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

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

Skilling Australians Fund Receives Royal Assent

The government’s recently passed legislation enacting the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) has officially been given the go-ahead, after receiving Royal Assent earlier this month on 22 May. This means that the government’s new regulations—which are set out in The Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Act 2018—concerning labour market testing requirements, the nomination training contribution charge,… Read More

Mining Company Faces Legal Action Over Unpaid 457 Visa Workers

A Rockhampton-based company is currently facing legal action over the alleged underpayment of several temporary foreign workers. Last month the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) launched a legal action against the Rockhampton business, Alertvale Pty Ltd, in the Federal Circuit Court. The company—which operates several businesses in the mining and heavy industry sector—had previously sponsored two… Read More

Senate Passes Skilling Australians Fund Legislation

On Tuesday May 8, the Australian government successfully passed two bills through the Senate that ratified the proposed Skilling Australians Fund legislation (SAF) into law. The successful passing of the Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017, and the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2018 will see an estimated $1.5 billion made available—with matched… Read More