research in a particular field of knowledge and/or teaching experience. Additional permanent visa questions

    Q23. Is the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme impacted by the 19 April 2017 changes?

    A. No – this is because you can nominate any occupation that is ANZSCO skill level 1 to 3 for this programme (i.e. you are not restricted to the MLTSSL and the STSOL at this stage).

    Q24. How do the above changes impact other permanent visa programmes?

    A. The above changes do not impact on hand (‘pipeline’) applications for other skilled permanent visa programmes. The removal of occupations from the list will, however, impact clients who lodge an application for one of the following on or after 19 April 2017:

    • Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream
    • Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) • Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) That is, any applications already lodged before 19 April 2017 for the above visa subclasses (other than a 457 visa) will not be impacted (even if the occupation was removed for these visas on 19 April 2017).

    Q25. Do the caveats impact permanent visa applications?

    A. No – the new caveats only impact subclass 457 applications. Caveats existing prior to 19 April 2017 that impacted other visas remain unchanged.

    Q26. Can you still apply for ENS if your occupation is on the STSOL but not the MTSSL?

    A. Yes – currently, if your occupation is on the STSOL or an eligible occupation on the MLTSSL you can apply for the ENS Direct Entry stream. Current holders of subclass 457 visas continue to be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the ENS visa. Access to the TRT stream is not based on the occupation lists and is therefore unaffected by these changes. Other temporary visa questions

    Q27. Do the above changes impact on hand (‘pipeline’) applications for other temporary visa programmes that utilise the MLTSSL and/or the STSOL?

    A. The above changes do not impact on hand (‘pipeline’) applications for other temporary visa programmes that utilise the MLTSSL and/or the STSOL. The removal of occupations from the list will, however, impact clients who lodge an application on or after 19 April 2017 for the Training visa (subclass 407).

    1 July 2017 changes

    Q28. What reforms are being implemented on 1 July 2017?

    A. Key reforms that will be implemented from July 2017 for subclass 457 visas include:
    • expanding mandatory skills assessments;
    • introducing mandatory penal clearance checks consistent with other visas;
    • tightening existing training benchmarks; and
    • removing English language exemptions based on a skilled migrant’s salary (e.g. if their salary is higher than $96,400).

    Q29. Will there be further changes to the occupation lists for 1 July 2017?

    A. Yes – it is expected that the occupation lists will be regularly updated, based on a range of factors including advice from the Department of Employment and the Department of Education and Training.

    Q30. Why are mandatory skills assessment requirements being expanded?

    A. The skills assessment requirements are being considered for expansion to cover a small number of new cohorts of concern. For example, where particular combinations of occupation and nationality have been identified as an integrity risk.

    Q31. What nationalities/occupations will be impacted?

    A. A final decision has not been made in this space. Registered migration agents will be informed of the specific changes proposed via an agents newsletter prior to 1 July 2017.

    Q32. What changes are being made to character requirements and why?

    A. As of 1 July 2017, all subclass 457 applicants aged 17 years or older will be required to provide penal clearance certificates for countries in which they have lived for a significant period. This measure will strengthen current character and integrity measures and will bring subclass 457 visas into line with other longer stay temporary visa products.

    Q33. What changes are being made to the training benchmarks?

    A, Policy settings for training benchmark requirements are being clarified and tightened, by setting out:

    • the types of training funds eligible for training benchmark A; and
    • setting out the types of expenditure on training that are acceptable for training benchmark B.

    The Department also intends to provide agents with additional guidelines around documentation required to demonstrate that an applicant has met the relevant training benchmarks via a later edition of this newsletter. Additional permanent visa questions

    Q34. What reforms will be implemented on 1 July 2017 for ENS and RSMS?

    A. On 1 July 2017, the additional changes below will be implemented for ENS and RSMS:

    • raising English language requirements to “competent” for all applicants (IELTS 6) – with TRT and Direct Entry requirements to be consistent;
    • upper age limit of 45 for Direct Entry applicants;
    • 3 years skill and experience for Direct Entry applicants; and
    • further changes to the occupations lists and their application to relevant visas. Note: This above looks like an error in that the RSMS (direct entry) change that 3 years work experience is needed is scheduled for March 2018. We are trying to confirm this March 2018 changes

    Q35. What is the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa?

    A. The new TSS visa will replace the 457 visa. It will have two distinct streams: a Short-term stream of up to two years and a Medium-term stream of up to four years.

    Q36. How much will the TSS visa cost?

    A. There will be different Visa Application Charges (VAC) for the TSS visa. The base VAC for:

    • the Short-term stream is $1150; and
    • the Medium-term stream is $2400.

    Q37. What are the changes to the English language requirements?

    A. The English requirements for the Short-term stream of the new TSS visa will be the same as the current 457 visa, with a minimum IELTS result (or equivalent) of 4.5 in each test component required, and an overall score of 5. There will be a higher standard required for the
    Medium-term stream with a score of 5 required in each test component.

    Q38. Will holders of the TSS visa have a pathway to become Australian permanent residents?

    A. Yes – under the Medium-term stream only.

    Q39. Will the Temporary Income Skilled Migration Threshold (TSMIT) be indexed?

    A. No – in considering options for the abolition of the subclass 457 visa and its replacement with a new TSS visa, the Government decided not to index the TSMIT at this time.

    Q40. What will change in terms of labour market testing?

    A. Labour market testing will be a mandatory requirement for the TSS visa, unless international trade obligations apply.

    Q41. How will the TSS visa require employers to assist with training Australian workers?

    A. The TSS visa will require employers nominating skilled overseas workers to contribute to training Australian workers. Details of the revised training requirement will be provided in a subsequent edition of this newsletter. Additional permanent visa questions

    Q42. What reforms will be implemented for ENS and RSMS in March 2018?

    A. From March 2018, new eligibility criteria for ENS and RSMS will include:

    • an upper age limit of 45 (from 50) for most applicants;
    • occupation must be on the MLTSSL (unless an additional occupation approved for regional areas); • a minimum market rate salary: all visa holders must earn at least a minimum salary of $53,900 – that is the TSMIT;
    • at least three years’ relevant work experience; and
    • a pathway to permanent residence through TRT requires 3 years on Medium-term TSS visa. More information will be provided about these changes to registered migration agents closer to 2018.

    Q43. What transitional or ‘grandfathering’ arrangements will be in place for those who already hold a subclass 457 visa before March 2018?

    A. More information concerning the legislative details of future changes will be available closer to their implementation date. This will include information about transitional arrangements for visa applicants and visa holders.

    Labour agreements

    Q. Do these changes have any impact on labour agreements?

    A. No – the subclass 457 visa abolition and replacement changes have no immediate impact on the labour agreement programme with:

    • existing labour agreements remaining in effect;
    • existing visa holders not impacted unless they apply for another visa impacted by the changes outside of the labour agreement programme; or
    • new nominations that labour agreement sponsors intend to lodge and related visa applications are not impacted – including applications for occupations which are specified in the relevant labour agreement, but have were ‘removed’ from the standard programme on 19 April 2017.

    The Department will amend all existing labour agreements at some time prior to March 2018 to reflect the abolition of the subclass 457 visa – with no further applications for subclass 457s accepted after the introduction of the TSS visa in March 2018.

    Q. Will the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) remain in place?

    A. The DAMA with the Northern Territory will remain in place.

    Q. Has anything else changed in the labour agreement programme?

    A.The Department continues to review labour agreement arrangements to ensure that:

    • they reflect current economic and employment conditions
    • the local labour market is not undercut
    • Australian workers are given priority.

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    Australian Visa Costs From 1st July 2017


    The 2017-18 Federal Budget saw several changes announced to the immigration programme which will affect the cost of visa applications from 1 July. Additionally, information has also been provided regarding the changes forecasted to the training benchmark, which will affect 457 and 186 applications, and their sponsors, from March 2018.

    Increase to Australian Visa Application Charges from 1 July

    The increase to the Visa Application fees will be minimal. The below fees do not include the credit card surcharges applied by the Department of Immigration at the time of lodgement

    1. Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa – Subclass 457 visa

    The visa application fees for Subclass 457 visa applications will increase for adults and children from AUD1,060 and AUD265 respectively, to the following:

    • AUD1,080 for each adult applicant
    • AUD270 for each child under 18

    These application fees will apply until March 2018. After this time, the Subclass 457 visa will be replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (“TSS”) and the cost of the application fee will depend on whether the nominated occupation falls within the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List.

    2. Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa – Subclass 400 visa

    The Visa Application fee for the Subclass 400 visa will increase from AUD275 to AUD280.

    3. Employer Nomination Scheme – Subclass 186 visa

    Currently, the Base Visa Application fee for a Subclass 186 is AUD3,600. The fee for an accompanying spouse or de facto partner is AUD1,800 and AUD900 for a child. These fees will increase to the following:

    • AUD3,670 for the Base Visa Application fee
    • AUD1,835 for each additional adult
    • AUD920 for each child under 18

    Replacement of Training Benchmark

    Employers/Sponsors applying for business sponsorship approval have, to date, been required to satisfy a training benchmark in order to be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor under the Subclass 457 visa scheme. This benchmark currently requires expenditure towards training existing employees or investing into a training fund.

    This training benchmark also applies to Employer Nomination Scheme – Subclass 186 visa applications. Effective from March 2018, the existing training benchmark will be replaced by a Skilling Australians Fund Levy’, affecting employers sponsoring Subclass 457 visa holders and those applying for the Subclass 186 visa.

    The requirements of the Skilling Australians Fund Levy will be based on two categories – determined by the annual turnover of the business:

    1. Turnover of less than AUD10 million per year

    • For each employee sponsored on a TSS, an upfront payment of AUD1,200 per visa per year
    • For each employee’s Subclass 186 visa application, a one-off payment of AUD3,000

    2. Turnover of AUD10 million or more per year

    • For each employee sponsored on a TSS, an upfront payment of AUD1,800 per visa per year
    • For each employee’s Subclass 186 visa application, a one-off payment of AUD5,000
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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.

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    What Are My Chances Of Getting An Australian Visa

    How long to get an Australian Visa

    So you’ve got an occupation on one of the Australian Skilled Occupations Lists. You have registered an Expression Of Interest (EOI) with Skillselect and you’re now left waiting to see if you’ll get that sought after an invitation to apply for an Australian Visa.

    As a skilled migrant, you’re probably already familiar with the Australian points test and the requirement to reach a certain points threshold to qualify for migration under your occupation. However beyond that. How long should you be expected to wait for an invitation to apply and what are your overall chances of getting an Australian Visa?

    What Are My Chances Of Getting An Australian Visa?

    We get asked this question quite a lot here at Getting Down Under and to be honest, it’s a pretty difficult question to answer because there are so many dependencies to being successful.

    Sure, you have a confirmed occupation in demand, you have reached the points threshold and English language requirement, however, there is something that’s really difficult to take account for, and that’s the other applicants.

    You see, once you have registered an Expression Of Interest with SkillSelect, you are automatically ranked against the other Australian visa applicants who have also applied.

    Your ranking is based on the information you provide within your EOI. EOIs are ranked using points achieved on the skilled migration points test. A prescribed pass mark will be set as the minimum points score required for each visa category.

    Where you have the same number of points as another applicant, then this equally scoring EOIs will be separated by the time of submission with earlier submission dates ranking more highly.

    Now let’s look at a few scenarios to see how this would work in practice.

    Australian EOI Scenario 1

    What Are My Chances Of Getting An Australian Visa

    So in the above scenario, you have qualified for an Australian skilled Visa with 65 points. You have been added to the SkillSelect queue for your occupation.

    As you have qualified with more than the minimum number of points for this occupation (in this example the minimum is 60 points), you will receive an application before those applicants who have qualified with only 60 points.

    The small number of applicants who have qualified with more than 65 points or those who have the same number of points as you but registered their EOI before you will be invited first.

    EOI Scenario 2

    How long to get an Australian Visa

    In this second scenario, with 65 points you have joined your fellow applicants at the front of the SkillSelect queue.

    Even though these applicants registered with SkillSelect months before you did. As your points score is higher. You will be invited to apply for a skilled visa first

    Australian EOI Process – Scenario 3

    Australian Expression Of Interest (EOI) Process

    In this final scenario, you’ve completed your EOI and feel pretty good about yourself. Despite only needing 60 points to qualify for your application, you’ve managed to score 65 points.

    What you don’t know, however, is there is a large number of applicants who have been waiting for an invitation with even more points.

    In this instance, even though you have qualified with a high points score. The fact that there are applicants with even more points means that you will not receive an invitation until these applicants receive an invitation first.

    Other Considerations

    After submitting your EOI, you can view your point score; however, because your ranking is continuously changing as new EOI’s are submitted and invitations issued, you will not see your ranking.

    Your EOI will stay in SkillSelect for a maximum of two years. At any time during the validity of your EOI, you can update your details to reflect any additional qualifications or experience you might have obtained. This might increase your likelihood of being invited or an employer contacting you.

    After each invitation round for the independent and skilled regional (provisional) sponsored visas, the Australian government published via the SkillSelect website, the lowest points test mark for which an EOI received an invitation.

    This will give you an indication of your potential for receiving an invitation in future rounds.

    Have any questions?

    Have any questions? Post these in our comments below or pop on over to our Australian Migration forums and we’ll look to help where we can.

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    Eleven Tips to Help You Safely Transport Your Pet to Australia

    made the move to australia

    If you are thinking of moving your pet to Australia, I suggest you first get an idea of what’s involved in this process so that you don’t get hassled mid-way. The most important fact that you need to remember is that the entire procedure can be an expensive one and requires that you navigate through a few controls and restrictions. I will briefly guide you through the various stages involved in moving your pet to Australia and, hopefully, save you time, hassle and money.

    1. The most important thing to do first is to confirm that your breed is allowed in Australia (certain dog breeds like dogo Argentino, Japanese tosa, Pit bull Terrier are refused entry) and also whether your pet’s age permits it to travel.

    2. Micro chipping your pet will be the next step you take. This needs to be completed before you apply for an import permit. The micro chip must be identified by any ISO compatible reader like a Trovan or Destron.
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    Originally posted 2010-01-23 01:50:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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