Introducing the Nomination Training Contribution Charge

Earlier this month the legislation for the new Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) tax was officially implemented by the Australian government. As a result, several of the skilled worker sponsorship training obligations have now been updated to fall in line with the new requirements. Reg 2.87B Obligation to provide training has now been repealed, which will… Read More

SAF Tax Levy to Commence From 12 August

The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that the government’s new Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) tax levy will officially come into effect this Sunday on 12 August. The introduction of the SAF will replace the previous Training Benchmarks, which required visa sponsors to demonstrate that they had spent at least 1% of their payroll on… Read More

Bupa Launches Healthcare Cover Campaign for Temporary Foreign Workers

To maintain the standards of the Australian healthcare system temporary migrants are required to meet certain minimum health requirements in order to be granted a visa. In addition to meeting the health requirement, some visas may also require temporary foreign workers to provide evidence of adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay. This… Read More

Visa Scrutiny Tightens as Migration Levels Hit Ten Year Low

Newly published immigration data has revealed that Australia’s annual intake of permanent migrants has fallen to its lowest level since 2007, representing a decline of approximately 20,000 when compared to the same period last year. Although the annual permanent intake cap remained at 190,000 during the previous financial year, increasing visa application scrutiny—which led to… Read More

Australian Citizenship Legislation Set to Make Parliamentary Comeback

The government’s previously defeated legislation that would see citizenship requirements significantly tightened is set to make a potential comeback. A senator for the Greens party, Nick McKim, recently questioned the Department about the bill—entitled the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures Bill 2017— at a Senate Estimates hearing… Read More

Government Launches New Global Talent Visa Scheme

The Australian government’s new Global Talent Scheme (GTS) visa program has officially launched, beginning at the start of this month on 1 July. Details of the program were first published by the Department of Home Affairs in March, with the intention of integrating the GTS into the broader TSS visa system. The Department’s decision followed… Read More

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