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AUGUST 2018 - News, Views & Clues from Migration Plus

The Skilling Australians Fund has commenced in August 2018 and require organisations who sponsor/nominate temporary and permanent overseas skilled workers to pay a charge to contribute to the broader skills development of Australians. It replaces the former training benchmark requirements and is applicable to all TSS, ENS and RSMS nominations lodged on
or after 12 August 2018.

The amount depends on the size of the sponsoring/nominating organisation and the foreign worker's proposed period of stay in Australia.

Click HERE for more information about the SAF levy or contact our Registered Migration Agents HERE.
The GTS is a pilot program under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program that will run for 12 months from 1 July 2018 and gives businesses an opportunity to sponsor highly-skilled overseas workers with special skills that are not covered by the short-term and medium-term streams of the TSS visa program.

It is a four year visa with the option to apply for permanent residence after three years, and it has two streams:

Established Business stream Allows employment of highly-skilled individuals to contribute to innovation in an established business and support job opportunities and skills transfer for Australians. Position must have minimum annual earnings AUD 145,400, as at 1 July 2018.
Start-up stream Allows employment of highly-skilled individuals to contribute to Australia's start-up ecosystem and bring new ideas, new jobs, new skills and new technology for Australia. This stream is for start-ups operating in a technology based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related field. Minimum annual earnings at the market salary rate (not less than AUD 80,000).

If you believe you may qualify for the Global Talent Scheme click HERE  to contact our Registered Migration Agents for further advice.
Australia's population reached the 25 million mark on 7 August 2018, a generation earlier than the experts had predicted.

With one Australian leaving every minute and 51 seconds and one death every three minutes and 16 seconds, the net increase is one person every minute and 23 seconds.

A government's inter-generational report completed in 2002 forecasted the national population reaching this milestone in 2042. The forecast also underestimated how medical advances would boost life expectancy to 80.4 years for men and 84.6 years for women.

In the 2016-17 financial year, a record 539,000 immigrants moved to Australia. 315,000 of them arrived on a temporary visa, including 150,000 international students, 50,000 working holiday makers, and 32,000 workers on temporary skilled visas. This reflected education being Australia's biggest export earner after coal and iron ore.


Unpublished statistics from the Department of Home Affairs show that of the 112,000 skilled migrants who arrived in the past financial year, 87% had permanently settled in Sydney or Melbourne.

"If migration is not managed carefully, it can lead to social fragmentation and heightened security issues", said Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge.

The Australian Government intends to introduce a migration policy that forces some Skilled Migrants to live outside the biggest cities. That would include visas that would be conditional on a proportion of new Skilled Migrant arrivals settling in cities other than Sydney and Melbourne and the regions.

 For more information about regional migration visit our website
  According to the federal government, close to 189,000 people are now waiting for their citizenship applications to be processed, more than eight times the number in 2015, when there were just under 23,000 people.

Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said the length in processing time was due to several factors including greater national security threats than before.

Furthermore, Mr Tudge explained that the processing of applications for citizenship from people who received protection visas in the last years uses a huge number of resources which then delays processing times overall.
Processing times could soon be even longer, with the government pursuing tougher hurdles to citizenship. The proposed changes will require the applicant to:

• have lived in Australia as an Australian permanent resident for at least 4 years
• pass an English language test
• pass a new citizenship test. This will be a `strengthened' version of the current test and is designed to assess the applicant's understanding of, and commitment to, Australian values
• complete the citizenship test only once. This means applicants must pass the higher level test on the first attempt
• prove their integration and contribution to the Australian community.

 Click HERE to contact Migration Plus and check Citizenship requirements and your eligibility.

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.5% increase to base rates of pay on 1 July 2018 and is now AUD 145,400.

Invitation rounds for the Skilled Independent and Skilled Regional (Provisional) visas, originally run fortnightly, are now extended to a monthly invitation process. No other changes have been implemented and Invitation numbers fluctuate depending on the Department of Home Affairs workload.


The Australia Jobs 2018 report published by the Department of Jobs and Small Business shows that Health Care and Social Assistance is Australia's largest and fastest growing industry and is projected to have the strongest employment growth of any industry over the five years to May 2022, supported by the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Australia's ageing population. The top five occupations in this industry are registered nurses, aged and disabled carers, child carers, nursing support and personal care workers and receptionists.

Large contributions to employment growth are also projected for Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (126,400 jobs), Construction (120,700 jobs), Education and Training (116,200 jobs) and Accommodation and Food Services (97,600 jobs).

The ten occupations which are projected to add the largest numbers of new jobs over the five years to May 2022 are:

 Aged and Disabled Carers (up by 77,400)
 2  Registered Nurses (65,300)
 3  Child Carers (25,800)
 4  General Sales Assistants (24,900)
 5  General Clerks (22,200)
 6  Education Aides (21,900)
 7  Truck Drivers (16,200)
 8  Software and Applications Programmers (15,100)
 9  Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers (14,800)
 10  General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers (14,500)

Contact us for a complimentary assessment of your eligibility for an Australian visa or to make
an appointment with one of our Registered Migration Agents!

 We can help map out a pathway for your migration to Australia, answer your questions on different types of visas and provide advice on any other migration-related matter.

Migration Plus | Level 12, Cairns Corporate Tower,
15 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Phone: +61 7 4041 2620

Mateja Rautner
Registered Migration Agent No. 1387375
Migration Plus Network Pty Ltd
ABN 45 136 723 987

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