Changes to Occupation Lists 17 January 2018

The changes to the occupation lists have been announced. These changes will apply from the 17th January 2018.

The occupation lists affect the following visa classes: -

  • 186 Employer Nomination Scheme – Permanent Residence
  • 187 Regional Sponsored Migration – Permanent Residence
  • 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visas

For your convenience we have attached the list of occupations to this announcement.

Changes to the STSOL

STSOL – Short Term 457 visa available up to 2 years or 4 years of an international trade obligation applies

The lucky occupations that have been added to the STSOL are: - 

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Occupation

Caveats

612112

Property manager

 Yes

272314

Psychotherapist

 Nil

612115

Real estate representative

 Yes

 

Changes to the MLTSSL

MLTSSL – Long Term 457 visa available for a stay of 4 years with a potential to apply for residency.

The occupations that have won lotto are listed below as these occupations are now available for residency and a 4 year visa:- 

Occupations moved from STSOL to MLTSSL

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Occupation

Caveats

121316

Horse breeder

Yes

224711

Management consultant

Yes

 

There have been no movements from the  MLTSSL to STSOL

Occupations that drew the short straw and are no longer eligible for a 457 are: -

Occupations removed from the lists

ANZSCO

Occupation

312112

Building associate

142114

Hair or beauty salon manager

 

Occupations with caveat only changes

ANZSCO

Occupation

Caveat change

141999

Accommodation and hospitality managers nec

New caveat

221112

Management accountant

New caveat

411611

Massage therapist

Wording amendment

223112

Recruitment consultant

Amended caveat

133611

Supply and distribution manager

Amended caveat

221113

Taxation accountant

Amended caveat

 

Skilling Australians Fund

A gentle reminder to HR teams that the Skilling Australians Fund will take effect this March.

The fund will replace the current Training Benchmarks.  The current training benchmarks require a sponsor for a 457 or ENS and RSMS visa application to show that they have spent 1% of their payroll on training local Australian staff over the previous 3 years.

What are the proposed changes going to look like ?

The monies charged by the Government will be provided to and administered by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to support skills development of Australians such as funds for further education, vocational education and skilled training.

The training contribution charge imposed by this Bill is expected to generate revenue of $1.2b and the expected expenditure from the Skilling Australians Fund is to be $1.47b.

What is going to be the cost of the new charge ?

  • 457 charge - the nomination charge will be calculated according to the number of years set out in the nomination, e.g. for business with turnover less than $10 million , the nomination fee will be $1200 per 12 month period per person.  For example, if the business was to nominate a single person for a 4 year visa , the fee would be $1200 per annum x 4 years = $4,800
  • 457 charge - the nomination charge will be calculated according to the number of years set out in the nomination, e.g. for business with turnover more than $10 million , the nomination fee will be $1800 per 12 month period per person.  For example, if the business was nomination a single person for a 4 year visa , the fee would be $1800 per annum x 4 years = $7,200
  • Permanent Visa Charge -  the nomination charge will be calculated according to the annual turnover of the business.  For businesses with turnover less than $10 million , the nomination fee will be a flat  $3000
  • Permanent Visa Charge -  the nomination charge will be calculated according to the annual turnover of the business.  For businesses with turnover more than $10 million , the nomination fee will be a flat  $5000

How is this charge to be paid ?

  • the maximum amount of the nomination training contribution charge is capped at $8000 - for nominations relating to a temporary visa
  • there are no pro-rata provisions payment of the charge for parts of a financial year

the fee will be payable at the time of the lodgement of the nomination application.

All getting too much ?

Don’t forget that our next tour of Australia on the Skills for Hire Bandwagon will be in March and attached you will find the invitation to our seminars in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

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