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    Will Engineering Jobs Be On The 2017 – 2018 SOL?

    Engineering jobs 2017 - 2018 SOL

    We have a lot of engineers visiting getting down under and many will be wondering if Engineering will appear on the 2017 – 2018 Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

    Yesterday we wrote about the methodology used by the Australian Government’s Department of Education to select occupations which will appear on the Australian Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

    The department will use this list as a basis for determining the occupations which will appear on the Australian SOL during the next migration intake which runs from 1st July through to 30th June of the following year.

    April 19th Update: The 2017 – 2018 SOL can be found here. The List of jobs that have been removed from the latest 2017 – 2018 can be found here. Although there have been a couple of casualties, in the main it looks like the engineering profession has remained relatively unscathed!

    As we wrote yesterday, around March each year, the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training reviews the skilled migration program’s Skilled Occupation List and provides advice on the jobs which should make up the list of skilled occupations for the subsequent year.

    As part of their review process, they also seek feedback from relevant industry bodies representing the trades being considered for inclusion within the next SOL.

    Engineering jobs have been a popular occurrence on prior Skilled Occupations List and Engineering Australia; the industry body representing the engineering Industry within Australia have published a document in Support of Retaining Engineering Occupations on the 2017-18 SOL.

    It provides some fascinating insight into the Engineering Industry within Australia. If you’re an engineer looking to secure an Australian visa under the 2017 – 2018 SOL, the document provides an interesting insight to some of the challenges engineers will face if they are looking to secure an Australian visa during the 2017 – 2018 migration year.

    Keeping Engineering Jobs on the 2017 – 2018 SOL

    As the paper states:

    The objective for permanent skilled migration is to supplement the medium to long term capacity of Australian educational institutions to produce sufficient of the skills required by the economy. In recent years, there has been an unfortunate tendency to see this objective in terms of contemporary skill shortages which contradicts the character of the skilled occupation list. Our position is that the medium to long term basis for permanent skilled migration should be reinforced and our arguments are put forward in that light.

    Conditions in the engineering labour market are no longer characterised by the rampart demand evident prior to 2012. The common perception was that this demand was primarily determined by the resources boom. This phenomenon certainly played a part, but resources related activity accounted for a minority of engineers; most engineers were employed throughout a wide range of industries, including the upsurge in infrastructure development at that time.

    Against this background, it was inevitable that the ending of the resources boom would impact the demand for engineers. This impact has occurred at the same time as a slowdown in growth in the Australian economy and an abrupt slowdown in infrastructure development throughout Australia with the exception of NSW.

    So not the most positive news, however, Engineers Australia argues that the Australian government should take a longer term view citing that the current intake of Engineering students within Australian universities will not meet future demand.

    It is Engineers Australia’s view that the government’s medium term innovation ambitions require an enlarged engineering capability, especially in new and emerging technologies. To achieve this result, in the first instance, Australian universities need to continue increasing graduate engineers.

    However, statistics show that recent growth in this area is coming to an end because insufficient high school students are studying foundation mathematics and science subjects. Skilled migration is the means to backstop efforts to produce more Australian engineers.

    Our argument is that dropping engineering occupations from the SOL at this stage will result in history repeating. To succeed, the government’s planned innovation strategy requires a growing and robust engineering capability in the medium term.

    Short term reaction to the adjustment taking place in the engineering labour market is unnecessary and were engineering occupations removed from the SOL, this would establish the pre-conditions for a shortage of engineers to work as engineers just when they are needed.

    You can find the link to the full submission here, however, having read the full submission I feel, in the short term at least the future opportunities for engineers looking to use their skill sets to secure permanent Australian are looking a little bleak.

    Many engineering based roles have already been flagged for removal from the 2017 – 2017 SOL and though the submission from Engineers Australia makes a strong argument, I think in the short term it might not be enough. Hopefully, the department of education will see things differently.

    What are your thoughts? Post in our comments below.

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    2017/2018 SOL – Will Your Job Be On The 2017/2018 Australian Skilled Occupations List?

    Australian Occupations SOL Reaching Ceiling

    The 2017/2018 SOL or Australian Skilled Occupations List comes into effect in under three months and those aspiring to move to Australia in the 2017 / 2018 migration year will be interested in the range of jobs listed within the 2017 / 2018 SOL.

    Though the selection criteria for jobs listed within the Australian Skills Occupation list isn’t publically posted, the Australian government does provide some insight into the methodology used to shortlist occupations for the list.

    Skilled Occupations List, Job Selection Methodology

    The purpose of the SOL is to ensure the supply-driven component of Australia’s skilled migration programme is well targeted to highly-skilled migrants.

    Around March each year, the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training reviews the skilled migration program’s Skilled Occupation List and provides advice on the jobs making up the SOL to the Minister for Immigration.

    The suitability of occupations for inclusion on the SOL is assessed in a two-step process.

    The first step involves identifying occupations that are most susceptible to supply constraints (e.g. due to the time taken to develop necessary skills) and/or most likely to warrant government intervention to address supply constraints.

    The second step involves assessing the medium to long-term skill needs of the economy for each occupation, identified in Step 1, to determine if it would benefit from skilled migration.

    It should be noted that the set of indicators for each occupation are considered together rather than separately. Indicators for occupations tend to be mixed and the advice provided is never based on a single indicator alone.

    Generally, a shortlisted occupation would not be included on the SOL if:

    The occupation is likely to be in surplus in the medium to long-term (based on the size and age of the current workforce, expected employment growth, and trends in student enrolments and completions); or

    There are other more appropriate or specific visa options.

    Jobs Flagged For Possible Removal from the 2017/2018 SOL

    The Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training reviews the skilled migration program’s Skilled Occupation List and flags certain occupations for future removal. This means that roles currently listed on the 2016/2017 SOL will no longer qualify for sponsorship.

    At the time of typing (April 2017), the following trades have been shortlisted for potential removal from the 2017/2018 Skilled occupations list.

    • Production Manager (Mining)
    • Accountant (General)
    • Management Accountant
    • Taxation Accountant
    • Actuary
    • Land Economist
    • Valuer
    • Ship’s Engineer
    • Ship’s Master
    • Ship’s Officer
    • Surveyor
    • Cartographer
    • Other Spatial Scientist
    • Chemical Engineer
    • Civil Engineer
    • Geotechnical Engineer
    • Quantity Surveyor
    • Structural Engineer
    • Transport Engineer
    • Electronics Engineer
    • Industrial Engineer
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Production or Plant Engineer
    • Aeronautical Engineer
    • Agricultural Engineer
    • Biomedical Engineer
    • Engineering Technologist
    • Environmental Engineer
    • Naval Architect
    • Medical Laboratory Scientist
    • Veterinarian
    • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
    • Medical Radiation Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Podiatrist
    • Speech Pathologist
    • General Practitioner
    • Anaesthetist
    • Cardiologist
    • Endocrinologist
    • Gastroenterologist
    • Intensive Care Specialist
    • Paediatrician
    • Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Medical Practitioners (nec)
    • Barrister
    • Solicitor
    • Psychotherapist
    • Psychologists (nec)
    • Chef
    • Boat Builder and Repairer
    • Shipwright

    What should you be doing now if your occupation is flagged for removal from the 2017/2018 SOL?

    2017 2018 Australian Skilled Occupations List 2017/2018 SOLIf you intend to apply for an Australian skilled visa and your occupation is listed as flagged, it is important to ensure that you lodge your expression of interest via SkillsSelect and receive an invitation to apply before 1 July 2017.

    Not doing so may leave you with fewer options as it is likely (though not a guarantee) that the above occupations will be impacted as part of the current review.

    Have questions? Join our community, connect with other members and post in our forums.

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    South Australia Increases Points Required For State Nomination

    South Australia Increases Points Required For State Nomination

    South Australia has increased the requirement for state nomination from 80 to 85 points after the overall quota of nominations was achieved under the existing 80 points requirement.

    The new points requirement will come into effect from 9 am on 19 April 2017, however, this will not affect applications lodged prior to this time.

    South Australia Points Threshold For State Nomination

    Immigration South Australia says applications for high points nomination received after this time will be refused if they fall short of the required 85 points.

    However, some occupations have been excluded from the high points and chain migration streams.

    Immigration South Australia announced on Wednesday that Accountant (General), Human resources Adviser, Marketing Specialist, Sales Representative, University Lecturer, University Tutor, Hospital Pharmacist and Retail Pharmacist occupations will not be available for the high point or chain migration with immediate effect.

    This change does not affect applications lodged prior to 1pm on 5 April 2017. Applications for these occupations lodged after this time will be refused if applying for high points or chain migration nomination.

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    457 Visa Holders School Fees – South Australia

    457 Visa school Fees South Australia

    The South Australian state government is introducing a fee for families on 457 visas whose children attend public schools in South Australia.

    These proposed changes would bring South Australia in line with a number of other Australian states and territories including; Western Australia (WA), New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

    457 Visa School Fees South Australia

    Proposed changes

    From January 2017, newly arriving 457 visa holders will be required to contribute to the cost of educating their children in government schools.

    This requirement will then extend to all 457 visa holders from 1 January 2018.

    The amount payable would be based on family circumstances and payment would be made when a child or young person is enrolled in a government school.

    Students would continue to be allowed to enrol in their local schools (subject to availability).

    457 Visa Contribution towards School fees

    The annual contribution payable by a family in South Australia on a 457 visa for 2017 would be:

    • $5,100 for each primary school student
    • $6,100 for each high school student

    This amount would be charged for the eldest child in a family, with the fees for all siblings attracting a 10% discount.

    The proposed changes would allow parents to elect to pay the contribution:

    • upfront annually
    • per semester
    • per term, or
    • in regular instalments.
    Depending on the number of children and your household income, the contributory fees can be more than thousands of dollars per year.

    Some examples of the contributory fee calculation (as provided by the SA Department of Education and Child Development):

    457 Visa School Fee Calculations – Examples

    Example 1

    Tomas commences work under a 457 visa arrangement and will be paid a gross income of $67 000 pa. He is accompanied by his wife, who is not in paid work, and their eight-year-old daughter, who is enrolled at the local government primary school. His contribution payable would be calculated as follows:

    Step 1: Primary school rate of $5100 is the full contribution rate

    Step 2: Gross family income is $67 000

    Step 3: Relevant household income threshold at which full fees are payable is $77 000

    Step 4: As the gross household income is between $57 000 and $77 000, Tomas will not be required to pay the full contribution rate. His income is $10 000 above the $57 000 limit, so the fee payable will be 10 x 5% x $5100 = $2550.

    Example 2

    Aisha commences work under a 457 visa arrangement and will be paid a gross income of $61 200 pa. She is accompanied by her husband, who is working part-time and earning $20 400 p.a., and their two children. Both children attend government schools; one in secondary education, the other in primary education. The contribution payable would be calculated as follows:

    Step 1: The full contribution rate is $6100 + ($5100 x 90%) = $10 690

    Step 2: Gross family income, (rounded down to the nearest whole $1,000), is $81 000

    Step 3: Relevant household income threshold at which full contribution is payable is $87 000

    Step 4: As the gross family income is between $57 000 and $87 000, Aisha will not be required to pay the full contribution fee rate. Her household income is $24 000 above the $57 000 limit, so the fee payable will be 24 x 3.33% x $10 690 = $8 552.

    Example 3

    Lucinda is a sole parent who commences work under a 457 visa arrangement and will be paid a gross income of $200 000. She is accompanied by her three children, each of whom attends government schools; one in secondary education, the other two in the primary level. The contribution payable would be calculated as follows:

    Step 1: The full contribution rate is $6100 + (($5100+ $5100) x 90%) = $15 280.

    Step 2: Gross family income is $200 000

    Step 3: Relevant household income threshold at which full fees are payable is $97 000

    Step 4: As the gross household income is above $97 000, Lucinda will be required to pay the total contribution rate of $15 280.

    As such, there is an incentive for 457 visa holders in SA to apply for a permanent visa if it is possible. Once you have a permanent visa you are not required to pay the contributory fee.

    Sources:

    1.       http://www.internationalstudents.sa.edu.au/primary-school-student

    2.       https://www.decd.sa.gov.au/supporting-students/457-visa

    Information accurate as of 10 April 2017

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    Top Tips When Using Australian Migration Agents

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    Well hello there.  Gosh it’s quiet on the news front at the moment. In fact so quiet that the only Australian Immigration news appearing in my customised Google news feed references the fact that Australian Immigration may linked to drinking dry spell. Serious news indeed!!

    Australian immigration linked to dry spell

    To be fair this is pretty big news for the Aussies that enjoy a drink but on the basis this seems to be the biggest news since April 4th goes to show that there isn’t much going on.

    With this in mind, I thought I’d share an article about the wonderful world of Australian Immigration Agents.

    We’ve written before about how to find a registered migration agent;  however this article covers a little bit more information including some of the checks you should be undertaking to make sure your dealing with a qualified agent and a number of tips to follow during your Australian Visa Application Process.

    Firstly, let’s talk a little about the Registration Authority of the Migration Agents

    The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (often referred to as MARA) is the regulatory body that ensures only fit and proper persons are approved as registered migration agents and investigates complaints against agents. It is a discrete office attached to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    Choosing a migration agent and a few FACTS to consider.

    • Registered migration agents have a unique Migration Agents Registration Number (MARN).
    • You can check if a person is registered by searching for their MARN on the Authority’s website.
    • Lawyers and education agents need to be registered before they can give you immigration assistance in Australia.
    • No person can guarantee you will get a visa – even if the person is a registered migration agent.
    • Unless exempt, it is illegal for anyone to give immigration advice in Australia if they are not registered with the Authority. A list of exempt persons can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Form 956.

    Things you need to know about your agents obligations:

    Your agent must:

    • Give you a copy of the Consumer Guide once they have agreed to do work for you. You can also get a copy from the Authority’s website.
    • Give you a Statement of Services listing what services they will charge you for before you pay.
    • Return any documents that belong to you within 7 days after you have asked.
    • Keep records of all communication about your application with you and the Department of

    So what happens if I’m already dealing with an Australian Migration agent and I have some concerns?

    Firstly remember to contact the Authority if you need advice. If the level of service you are providing from your agent is poor or none compliant then be rest assured that making a complaint to the Australian Migration Authority or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will not affect the outcome of your visa application.

    If it transpires that the migration agent you’re working with is unregistered persons, then the individual in question should be reported to the Department of Immigration.

    Remember, you can check if your migration agent is registered using the Migration Agents Registration Authority website here: www.mara.gov.au

    We hope this proves to be of use. We also hope to have some more interesting updates to post very soon.

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