Highly Skilled Occupations Exempted From Labour Market Testing

By |November 29th, 2013|

The Australian Immigration department has announced that employers recruiting for ‘highly skilled occupations’ will be exempted from the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement and therefore will not need to advertise jobs in Australia before offering them to temporary foreign workers.

In June 2013, Australia’s previous Labor government passed legislation which required Australian employers to advertise jobs in Australia under LMT before employing foreign workers under the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457). The new law requiring LMT was due to come into force on 23rd November 2013.

In June, speaking as the opposition immigration spokesman at the time, Scott Morrison, opposed the introduction of LMT saying that it would be costly and unnecessary. Mr Morrison is now the Immigration minister for the new Coalition government. […]

457 Visa Retail Jobs On The Rise In Australia

By |September 7th, 2013|

The number of retailer sponsored 457 Visa’s is on the rise with Australian retailers searching overseas for skilled staff because years of cost-cutting, under-investment in training and the online retail boom has led to a critical skills shortage in the retail sector.

Experienced merchandisers, planners, buyers and e-commerce managers are in hot demand in the US and the UK as major retailers ramp up their multi-channel operations, respond to increasing competition from global retailers.

In the 12 months ending May, the number of retailer-sponsored 457 visas granted jumped 42.7 per cent to 2790, according to Department of Immigration figures, and recruiters say many senior positions remain vacant for months because of the lack of suitable local talent.

Jane McNeill, NSW director for recruitment firm Hays said: […]

IT Workers On 457 Visas Needed To Plug The Gap

By |September 1st, 2013|

A state parliamentary inquiry into skills shortages is yet to hear from the Australian technology industry, but it has already signaled it will make recommendations to the federal government on 457 visas.

The NSW inquiry by the Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Development has held two hearings, it has two more scheduled, in Coffs Harbour in September and in Sydney in October, with a report due to be tabled in Parliament in November.

On Monday it heard companies would struggle to staff large projects such as the national broadband network (NBN) without importing workers on 457 visas.
The size and nature of the NBN rollout means it does create some challenges, Australian Industry Group NSW director Mark Goodsell told the inquiry. […]

New School Fees For Parents On 457 Visas

By |August 24th, 2013|

If you have children and are considering a move to Western Australia on a 457 Visa then I’m afraid your journey down under looks likely to be a slightly more expensive one.

Following changes flagged in the recent Western Australian budget, from January 2014 a new $4,000 fee per child per year will apply if you choose to send your children to the state’s public schools.

The Western Australia treasurer Troy Buswell said Western Australia had experienced record growth in student numbers over the past two school years, driven by a baby boom in the middle 2000s and high levels of overseas and interstate migration. […]

Changes to the Australian 457 Visa Program

By |July 11th, 2013|

 

We’ve already written about the new laws being brought in this month to strengthen the 457 temporary visa system, however we’ve  recently received a number of questions about the changes which we thought we would try to address within this post.

The changes are being implemented to ensure ensure employers only use the scheme to fill genuine skill shortages, and look local first before hiring workers from overseas.
How will the changes affect current subclass 457 visa holders?
There will be no adverse effects on existing visa holders. However, visa holders should note the changes to the English language and skills requirements if they plan to change employment, change their occupation or seek a further subclass 457 visa. […]

Australian 457 Laws Changed To Protect Local Jobs

By |July 1st, 2013|

New laws to strengthen the 457 temporary visa system will ensure employers only use the scheme to fill genuine skill shortages, and look local first before hiring workers from overseas.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor said legislation that passed through Parliament today would protect local workers and ensure young people did not miss […]

Australian 457 Visa Program To Be Clamped Down

By |March 5th, 2013|

He’s only been in charge for a month however new Australian immigration minister Brendan O’Connor, has announced changes to the Australian 457 Visa program following evidence that one of the country’s main temporary work visas is being abused by Australian companies to undercut Australian workers and has announced a crackdown.

The federal government accused some employers of discriminating against Australians with Mr O’Connor saying the 457 visas will be tightened to ensure they are only used to address genuine skills shortages, and local workers are getting a “fair go”. […]

Changes to Australian Temporary Work Visa Planned For November

By |November 6th, 2012|

The Australian Department of Immigration has announced a number of changes to the Temporary Work Visa with a number of visa sub classes being removed and a number being updated.

All changes will be effective the 24th November 2012.

From 24 November 2012 the following visa subclasses will no longer be open to new applicants: […]

457 visa holders taking advantage of Melbourne opportunities

By |September 11th, 2012|

The unemployment rate in the state of Victoria has risen in the past year but almost 14,000 457 visa holders have still managed to find work in a variety of occupations.

The latest Australian immigration data shows almost 900 construction workers and teachers have each found work in Victoria as well as over 300 doctors, 500 chefs and 240 accountants. […]

Australia Work Visa – An Overview

By |July 6th, 2012|

Australia Work Visa is one of the more common search terms used by visitors to getting down under HQ. With this in mind and in an effort to provide a slightly more succinct answer for those seeking information on the Australian Work Visa, we thought we’d pull together this article

If you want to apply […]

Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold to be increased for 457 Visas

By |June 29th, 2012|

The ‘Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold’ or TSMIT as it’s also known is important for new 457 visa holders as they are generally not eligible for government benefits and support.

We provided an overview of the 457 visa program on Wednesday but one of the areas we didn’t cover was the fact that the 457 program has this minimum salary threshold to ensure that visa holders have sufficient money to support themselves in Australia.

As well as ensuring the visa holders have enough hard cash to survive, the other key purpose of the TSMIT is to ensure the 457 program is only used for positions which require skilled and experienced workers, rather than lower lying, entry-level positions. […]

457 Visa – A Guide To The Australian 457 Program

By |June 27th, 2012|

As the 457 visa is the most commonly used program for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to work in Australia temporarily, we thought it would be useful to provide an overview of this popular visa class.

The full title of this subclass of visa is Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457) and in a nutshell, the 457 program allows employers to hire skilled overseas workers where experienced Australian workers are not available. It’s the simplest and fastest option that helps businesses deal with skill shortages.

Starting on the 1st July 2012, non-resident workers on the 457 skilled immigration visa will also be able to transition to permanent residency if they have 2 years with the employer who has sponsored them and if the employer provides a full-time position in the 457 visa holder’s nominated occupation. […]

Permanent Residence To Be Fast-Tracked For 457 Visa Holders

By |May 9th, 2012|

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, most of you will be aware of the reforms to the permanent employer sponsored migration program. One of the benefits to these reforms is the way in which the pathway for 457 visa holders to permanent residence will be simplified.

The reforms, effective 1 July, are designed to help the Australian Government respond swiftly to labour market demands, while ensuring that limited program places go to those who will make the greatest contribution to Australia.

A new visa structure will be introduced, which comprises two new visas replacing the current employer sponsored visa classes and subclasses. (more info available here) […]

Tony Abbott To Push For Increased Migrant Numbers

By |April 30th, 2012|

According to an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Tony Abbott will push for a major boost of skilled workers from overseas – ”the best possible immigrants to Australia” – with a pledge to make employer-sponsored visas the mainstay of a Coalition government migration program.

But in outlining the Coalition’s migration policy should it win office, he will argue the government has buckled to union concerns and made it more difficult for business to bring in overseas labor – with skilled workers on so-called 457 visas dwindling to barely 10 per cent of all new arrivals.

”These are the best possible immigrants to Australia,” his speech notes say. […]

Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Program Changes Announced

By |March 14th, 2012|

Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen has announced significant changes to simplify the process for the permanent employer-sponsored visa program with the changes to be introduced on 1 July 2012.

The reforms will improve the program’s ability to:

meet Australia’s economic needs
respond quickly to labour market demand
ensure that limited program places go to those who will make the
greatest contribution to Australia.The key changesIn 2011, a comprehensive review of the permanent employer-sponsored visa program including public consultation was conducted. The key reforms that evolved from the review include: […]

Sheep shearers want Australian 457 visa for migrant workers

By |February 15th, 2012|

With skill shortages in Western Australia raising concerns within the shearing industry, industry professionals are calling for the Australian 457 visa programme to be expanded to allow migrant workers to fill the labour gaps.

WA Shearing Industry Association Executive Officer Vicki Gates is reportedly liaising with Rural Skills Australia in an attempt to get shearing on the list of skills shortages in a hope that migrant shearers can be eligible for an Australian 457 visa.

“Shearing happens between the peak periods of January to March and August to November so it’s now extremely seasonal, making finding workers tougher,” said WASI President Darren Spencer. […]