As Australia seeks to increase migration as part of its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, here is some of the major immigration changes that have been announced.
December 30, 2021
December 30, 2021
As Australia seeks to increase migration as part of its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, here is some of the major immigration changes that have been announced.
Australia’s education minister Alan Tudge, has pledged a rapid increase in international students returning next year with hopes tens of thousands could be welcomed.
Alan Tudge on Friday told an international education conference the federal government was considering ways to rapidly expedite the return of students.
“Looking into next year, my expectation is that we will have very significant numbers coming in,” he said.
“I cannot put a figure on that just yet, but my hope would be that tens of thousands can return.”
Mr Tudge said limits would apply in the short-term but he remained hopeful caps would be scrapped to allow demand to drive student numbers rather than available places.
“When that occurs, I am confident that students will return in significant numbers.”
Australia will restart international travel from November with citizens and permanent residents the first priority for arrivals and departures.
Skilled migrants and students from overseas are expected to be next, ahead of tourists.
“These are all very promising and they are happening this year,” Mr Tudge said.
The education minister also wants a greater diversity of students entering Australia, which has largely relied on five countries but particularly China and India.
Mr Tudge said a concentrated market had financial risks and could also diminish local and overseas students’ experience.
“Some universities have responded to this through limits on international students and limits on proportion of students from any one country,” he said.
“We would obviously like to see universities themselves taking the lead on this, but we are also thinking deeply about policies to help facilitate this.”
He said a greater diversity of courses for international students should be more closely aligned with Australia’s skill needs so more people could become long-term residents.
NSW is expected to have around 500 international students return in December, while details around a South Australian plan are also being finalised.
From December 2021, a small, but increasing number of international students enrolled with New South Wales (NSW) education providers will have the opportunity to return to Australia to continue their studies on campus.
Under the pilot returns program, 500 students will return to the Australian state this year as part of the Australian Government-approved New South Wales International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan.
The plan sees 250 fully vaccinated students allowed to return to Australia in the first two weeks of December, followed by another 250 students in the second two weeks of that month.
Participating students must be fully-vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) before they arrive in Sydney, and will be required to quarantine in purpose-built student accommodation in Sydney (regardless of which education provider they are enrolled with).
The selection of students for return to Australia, and the funding of the pilot program, will be managed and run by the New South Wales tertiary sector.
“This is an important milestone for NSW and reinforces the State’s standing as a world-leading study destination, especially for any international student considering NSW as the next place to learn and live in their education journey,” the announcement from Study NSW says.
The success of the pilot program will determine the next steps regarding its future expansion, which could involve school students by that stage.
The Australian Government continues to work closely with all of Australia’s states and territories on further development of student return and arrival plans.
Here’s the latest news in Australia for international students — hundreds could return to Victorian universities by the end of the year.
In the latest news in Australia for students, hundreds of international students could reportedly return to Victoria by the end of the year following the state government’s approval of a plan to revive the 14 billion Australian dollar international education sector that has been badly affected by COVID-19.
Quoting a senior government source, The Age said 120 international students could be permitted to arrive in Victoria per week. Universities could cover the hotel quarantine costs under a plan to be sent to the Commonwealth for approval by the end of the week.
For most of us, the key question what is in news for migrants on Australian 2020 Budget announcement.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has declared that the planning figure for the Migration Program will remain unchanged, as the country strives to recover from the economic blow delivered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Morrison Government has announced it will maintain the planned ceiling for the 2020-21 Migration Program at 160,000 places.
In a noticeable departure from the traditional migration composition, the government has placed greater emphasis on family stream visas, raising the planning level from 47,732 to 77,300 places on a ‘one-off basis’ for this program year.
“While overall the government has placed greater emphasis on the family stream, most of these are people already in Australia,” the Acting Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge said in a joint media release with Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton.
Onshore applicants and partner visa applicants will be given priority
Government triples allocation for Global Talent Independent Program- fastest way to get permanent residency in Australia
Family stream: Overall the government will sharpen the focus on the family stream, predominately made up of partner visa category, which has been allocated a total of 72,300 places.
According to the Department of Home Affairs, global waiting times for offshore partner visa to be processed has risen to almost two years.
Budget papers also reveal that an English language requirement will also be introduced for partner visas and their permanent resident sponsors.
This could be an indication of the government’s intention to clear the massive partner visa application backlog that currently sits at 100,000, it could also mean a significant cut for places in the parent category.
In terms of partner visa, Australia’s partner visa processing times blow out due to COVID-19. Budget papers also reveal that an English language requirement will also be introduced for partner visas and their permanent resident sponsors.
These changes will help support English language acquisition and enhance social cohesion and economic participation outcomes
The government also will be prioritising onshore visa applicants and partner visa applicants where the relevant sponsor resides in a designated regional area. While the focus on onshore applications was expected, the fact that partner visa applicants with sponsors in regional areas will get priority is quite a pleasant surprise.
Priority will be given to Employer Sponsored, Global Talent, Business Innovation and Investment Program visas within the skilled stream.
Skilled stream: The budget papers reveal that the government will give priority to Employer-Sponsored, Global Talent, Business Innovation and Investment Program visas within the Skilled Stream.
‘This is the fastest way to get permanent residency in Australia’
As per the planning levels, the government has tripled the allocation of the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program to 15,000 places, a massive increase from the previous program year’s planning level where the government had set an objective to grant 5,000 visas.
The nominations for GTI applicants in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector has a quite a significant increase for the fledgling program that is currently in its second year. The GTI program seems to be growing, and ACS is increasingly seeing evidence of a significant pool of candidates. It nevertheless remains to be seen whether such growth can be realised,
In addition, the government has also raised the allocation for the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) to 13,500 places.
The Budget papers said “From 1 July 2021, the Government will streamline and improve the operation of the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP). The Government will introduce changes to improve the quality of investments and applicants”.
The immigration number fall for 2020-21: The 2020 budget estimates reveal that Australia will suffer its first negative net overseas migration since the Second World War in a major blow to the country’s economy already bruised by the pandemic.
Net migration numbers are expected to fall from 154,000 in the 2019-20 financial year to a net loss of 72,000 in 2020-21 and 21,600 in 2021-22.
International students in Australia.
The Government will also offer Visa Application Charge (VAC) refunds, waivers or visa extensions to visa holders who have been unable to travel to Australia due to COVID-19.
This includes waiving the VAC for Working Holiday Makers and Visitors to boost tourism once the borders re-open.
Australia government student visa fee relief for student effected by COVID-19
The Australian Government has been making several changes to visa requirements in recent weeks.
One of the most notable is that applicants will be given
additional time to hand over their English language results and
complete biometric and health checks, allowing future students who’ve been impacted by COVID-19 the chance to finish their visa applications.
In addition to these measures, Immigration Minister Alan Tudge has announced that current international students who will be unable to complete the requirements of their student visa due to COVID-19 will be able to lodge another student visa application free of charge.
This will certainly be warmly welcomed by the thousands of international students who’ve been worrying about what the future will hold for their education in Australia.
What is the fee waiver?
The fee waiver means that any international student who is unable to complete the requirements of their student visa due to the pandemic, will be able to reapply without paying the usual application fees. This fee waiver came into effect at midnight on Wednesday 5 August 2020.
A spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that the waiver will only be available to students who had a valid visa from 1 February 2020:
“A visa application fee waiver will be available to students
who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and
who were unable to complete their course within their original visa validity due to the impacts of COVID-19.”
This fee waiver will only apply to new applications and no refunds will be offered to those who applied before midnight 5 August 2020.
Even if you are eligible to receive the fee waiver, there are some extra steps that must be taken in order to receive the free application.
First, you’ll need to submit COVID-19 Impacted Students form from your education provider, in addition to your visa application.
This form will have to be signed by your education provider, showing how the pandemic has affected your visa requirements.
As well as fee waivers, the Australian Government has announced that the eligibility requirements for a post-study work visa have been relaxed. If you’ve been impacted by COVID-19 and are enrolled with an Australian education provider, you may be eligible for the following:
New or current student visa holders who have been forced to undertake online study outside Australia due to the pandemic will be able to count this toward the Australian Study Requirement.
Graduates who have been affected by the travel restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 will be able to receive a temporary graduate visa outside of Australia.
It’s clear from these announcements that the Australian Government wants to make sure that international students will be safe in the knowledge that they will be able to continue their education in Australia.
Usually Education agents assist international students to secure a place in an Australian school. While institutions can enrol students directly, they also work with the global student agent network such as IEA-A International Network. You may choose to use a qualified education agent, usually known as a student counsellor, academic adviser, or student recruiter in your home country, or one based in Australia, to guide you through the process of choosing a school and enrolling.
Also based on your home country, your education agent with deep knowledge of Australian visa system, will manage your student visa application that could be critical for getting your student visa successfully. IEA-A has Australian office and in your local country so our services start in your country and continue in Australia.
Why you need a Qualified Education Agent Counsellor ?
Education agents help reduce the stress of choosing a school in another country. Understanding your options, with someone who speaks your language, can be very reassuring. It is important through that that your agent is knowledgeable, up-to-date on student visa and curriculum changes, and has your best interest at heart. We hear stories of students who arrive for their first day of class to find out that the school has never heard of them. The education agent industry can attract unethical people, so do your research to make sure you are working with a good agent!
In this section, we provide guidance on using agents. Our qualified principal Migration Agent and education councillor Mrs. Feriha Guney (Qualified Education Agent Counsellors QEAC number: C102)
Some of the benefits of using a qualified education agent
If you agent is not qualified or experienced could cost you not only your visa fee or time but also he/she can damage your education career and even may change your life. On the other hand a qualified and experienced education agent, coudl help you to build your education career and even after a successful life, by doing:
Education agents fees
When working with an agent, is very important to understand how the agent makes money. You will find that most experienced and qualified education agents offer their services for understanding your education career, checking your “statement of purpose” as well as preparation for the interview, finding right school for your education purpose, helping you to have school acceptance, counselling and the enrolment process fee which it depends of the country of application (as requirements for each country is different).
Although some inexperienced agent may offer their services free of charge, you should question their qualification and experiences that may cost your education career or even change your life forever. In addition to that you may or may not be charged for any school application fees that arise such as the school assessment (the schools charge the agent for this service). You will also be charged for the visa application fee which is paid to the government of Australia.
If you are applying in Australia, IEA-A usually will not charge you a fee. However if you are applying from overseas and if your home country considered in a risky country, there yoru application need to be prepared professionally and reviewed by expert before making application, so we may charge you an application fee.
Best Agent location – in your home country or in Australia or in both?
Should you use an agent in your country, or one based in Australia? There are benefits and drawbacks to each options.
IEA-A usually offer both location support, in your home country for visa application and assessing your application according to your home country requirements, in Australia for on-going help and support. This way you have benefit of Using an education agent based in your country, you are dealing with somebody who is local and understand your education system.
Education Counsellor in your home country should also be very knowledgeable about visas for nationals of your country. The interview process can take place over the phone or face to face in your native language, and all the paperwork and applications can be processed locally.
When an education agent located in Australia, you have representation when you arrive, and can expect very good relationships with, and knowledge about, Australian education providers. Your agent can assist with airport pickup, accommodation, and in some cases even help you to understand how you can get a job while you are studying.
How do I know if an agent is knowledgeable?
The migration agent system is regulated by the Australian government. Registered migration agents can counsel on migration visas, student visas, or both. If you are working with a migration agent who is also a student agent, we suggest you use one who is registered with the Office of the MARA to ensure they are up-to-date on visa rules. In addition, you can also find out whether a night and overseas agent has been banned from working in migration.
Although it is not mandatory, the Qualified Education Agent Counsellors qualification managed by the PIER Education Agent Training, ensures an agent understands student visas and regulation, especially if you are working with an education agent in your country. The qualification is not mandatory currently, but it can be a good indication of the quality of the agent. See if your agent has right qualification.
All IEAA Education counsellors and migration Agents have required qualifications and lead by our principal Director Ms. Feriha Guney who has both qualification as Registered Migration Agent and Education Agent (Mrs. Feriha Guney (Qualified Education Agent Counsellors QEAC number: C102). (Migration Agent – MARN:0960690 ) and over 15 years of experience on both fields.
Australian National University is the highest ranked in the country at 20th place in the 2018 QS World University Rankings.
It is followed by the University of Melbourne, ranked at 41, the University of New South Wales at 45, the University of Queensland at 47 and the University of Sydney at 50.
Monash University, with a rank of 60, and the University of Western Australia at 93 round out the seven Australian universities in the top 100.
An institution’s rank is determined by its academic and employer reputations, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, and international faculty and student ratios.
A total of 37 Australian Government universities are included in this year’s ranking, which covers 959 universities around the world and measures performance in research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.
“Global rankings are a major factor for many international students in deciding where to study, so they’re also very important to the $22.4 billion a year that international students bring into Australia’s economy,” Ms Robinson said.
“These impressive rises underscore the global competitiveness of Australia’s universities and the excellent quality of our education and research on the world stage.”
MIT has been described as “the nucleus of an unrivalled innovation ecosystem” by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the education analysis firm behind the ranking, which notes that companies created by the university’s alumni have a combined revenue of $2 trillion, the equivalent of the world’s 11th largest economy.
Research director at QS Quacquarelli Symonds, Ben Sowter, said the improved ranking of Australian universities can be partially attributed to the changing political climate in countries such as the US and UK increasing Australia’s comparative popularity.
“Higher internationalisation scores certainly reflect coherent international outreach efforts made by university marketing departments,” Mr Sowter said. “However, they also reflect the increased desirability of Australian higher education in the light of current political situations in the United States and United Kingdom – typically Australia’s main Anglosphere competitors.
“Improvements in scores for Academic Reputation can be attributed to both the type of teaching innovations … and the standard of research emanating from Australia’s universities.”
Skilled visa applications for 11 occupations were temporarily closed by the Victorian Government for certain ICT occupations from 11 November 2016 till 6 March 2017 which was later revised and extended till 30 June 2017.
The state government has announced that from 1 July 2017, the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program will reopen applications for ICT occupations.
Due to the high number of ICT applications that Victoria receives, the state government is changing the application process for ICT occupations. The aim of this is to reduce processing times and improve experience.
Those interested in applying for Victorian nomination (in ICT occupations), are advised to follow these steps:
1. Send your resume to [email protected]
we will check you meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) requirements and Victoria’s minimum nomination requirements.
Then we will submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) in DIBP’s SkillSelect, and indicate your interest for Victorian nomination. You do not need to notify Victoria that you have submitted an EOI.
There is no set timeframe to expect an invitation after submitting an EOI. Invitations are not guaranteed. If selected, an email invitation to apply for Victorian visa nomination will be sent to your email address used for the EOI.
If you receive the invitation. we will submit an online application for Victorian visa nomination within 14 days of receiving the invitation. Note that you must be able to demonstrate that you still meet the claims that were in your EOI when you were invited. It is recommend that you have all your supporting documents ready before you submit your EOI in SkillSelect, as the 14 days cannot be extended.
If you are successfully nominated by the Victorian Government, you will receive a SkillSelect invitation to apply for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) .
Then we will submit a visa application to DIBP within 60 days of being nominated by Victoria.
The Victorian Government will review and select the top ranking ICT candidates from SkillSelect, who have indicated Victoria as their preferred state.
Candidates who are selected to apply are still required to meet Victoria’s minimum eligibility requirements, including demonstrating employability and commitment to Victoria, and are not guaranteed nomination.
If you are not selected by the Victorian Government, you will not receive an email. Your EOI will continue to be considered for as long as it remains in DIBP’s SkillSelect system.
Current Occupations eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination
The changes from 1st July 2017
The Changes from March 2018
The Short-Term stream will include the following criteria:
The Medium-Term stream will include the following criteria:
Eligibility criteria for both streams will be:
Training requirement: Employers nominating a worker for a TSS visa will be required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund. The contribution will be:
The detailed policy settings for several of these requirements will be finalised through the implementation process. Further details on these requirements to inform stakeholders will be available in due course.
Who is affected?
Further information could be find at border.gov.au
The Short‑term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will be applicable for Subclass 190 (Skilled—Nominated visa) or Subclass 489 (Skilled—Regional (Provisional) visa.
The Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) will be applicable for General Skilled migration visas – Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent Visa), Subclass 489 (Skilled Regional Provisional Visa who are not nominated by a State or Territory government agency) and Subclass 485 (Graduate Temporary Visa) visa applications.
As part of its reforms to skilled migration announced in April, the Government will update the lists on a six monthly basis to ensure the best outcomes for Australian workers and employers alike.
The updated lists are based on extensive consultation with industry and advice from the Department of Employment and the Department of Education and Training.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said, “The occupation lists are designed to be dynamic. Revisions to the occupation lists are just one element of the Government’s reforms strengthening the integrity of Australia’s employer sponsored skilled migration programmes and raising the productivity of skilled migrants.”
All visa applicants are now required to undergo mandatory criminal checks as part of their application.
From 1 July 2017, all permanent skilled visas will have tightened English language and lower maximum age requirements.
The following table is the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List.
|Item||Occupation||ANZSCO code||Assessing authority||Specified for only certain classes (see subsection 2)|
|1||construction project manager||133111||VETASSESS|
|3||engineering manager||133211||(a) Engineers Australia; or (b) AIM|
|4||child care centre manager||134111||TRA|
|6||nursing clinical director||134212||ANMAC|
|7||primary health organisation manager||134213||VETASSESS|
|8||welfare centre manager||134214||ACWA|
|9||accountant (general)||221111||(a) CPAA; or (b) ICAA; or (c) IPA|
|10||management accountant||221112||(a) CPAA; or (b) IPA; or (c) CAANZ|
|11||taxation accountant||221113||(a) CPAA; or (b) IPA; or (c) CAANZ|
|12||external auditor||221213||(a) CPAA; or (b) IPA; or (c) CAANZ|
|21||other spatial scientist||232214||VETASSESS|
|22||chemical engineer||233111||Engineers Australia|
|23||materials engineer||233112||Engineers Australia|
|24||civil engineer||233211||Engineers Australia|
|25||geotechnical engineer||233212||Engineers Australia|
|27||structural engineer||233214||Engineers Australia|
|28||transport engineer||233215||Engineers Australia|
|29||electrical engineer||233311||Engineers Australia|
|30||electronics engineer||233411||Engineers Australia|
|31||industrial engineer||233511||Engineers Australia|
|32||mechanical engineer||233512||Engineers Australia|
|33||production or plant engineer||233513||Engineers Australia|
|34||aeronautical engineer||233911||Engineers Australia|
|35||agricultural engineer||233912||Engineers Australia|
|36||biomedical engineer||233913||Engineers Australia|
|37||engineering technologist||233914||Engineers Australia|
|38||environmental engineer||233915||Engineers Australia|
|39||naval architect||233916||Engineers Australia|
|43||medical laboratory scientist||234611||AIMS|
|45||physicist (medical physicist only)||234914||ACPSEM|
|46||early childhood (pre‑primary school) teacher||241111||AITSL|
|47||secondary school teacher||241411||AITSL|
|48||special needs teacher||241511||AITSL|
|49||teacher of the hearing impaired||241512||AITSL|
|50||teacher of the sight impaired||241513||AITSL|
|51||special education teachers (nec)||241599||AITSL|
|52||medical diagnostic radiographer||251211||ASMIRT|
|53||medical radiation therapist||251212||ASMIRT|
|54||nuclear medicine technologist||251213||ANZSNM|
|57||orthotist or prosthetist||251912||AOPA|
|62||podiatrist||252611||(a) APodA; or (b) ANZPAC|
|66||specialist physician (general medicine)||253311||MedBA|
|72||intensive care specialist||253317||MedBA|
|75||renal medicine specialist||253322||MedBA|
|77||thoracic medicine specialist||253324||MedBA|
|78||specialist physicians (nec)||253399||MedBA|
|86||plastic and reconstructive surgeon||253517||MedBA|
|90||emergency medicine specialist||253912||MedBA|
|91||obstetrician and gynaecologist||253913||MedBA|
|94||diagnostic and interventional radiologist||253917||MedBA|
|96||medical practitioners (nec)||253999||MedBA|
|99||registered nurse (aged care)||254412||ANMAC|
|100||registered nurse (child and family health)||254413||ANMAC|
|101||registered nurse (community health)||254414||ANMAC|
|102||registered nurse (critical care and emergency)||254415||ANMAC|
|103||registered nurse (developmental disability)||254416||ANMAC|
|104||registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)||254417||ANMAC|
|105||registered nurse (medical)||254418||ANMAC|
|106||registered nurse (medical practice)||254421||ANMAC|
|107||registered nurse (mental health)||254422||ANMAC|
|108||registered nurse (perioperative)||254423||ANMAC|
|109||registered nurse (surgical)||254424||ANMAC|
|110||registered nurse (paediatrics)||254425||ANMAC|
|111||registered nurses (nec)||254499||ANMAC|
|112||ICT business analyst||261111||ACS|
|117||ICT security specialist||262112||ACS|
|118||computer network and systems engineer||263111||ACS|
|119||telecommunications engineer||263311||Engineers Australia|
|120||telecommunications network engineer||263312||Engineers Australia|
|121||barrister||271111||a legal admissions authority of a State or Territory|
|122||solicitor||271311||a legal admissions authority of a State or Territory|
|128||civil engineering draftsperson||312211||(a) Engineers Australia; or (b) VETASSESS|
|129||civil engineering technician||312212||VETASSESS|
|130||electrical engineering draftsperson||312311||Engineers Australia|
|131||electrical engineering technician||312312||TRA|
|132||radio communications technician||313211||TRA|
|133||telecommunications field engineer||313212||Engineers Australia|
|134||telecommunications network planner||313213||Engineers Australia||Y|
|135||telecommunications technical officer or technologist||313214||Engineers Australia|
|137||motor mechanic (general)||321211||TRA|
|138||diesel motor mechanic||321212||TRA|
|140||small engine mechanic||321214||TRA|
|141||sheetmetal trades worker||322211||TRA|
|144||welder (first class)||322313||TRA|
|146||fitter and turner||323212||TRA|
|148||metal machinist (first class)||323214||TRA|
|153||carpenter and joiner||331211||TRA|
|156||painting trades worker||332211||TRA|
|160||wall and floor tiler||333411||TRA|
|162||airconditioning and mechanical services plumber||334112||TRA|
|167||electrician (special class)||341112||TRA|
|169||airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic||342111||TRA|
|171||technical cable jointer||342212||TRA|
|172||electronic equipment trades worker||342313||TRA|
|173||electronic instrument trades worker (general)||342314||TRA|
|174||electronic instrument trades worker (special class)||342315||TRA|
|177||boat builder and repairer||399111||TRA|
The following table is the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List.
|Item||Column 1Occupation||Column 2ANZSCO code||Column 3Assessing authority||Column 4Specified for only certain classes (see subsection (2))|
|4||fruit or nut grower||121213||VETASSESS||Y|
|5||grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ)||121214||VETASSESS||Y|
|7||mixed crop farmer||121216||VETASSESS||Y|
|8||sugar cane grower||121217||VETASSESS||Y|
|9||vegetable grower (Aus) / market gardener (NZ)||121221||VETASSESS||Y|
|10||crop farmers (nec)||121299||VETASSESS||Y|
|12||beef cattle farmer||121312||VETASSESS||Y|
|13||dairy cattle farmer||121313||VETASSESS||Y|
|15||mixed livestock farmer||121317||VETASSESS||Y|
|19||livestock farmers (nec)||121399||VETASSESS||Y|
|20||mixed crop and livestock farmer||121411||VETASSESS||Y|
|21||sales and marketing manager||131112||AIM|
|23||corporate services manager||132111||VETASSESS|
|24||finance manager||132211||(a) CPAA; or(b) IPA; or(c) CAANZ|
|25||human resource manager||132311||AIM|
|26||research and development manager||132511||VETASSESS|
|28||production manager (forestry)||133511||VETASSESS||Y|
|29||production manager (manufacturing)||133512||VETASSESS|
|30||production manager (mining)||133513||VETASSESS|
|31||supply and distribution manager||133611||AIM|
|32||health and welfare services managers (nec)||134299||VETASSESS|
|34||education managers (nec)||134499||VETASSESS|
|35||ICT project manager||135112||ACS|
|36||ICT managers (nec)||135199||ACS|
|37||arts administrator or manager||139911||VETASSESS|
|39||quality assurance manager||139914||VETASSESS|
|40||specialist managers (nec) except:(a) ambassador; or(b) archbishop; or
|41||cafe or restaurant manager||141111||VETASSESS|
|42||hotel or motel manager||141311||VETASSESS|
|43||accommodation and hospitality managers (nec)||141999||VETASSESS|
|44||hair or beauty salon manager||142114||VETASSESS|
|45||post office manager||142115||VETASSESS|
|46||fitness centre manager||149112||VETASSESS|
|47||sports centre manager||149113||VETASSESS|
|48||customer service manager||149212||VETASSESS|
|49||conference and event organiser||149311||VETASSESS|
|50||transport company manager||149413||VETASSESS|
|52||dancer or choreographer||211112||VETASSESS|
|54||music professionals (nec)||211299||VETASSESS|
|56||visual arts and crafts professionals (nec)||211499||VETASSESS|
|58||book or script editor||212212||VETASSESS|
|59||director (film, television, radio or stage)||212312||VETASSESS|
|60||film and video editor||212314||VETASSESS|
|61||program director (television or radio)||212315||VETASSESS|
|66||newspaper or periodical editor||212412||VETASSESS|
|70||journalists and other writers (nec)||212499||VETASSESS|
|75||financial brokers (nec)||222199||VETASSESS|
|76||financial market dealer||222211||VETASSESS|
|78||financial dealers (nec)||222299||VETASSESS|
|79||financial investment adviser||222311||VETASSESS|
|80||financial investment manager||222312||VETASSESS|
|84||gallery or museum curator||224212||VETASSESS|
|85||health information manager||224213||VETASSESS|
|89||organisation and methods analyst||224712||VETASSESS|
|91||information and organisation professionals (nec)||224999||VETASSESS|
|94||ICT account manager||225211||VETASSESS|
|95||ICT business development manager||225212||VETASSESS|
|96||ICT sales representative||225213||VETASSESS|
|97||public relations professional||225311||VETASSESS|
|98||technical sales representatives (nec) including education sales representatives||225499||VETASSESS|
|109||urban and regional planner||232611||VETASSESS|
|112||primary school teacher||241213||AITSL|
|113||middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ)||241311||AITSL|
|115||art teacher (private tuition)||249211||VETASSESS|
|116||dance teacher (private tuition)||249212||VETASSESS|
|117||music teacher (private tuition)||249214||VETASSESS|
|118||private tutors and teachers (nec)||249299||VETASSESS|
|119||teacher of English to speakers of other languages||249311||VETASSESS|
|122||occupational health and safety adviser||251312||VETASSESS|
|127||health promotion officer||251911||VETASSESS|
|128||health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec)||251999||VETASSESS|
|129||acupuncturist||252211||Chinese Medicine Board of Australia|
|131||traditional Chinese medicine practitioner||252214||Chinese Medicine Board of Australia|
|132||complementary health therapists (nec)||252299||VETASSESS|
|135||resident medical officer||253112||MedBA|
|146||ICT quality assurance engineer||263211||ACS|
|147||ICT support engineer||263212||ACS|
|148||ICT systems test engineer||263213||ACS|
|149||ICT support and test engineers (nec)||263299||ACS|
|150||judicial and other legal professionals (nec)||271299||VETASSESS|
|152||drug and alcohol counsellor||272112||VETASSESS|
|153||family and marriage counsellor||272113||VETASSESS|
|158||social professionals (nec)||272499||VETASSESS|
|164||medical laboratory technician||311213||AIMS|
|166||medical technicians (nec)||311299||VETASSESS|
|168||primary products inspectors (nec)||311399||VETASSESS||Y|
|170||earth science technician||311412||VETASSESS|
|171||life science technician||311413||VETASSESS|
|172||science technicians (nec)||311499||VETASSESS|
|176||architectural, building and surveying technicians (nec)||312199||VETASSESS|
|177||mechanical engineering technician||312512||TRA|
|178||metallurgical or materials technician||312912||VETASSESS|
|181||ICT customer support officer||313112||TRA|
|183||ICT support technicians (nec)||313199||TRA|
|185||aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)||323111||TRA|
|186||aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical)||323112||TRA|
|187||aircraft maintenance engineer (structures)||323113||TRA|
|188||textile, clothing and footwear mechanic||323215||TRA|
|189||metal fitters and machinists (nec)||323299||TRA|
|190||precision instrument maker and repairer||323314||TRA|
|191||watch and clock maker and repairer||323316||TRA|
|193||vehicle body builder||324211||TRA|
|196||business machine mechanic||342311||TRA|
|197||cabler (data and telecommunications)||342411||TRA|
|201||butcher or smallgoods maker||351211||TRA|
|203||dog handler or trainer||361111||VETASSESS|
|204||animal attendants and trainers (nec)||361199||VETASSESS|
|214||dressmaker or tailor||393213||TRA|
|218||wood machinists and other wood trades workers (nec)||394299||TRA|
|219||chemical plant operator||399211||TRA|
|220||power generation plant operator||399213||TRA|
|223||camera operator (film, television or video)||399512||TRA|
|224||make up artist||399514||TRA|
|226||performing arts technicians (nec)||399599||VETASSESS|
|229||intensive care ambulance paramedic||411112||VETASSESS|
|235||disabilities services officer||411712||VETASSESS|
|236||family support worker||411713||VETASSESS|
|237||residential care officer||411715||VETASSESS|
|239||diving instructor (open water)||452311||VETASSESS|
|240||gymnastics coach or instructor||452312||VETASSESS|
|241||horse riding coach or instructor||452313||VETASSESS|
|243||swimming coach or instructor||452315||VETASSESS|
|245||other sports coach or instructor||452317||VETASSESS|
|246||sports development officer||452321||VETASSESS|
|250||program or project administrator||511112||VETASSESS|
|251||insurance loss adjuster||599612||VETASSESS|
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Tasmania, an island state off Australia’s south coast has introduced a new visa category for overseas applicants which will allow them to live and work in the state for four years and also offers a pathway to permanent residency in Australia.
From 1 July this year, a new category for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489) has been introduced for Tasmanian state nomination for overseas applicants. They are eligible to apply for this category as offshore applicants.
Visa subclass 489 allows visa holders to live and work in Tasmania for up to four years.
A state nomination from Tasmania adds 10 points to a skilled visa applicant’s overall score required to qualify for a visa under Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection point test.
After having lived in the state for at least two years and worked full-time (35 hours per week) for at least one year during their stay, visa holders become eligible to apply for permanent residency in Australia.
In order to apply for this visa, an applicant is required to nominate an occupation from Tasmania’s Skilled Occupation List and provide sufficient proof of employment opportunities in the state. Applicants can also secure a genuine offer of employment from employers.
According to the Migration Legislation Amendment Regulations 2017 that came into effect on 18th November 2017, an existing condition, 8303 has been amended to expand its scope. Under the new migration rules, many Australian temporary visas will be subject to a condition that will enable the Immigration Department to cancel a person’s visa if they are found to be involved in online vilification based on gender, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity.
Before 18 November 2017, the condition that earlier applied to only a few visas, is now applicable to most temporary visas applied for on. This condition now also applies to
The Immigration Minister now has the power to cancel a visa if there is evidence of a visa holder engaging in harassment, stalking, intimidation, bullying or threatening a person even if it doesn’t amount to a criminal sanction. These activities may include public ‘hate speech’ or online vilification targeted at both groups and individuals based on gender, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity.
The Department of Immigration says that the new change: “It sends a clear message, explicitly requiring that the behaviour of temporary visa holders is consistent with Australian government and community expectations. It advises visa holders what sorts of behaviour can result in visa cancellation.”
The Immigration Department says its officers have the discretion to determine whether the condition has been breached. They also have the discretion to not cancel the visa even when the condition has been breached.
No one should break the law but even behaviour that may not necessarily warrant a criminal sanction can be deemed a breach of this condition. So it is important to remember that your actions online may have consequences just like your real-life actions.
Australia’s international education industry has strengthened across the board, pushing student numbers to new record levels according to the latest data. But doubts have started to emerge over how long the country can maintain its growth streak.
Records continued to fall for Australian international education, but clouds are starting to form, as the country’s reliance on China increases.
The number of international students within Australia currently sits at 9.4% above the 554,200 for the whole of 2016
Year to October data, released by the Department of Education and Training, shows more than 606,700 international students have entered Australia so far in 2017, a 13% increase from the level achieved by the same time in 2016, while enrolments and commencements also experienced double-digit percentage growth.
“The more Australia can do to discover or seek out new markets, the better for the international education sector as a whole”
The surge in numbers has also pushed up total revenue, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicating the 12 months to September period grew to a landmark $29.4bn, up from $28.4bn last quarter.
The figure for students, enrolments and commencements as of October has already surpassed that for the whole of 2016.
The number of international students within Australia currently sits 9.4% above the 2016 total of 554,200, while enrolments and commencements – the number of new enrolments in a calendar year – are 7.5% and 2% higher, respectively.
English Australia noted September 2017’s figures were 6.7% down from September 2016
While the figures are welcomed in Australia, not all sectors and source markets experienced consistent improvements, casting doubt over how long the boom will last.
Although 3.3% above the previous year’s October figures, ELICOS stands alone as the only sector to not yet surpass 2016 totals, and after a strong first half of 2017, experienced two consecutive declines in commencements in August and September.
It was the only major sector to do so.
In its latest market analysis report, English Australia noted September 2017’s figures were 6.7% down from September 2016, representing “arguably the first poor month at the national aggregate level for ELICOS in recent years.”
Meanwhile, China further strengthened its position as Australia’s top source market, increasing 18% from the same period in 2016 and pushing its market share across all sectors from 27.5% to approximately 30%; reaching as high as 60% for some sectors.
As you will be aware, Australia has introduced health and safety measures and travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
We understand this may be confusing if you’re commencing your studies, so read the below information to find out if you are impacted by the changes, and where you can go for support.
Will I be impacted?
Anyone hoping to travel to and from Australia will be impacted by the recent changes as the Australian Government announced that:
Information about Coronavirus is updated regularly, so it’s important to keep up to date with latest news from Australia.
For the latest information about the Coronavirus in Australia, visit these websites:
International students in Australia
All travellers to Australia from midnight, 15 March 2020 are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolating means you’re required to stay in your local accommodation.
You’ll need to avoid going out into public spaces such as restaurants, supermarkets, workplaces, universities and any other public places that you will come into contact with people. Additionally, avoid receiving visitors into your home or local accommodation.
If you need more information on self-isolation, get more details by downloading the Isolation Guidance information sheet from the Department of Health website. If you need to use public transport (e.g. taxis, ride-hail services, train, buses and trams.), kindly follow the precautions listed in the public transport guide.
If you’re starting your studies during the time you’re required to self-isolate, contact your school or university to discuss your study options. Many universities have put in place measures to assist students who are required to self-isolate, such as delayed semester starts or online study options.
If you, or any friends and family start showing flu-like symptoms such as a cough, fever, sore throat or shortness of breath, it is important to contact your local doctor. You can also monitor your symptoms using the Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptom checker. Call before you visit and explain your symptoms and travel history to ensure they are prepared to receive you.
If you require immediate and urgent medical attention, you can call 000. Any ambulance and hospital fees will be covered by your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
These measures are put in place to limit the possibility of spreading the Coronavirus to the general population.
How do I get food and other essentials?
Ask others who are not in isolation to get food and other essentials for you. If you are new to the country and don’t know anyone who can help you, you can order your food and groceries online.
Food delivery and ordering apps
Happy Cow (vegan and vegetarian)
Will this impact my university start date?
If you’re enrolled in Semester 1 2020 and unable to begin classes due to the travel bans or the 14-day self-isolation, you’ll need to get in touch with your university or school as soon as possible to discuss your enrolment.
Many Australian universities have delayed their semester start dates or have put in place changes to assist international students who have been impacted by the recent travel bans.
We recommend you contact your university or school as soon as possible to discuss your possible study options or deferring your studies to start at a later date.
You can also check out the following websites for current advice and information that may assist you:
Changes to student accommodation
If you have arranged for student accomodation and can’t travel into the country, then it’s vital you check in with your student accommodation about your next steps.
Some student accommodation providers may require you to provide additional information or may change or delay your accommodation arrangements.
Where can I go for support?
The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus presents an emotionally challenging situation for many international students. The spread of the virus may be causing you or your friends and family distress or anxiety, especially if you have loved ones in affected areas or have not been able to return home or to Australia because of the recent travel bans.
The Australian Government have created a dedicated and multi-lingual support service for international students. You can contact them via email or phone 1300 981 621 (8:00 am–8:00 pm AEDST Monday to Friday).
You can also visit the Australian Government Department of Education website to download the latest information, guides and FAQs for up-to-date general health and enrolment advice, where to access support services, and news on the latest immigration and border protection measures.
You can also access the links below:
Changes in international flight arrangements
If you have flight arrangements in place, your plans may be affected by travel bans or cancelled flights.
Many major airlines and countries are cancelling flights or restricting entry. If you have overseas travel plans, it’s important to regularly check your airline’s website or contact the airline directly for next steps and travel options at a later date.
Changes to IELTS testing
There are currently changes being made to IELTS testing. Visit the IELTS website to find out if the changes will affect you.
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