November 24, 2013

Overview of TRA Migration Skills Assessment /  May 2013

Purpose of the TRA Migration Skills Assessment Guidelines

These guidelines describe the TRA Migration Skills Assessment program and the requirements for applicantsseeking a skills assessment under the program.The primary audience for these guidelines is potential applicants for a TRA Migration Skills Assessment. Terms explained in the Glossary are bolded when they first appear in this document.

downloadThe TRA Migration Skills Assessment program is managed by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA). TRA is a business unit of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE). TRA is the relevant assessing authority for certain occupations under the Migration Regulations 1994.

TRA operates seven separate skills assessment services. Six of these are for migration purposes. It is important that you select the program that provides you with the outcome you need.

If you are interested in applying for a TRA Migration Skills Assessment, it is essential that you:

  •  check that the nominated occupation in your visa application with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is one that is assessed by TRA through www.immi.gov.au/asri
  • check that this program is the appropriate program for your skills assessment (see below)
  •  read the eligibility requirements for a TRA Migration Skills Assessment before starting an application.
  • This program is for applicants seeking a skills assessment for migration purposes AND who are not required to seek skills assessment through one of the TRA assessment services below:
  • Provisional Skills Assessment – required by recently graduated international students in trades and related occupations, seeking a Skilled – Graduate (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 485)
  • Job Ready Program – required by recently graduated international students in trades and associated professional occupations, seeking a skilled migration permanent residency visa
  • Offshore Skills Assessment Program – required for trade applicants for permanent skilled migration visas whose country and occupation are managed through TRA approved registered training organisations
  • 457 Skills Assessment Program – required by trade applicants for temporary (subclass 457) skilled migration visas whose country and occupation require a skills assessment
  • TRA Migration Points Advice – required for certain skilled migration visas, for applicants who already have a successful skills assessment and require points advice for a visa application.

These guidelines do not provide information on visas or points requirements for migration. All enquiries about migration requirements must be directed to DIAC (www.immi.gov.au).

TRA reserves the right to amend these guidelines as needed. Information about changes to the guidelines will be documented in the ‘Document change history’ table on page 2.

TRA Migration Skills Assessment Summary

A TRA Migration Skills Assessment is an assessment of your qualification/s and employment to determine whether you have skills and experience comparable to Australian industry standards for your nominated occupation.

You should check with DIAC regarding the eligibility requirements for the skilled migration visa you seek before submitting an application to TRA for a skills assessment.

Program objective

The TRA Migration Skills Assessment program aims to ensure that your qualifications, skills and employment experience are comparable with and relevant to the Australian industry standards for a skilled worker in your nominated occupation.

Relevant legislation

TRA is the assessing authority for a range of trade and associate professional occupations under the Migration Regulations 1994.

Regulation 2.26B(2) of the Migration Regulations 1994 provides that “the standards against which the skills of a person are assessed by a relevant assessing authority for a skilled occupation must be the standards set by the relevant assessing authority for the skilled occupation”.

Program delivery

TRA is responsible for the delivery of the TRA Migration Skills Assessment program.

Fees payable for the TRA Migration Skills Assessment

TRA manages TRA Migration Skills Assessments on a cost-recovery basis in accordance with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines. Table 1 lists the fees payable by you (all amounts in these guidelines are in Australian dollars). All fees are paid to TRA unless otherwise specified. The fees paid to TRA do not attract Goods and Services Tax (GST)[1].

Table 1         Fee payable for the TRA migration skills assessment

Fee Type

Fee

When Payable Payment Method
STANDARD FEES
TRA Migration Skills Assessment

$1,000

Before you submit your application. Online by Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card.
OTHER FEES
TRA Migration Skills Assessment Review

$900

Only payable if you lodge an application for a TRA Migration Skills Assessment review.
The fee will be refunded if the original assessment outcome is overturned. based solely on the evidence originally provided in the application under review
Online by Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card.A Review Request Form is available from the TRA website. Refer to the TRA Review Policy available from the TRA website (www.innovation.gov.au/tra).

Paying fees

Payments for TRA services are made online by Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card through the TRA Online Portal (https://extranet.deewr.gov.au/trades/Interface/Pages/Security/Logon.aspx).
Online payments are processed securely using the Government EasyPay service operated by the Reserve Bank of Australia.
If you are unable to pay by Visa or MasterCard, please contact TRA about alternate payments methods.  Do not send your application form until we have advised you how to pay.
If your application is received without a valid payment, your application will be returned without being assessed.

Refunds

Refunds will not be provided if you choose to withdraw your application.
TRA provides refunds in other limited circumstances. The circumstances in which TRA will refund a payment are detailed in the TRA Refund Policy available on our website (www.innovation.gov.au/tra).

TRA roles and responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of TRA in relation to the TRA Migration Skills Assessment include:

  • responding to enquiries about the program
  • notifying applicants of receipt and outcome of applications
  • assessing applications involving:
  • validating your qualification/s and assessing the comparability of your qualification with the Australian qualification required for your nominated occupation in Australia
  • validating that your employment claims are genuine, at therequired skilled level, and comparable with and relevant to the skill level required for your nominated occupation in Australia
  • providing advice about applications
  • conducting reviews when requested
  • responding to stakeholder feedback
  • managing the integrity of the program
  • adhering to the Australian Public Service Code of Conducthttp://www.apsc.gov.au/aps-employment-policy-and-advice/aps-values-and-code-of-conduct/code-of-conduct

Applicant roles and responsibilities

You must commit to the program by:

  • accurately and honestly completing the application and declaration forms required for the program
  • providing authentic, valid, relevant and sufficient evidence to support your claims of training and employment detailed in your application
  • paying the required fee for the skills assessment.

Authorised representatives for Migration Skills Assessment applicants

You are not required to nominate a migration agent or representative for a TRA Migration Skills Assessment, although you may.

If you are considering engaging an agent, you can find advice and information about the use of migration agents in Australia on the DIAC website at www.immi.gov.au/visas/migration-agents/migration-agents-in-australia.htm.

If you engage an agent or representative to assist you with your application, you must provide TRA with a signed Nomination of an Agent or Representativeform (or similar correspondence). This will allow TRA to provide information about your application to your nominated agent. TRA will not provide any information about your application to your nominated agent without your authority in writing to do so.

You must notify TRA in writing each time you appoint or change an agent or representative. This advice will replace any previous agent or representative details held on your TRA file.

The form is available under the contact us link on the TRA website (www.innovation.gov.au/tra).

Privacy

All personal information collected by TRA is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). Section 14 of the Privacy Act contains the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) which prescribe the rules for handling personal information.

The Privacy Act defines ‘personal information’ as ‘information or an opinion (including information or an opinion forming part of a database), whether true or not, and whether recorded in a material form or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion’.

More information about the Privacy Act, including a copy of the full text of the IPPs, can be obtained from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s website at: www.oaic.gov.au.

TRA collects personal information from applicants for the purposes of:

  • processing applications, verifying evidence provided with applications, and assessing whether applicants have suitable skills in a nominated occupation
  • conducting investigations and ensuring compliance with relevant laws, awards or standards and
  • ensuring compliance with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines (2002).

TRA may give some or all of the information it collects to DIAC, the Australian Federal Police, your employer/s, your supervisor/s, your nominated agent or representative, the organisations that issued your qualifications, TRA approved RTOs, agencies providing advice to TRA on qualifications such as UK NARIC, organisations or individuals providing in-country verification services, contractors, the Fair Work Ombudsman and other Australian and state/territory government agencies for the above purposes.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and validity of all information provided to TRA.

When you provide personal information in relation to the Department’s services, we will allow you access to your personal information and we will correct your personal information if it is inaccurate (subject to restrictions on such access/alteration of records under the applicable provisions of any law of the Commonwealth).

The information collected by TRA will not be used for any other purpose or disclosed to any other person or organisation unless such a use and disclosure is authorised under the Privacy Act 1988.

Complaints about breaches of privacy should be referred to:

Privacy Contact Officer
Legal Branch
Corporate Division
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
GPO Box 9839
CANBERRA ACT 2601
AUSTRALIA

Privacy complaints can also be made directly to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

False or misleading information

TRA will take reasonable steps to independently validate the information you supply in your TRA Migration Skills Assessment application.

You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and validity of all information provided to TRA.

However, if TRA determines at a later date that information previously supplied is false, misleading, non-factual or simply incorrect, and that in relying on that information TRA has incorrectly assessed you as successful, TRA may write to you to advise that the assessment is no longer considered successful. TRA will advise DIAC accordingly.

TRA may refer such matters to the appropriate authorities for investigation where information provided to support an application is known or believed to be false.

NOTE: Penalties under the Crimes Act 1914 and the Criminal Code Act 1995 may apply for making false or misleading statements and providing false or misleading information or documents.

Certification of documents and statutory declarations

TRA must be able to validate, to its satisfaction, the content and authenticity of all documents that you provide.

Certified documents

Original documents must not be sent to TRA. All documents in support of your application must be certified copies of original documents.

A certified copy is a true copy of an original document that has been seen and certified by a person listed on the Australian Attorney-General’s website or a registered migration agent and annotated as follows:

 ‘I certify that I have sighted the original document and this is a true copy of it.’

This certification must be made on a copy of the original documentation and include the certifier’s name, title and registration number (where applicable), their original signature and the date. Copies of signatures will not be acceptable.

If a document has multiple pages, the first page must include the signature and date of the certifier, as well as the total number of pages of the document. Every page in the document must have the original initial of the certifier and the date.

If you have documents certified in Australia, TRA will only accept documents certified by an Australian registered migration agent or people who are listed in Schedule 2 of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993, which is available through the Australian Attorney-General’s Department website (http://www.ag.gov.au/Publications/Pages/Statutorydeclarationsignatorylist.aspx).

If you have documents certified outside Australia, certified copies are copies authorised, or stamped as being true copies of originals, by a person or agency recognised by the law of the country in which you currently reside or documents certified by an Australian registered migration agent.

Statutory declarations

A statutory declaration is a written statement that allows person to declare something to be true. Statutory declarations may also be referred to as an affidavit, sworn statement or similar legal declaration.

TRA will accept statutory declarations from applicants as a part of evidence sought for employment and/or qualifications. However, a statutory declaration on its own will not provide sufficient evidence to TRA of claims for employment and/or the attainment of qualifications.

All statutory declarations must:

·         be accompanied by additional third-party evidence that can be independently verified by TRA, and

·         include the reason why the statutory declaration is being provided instead of certified copies of original documents.

In all instances, the declaration must have your signature witnessed by a legal authority in the country where the declaration was made.

In Australia, all statutory declarations made in Australia must be signed by a person who is listed in Schedule 2 of the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993, which is available through the Australian Attorney-General’s Department website (http://www.ag.gov.au/Publications/Pages/Statutorydeclarationsignatorylist.aspx).

If you are supplying a statutory declaration from outside Australia, statutory declarations must be signed and stamped by a person with authority to do so as recognised by the law of the country where the declaration is being made.

TRA Migration Points Advice

DIAC introduced a new migration points test for certain skilled migration visas on 1 July 2011. The points test recognises a range of skills and attributes.

TRA will expect that you have a successful skills assessment outcome before you lodge an application for Migration Points Advice with TRA.

TRA is responsible for providing advice for the points test about:

  • skilled employment, and
  • qualifications obtained in Australia and overseas

TRA is not responsible for awarding points.

The awarding of points for the skilled migration points test remains at the discretion of delegated officers of DIAC.

Detailed information about the points test is available on the DIAC website (www.immi.gov.au).

TRA Migration Skills Assessment requirements and processes

Overview of the TRA Migration Skills Assessment

The TRA Migration Skills Assessment involves an assessment of your qualification/s and employment history to determine whether they are comparable with Australian standards for a skilled worker in your nominated occupation.

TRA will assess documents you provide as evidence of your qualifications/apprenticeship and employment in your nominated occupation.

Purpose of the TRA Migration Skills Assessment

The TRA Migration Skills Assessment can be requested to meet the skills assessment requirement specified by DIAC for permanent skilled migration.

You should check with DIAC before submitting an application to TRA to ensure that you have selected the appropriate skills assessment for the visa you are seeking, and that TRA is the correct assessing authority for your nominated occupation.

Nominated occupation for the TRA Migration Skills Assessment

Your nominated occupation for the TRA Migration Skills Assessment must be:

Information about occupations in Australia is available from a number of sources including:

Eligibility for a TRA Migration Skills Assessment

To receive a positive TRA Migration Skills Assessment outcome you must provide documents to show that you:

  • are from a country and in an occupation covered by the TRA Migration Skills Assessment program
  • have a qualification comparable to the Australian qualification for your nominated occupation
    or
    have completed an apprenticeship comparable to the Australian apprenticeship for your nominated occupation
  • have completed three years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) paid employment in your nominated occupation at the required skill level
  • have completed at least 12 months of full-time (or equivalent part-time) paid employment in your nominated occupation, or in a closely related occupation where you are required to maintain your skill level for the nominated occupation, in the two years immediately before applying
  • have paid the $1,000 TRA Migration Skills Assessment fee.

The TRA Migration Skills Assessment process

You must adhere to the following process to be eligible for a successful TRA Migration Skills Assessment.

Complete application form

To apply for a TRA Migration Skills Assessment, you must complete a TRA Migration Skills Assessment Application Form available from the TRA website (www.innovation.gov.au/tra).

You can complete the application form online or you can save the form on your computer as a word document.

You must print the application form, sign and send it together with your required documents and evidence of payment of the required application fee. You must sign and date the form before you post it to TRA. Refer to section 1.7 for information about paying fees.

Your application must be decision ready for assessment by TRA.

Decision readymeans that your application has:

  • all the mandatory fields completed
  • all the required documents attached to the application form as evidence of the qualification and employment claims made in your application
  • been signed and dated by you.

You must also attach evidence of payment of the required application fee to your application.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is correct, accurate and complete before you submit it to TRA.

TRA does not contact applicants for additional information

If you engage an agent or representative to help you to complete the TRA Migration Skills Assessment application, you will be required to provide their details in Part 3 of the Application Form or notify TRA in writing by completing the Nomination of an Agent or Representative form available on the TRA website (or similar correspondence).

Skills assessment application fees

The TRA Migration Skills Assessment fee payable to TRA is $1,000. Refer to Section 1.7 for information about paying fees.

Supporting documents

You are required to provide the following documents with your application for a valid TRA Migration Skills Assessment:

  • a completed application form which is signed and dated
  • a certified copy of the biographical identity page of your valid passport. If your passport does not contain a photograph, you must also send a certified passport photograph of yourself
  • certified copies of
  1. your qualification and/or apprenticeship documents such as final certificates or diplomas relevant to your nominated occupation
  2. a full academic transcriptof results, including the start and end date of your qualification/award (resulting from either training and/or assessment)
  3. evidence of the nature and content of the qualification/award including subjects achieved. The evidence should describe the content of each subject and any machines, tools and equipment used
  4. contact details for the organisation issuing the qualification
  • certified employment statements that can be independently validated. Employment statements must include all the requirements in Section 2.8
  • evidence of payment of the application fee.

You must ensure that TRA receives all of the required documents with your application.

You may provide a statutory declaration with your application as partial evidence of your employment and/or qualification attainment. Refer to Section 1.14 for information about statutory declarations.

A statutory declaration will not be accepted on its own as evidence of employment or training. You must also provide some form of third party evidence that can be independently verified by TRA to support the claims made in the statutory declaration.

Certifying documents

You must have all documents certified by a certifying officer who meets the requirements set out in Section 1.14 of these guidelines.

Do not send original documents to TRA. TRA will not be liable for the return of original documents.

Translating documents

Documents submitted as evidence that are not in English must be in their original language accompanied by an English translation.

Translating Documents in Australia

If you have documents translated in Australia, acceptable translations may be obtained from translators accredited with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Details of these translators can be found in the Yellow Pages or the telephone directory under ‘Translations’ or on NAATI’s website at www.naati.com.au.

Make sure you check the translator’s accreditation by either calling NAATI on 1300 557 470 or asking to see the translator’s letter or certificate of accreditation as a translator in the language and checking the translator’s identification card from NAATI. Translations done by NAATI accredited translators must include the translator’s name, NAATI identification number and accreditation status.

Translating Documents outside Australia

If you have documents translated outside Australia, the translator must be approved by the authorities in the country where the translation is made. Ask your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for advice if you are unsure.

Overseas translations must be on the organisation’s letterhead and include an official stamp and the translator’s name (all in block letters), signature and contact telephone number legibly printed below the signature.

This information is required so that TRA can contact the translator if necessary to verify the translated documents.

Assessment of your application

A TRA Migration Skills Assessment will generally be completed within 60 working days of receipt of the required documents.

A TRA Migration Skills Assessment will involve the following:

·         validation of documents provided by you

·         comparing the qualification documents you provide with the requirements for the relevant AQF qualifications/ apprenticeships in Australia

·         comparing your employment history with the requirements for a skilled worker in your nominated occupation in Australia

·         notifying you of the outcome of the assessment by letter.

The onus is on you, the applicant, to provide TRA with sufficient, valid documents to support your claims for a comparable qualification and employment at the required skill level.

You will not be successful in a TRA Migration Skills Assessment if the documents you provided to TRA:

·         are not relevant to your nominated occupation

·         contain insufficient detail for TRA to be satisfied that you meet the TRA Migration Skills Assessment eligibility requirements

·         cannot be validated to TRA’s satisfaction as being a true and accurate record of your qualifications and/or employment

or

·         are found to contain false or misleading information.

Review of Assessment

If you do not agree with an assessment outcome, you can lodge an application for a TRA Migration Skills Assessment review. A fee of $900 applies.

You will receive the Application for Review form when you are sent your TRA Migration Skills Assessment outcome letter after the assessment is finalised.

Further information can be found in the TRA Assessment Review Policy on our website: www.innovation.gov.au/tra.

Meeting the eligibility requirements: qualifications

Your qualification will be recognised as comparable to the relevant Australian qualification if TRA is able to validate that the qualification is:

·         at a level comparable to the Australian qualification required for the occupation

·         at a quality standard comparable to Australian qualifications

·         relevant to the nominated occupation.

In determining comparability of the level and quality standard of qualifications we will apply the relevant principles set out in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Principles and Processes for the Alignment of the AQF with International Qualifications Frameworks.

In summary, these principles include (but are not limited to) that:

·         the AQF will not be adapted to suit another nation’s or region’s requirement

·         alignment will usually be between the AQF and another national or regional qualifications framework, or if these do not exist, between the AQF and another national or regional qualifications system

·         there is a clear and demonstrable link between the qualifications levels in the AQF and the levels in the national or regional qualifications framework (or system)

·         national or regional qualifications frameworks and qualifications are based on the principles and objectives of learning outcomes and volume of learning that are comparable to the learning outcomes in the AQF

·         procedures for inclusion of qualifications in the relevant national or regional qualification framework or system are transparent

·         international experts are consulted to support and assist in the development of reliable outcomes.

For additional details see www.aqf.edu.au.

Documents required as evidence of a qualification

The following documents must be provided as evidence of a qualification:

·         a certified copy of the qualification

·         a certified copy of the academic transcript for the qualification

·         you may also wish to provide other documents which provide further detail regarding the entries included in the academic transcript.

You may provide a statutory declaration with your application as partial evidence of your training and qualification attainment. However, a statutory declaration alone will not be considered by TRA to meet the evidence requirements for qualification documentation. You must also provide some additional form of third party evidence that can be independently verified by TRA, for example a letter from an authorised person at the institution that issued your award.

To ensure a valid and reliable assessment of your qualification, statutory declarations and letters issued by training institutions must include the following details:

·         name and level of award

·         date award issued

·         start and end date of training period

·         name and contact details of issuing institution/authority

·         a list of the subjects you completed to be eligible for the award

·         any other details that may assist TRA to verify the qualification

Qualification is at a level comparable to an Australian qualification

To determine whether your qualification is at a level comparable to the relevant Australian qualification for your nominated occupation, we will refer to a range of Australian and international government and other authoritative sources.

We will require you to have completed a minimum of nine years of compulsory general education prior to undertaking and completing a qualification that includes a volume of learning comparable to the relevant Australian qualification for the occupation.

The level of an Australian qualification required for an occupation in Australia will generally be specified in industry-endorsed Training Packages. Occupations that we assess are generally at either an AQF level of Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma.

Qualification is at a comparable quality standard to an Australian qualification

To determine whether your qualification is of a comparable quality standard to the relevant Australian qualification for your nominated occupation, we will compare the vocational education and training system from the country where the qualification was awarded to Australia’s training system.

The central features of Australia’s vocational education and training system include:

·         a national qualifications framework

·         Australian laws to regulate vocational education and training (VET)

·         a formal, government managed system for assuring the quality and standard of qualifications issued by training providers·         a formal, government managed system for assuring the quality of training providers

·         national recognition of qualifications issued by registered training organisations

·         industry involvement in the training system.

In determining whether a qualification is of a comparable quality standard, we will consider whether the country’s vocational training system has:

·         a structured qualifications system or framework

·         a government-led system of training provider quality assurance

·         a government-led system for accrediting/endorsing qualifications

·         established relationships with industry/employer organisations to provide input into training provider delivery

·         formal recognition of the qualification in the country of issuance.

Qualification is relevant to the nominated occupation

To determine whether your qualification is relevant to the nominated occupation, we will assess your qualification and academic transcript to determine if the content of your qualification is comparable to the learning outcomes required for the relevant Australian qualification for the nominated occupation in Australia.

The evidence you provide should describe the content of each subject/component completed and any machines, tools and equipment you used to gain your qualification.

We will refer to Australian industry-endorsed Training Packages to determine whether your qualification is relevant to your nominated occupation in Australia.

Meeting the eligibility requirements: apprenticeships

An apprenticeship will be recognised as meeting the eligibility requirements if it is:

·         at a level comparable to the relevant Australian apprenticeship required for the occupation

·         at a quality standard comparable to Australian apprenticeships

·         relevant to the nominated occupation.

We will consider the following:

·         Was an award or qualification issued as a result of the apprenticeship?

·         Did the apprenticeship involve a combination of paid employment and off-the-job training?

·         Is the apprenticeship supported by approved government and industry bodies?

·         Was the content and duration of the apprenticeship sufficient to develop competence to a comparable standard?

Documents required as evidence of an apprenticeship

The following documents must be provided as evidence of an apprenticeship:

·         a certified copy of the apprenticeship qualification or award

·         a certified copy of the academic transcript for the apprenticeship qualification or award

·         evidence of paid employment during the apprenticeship, such as formal recognition that the employment is directly linked to the apprenticeship.

You may provide a statutory declaration with your application as partial evidence of your apprenticeship. However, a statutory declaration will not be considered on its own by TRA instead of the required apprenticeship documentation. You must also provide some additional form of third party evidence that can be independently verified by TRA, for example a letter from an authorised person at the institution that issued your award, an employment statement and evidence of paid employment during your apprenticeship.

To ensure a valid and reliable assessment of your apprenticeship, statutory declarations and letters issued by training institutions and employers must include the following details:

·         name and level of award issued upon completion of apprenticeship

·         date award issued

·         start and end date of training period

·         name and contact details of issuing institution/authority

·         a list of the subjects you completed to be eligible for the award

·         details of your employment and training arrangements

·         any other details that may assist TRA to verify the apprenticeship

Qualification or award resulting from apprenticeship

The qualification or award arising from the apprenticeship must be comparable to the relevant Australian qualification for your nominated occupation. Refer to Section 2.6 for more information about this.

Qualifications or awards must be granted through a government-regulated system.

The qualification or award must be relevant to your nominated occupation.

Combination of paid employment and off-the-job training

Your apprenticeship must have involved a combination of paid employment and off-the-job training.

Evidence of paid employment may include:

·         training documentation that lists the employer

·         payslips from an employer during the period of your apprenticeship training

·         employment statements from your employers stating that you were employed under supervision for the duration of the apprenticeship training.

Content of apprenticeship was supported by government and approved industry bodies

Your apprenticeship must have been awarded through a program that was regulated and quality assured by the government of the country where the apprenticeship was completed.

TRA will source evidence of involvement by government, employers, employees and/or education authorities in determining the content of the apprenticeship program. TRA recognises that countries may differ in the ways in which these parties are involved.

Duration of apprenticeship was sufficient to develop competence

To ensure an apprenticeship is of sufficient duration to develop competence it must include a period of employment and off-the-job training comparable to that required for an Australian apprenticeship.

Meeting the eligibility requirements: employment

Employment will be recognised as meeting the TRA Migration Skills Assessment requirements if it is:

·         paid, full-time (or equivalent) employment

·         relevant to the nominated occupation

·         performed at the required skill level for Australian industry standards

·         for at least three years, including 12 months in the last two years.

Documents required as evidence of employment

The following documents must be provided as evidence of employment:

·         employment statements for all employment claimed or a personal statement (if claiming self employment)

·         details of your employment history in your own words

·         other certified evidence of being employed such as pay slips, tax documents or superannuation documents

·         other documents listed in Section 2.8.7 if you are claiming self employment

·         you may wish to also provide any other evidence that can substantiate your claims for employment at the required skill level.

You may include a statutory declaration as partial evidence of your employment with your application. However, a statutory declaration will not be considered by TRA on its own as evidence of your employment. You must also provide an additional form of third party evidence that can be independently verified by TRA, for example taxation documents citing the name of the employer, or letters of appointment, past references, performance reviews, etc issued by an authorised person of the business.

To ensure a valid and reliable assessment of your employment, statutory declarations must include all the details listed in Section 2.8.6 (if an employee) and Section 2.8.7 (if self employed).

NOTE: If you are seeking recognition of employment undertaken prior to gaining an AQF qualification via a recognition of prior learning process (as described in Section 2.8.4), your evidence must also demonstrate that you were employed in directly related and relevant employment to the occupation for a period of not less than three years under the supervision of a tradesperson/employer.

Full-time (or equivalent) paid employment

Full-time (or Equivalent part-time) Employment

TRA considers full-time employment as ongoing employment working the required number of hours considered full-time in the country where the employment was undertaken. Fair Work Australia considers full-time employment in Australia as 38 hours per week, unless a particular industrial award specifies otherwise.

If your country of employment operates under different arrangements for full-time work from that required in Australia, you must provide evidence to TRA with your application that can be independently validated.

Acceptable evidence may include a statutory declaration from your employer or an extract from an official government website or document.

Note: Evidence of employment undertaken on a part-time basis will be considered and counted toward employment requirement on a pro-rata basis.

Paid Employment

Employment is considered to be paid when an employer pays you wages commensurate with the skill level required for the employment undertaken. If you are self employed, employment is considered paid if you charge fees commensurate with the skill level required for the services you provide.

TRA requires sufficient evidence of paid employment to verify that your employment was full-time (or equivalent part-time) and at the required skill level for your occupation in Australia.

TRA will require at least one primary source of evidence or a minimum of two secondary sources of evidence for each year and each period of employment being claimed. Additional evidence may also be requested.

Primarysources of evidence may include:

·         Tax records that cite the name of the applicant and the employer

·         Annual payment summaries/Group certificates that cite the name of the applicant and the employer

·         Pay slips that include the name of the employer, commencement date of the employment and year to date income information

·         Superannuation documents that cite the name of the applicant and the name of the employer

·         Annual/company returns (for self employed applicants) with an accompanying accountant statement

Secondary sources of evidence may include:

·         Pay slips (without details of commencement date or year to date income information)

·         Advice regarding wages paid in an employer statement (in accordance with Section 2.8.6)

·         A certified statement from your registered/certified accountant.

·         Letters from taxation offices that do not contain the name of the employer

·         Bank statements showing income deposited from employment

You may wish to provide other evidence to substantiate your claims of paid employment.

Employment is relevant and at the required skill level for your nominated occupation

TRA generally considers that skilled employment is undertaken after the issuance of a qualification which is formally recognised as comparable to the Australian qualification required for the occupation in Australia.

Employment will be considered relevant to your nominated occupation if your employment statement/s demonstrate that you have performed tasks comparable to those undertaken in the nominated occupation in Australia.

Employment will be considered at the required skill level for your nominated occupation if you provide evidence that you have worked in the occupation at a skill level comparable to a qualified tradesperson/technician in the occupation in Australia.

We will compare the statements provided by your employers and the written description of your work in your own words in Part 8 of the application form, with the tasks specified in the Australian Government agreed sources of the descriptions of occupations, such as the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

Applicants who hold an aqf qualification issued via recognition of prior learning

Some applicants may have been issued with an AQF qualification recently through a recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. This may be their first comparable qualification.

Skilled employment prior to the issuance of an AQF qualification may be recognised if the employment:

·         is directly related to the nominated occupation

·         commenced after the applicant’s 16th birthday

·         includes a minimum of three (3) years full-time (or equivalent) paid employment under the direct supervision of a tradesperson/employer (an informal training period) before an additional three years full-time (or equivalent) paid employment has been completed at the required skill level for the occupation.

Skilled employment undertaken prior to and after the issuance of an AQF qualification will be considered to meet the three year requirement.

employment for at least three years, with 12 months in the last two years

To ensure that you have the skills and experience to meet the requirements of a skilled worker in an Australian workplace you are required to demonstrate that you have undertaken at least three years of employment at the skill level required for the occupation.

To ensure that your skills are current, we require you to provide evidence that you have worked for 12 months at the required skill level in your occupation, or a closely related occupation where you are required to maintain your skill level for the nominated occupation, within the last two years.

Employment as an employee

For each period of employment you are claiming as an employee, you must provide an employment statement.

Every employment statement must be signed by a person authorised to make the statement. This person may have been your employer or a direct supervisor.

Every employment statement provided to TRA or a TRA approved RTO must be unique and include:

·         the name of the business

·         the nature of the business (for example, construction company, hotel)

·         a description/overview of business and the services/products provided by the business

·         the address of business where you worked

·         when you worked there, that is start date and end date of your employment

·         the nature of your employment (full-time, part-time)

·         your normal hours of work

·         your job title (occupation)

·         a detailed description of the nature and content of the work you undertook

·         a detailed description of the machines, tools and/or equipment you used

·         the name, position, telephone and email contact details of the person authorised to make and sign the statement

·         the length of time that the person signing the statement has been supervising you must also be clearly indicated.

·         All employment statements must be signed and dated, and on letterhead used by the employer’s business where possible. If you are unable to provide employment statements on letterhead you must provide us with an explanation of why this is not possible.

·         All employment statements must be certified.

TRA or a TRA approved RTO may contact an employer to validate the information provided in an employment statement.

TRA requires you to provide a contact telephone number for every person who supplies an employment statement for you. A mobile telephone number will not be sufficient as a primary contact number unless TRA or a TRA approved RTO can validate independently that the number and person providing the statement is linked to the organisation where you were employed.

If you provide a statutory declaration for a period of employment you must include all the details listed above in the statutory declaration.

Self-employment

TRA may consider self-employed work in your nominated occupation.

If you are or have been self-employed, you must provide evidence of trade, trade-related or occupation-specific self-employment.

Your application must include a personal statement on a properly signed statutory declaration, affidavit, sworn statement or similar legal declaration (with your signature witnessed by a legal authority in your country).

Your personal statement must provide the following details:

(a)    the exact commencement and completion dates of each period of self-employment

(b)   the occupation in which you were self-employed

(c)    the nature and content of the work tasks you personally performed

(d)   the number of staff you employed and their occupations, where relevant

(e)   a description of your workshop and the tools and equipment used

(f)     a list of three clients, with contact details, for each year of self employment you are claiming.

(g)    TRA will also require you to provide the following evidence of your self-employment:

(h)   a certified copy of your business registration certificate valid for each period of self-employment you claim

(i)      a certified statement on letterhead paper from your accountant or legal representative certifying the name and nature of your business, the exact start and end dates of your self-employment and the capacity in which you were self-employed

(j)     evidence of paid employment (see Section 2.8.2 B)

(k)    certified copies of at least three statements from suppliers confirming the purchase of materials and equipment relevant to the work you were performing through your self-employment for a range of different self-employment trading periods you are claiming

(l)      certified copies of at least three quotations/invoices or contracts for clients with details of the work completed, the client details and job location for work undertaken during the period of self employment claimed. You must ensure that these documents reflect the range of work that you have undertaken in your nominated occupation over the course of the self employment period claimed

(m)certified copies of references from three clients confirming full details of the work you did for them and the dates the work was undertaken. These references must be from different clients to those mentioned in (k) above, but these clients must be included in (f) above

(n)   evidence of any trade licensing or registration and the prerequisites to obtain the licence or registration, where relevant

(o)   any other documentation that provides support for the existence and purpose of the business. This may include information such as certified copies of advertising or promotional material (including internet advertising).

    Glossary

Term used in guidelines

Definition

academic transcript

A record of all learning leading to a qualification issued by an authorised training provider.

In Australia, this may be called a ‘transcript of results’, ‘record of results’, ‘record of achievement’ or ‘statement of results’.

applicant

A person who submits an application for a TRA Migration Skills Assessment.

assessing authority

A body or organisation approved by the Minister for Education or the Minister for Employment and gazetted by DIAC as responsible for undertaking skills assessments for migration purposes.

Australian and New Zealand Standard for Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

ANZSCO is a system developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to collect, publish and analyse occupation statistics across government agencies, and the standard to capture occupation information in all visa, settlement and citizenship programs.

ANZSCO is also used within skilled visa programs, where it is a requirement for visa eligibility, as the standard by which a visa applicant’s skills to undertake a specific occupation in Australia are assessed.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

A national system of qualifications encompassing all post-compulsory education.

Current

Currency is a rule of evidence in the vocational education and training system in Australia. Evidence of recent (current) employment enables verification by TRA that an applicant is currently performing to the required industry standard for the occupation in Australia.

decision ready

An application that is on the correct application form, is signed and dated, has the correct fee and represents an applicant’s most comprehensive and strongest case for a successful assessment outcome. TRA does not contact applicants for additional information.

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)

DIAC has responsibility for administering the Migration Act 1958 and associated regulations.

DIAC works in conjunction with DIICCSRTE to deliver skilled trades/technical people and professionals to Australia through the General Skilled Migration program.

Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE)

The Australian Government department with portfolio responsibility for industry, innovation, climate change, science, research and tertiary education.

TRA is a branch within DIICCSRTE.

employment

Full-time, part-time or casual employment from which income is earned and in which there exists an employer–employee relationship.

level

Refers to the level of a qualification formally recognised within a national/regional qualification system/framework or international classification system

migration agent

In Australia, people who want to provide immigration assistance must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

A registered migration agent can use their knowledge of Australia’s migration procedures to offer advice or assistance to a person wishing to obtain a visa to enter or remain in Australia. They can also assist people who are nominating or sponsoring prospective visa applicants.

nominated occupation

The occupation selected by an applicant for the TRA Migration Skills Assessment.

To be accepted by TRA, this occupation must be on a Skilled Occupation List or Employer Nomination Scheme Occupation List and be an occupation assessed by TRA.

primary source

Evidence that contain vital information for verifying paid employment claims. For example, tax records or pay slips that include the name of the employer and the start date of the employment, etc.

qualification

A qualification awarded as a result of study and relevant to an occupation assessed by TRA.

quality standard

The mechanisms within a country to assure the quality of vocational training qualifications and training providers

relevant

related to the Australian standards for the nominated occupation

required skill level

The level of skills and knowledge expected for a tradesperson to operate effectively in an Australian workplace as a skilled worker.

review

A request to re-examine an application when the applicant/ participant does not agree with an assessment outcome.

secondary source

Evidence that contain vital information for verifying paid employment claims. For example, tax records, employment statements, payslips, etc.

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)

The relevant assessing authority, under the Migration Regulations 1994, for trade and related occupations.

validation

Quality assurance processes to substantiate the claims made in applications and supporting documentary evidence.

Visa

A document that gives someone permission to travel into a specific country and stay there for a set period.

Volume of learning

The volume of learning is a dimension of the complexity of a qualification. It is used with the level criteria and qualification type descriptor to determine the depth and breadth of the learning outcomes of a qualification. The volume of learning identifies the notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes specified for a particular AQF qualification type. It is expressed in equivalent full time years.

Source: www.aqf.edu.au

 Acronyms

Acronym

Meaning

ANZSCO

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations

AQF

Australian Qualifications Framework

ASRI

Australian Skills Recognition Information

CSOL

Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List

DEEWR

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

DIAC

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

DIICCSRTE

Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

GST

goods and services tax

IPPs

Information Privacy Principles

NAATI

National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters

RPL

Recognised Prior Learning

RTO

Registered Training Organisation

TRA

Trades Recognition Australia

VET

vocational education and training

For further information on TRA information please contact www.visaagency-australia.com or write to [email protected]
If you are interested in Australian visas, contact International Education Agency – Australia (IEAA)  for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try our migration services to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Australia.



[1] GST does not apply to the fees pursuant to Section 81-15.01 of the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Regulations 1999.

November 24, 2013

485-Visa-Granted-2014The Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa offers a great opportunity for recently graduated international students to gain valuable work experience after completing their studies. This work experience helps develop the skills graduates gained during their studies and also makes them more employable upon return to their home country.
It is important to note that applicants need to meet a number of eligibility requirements to be granted the temporary graduate visa. And if the visa is granted, temporary graduate visa holders are responsible for finding their own employment.
Applying for this visa
485-Visa-StatisticsMany international students make a decision to apply for the temporary graduate visa upon completion of their studies. Graduates can apply for this visa up to six months after completion of their studies.
There is no guarantee that, on the basis of having previously held a student visa, the applicant will meet the requirements to be granted a temporary graduate visa.
Any decision to apply for a temporary graduate visa is an entirely separate process to a student visa application. Depending on their individual circumstances, applicants may be eligible to apply for a temporary graduate visa through either the graduate work stream or the post-study work stream.
For information on the eligibility requirements for the temporary graduate visa, check out the Who Can Apply tab on the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa webpage.
Finding a job
The temporary graduate visa allows recent graduates to spend time in Australia to gain practical work experience to accompany their Australian qualification(s). There are no restrictions on the type of employment that the temporary graduate visa holder may choose to undertake.
It is important to note that finding a job is the responsibility of the temporary graduate visa holder. The Australian government is not responsible for arranging employment—there are many organisations which offer assistance in job seeking, including through the Australian Government’s JobSearch website.
For further information on latest labour market test (LMT) information on selected 457 visa occupations please contact www.visaagency-australia.com or write to [email protected]
If you are interested in Australian visas, contact International Education Agency – Australia (IEAA)  for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try our migration services to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Australia.

November 24, 2013

labour_market_testingLabour Market Testing (LMT) for the Australian subclass 457 visa programme has begun and further details of how it will work have now been issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

All applications from 23 November will be subject to the new LMT rules but those lodged before this date will be unaffected.
The Government has sought to moderate the impact on Australian employers, and has consulted widely with industry prior to introduction of the new system.
The impact of Labour Market Testing will be limited to selected occupations only. Employers sponsoring for 457 visas in most occupations will not be affected.
There are also generous exemptions for transfers of employees from subsidiaries in the Asia-Pacific region.
For employers who do not fall within one of the above exemptions, Labour Market Testing will involve an extra administrative step which could cause delay and additional expense in obtaining the necessary 457 visa.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss how the new labour market testing requirement will affect your business.
Which occupations will be affected?
In terms of exemptions, the majority of skill level one and two occupations, generally those requiring a degree or a diploma, will be exempt. But engineers, nurses and trades such as cabinet makers, boat makers, wood machinist, fitters, welders, plumbers and bricklayers are included.
Exemptions due to trade obligations include applicants who are citizens of New Zealand, Chile and Thailand. Applicants who are employed by an associated business in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) could also be exempt.
Labour Market Testing will only be required for the following types of occupations:

  • Trade occupations (ie requiring an apprenticeship or completion of the equivalent of an Australian Certificate IV)
  • Technical occupations (ie requiring a Certificate IV)
  • Engineers
  • Nurses

Which occupations are exempted?

  • Labour Market Testing will NOT be required for:
  • Most Management Positions
  • Most Professional Occupations
  • Most Associate Professional Positions (requiring a diploma level qualification)
  • The main exception to the above are people working in the engineering and nursing fields.

 
Other Exemptions to Labour Market Testing
Even if the occupation is on the LMT list, exemptions from labour market testing apply where:

  • The applicant is a citizen of Chile or Thailand, or a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand;
  • Where the employee already works for an associated entity of the sponsor in Chile, New Zealand or an ASEAN country (Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam);
  • Where the employee has worked full time for the nominating business for the last 2 years;
  • Where the business operates in a WTO member country and is seeking to sponsor senior management staff to work in Australia; or
  • Where workers are required to respond to a major disaster

457 visa rules
The new rules require employers to test the local labour market before seeking to employ an overseas worker on a subclass 457 visa.
The government said that it believes it is adopting a sensible approach to the implementation of the new rules requiring employers to test the local labour market before seeking to employ an overseas worker on a subclass 457 visa.
But the rules are not as rigorous as they might have been under the previous government, most notably there is no minimum requirement for the length of time a job has to be advertised within Australia.
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said that labour market testing is a requirement of the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Act 2013 which was introduced by the previous government and passed by the previous Parliament in June. The current government does not believe that there was adequate consultation.
‘The government is committed to ensuring that the subclass 457 programme acts as a supplement to, and not a substitute for Australian workers. The government fully supports the principle that Australian workers have priority, but to bind employers up in needless red tape will only stymie Australian business and cost Australian jobs over the long run,’ explained Cash.
She announced that highly skilled occupations will be exempt from the LMT requirement and employers can advertise positions on their own company websites and on social media. Businesses that are part of a Labour Agreement will also be exempt from the requirements.
Labour market testing will apply to mainly technical and trade occupations available for sponsorship under the subclass 457 visa programme. Cash explained that exemptions will also apply in a small number of cases in which labour market testing would conflict with Australia’s international trade obligations.  The Act also allows for the minister to declare exemptions in the event of a major disaster, in order to allow overseas disaster relief and recovery workers to enter Australia unimpeded.
She also said that the LMT implementation should be done in a practical way which accounts for its impact on Australian businesses and Australian workers alike.
How Must Labour Market Testing Be Conducted?
If required, Labour Market Testing will in general involve advertising the position and indicating why no suitable applicants were found from the Australian labour pool.
Labour Market Testing must have been done for the occupation at some stage in the 12 months prior to application. However, if staff have been made redundant in the occupation within the last 4 months, Labour Market Testing must be done after the redundancies have occurred.
Information provided in a Department of Immigration FAQ sheet indicates that advertising of positions via social media, company websites and other free means are perfectly acceptable ways to meet the Labour Market Testing requirement.
Alternatively, employers can provide:

  • Labour Market Research;
  • Support letters from government employment agencies; or
  • Details of the business participating in job and career expos

For further information on latest labour market test (LMT) information on selected 457 visa occupations please contactwww.visaagency-australia.comor write to[email protected]
If you are interested in Australian visas, contact International Education Agency – Australia (IEAA)  for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try ourmigration services to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Australia.

 

November 18, 2013

Student_VisaMinister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison has recently joined Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne to announce a series of measures which would ease student visa rules to improve Australia’s international sector.
In the announcement, the two Ministers revealed that Australian government will simplify student visas by streamlining the assessment-level framework (ALF) and by extending streamlined visa processing arrangements to non-university degree providers with low risk.
As Minister Morrison stated, the measure package includes reducing assessment levels under the ALF from five to three, as well as reducing financial evidence requirements for AL3 students from 18 months to 12 months, as long as the student applicant is funded by a close relative. The change would help foreign students from a number of key markets be able to apply for an Australian student visa with a bank account of up to $AUD 40,000 less than that required by the current rule.
“The changes will assist all providers, but particularly the vocational education and training sector, making access to Australia’s education system more attractive for overseas students,” said Minister Morrison.
The streamlined visa application process is said to benefit up to 22 low-risk non-university providers that deliver Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degrees, or providers for students enrolled in an eligible exchange program.
The measures are expected to make the international education sector attract more foreign students to Australia, as well as to restore it as one of Australia’s most important economic contributors.
“These changes would allow the vocational training sector to contribute more freely to our plan to restore Australia’s tertiary education system to its former peak of almost $19 billion in export income for the nation,” said Minister Pyne. “The non-university education system supports thousands of Australian jobs directly, and indirectly. If we cut red tape and allow more students into Australia to access a world-class tertiary education we all stand to gain.”
If you are interested in Australian visas, contact International Education Agency – Australia (IEAA)  for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try our migration services to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Australia.

November 15, 2013

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The student visa program enables overseas students to come to Australia to undertake full-time study in registered courses.

When processing applications, the department ensures:

·         transparency in the requirements to be granted a student visa

·         consistency in decision-making

·         integrity of the student visa program by using objective measures of risk to determine visa requirements.

Eligibility

Before applying for a student visa, students must have been accepted for full-time study in a registered course in Australia.

A registered course is an accredited education or training course listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and offered by an Australian education provider registered to offer courses to overseas students.
See:CRICOS

Applying for a student visa

Students must apply for a visa in the sector that relates to their main course of study:

·         Independent English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector (subclass 570) visa

·         Schools sector (subclass 571) visa

·         Vocational Education and Training sector (subclass 572) visa

·         Higher Education sector (subclass 573) visa

·         Postgraduate Research sector (subclass 574) visa

·         Non-award sector (subclass 575) visa

·         AusAID and Defence sector (subclass 576) visa.

Generally, only students subject to Assessment Level 1 or students eligible for streamlined visa processing may be granted their first student visa while they are in Australia. Other students may only be able to obtain their first student visa while they are in Australia under exceptional circumstances.
See: Student Visa Program—Assessment Levels (formerly known as Form 1219i) (144KB PDF file)

Students who already have a student visa to study in Australia, but want to change their main course of study to one in a different education sector must apply for a new student visa in the education sector appropriate to their new main course of study.
See:Applying for a student visa (formerly known as Form 1160i) (128KB PDF file)

Assessment factors and streamlined visa processing

Students must provide evidence to satisfy the assessment criteria that apply to them before they can be granted a student visa. This may include evidence that they have the financial capacity to cover living costs in Australia—tuition fees, travel costs and capacity to support any family members. Applicants must also satisfy criteria for proficiency in English, level of education and other matters such as the potential to breach visa conditions.

The evidence required for these criteria varies according to the student visa applicant’s assessment level. Assessment Level 1 represents the lowest evidentiary requirements and Assessment Level 5 represents the highest.
See: Student Visa Program—Assessment Levels (formerly known as Form 1219i) (144KB PDF file)

Streamlined visa processing is available for prospective international students with a confirmation of enrolment (CoE) from a participating university at bachelor, masters or doctoral degree level. Student visa applicants who are eligible for streamlined visa processing are not subject to assessment levels.
See: The university sector streamlined visa processing( 80KB PDF file)

All students and accompanying family members must meet character and health requirements and obtain overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the duration of their visa. Students from Belgium, Norway and Sweden may not need OSHC if they have acceptable health cover offered by those countries.

Passport holders from certain countries may be entitled to Medicare, however it is still a requirement for overseas students to obtain OSHC for the duration of their stay in Australia while on a student visa.
See:Health insurance for students 

Course packaging

Students may ‘package’ their studies to combine a preliminary course with their main course of study on the one student visa. The subclass that applies to the package would be the one that corresponds to the main course of study. The student’s assessment level is based on the package of courses they are studying.
See: Course packaging

Visa conditions

Permission to work

Students and their dependent family members who were granted a student visa on or after 26 April 2008 have permission to work.
See:New permission to work arrangement for student visa holders(58KB PDF file)

Students and dependent family members who were granted a student visa before 26 April 2008 and have not yet applied for permission to work may only apply for permission to work after they have started their course in Australia.
See:How to apply for permission to work

Students and their dependent family members with permission to work must not undertake work until the main student visa holder has started their course in Australia. They are limited to 40 hours work per fortnight while their course is in session, but may work unlimited hours during formal holiday periods. Holders of a Postgraduate Research (subclass 574) visa who have started their course have unrestricted permission to work.

Student visa holders found to be working in excess of their limited work rights  may be subject to visa cancellation.

Family members’ permission to work

Family members who have permission to work can work up to 40 hours per fortnight once the main student visa holder has started the course of study.

Where students are on a Higher Education (subclass 573) visa, Postgraduate (subclass 574) or AusAID and Defence (subclass 576) visa and have started a masters or doctorate course, any family member who has permission to work can do so for unlimited hours.

No extension of stay

Most Assessment Level 3 and all Assessment Level 4 students (except those in the schools sector) undertaking a course or courses of 10 months duration or less, are subject to a ‘Further Stay Restricted’ condition. This condition generally prevents students from extending their stay in Australia, although they may apply for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa or a student visa with permission to work or a student visa with permission to work.

If an Assessment Level 3 student provides evidence of funds to cover a further 12 month stay, the ‘Further Stay Restricted’ condition is no longer mandatory.

Students who are sponsored by the Australian Government, or the government of their home country, may also be subject to a ‘Further Stay Restricted’ condition. They will only be able to extend their studies in Australia if the sponsoring government gives written consent.

Change of address

Students must inform their education provider of their current residential address within seven days of arrival and of any change of address in Australia within seven days of the change. Students must also notify their current provider of any change of enrolment to a new provider.

Family members

Family members aged 18 years or over may only study for up to three months. If they want to undertake a course of study that exceeds three months, they must apply for a student visa in their own right.

School-age family members, children aged 5–18 years, who join the student in Australia for more than three months must attend school. The student must meet any associated education or tuition costs for that child.

A student’s child aged 18 years or over cannot apply for a student visa as a family member. If they want to study in Australia, they must apply for a student visa in their own right.

Student Guardian (subclass 580) visa

Where students are under 18 years of age, it is possible for a parent or relative to apply for a student guardian visa to accompany them to Australia. The student guardian visa allows that person to stay in Australia to care for the student until they turn 18. A student guardian does not have permission to work while in Australia.

Statistics

The student visa program report is a quarterly statistical publication that provides data on the student visa program administered by the department. This report will be a valuable resource for anyone who has an interest in the international student sector.
See:Student visa statistics

Further information for students

The Education Services for Overseas Student Act 2000 provides important safeguards for overseas students in Australia. The Act regulates the activities of education providers delivering education and training to international students by setting standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.
See:Australian Education International

If students choose to work part-time while studying in Australia they have the same work rights as Australian permanent residents and citizens. For more information and advice about conditions of employment in Australia students can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman.
See:Fair Work Ombudsman

Further information is available on the department’s website.
See:www.immi.gov.au

The department also operates a national general enquiries line.
Telephone:131 881
Hours of operation:Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Recorded information is available outside these hours.

Fact Sheet 50 – Overseas Students in Australia

Produced by the National Communications Branch, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Canberra.  Last reviewed April 2013.

November 15, 2013
November 15, 2013

THE NSW government last week issued a warning to international students not to have any dealings with a group purporting to represent their interests.

The Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, made public the statement after receiving numerous complaints from universities and legitimate groups about the behaviour of individuals associated with the Overseas Students Association and the National Liaison Committee.

The warning, which was co-signed by 26 peak groups, universities, government departments and cultural outlets, said the group had been using harassing and intimidating behaviour towards members of the legitimate representative group, the Council of International Students Australia.

“CISA has received numerous reports from students who allege they have been harassed and intimidated by OSA representatives,” the warning said.

But its leader, who goes by the name of Master Shang, says that he will make a formal complaint to the NSW Ombudsman and the Australian Human Rights Commission “to make sure Mr Stoner is responsible for his remarks”.

“It’s a direct violation of human rights of international students to organise their own overseas student association on campus,” Mr Shang told the HES.

“We have made a decision to take the government and (University of Technology, Sydney) to the Australian Human Rights Commission for formal complaint.”

The government also warned students not to hand over personal details, including their passport and visa information.

Chin Pok Yap, 23, a Malaysian engineering student from Edith Cowan University, told the HES he was “tricked into joining” the NLC last August.

“They said they were from the government and they declared they were the peak body representing international students,” Mr Yap said.

“I found that the whole group is controlled by Master Shang and he has power over everything. I believe he is after money and power.”

Mr Yap said Mr Shang also tried to get his passport and visa details but when he refused Mr Shang “got very angry”.

“I was not sure what he would do with it, but he got angry when I refused to give it to him.”

When Mr Yap realised the activities of the NLC were not legitimate, he quit three or four months later.

“After I quit, (the NLC) started harassing me and ringing me.

“At first I was a little scared until I contacted my university.

“They threatened to get my visa cancelled and they said I would get in trouble with (the) Immigration (Department).

“I eventually stopped answering their calls.

“They went so far as contacting my sister.

“She didn’t speak to them but they rang her employer and harassed my sister’s boss.”

Mr Shang has now registered the name Council of International Students Australia in NSW.

It’s a similar strategy he used in 2008 when he registered the legitimate, Victorian-based National Liaison Committee in NSW.

“I cannot understand why Andrew Stoner wants to be the public enemy of the Chinese, the Indian, the Muslim and all other multicultural communities in Australia by defaming the NLC,” said NLC national convener ShuYang Sun in a statement.

“Our NLCommunity (sic) contributes $5.5 billion to NSW’s economy; we will decide whether international students come to study in NSW or spend the money elsewhere.”

Mr Stoner’s warning said that the OSA and NLC had been infringing trademark rights by unauthorised use of state governments’ logos on their websites.

In addition, the OSA website “carries false information about discounts” from a range of retailers and cultural outlets to holders of its student safety card. A spokeswoman for Woolworths said the company was attempting to get its logo removed from the website.

Target, Coles and others also said they had no knowledge of the group.

Mr Shang, who became a citizen in 1990, said he was the legitimate representative of Chinese students.

“We are the community. They are my children,” he said.

“The government can have a formal investigation of us to see what we have done wrong.”

Source: JULIE HARE THE AUSTRALIAN

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 

November 8, 2013

What are the requirements to apply for a post study working visa after completing a one year Postgraduate course? What is the fee for this type of visa? What are the criteria for this type of visa, including registration? Do I need to take any exams such as IELTS?

To be eligible for a Post Study Work Visa, you would need to have completed a course or courses taking at least 2 years of study in Australia.

You could potentially use a 1-year postgraduate course as part of the 2-year study requirement, but would need to have completed at least one other qualification taking at least one academic year of study in Australia.

The application fee for a Post Study Work Visa depends on the number of people included in the visa application.

A summary of these is below:

$1·         $ 1,440: Main Applicant

$1·         $ 720: Each spouse or dependent aged 18 or over

$1·         $ 360: Each dependent child aged under 18

Note that a surcharge of $90 applies for each applicant if lodging a paper application rather than an online application.

The main criteria for a Post-Study Work (Subclass 485) Visa are as follows:

$1·         Competent English: Minimum of 6 in each of the 4 bands of IELTS, OET B pass or holder of a UK, US, Ireland, Canada or NZ passport

$1·         Australian Study: You must have completed qualifications taking at least 2 academic years of study in Australia. The studies must be at the bachelor level or higher, and cannot include Graduate Diplomas or Graduate Certificates unless they gave credits towards completion of a Masters or PhD.

$1·         You must lodge your application within 6 months of completion of your Australian studies

$1·         You must have applied for your first student visa after 5 November 2011

Note that you may qualify for the Graduate Work Stream of the 485 visa even if you do not meet the above criteria.

Is bridging visa automatically granted for those who apply for 485 visas?

$1·         A bridging visa is granted providing a valid application for a 485 visa is lodged.

$1·         Where the applicant holds a student visa when they apply for a 485 visa, a Bridging A visa would be granted. This gives full work rights, but ceases if the student leaves Australia. If the student wishes to travel outside Australia during processing of their application, they should apply for a Bridging B visa.

$1·         If the student holds a Bridging Visa when they apply for a 485 visa, a Bridging C visa would be granted. This also gives full work rights, but it is not possible to obtain a Bridging B visa to facilitate travel.

$1·         Will it affect my migration application if I applied for an exemption/advanced standing on some subjects, meaning I did not complete all the subjects in Australia?

$1·         For a student to meet the Australian Study requirement, they must have completed courses taking at least 2 academic years in Australia.

$1·         Two academic years is defined by the regulations as studies taking at least 92 weeks as registered on CRICOS (http://cricos.deewr.gov.au/).

$1o   If academic exemptions have been granted for overseas studies, then the amount of weeks the student is taken to have completed in Australia is reduced. This can result in the student becoming ineligible for a Temporary Graduate visa if too many exemptions are granted.

$1§  For example – a student completes a Master Degree in Australia which normally requires 16 units and is registered for 104 weeks on CRICOS.

$1§  If they obtain 1 unit exemption for overseas studies, they are taken to have completed: 15/16 * 104 = 97.5 weeks of study. This would meet the Australian study requirement as it is over 92 weeks.

$1§  If they obtain 2 units of exemptions, they are taken to have completed 14/16 * 104 = 91 weeks of study, which would not meet the requirement.

What are the possibilities for an international student to get a working visa without any sponsorship? Can an international student study part time in postgraduate?

$1·         Most working visas req
uire sponsorship by an employer.

$1·         However, there are a number of options which do not require sponsorship, including:

$1o   A Graduate Temporary subclass 485 visa: for students completing qualifications taking at least 2 Academic Years of study in Australia

$1o   A Working Holiday subclass 417 visa: for people aged under 31 who hold passports from certain countries only

$1o   It is also possible to use a visitor visa or student visa to explore business opportunities and in some cases establish a business in Australia. In this case, it may be possible for the student to “self-sponsor” for a 457 visa. The business would need to be relatively well established and have Australian workers for this to be possible.

If studying in Australia on a student visa, the student must study full time, even if this is at postgraduate level.

$1·         Students who are studying a masters degree by research or doctoral degree can work full time once they have commenced their studies.

$1·         Spouses and partners of students completing a master or doctoral degree can work full time also.

What are the requirements for English for the post study working visa?

$1·         Students must show that they have Competent English to qualify for a Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visa. There are three ways of establishing this:

$1o   Minimum of 6 in each of the 4 bands of IELTS

$1o   OET B pass

$1o   Being a holder of a UK, US, Ireland, Canada or NZ passport

$1·         If testing is required, it must be conducted prior to lodgement of the 485 visa. Tests up to 3 years old can be used for the purposes of General Skilled Migration.

After graduation, what do I need to do to apply for skill migration (permanent visa)? What are the conditions and procedure?

$1·         There are a number of different General Skilled Migration types, and the process depends on which of these you are going for:

$1o   Skilled Independent Subclass 189: this requires an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) but does not require sponsorship by a relative or state/territory government

$1o   Skilled Nominated Subclass 190: this requires an occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List and a nomination by a state or territory government

$1o   Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489: requires either sponsorship by a relative living in a designated area or by a state or territory government

$1·         In general, the application process for General Skilled Migration is as follows:

$1o   Complete English language testing

$1o   Complete Skills Assessment

$1o   Make Expression of Interest through SkillSelect

$1o   For subclass 190 or 489, complete state nomination

$1o   Once a SkillSelect invitation is received, make the application for a skilled migration visa

$1o   Complete Health and Police checks

$1o   Only once the SkillSelect Invitation is received and the application for the skilled migration visa is lodged would a student receive a bridging visa.

$1·         Many students do not have sufficient time to go through all the required processes before their stu
dent visas expire and so must rely on making an application for a Graduate Temporary subclass 485 visa on completion of their studies.

What are the chances that I would be employed here in Australia after I finish my course?

It’s difficult to give a general answer to this question. However, you can improve your chances of obtaining a skilled job by:

$1·         Improve your English Language Ability:  improving your communication skills will significantly increase your effectiveness in an interview

$1·         Seeking work in your field during your studies:  even if you work as an unpaid intern in your occupation, this can make your CV more impressive and help you to make contacts with potential employers

$1·         Making use of the University Careers Centre:  the Careers Centre can give you tips on preparing your resume and interview technique, as well as give you information on potential employers in your field

$1·         Professional Year:  if you are studying IT, Engineering or Accounting, you can complete a Professional Year after your studies. As this involves an internship, as well as workplace skills training, this can greatly enhance your chance of getting a skilled job after your studies

$1·         Making friends with your Australian classmates:  Most jobs are not advertised and the better your contacts, the more likely you will be aware of job opportunities which arise

My postgraduate research sector visa (subclass 574) expires on 28 Feb 2015. How long I can stay in Australia after my projected PhD thesis submission on March 2014?

$1·         If your visa was granted after 5 November 2011, your 574 visa should be valid for 6 months after the usual duration of your course. This gives you additional time to allow for marking and re-submission of your thesis.

$1o    Once your thesis has been accepted and you have met the requirements for award of your qualification, you should look at applying for a visa for further stay in Australia as soon as possible.

$1o   Once you have met requirements for award of your qualification, your university will notify the Department of Immigration that you have completed. Unless you have applied for further stay, it’s quite possible that the Department of Immigration will look at cancelling your visa.

$1·         If marking takes longer than 6 months, you may need to either extend your student visa or notify the Department of Immigration that marking is taking longer than anticipated.

$1·         It appears that your 574 visa will be valid for almost 12 months after submission of your thesis. Your visa will allow you to remain in Australia for 6 months after submission or until your thesis is accepted, whichever is sooner. I would recommend that you look at visa options to extend your stay once your thesis is marked, and would certainly not rely on remaining in Australia for 12 months after submission on your current 574 visa.

 

What are the requirements for the 457 employer sponsor visa?

There are three stages to the 457 visa application :

$11.       Sponsorship:  Employer would need to apply for approval as a Standard Business Sponsor. To get this approval, the business will need to provide evidence of financial position, record of training Australians in the business to at least 1% of payroll (unless sponsor is an overseas entity).

$12.       Nomination:  Employer has to apply for permission to fill a nominated position with overseas national. The position needs to meet minimum salary requirements – currently $53,900 minimum annual salary and also be at the applicable market rate. Your occupation needs to be on the approved list of occupations (CSOL).

$13.       Personal: Employee has to demonstrate they have skills necessary to fill the position, meet English requirements (Vocational English – minimum of 5 in each of the 4 components of IELTS) and all members of the family travelling to Australia must meet health requirements

 

Will I be eligible for the post study working visa if I completed one year master from another university and now I am doing a second master from UWS? I came to Australia before November, however my course started in Feb 2012.

$1·         If you came to Australia prior to November 2011, you will unfortunately not be eligible for a Post Study Work Visa. You may, however, be eligible for a 485 visa in the Graduate Work stream.

$1·         It is possible to use two master degree qualifications to meet the required Australian study requirement. The total numb
er of weeks required to complete the qualifications must be at least 92 weeks as registered on CRICOS, and caution must be used if there have been academic exemptions.

 

Are students allowed to partake in business such as Import/Export or any sole proprietor business in Australia?

$1·         Students are allowed to start a business in Australia whilst holding a student visa. However, students should be cautious about the following:

$1o   Not exceeding the 40 hours per fortnight limitation 8105/8104

$1o   Ensuring that they have all the relevant business registrations and licensing, and make the necessary tax lodgements

$1o   Students should consult an accountant to ensure that their business is properly set up to trade lawfully in Australia.

 

What steps would be required to change from a Post Study Work Arrangements Visa to a Permanent Residency Visa? How long would this process take?

$1·         There are a number of permanent residency options which students can look at whilst on a Post Study Work visa. These include:

$1o   General Skilled Migration: outlined above

$1o   Employer Sponsorship: if you have a job offer with an Australian employer

$1o   Family Sponsorship: if you have an Australian partner or other relatives in Australia.

$1o   Processing times vary depending on which option you choose, but can take anywhere from 3-4 months to 12-18 months.

As a PhD student of marketing, what visa can I apply for as a Tutor or lecturer? When should I apply for it? How long does it take to process?

$1·         The occupations of Tutor and Lecturer are on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) but not on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

$1·         This means that you can apply for employer sponsored or state/territory sponsored visas, but not for the skilled independent subclass 189 visa.

$1·         In terms of the Graduate Temporary subclass 485 visa, you could apply for the Post Study Work stream, but not for the Graduate Work Stream.

$1·         To qualify for the Post Study Work stream, you would need to have applied for your first student visa prior to 5 November 2011. However, there is no occupations list and you can use potentially any qualifications at the bachelor, master or doctorate level regardless of which discipline you have studied in.

$1·         To qualify for the Graduate Work stream, you must nominate an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL). Unfortunately, the occupations of marketing specialist, university lecturer and university tutor are not on the Skilled Occupations List.

I applied for a student visa before Nov 2011, doing a course on SOL, but by the time I am finished, the course is no longer on SOL, how do I get a work permit then?

$1·         If your occupation is no longer on the SOL, then it may not be possible to apply for Graduate Work Stream.

$1·         The following options require your occupation to be on the CSOL, which is much wider than the SOL:

$1o   Employer Sponsorship

$1o   State/Territory Nomination: ie the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 or the Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 visa

$1·         If you are unable to lodge prior to the expiry of your current student visa, you may need to either:

$1o   Extend your studies in Australia; or

$1o   Await the outcome of your application overseas

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November 7, 2013
November 7, 2013

THE Abbott government yesterday moved to loosen visa restrictions to attract international students, prompting calls for increased funding for regulators to ensure there was no return to the “visa factory” that marked the height of the 2008-09 higher education boom.

From next year, tougher restrictions on students from countries with the highest risk of visa fraud will be scrapped, effectively reducing the cash such applicants are required to have in the bank to support themselves during their study.

The government has also fast-tracked a decision to extend streamlined visa processing beyond the university sector to 22 TAFEs and private providers that deliver bachelor degrees and higher qualifications.

The government wants to boost international student revenue from about $15 billion last year back to the former peak of almost $19bn. “The changes will assist all providers, but particularly the vocational education and training sector, making access to Australia’s education system more attractive for overseas students,” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said.

TAFE Directors Australia’s head of international engagement Peter Holden welcomed the move, noting that the previous Labor government had not acted on a vow to extend streamlined processing, instead sitting on a decision for 18 months.

Mr Holden said he was disappointed that it remained limited to bachelor degree- and higher-qualification students, noting that public TAFEs should be trusted to monitor students doing sub-degree programs.

He said the loosening of restrictions should be matched by more resources for the Australian Skills Quality Authority to adequately monitor the sector. “We would be looking to ASQA to maintain, if not increase their surveillance.” Phil Honeywood, head of the International Education Association of Australia, also urged the government to extend the streamlined system to reputable vocational providers offering diplomas and certificates.

He was confident that scrutiny on degree-granting providers was sufficient, but extending streamlined processing to students undertaking diplomas and certificates would need to be backed by sufficient monitoring.

Adrian McCoomb, head of the Council of Private Higher Education, was delighted, saying that under Labor it had been a “debacle” trying to get approval for private providers to compete for international students on equal terms with universities.

Opposition higher education spokesman Kim Carr said the government should be cautious. “The advice provided to me during my time as minister was that the quality of the companies operating in this area varied considerably and that unsustainable levels of international students can lead to further questions about the quality of education.”

Source: ANDREW TROUNSON,  THE AUSTRALIAN  OCTOBER 30, 2013 

November 7, 2013

The number of visa applications granted for overseas students to study in Australia has increased by approximately 4% marking the second year in a row of growth for the sector.

Numbers had previously been falling but the financial year 2012/2013 has seen figures rise with the previous year of 290,761 applications lodged compared with 280,003, according to data from the annual Student Visa Programme Trends report.

In the second quarter of 2013, approximately 93% of visa applications assessed during this period were granted a visa.

The report shows that student visa numbers have returned to a sustainable growth over the last two years and this is part of a broader trend throughout the past 10 years.

The report states that this growth has been driven by applications lodged outside of Australia which increased by 11.1% in the same period and there were 304,251 student visa holders in Australia as of 30 June 2013. Of these visa holders, 23.4% were from China, the largest cohort, followed by 10% from India.

During the June 2013 quarter, 75% of all student visas were processed within 30 days, while 50% were processed within 14 days. About 93% of applications assessed during this period were granted a visa.

International students must have a valid visa for the duration of their studies in Australia. Most international students will need a student visa. However, visitor visas permit up to three months study and working holiday maker visas permit up to four months study.

To be eligible for a student visa, applicants must be accepted for full time study in a course listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS.) Applicants must also meet financial, health insurance, English language proficiency and character requirements.

There is no limit on the number of student visas issued each year. If applicants meet requirements, they will be granted a student visa. Student visas are issued for the entire period of study in Australia. Visas are issued in alignment with the period for which the applicant has Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC.)

There are two other visas related to the student visa programme, the Student Guardian (subclass 580) visa and the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. The Student Guardian visa is for individuals who wish to accompany and care for minors studying in Australia. The Temporary Graduate visa allows international students to live and work in Australia temporarily after they have finished their studies.

Student visas include a condition that, once the course has commenced, allows most students to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight while their course is in session and for unlimited hours during course breaks.

There can be some confusion about working hours but students are urged to make sure that they know what they are permitted to do. ‘The limitation imposed by this visa condition reflects the purpose of a student visa; that it is to allow entry to Australia in order to study, not to work. Secondary visa holders are subject to a visa condition that limits them to 40 hours work per fortnight at any time,’ said an immigration spokesman.

November 7, 2013

Education Minister Christopher Pyne: “We need new architecture in international education.” Picture: Ray Strange. Source: The Australian
EDUCATION Minister Christopher Pyne has promised to open the jobs market to more overseas students who have graduated from Australian universities, as a means of rehabilitating the stagnant $14 billion international education industry.
In his first speech on the industry since he was sworn in as minister, Mr Pyne said yesterday the Abbott government would move quickly to extend the streamlined visa process beyond universities to training colleges, and maximise career opportunities in Australia for the best foreign graduates of our universities.
Monash University researcher Bob Birrell said he was troubled by any policy changes that used migration or easier labour market access as a lure to sell education, especially if it encouraged a repeat of last decade’s boom in low-quality diplomas pitched at foreign students seeking permanent residency.
“We know from past experience there are literally hundreds of operators who are skilled in packaging courses that provide the cheapest possible entry,” Dr Birrell said.
Under the Howard government, which linked gaining an Australian tertiary qualification with permanent residency, thousands of students swarmed into low-level vocational diplomas and dozens of dodgy private colleges exploited the lax policy.
Mr Pyne acknowledged past abuses and said preventing any repeat would be “very much part of our planning, to get that right”.
“But Labor used a sledgehammer to break a walnut (following the excesses of the education-migration boom) and we don’t want to repeat that error. But we also don’t want to go back to a situation where people lose faith in the quality of education in Australia.”
Mr Pyne told the Australian International Education Conference in Canberra he would work with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to maximise the international student market while maintaining visa integrity and educational quality.
Universities Australia welcomed Mr Pyne’s speech as showing the government’s intention “to turbo-charge international education policy against a backdrop of declining enrolments and export revenue”.
A report from accountancy firm Deloitte yesterday identified education exports as one of five “super-growth” sectors offering prosperity as the mining investment boom recedes.
At yesterday’s conference, attended by several hundred education delegates from around the world, Mr Pyne said Labor had presided over a decline in education exports from $18.6bn in 2009 to a little more than $14bn last year – “quite an achievement in a growing economy”.
He cited forecasts that the Asia-Pacific middle class would rise from 500 million to 3.2 billion by 2030, and that the number of young people in the world looking to study abroad would double to more than seven million by 2020.
The National Tertiary Education Union said last night it feared Mr Pyne’s proposal was part of a broader government strategy to avoid increasing taxpayer funding to universities.
Jeannie Rea, the union’s national president, said the government was seeking to increase international student fee revenue to universities rather than plug the direct funding gap faced by universities. “It becomes a cross subsidisation,” Ms Rea said.
 
Source: THE AUSTRALIAN , BERNARD LANE , OCTOBER 10, 2013 
 

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