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SEPTEMBER 2018 - News, Views & Clues from Migration Plus

An additional Graduate Skilled Migration List will be introduced to attract the best global talent with the advanced qualifications, skills and experience and help grow Western Australia's (WA) share of the international education market. High achieving education graduates - PhD, Masters, Honours and other higher degree graduates - will have also access to a pathway to skilled migration.

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.

"We need to send a message to the world that we welcome international students, and their friends and families. Perth is an attractive, supportive destination to live, study and work.", said the WA Premier Mark McGowan.

Information about eligibility and how to apply will be released in the coming months. Contact us at for further information and update.
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. The construction is expected to begin in September 2018 and end in February 2020, creating 100 construction jobs and 100 ongoing jobs.
 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.

Migration Plus prepared a clear summary about the main concerns over the SAF levy. Click HERE to visit our website and have further information.
  The order of processing Temporary Skill Shortage visa applications is:
1. those lodged by accredited sponsors
2. positions located in regional Australia
3. those lodge under the labour agreement stream
4. all other applications.

Applications that are not classified as categories 1 to 3 above should be processed within the timeframes advertised by the Department of Home Affairs, from 22 up to 77 days.
  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.
Click HERE to check how you can also help or visit

The Commonwealth Government's AUD 5 million Fostering Integration Grant Program is now open for not-for-profit organisations that are able to help migrants better integrate into Australian life.

The grants program focus on supporting women, young people and migrants in regional areas and will support initiatives that encourage economic and social participation of new arrivals, including activities that promote employment and participation in the broader community.

"Activities may include anything from helping migrants to undertake valuable work experience in order to succeed in the workforce or opportunities to practice English in their local community to helping migrants better understand Australian values and civics." said the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 for activities lasting up to 12 months. 
 Applications close on 9 November 2018. Click HERE for more information or visit

"The act of migration is an act of ambition, imagination and bravery. To imagine a better life for yourself and your family and to leave behind all that is familiar requires a special kind of courage. 

Australia needs more of that courage."   Frank Lowy   

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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
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