The Australian Skilled Migration stream

By |September 18th, 2013|

The large array of Australian visa options can be a little intimidating for some. With this in mind we thought we’d write a couple of articles to provide an overview of the main Australian visa categories.

When emigrating to Australia, Migrants apply under one of three main streams; the skilled migration scheme, the Australian Family Visa scheme […]

Australian Skilled Migration Applications Surge In Attempt To Avoid Skillselect

By |January 9th, 2012|

So, it’s not been long since we reported on the planned changes for Australian Skilled Migratation.

For those who didn’t read the post, On 10 May 2011 the Australian government announced the decision to implement a new way to manage Skilled Migration based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequent invitation to apply. The new program is called SkillSelect and will be introduced on 1 July 2012.

The legislative change and subsequnt introduction of SkillSelect has led to hundreds of families using the Christmas period to consider their options and activate emigration plans put on hold last year. […]

Skillselect – Skilled Migrant Selection Register to Go Live 1st July 2012

By |December 22nd, 2011|

On 10 May 2011 the Australian government announced the decision to implement a new way to manage Skilled Migration based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequent invitation to apply. The new program is called SkillSelect and will be introduced on 1 July 2012.

The changes to their skilled migration program are quite significant so If you wish to come under the current skilled immigration programme you should apply for a skills assessment as soon as possible. […]

Schedule 3 of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) Changed

By |July 1st, 2011|

As part of the recent changes to the New Australian Skilled Migration Points Test, Schedule 3 of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been changed, with a number of key occupations added

You can find a PDF for the full list of Skilled Occupation List (SOL) changes here. However, the key occupations added are fitters, metal machinists and pharmacists, .

The real benefit of these occupations being added to Schedule 3 is that it now opens up the possibility of applicants in these occupations qualifying for the Skilled – Independent (subclass 175) visa. […]

New Australian Skilled Migration Points Test

By |July 1st, 2011|

In early June, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) issued some important new details related to a new Australian skilled migration points test which becomes effective from today (1st July 2011)

The skilled migration points test is what determines which skilled workers will be eligible to emigrate to Australia on a skilled Australia visa.

The new points test that is scheduled to be released today is set to be radically different to the current points test.

Changes include: […]

Western Australia Announces State Migration List

By |December 13th, 2010|

The Western Australian Government have announced their State Migration Plan (SMP) this week with jobs to support the booming mining sector high on the list of jobs in demand.

More immigration is needed by Australia’s mining industry due to a lack of skilled workers in Australia. It is very important for the industry to have more skilled immigration, since these migrants will support the planned $140 billion in mining-related projects located mostly in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The list comprises of some 124 occupations, two of which, Accounting and Cook, have already closed. […]

Survey highlights More Skills Shortages

By |November 2nd, 2010|

A survey by a global business consultancy firm says that the ongoing boom in Australia has resulted in low unemployment and a demand for overseas skilled workers to fill gaps in the labor market — a trend that is likely to increase in the future.

According to the report by KPMG entitled Skilled Migration Survey 2010, employers are being forced to increase their skilled migration intake to meet the demand for skilled workers.

The report found that some Australian States such as Queensland and South Australia are experiencing skills shortages; It has been said that to overcome this problem they should apply to employ skilled workers under Australia’s 457 temporary employer-sponsored visa scheme. […]

Migration Institute of Australia – Politicians must focus on Skilled Migration

By |August 6th, 2010|

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has called for politicians to focus on skilled migration issues during the election, rather than a “short-sighted” debate on asylum seekers.

The MIA has said that Australia’s migration program remains unbalanced, mismanaged and confusing for current and potential migrants, sponsors and for the general public.

The true migration issues that need to be dealt with are skills shortages and Australia’s reputation, but the Government and the Opposition are locked in an “absurd and short-sighted” contest about boat asylum seekers and who can have the smallest migration program, MIA CEO Maurene Horder said. […]

The 2010 Australian Budget and its impact on Australian Immigration Numbers

By |May 12th, 2010|

The Australian Government released their 2010-11 Australian Budget last night and it contained mixed news for wannabe migrants.

Within the report, the Australian Government has announced it intends to sharpen the focus of the Australian skilled migration program on key skills shortages.

Overall, the Australian Immigration program will remain the current size but the focus will be on employer-sponsored skilled migration as the Government moves to create a more skill- and demand-driven migration system.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said: […]

Nurses GPs Trainee Doctors and Computing professionals top 457 Visa list

By |January 13th, 2010|

Australia Immigration figures show applications for 457 visas (temporary skilled workers visas) fell 49 per cent in the five months to November, after the laws were tightened requiring employers to pay equal wages and lift conditions for foreign workers.

Despite these changes, the numbers for the same visa class began to pick up through October and November as employers became more familiar with the rules. Currently, more than a third of the country’s temporary skilled migrants work in NSW.

The Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, said a report released Monday on temporary workers provided evidence the changes were having the intended effect as the Australian average salary jumped to AU$85,300, from $74,700 in the same period a year earlier. […]

Migration Agents – Migrant numbers need to increase to support infrastructure projects

By |June 10th, 2009|

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has warned the government that work on infrastructure projects will be difficult to accomplish following the decision to put restrictions on the skilled migration program.

While the MIA welcomed the Australian immigration ministers decision to increase the number of humanitarian and family reunion Australian visas for the 2009/10 Migration Program, they were less than impressed with the decision to remove a number of trade-level occupations from the skilled occupation list.

“The MIA awaits with great interest to see how the Government proposes to administer the new job-readiness criteria for trade occupations. It’s hard to imagine a one-size-fits-all assessment system of employability,” said Maurene Horder, CEO of the Migration Institute of Australia. […]

Feeling Miffed?

By |June 5th, 2009|

What with all the gloom and doom associated with the current economic crisis. The further cuts in the Australian Skilled Migration intake and all that other cheery news recently coming out of Australia, I thought I’d end this week with a little joke.

Some of you may or may not have heard it but as it has an Aussie reference I think it’s still a good fit for our site. No offence intended to anyone… honest  :)

The British are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats in Afghanistan and have raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” […]

Less than one month until changes to Australian skilled migration implemented

By |June 4th, 2009|

There is less than one month to go before the changes to the Australian skilled migration will come into effect, as outlined in last month’s release of the 2009-10 Budget.

As of the 1 July, the Australian skilled migration program will be downsized again, so that only 108,100 skilled visas are available for people emigrating to Australia. Further, as of this date, the Government will raise the English language requirements for trades occupations in the independent skilled migration pathway so that overseas workers in trade positions are better prepared for working in the Australian workforce.

The Government has made it harder for people emigrating to Australia through the Australian skilled migration program during the recession so that those skilled workers emigrating to Australia support economic growth rather than unnecessarily add to employment competition. Not only has the Government been gradually downsizing the skilled migration program, but it has also implemented a priority processing order for all Australian skilled visas so that the program can target the skills it needs. […]

Occupations removed from the temporary business Australian visa (subclass 457) program

By |May 18th, 2009|

Following last week’s changes to the Australian skilled migration program, occupations have been removed from the temporary business Australian visa (subclass 457) program in line with the current needs of the Australian economy.

The temporary business Australian visa (subclass 457) program allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia on a temporary Australian working visa. While employers must first prove that there are no local workers available to take that position before they sponsor an overseas worker, the Australian immigration department has taken further measures to cut back the program so that Australians have a better chance of employment during the global recession. […]

Australian Budget – What could it mean for you?

By |May 13th, 2009|

As we mentioned yesterday, the Federal Government released their budget last night so instead of going through the reams of data coming out of the budget line by line and boring you to death, I thought I’d provide a very (sky) high summary of some of the key points which may be of interest to folks looking to one day call Australia their new home

The Federal Government has estimated Australia’s deficit will increase to $58 billion in 2009-10 and reach a total of $219 billion in the five years to 2012-13, due to a combination of reduced economic growth, decreased tax revenues, and initiatives to stimulate the economy.

The Government has predicted the Australian economy will contract by 0.5% in the 2009-10 financial year, but will be growing again by 2010-11. […]

Further cuts in Australian Skilled Migration intake

By |May 12th, 2009|

The Rudd Government is going to announce its latest budget tonight with an expected deficit of about $60 billion most likely making the biggest headline.

For those looking at making the move down under however, the slashing of a further 7000 places from the general skilled migration intake will be the news that hurts the most!

The cut will take the general skilled migration intake for the next financial year to 108,000.

Added to the decision in March to axe 18,500 places, the total reduction of 25,500 will constitute a 20 per cent cut to the program. […]