NOVEMBER 2018 - News, Views & Clues from Migration Plus
SKILLED MIGRATION VISA WITH STATE NOMINATION
For those applicants with occupations on the short-term occupation list (STSOL) it might be a good option consider a Skilled migration visa with state nomination. A number of other Australian States/Territories offer a special pathway or exemptions for applicants who already live and work in the state as holders of temporary visas.
In Western Australia (WA) an additional Graduate Skilled Migration List has been introduced to attract the best global talent with the advanced qualifications, skills and experience and help grow the state's share of the international education market.
Masters and PhD graduates have access to all occupations on the Graduate occupation list. Bachelor and higher degree graduates will only be able to access some of the occupations on the list.
Priority consideration for skilled migration under the State Nominated Migration Program will be granted to the best and brightest international students graduating from WA universities.
James Cook University and the Queensland Government are investing a combined $20 million towards stage two of the Cairns Innovation Centre at James Cook University (JCU).
The facility will house JCU's electronic engineering and internet of things capability workshop areas, innovation gallery, open works areas, start-up pads and space for commercial tenants.
"It will boost exports and attract innovators from around the world to the city of Cairns. It will create more jobs and opportunities," said the Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The construction is expected to end in February 2020, creating 100 construction jobs and 100 ongoing jobs.
NEW PENALTY RATE INCREASES FOR THE GENERAL RETAIL INDUSTRY
From 1 November 2018, employers need to pay casual retail employees an additional 15% for all work performed on a Saturday. Casuals will also need to be paid an additional 5% for work performed after 6 pm on a weekday.
Businesses should also ensure that their staff budgeting for the Christmas period is viable given the potential additional wage cost.
For further advice regarding this Fair Work Commission decision, contact the Employer Assistance Team in Australia via 1300 135 822.
CHANGES ON THE WORKING HOLIDAY PROGRAM CHANGES ON THE WORKING HOLIDAY PROGRAM
The age limit for Irish and Canadian citizens applying for the Working Holiday program increased and is now 35 years of age. Australian citizens up to the age of 35 will also benefit from the reciprocal arrangements with Canada and Ireland.
Other changes include:
Work and Holiday and a Working Holiday visa holders may now work with the same agricultural employer from 6 to 12 months.
Increase the number of places available for Work and Holiday Maker program by lifting annual caps available to a number of countries participating in the program.
Work and Holiday makers will be able to undertake regional plant and animal cultivation work in additional priority areas to become eligible for a second visa.
Introduction of a third year visa option for Work and Holiday and a Working Holiday visa holders, who from 1 July 2019 onwards complete six months of regional work in the second year.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SKILLING AUSTRALIANS FUND (SAF)?
All employers nominating overseas skilled workers for the following visas:
Temporary Skill Shortage
Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS)
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)
must pay a levy amount in full when lodging a nomination application.
The purpose of the SAF levy is to require employers who sponsor temporary and permanent overseas skilled workers to contribute to the broader skills development of Australians. The amount depends on the size of the sponsoring business and the proposed period of stay of the overseas worker in Australia.
Employer sponsors must ensure that they comply with all relevant obligations, including the requirement to pay sponsored workers in accordance with their contracts.
The former operators of a restaurant in Cairns have been penalised a total of AUD 168,924 for underpaying a migrant worker more than AUD 33,000, following legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman. The female employee from Japan who was employed as a waitress and later as a manager.
MIGRATION PLUS IS A CITIZEN OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF!
The Great Barrier Reef provides habitat and shelter for many species, including humans.
Its structure protects the east-Australian coastline from powerful waves and tropical storms. It has also great cultural and historical significance to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who have lived harmoniously with the Reef for centuries.
Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef is the world's first collaborative movement for the Reef – a unique, data-driven and united approach to Reef conservation. It provides a platform to share knowledge about the Great Barrier Reef's true condition, facilitate practical solutions, and showcase the people, projects and organisations leading the charge.
Migration Plus collaborates to this important initiative that aims to mobilise the world in measurable action for the Reef.
Medibank has introduced Health Industry Claims and Payments Service (HICAPS) claiming for Outpatient General Practitioner medical services for eligible Working and Visitor visa members.
If you have an insurance form Medibank, when a service provider gives you the bill for your treatment, you hand them your Medibank membership card, and they swipe it through an electronic HICAPS machine. The machine then automatically processes your claim and the Medibank contribution will be processed on the spot (you only pay the remaining gap claim, if applicable).