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MARCH 2019 - News, Views & Clues from Migration Plus
 
NEW SKILLED OCCUPATION LISTS

On 11 March 2019, the skilled occupation lists were updated. The changes include standardising the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) by making thirty occupations available to all visa subclasses. These occupations were previously accessible to Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) and Training visas. Regional employers also benefit with the addition of 18 occupations to the Regional Occupation List. This recognises the particular challenges that regional areas face in recruiting skilled workers.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the Government has listened to farmers and those within the agricultural industry who are calling for better access to workers.

"We want Australians filling Australian jobs but when this isn't possible action is needed to ensure farmers can continue to operate.", Mr Coleman said.

Also, eight occupations have been added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List including footballer and tennis coach.

"These changes recognise Australia's passion for sports. Having access to highly skilled professionals helps to develop local talent and facilitate skills and knowledge transfer in Australia," Mr Coleman said.

Updates to the skilled occupation lists are based on extensive consultation with industry and take into account labour market advice from the Department of Jobs and Small Business, which conducts regular reviews of the lists.

The changes will apply to new applications and will not affect existing nominations or applications.

18 OCCUPATIONS ADDED TO THE REGIONAL OCCUPATION LIST
• Aquaculture Farmer
• Cotton Grower
• Fruit or Nut Grower
• Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus)/field crop grower (NZ)
• Mixed Crop Farmer
• Sugar Cane Grower
• Crop Farmers nec
• Beef Cattle Farmer
• Dairy Cattle Farmer
• Mixed Livestock Farmer
• Deer Farmer
• Goat Farmer
• Pig Farmer
• Sheep Farmer
• Livestock Farmers nec
• Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
• Dentist
• Anaesthetist
 
 NEW OCCUPATIONS ADDED TO THE MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM STRATEGIC SKILLS LIST (MLTSSL)
• Arts Administrator or Manager
• Dancer or Choreographer
• Music Director
• Artistic Director
• Tennis Coach
• Footballer
• Environmental Manager
• Musician (Instrumental)
• Statistician
• Economist
• Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
• Petroleum Engineer
• Engineering Professionals nec
• Chemist
• Food Technologist
• Environmental Consultant
• Environmental Research Scientist
• Environmental Scientists nec
• Geophysicist
• Hydrogeologist
• Life Scientist (General)
• Biochemist
• Biotechnologist
• Botanist
• Marine Biologist
• Microbiologist
• Zoologist
• Life Scientists nec
• Conservator
• Metallurgist
• Meteorologist
• Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec
• University Lecturer
• Multimedia Specialist
• Software and Applications Programmers nec
• Horse Trainer


27 OCCUPATIONS REMOVED FROM THE SHORT TERM SKILL SHORTAGE LIST
•  Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
• Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic
• Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer
• Chemical Plant Operator
• Library Technician
• Arts Administrator or Manager
• Dancer or Choreographer
• Music Director
• Artistic Director
• Footballer
• Aquaculture Farmer
• Cotton Grower
• Authorised Version Explanatory Statement registered
• Fruit or Nut Grower
• Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower
• Mixed Crop Farmer
• Sugar Cane Grower
• Crop Farmers nec
• Beef Cattle Farmer
• Dairy Cattle Farmer
• Mixed Livestock
• Pig Farmer
• Sheep Farmer
• Livestock Farmers nec
• Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
• Dentist
• Anaesthetist
• Tennis Coach

 QUEENSLAND SKILLED NOMINATION SUSPENDED

Queensland Government has temporarily suspended invitations for visas under the Business Innovation and Investment Program from 08/02/2019. A
pplications which have been already invited for state nomination prior to this date will continue to be processed until the state's quota is exhausted.

Visas with suspended invitations include: Business Innovation, Investor, Significant Investor, Entrepreneur, Significant Business History and Entrepreneur.

 
 QUEENSLAND SKILLED NOMINATION   - TOP 15 OCCUPATIONS

Software Engineer Electrical Engineer Finance Manager Quantity Surveyor ICT Business Analyst
Interior Designer Developer Programmer Resident Medical Officer Construction Project Manager Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Aged Care) Accountant(General)
Civil Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Engineering Technologist

QUEENSLAND SKILLED NOMINATION - COUNTRIES MIGRATING FROM 
   

Source: Queensland Welcomes Business and Skilled Migrants, BSMQ Australia, 2019

 
POSITIVE CHANGES TO THE MINISTER OF RELIGION LABOUR AGREEMENT

Changes to the Minister of Religion Labour Agreement settings allow religious institutions to sponsor overseas workers under the additional occupation of 'Religious Assistant'. This broadens visa sponsorship options which were formerly limited to the occupation of 'Minister of Religion' and the nominee can now work in any senior position in a specified location.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said many multicultural and faith-based communities have raised concerns of increasing difficulties in sourcing locally skilled professionals to work in religious institutions.


"These new measures will help address Australia's religious-worker skills shortage," Mr Coleman said.

Sponsors must be a religious institution under the Migration Regulations and provide evidence of Australian business registration and charitable status. The sponsor must meet salary requirements unless a concession is awarded owing to a vow of poverty being declared by the nominee.

Sponsors will also need to demonstrate why the nominated position is unable to be filled by an Australian worker and nominees will still need to meet occupation requirements related to qualifications and skills.

Temporary Skill Shortage visas under the labour agreement stream can be granted for up to 4 years.

For more information contact our Registered Migration Agents at visa@migrationplus.com.au.
VISAS FOR GENERAL PRACTITIONERS (GPs) INITIATIVE

General Practitioner numbers have increased at a rate three times more than population growth over the past decade. This is due to a surge in supply of locally trained medical graduates and sustained high level supply of overseas trained doctors (OTDs). Under the Visas for GPs initiative, the number of OTDs entering the primary healthcare workforce through the skilled migration program will be reduced by about 200 doctors a year, over a period of four years.


The initiative is intended to reduce unnecessary growth in areas that currently have high levels of access to Medicare services, directing doctors into areas that have lower access to services such as rural, remote and regional areas of Australia. 


Employers sponsoring overseas doctors to work in Australia as General Practitioners, Resident Medical Officers and Medical Practitioners not elsewhere classified (according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)) will be required to obtain a Health Workforce Certificate from a Rural Workforce Agency (RWA) in order to confirm the genuine need to fill a primary healthcare position at a given location in Australia. Other medical occupations, for example non-GP specialists, will not require the Certificate.

Employers will be required to attach the Health Workforce Certificate to their nomination application for one of the following employer sponsored visas:
Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa and
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa.

For more information contact our Registered Migration Agents at visa@migrationplus.com.au.
 
VISA FOR SPECIALISED AGED CARE WORKERS

Aged care providers are now able to hire overseas workers with specialised skills that will support older Australians from multicultural backgrounds. In delivering vital aged care services to the Australian community, aged care providers can request a company specific labour agreement to sponsor skilled overseas workers for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, or an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said these special visa arrangements will allow aged care facilities to access a personalised visa arrangement to hire employees with the skills to cater for the needs of their communities' elderly.

"Australia has a long and proud history of migration. Aged care providers have identified a need for bilingual carers, as elderly people or those with dementia may revert to their native language or lose the ability to speak a second language," Mr Coleman said.


The company specific labour agreement enables aged care providers to access overseas workers where they previously have been unable to, as the required occupation is not on the list of eligible skilled occupations.

 
LOW TOLERANCE FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMAN OR CHILD

Direction 79 is a new Ministerial Character Direction commenced on 28 February 2019, replacing Direction 65 and separating crimes of a violent nature against woman or children into new subclauses. These crimes are now considered in the most serious manner, regardless of the sentence imposed.

Visa cancellation and refusal decisions under section 501 of the Migration Act (the character provisions), must comply with Direction 79 under the relevant section. This Direction contains considerations that decision-makers must take into account when considering visa cancellations, refusals or reviewing such decisions. These considerations include:


• protection of the Australian community from criminal or other serious conduct
• the best interests of minor children in Australia
• expectations of the Australian community
• international non – refoulement obligations (i.e. obligations not to return an asylum seeker to their country of origin)
• strength and duration of the visa holder's/applicant's ties to Australia
• impact on Australian business interests
• impact on victims
• extent of impediments if removed from Australia.

It is foreseen that a person who has been convicted of domestic violence, breaches of apprehended violence orders, sexual assault or rape, or any offence against a child, regardless of sentence, will have their visa cancelled or their application refused.

For more information about character requirements, visa cancellations and refusals contact our Registered Migration Agents at visa@migrationplus.com.au.
 
IS THE AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TEST WORKING?

Last year 4,807 applicants failed the multiple choice test out of 85,267, and more than 1,200 new Aussies have failed the citizenship test three times last year before going on to pass it.

While the number of citizenship applicants had risen, the number of computer-based citizenship tests administered decreased by 38% over the past four years, indicating the processing rate has declined. The Department of Home Affairs has been accused of taking too long to process applications, having been also questioned whether the testing system is working.

At present people can take the test again, but the Government has legislation stalled in the Senate that would ban applicants from taking the test for two years if they failed it three times.

For information about Australian Citizenship applications visit http://www.migrationplus.com.au/visa_categories.

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