Monthly Archives: June 2018

Government Backflips on LinkedIn Ban for Skilled Visa LMT

Earlier this month the Australian government updated the Labour Market Testing (LMT) rules for the skilled visa program, reversing an earlier decision that previously barred employers from advertising on the LinkedIn social network. The LMT requirements—which were instituted by the government to ensure that local Australian workers are given priority when applying for jobs—mandate that… Read More

Government Stokes Further Fear Over Privatised Visa Processing

The government’s plan to privatise Australia’s visa processing system has raised further concerns, after officials informed industry stakeholders that the department is exploring whether “commercial value-added services” can be integrated into the system. The announcement has fanned fears that Australia’s visa processing platform may soon be clogged with travel and hotel advertisement if the government… Read More

Department Announces LMT and SAF Levy Policy Updates

The Department of Home Affairs has published a new update concerning the upcoming rollout of the government’s Skilling Australians Fund (SAF), and revised Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements. Although the Department has yet to set an official launch date, it has announced that the SAF legislation—which was passed by the Australian Parliament on 9 May… Read More

More Migrants Stuck in Limbo as Bridging Visas Hit Historic High

The number of people currently in Australia under the auspices of the bridging visa program has skyrocketed—including 37,000 whose nationality the Department of Immigration has declined to clarify—reaching a historical high of 195,000. This represents a spike in numbers of approximately 40,000 people when compared to the previous year, and an increase of almost 90,000… Read More