July 2019 - News, Views & Clues from Migration Plus
UPDATE - The Far North Queensland DAMA Agreement implementation process
The Cairns Chamber of Commerce is continuing to work with the Department of Home Affairs on implementation of the FNQ DAMA agreement. It is expected that the necessary details will be finalised by end of July 2019.
FNQ DAMA agreement will allow endorsed business sponsors to enter into a Labour Agreement with the Department, to nominate visa applicants for 482 TSS visa for occupations approved under the FNQ DAMA skilled occupation list. The details of the included occupations and any concessions with regards to the work experience, market salary rate concession or pathway to permanent residency through 186 Transitional Stream visa pathway are still not confirmed.
Migration Plus team will continue to keep our business sponsors and visa applicants updated about the progress of the FNQ DAMA implementation as soon as further information is received.
Queensland Business & Skilled Programs remain closed
'The Queensland Business and Skilled Programs are currently closed and will not open on 1 July 2019. The programs are scheduled to open by the end of July (date-to-be confirmed)'.
The Business & Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) website contains the following message:
Queensland State Nomination Program UPDATE as at 28 June 2019
The Queensland Business and Skilled Programs are currently closed and will not open on 1 July 2019. The programs are scheduled to open by the end of July (date-to-be confirmed). Please do not contact BSMQ to enquire when the programs will open. We are currently working with stakeholders to finalise the 2019-20 programs.
Business and Skilled applicants must not submit an EOI for the Queensland programs on 1 July 2019 or before the programs officially open. Previous EOI's or EOI's submitted before Queensland programs open will not be picked up.
Skilled applicants must also ensure they have an occupation on the new QSOL before submitting an EOI.
The Government has provided following update regarding expansion of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program which takes effect from 1 July 2019.
Working Holiday Makers (WHM) who have completed at least six months specified regional employment in their second year may be eligible for a third year visa. The 6 months of work must all be carried out on or after 1 July 2019, with applications being able to be lodged from January 2020.
Extension of the period a WHM (subclass 417 and 462) may work with the same agricultural employer, from six to 12 months.
Increase in the number of places available for travellers from Spain (1,500 up to 3,400), Israel (500 up to 2,500), Peru (100 up to 1,500), Chile (2,000 up to 3,400), Argentina (from 1,500 up to 2,450), Malaysia (100 up to 1,100), Singapore (from 500 up to 2,500) and Portugal (200 up to 500).
Greece (500 places) and Ecuador (100 new places) added to WHM visa program, taking the total number of eligible countries to 44.
The maximum eligible age for French applicants has been raised to 35 years.
National Minimum Wage and Modern Award wages increase by 3% from 1 July 2019
The national minimum wage increased to $740.80 per week or $19.49 per hour or an increase of $21.60 per week to the weekly rate on 1 July 2019. For employees covered by an award, award rates will increase by 3.0%.
Those affected by the changes include permanent and casual employees working on Sundays, public holidays, evenings or after midnight in the Restaurant, Hospitality, Pharmacy, Fast Food and Retail industries. The national minimum wage applies to employees who aren't covered by an award or agreement.
Businesses who employ employees covered by a modern award (occupational or industry specific), and pay their employees in line with award rates of pay will need to increase employee pay rates accordingly from the first full pay period commencing on or after 01 July 2019.