Monthly Archives: January 2018

TSS Visa Guide: Fees, Tax Levies and Other Options

From March 2018, the Australian government will abolish the 457 visa program and replace it with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. The TSS visa program will feature a Short and Medium-Term stream, which will allow for stays in Australia of two and four years respectively. While both programs are similar, they differ in… Read More

Department of Immigration Releases 2018 Skilled Occupation Lists

The Department of Immigration has published newly updated versions of the skilled visa occupation lists, which came into effect on 17 January 2018. A variety of new roles have been added to the skilled occupation lists, while several formerly listed occupations have been removed. Certain professions have also been shifted between the Medium and Long-term Strategic… Read More

Government Announces Exemptions for Migrant Welfare Cuts

The Australian government has announced exemptions from its controversial plan to introduce a three-year waiting period before newly arrived migrants can qualify for welfare. Earlier this month the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, announced the government’s new plan to cut $1.3 billion from the annual budget by extending the current two-year waiting period for access to welfare… Read More

Pacific Islands Threaten Seasonal Worker Shutdown After Deaths

Queensland’s agriculture industry has expressed outrage over the actions of rogue employers and labour-hire operators, following the revelation that 13 Pacific Islander’s have died working on the program since its inception in 2009. Twelve of these deaths have happened since the program concluded its trial period and became official in 2012, with seven of the… Read More

DIBP Introduces Streamlining Measures for Skilled Visa Applications

Late last year the Department of Immigration announced a series of new efficiency-based initiatives designed to streamline the visa application process, ahead of its upcoming six-month update to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). The initiatives are intended to help streamline the process of applying for temporary skilled work visas, and ensure shorter processing times for… Read More