MIGRATE TO AUSTRALIA – SUBCLASS 189, 190 AND 489 (AUSTRALIA IMMIGRATION, VISA UPDATES)

Nov 16th, 2019:
Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Closure of Nomination Process

Northern Territory has announced that from 16 November 2019, the subclass 489 visa is being replaced with a new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa subclass 491.

The Northern Territory Government nomination online application system will CLOSE on 16 November 2019 and re-open on Monday 9 December 2019.

Applicants will  NOT be able to apply for the subclass 190 or subclass 491 nomination during this period.

State Sponsorship Fee: 

Northern Territory has announced that from 9 December a fee of AUD 300 (plus GST where applicable) will be charged for subclass 190 and subclass 491 nomination applications.

Earlier there was NO state sponsorship fee for NT.

The application fee must be paid online at the time of the application submission. More information on subclass 491 nominations will be available soon.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NT under 190 & 491 subclass. 

 
Nov 16th, 2019:
Department of Home Affairs Update: 491 & 494 information released on DHA website

As we are aware that today Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa 491  (Region & Relative Sponsored) & Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa 494 subclass will open the DHA has officially released the information relating to these two visas.

Few details about 491 & 494 subclasses: 

  • 5-year temporary visa
  • Live, work & study in regional areas
  • The applicant can Travel as many time he/she wants
  • Spouse & children can be included in the visa

Requirements of 491 subclass:

  • Sponsored by relative or region
  • Applicant should be less than 45 years of age
  • Should have positive skills assessment & should be listed in the respective list refer to the below link: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list
  • Applicant should have at least competent English
  • Main applicant, spouse & children should meet health & character requirements
  • Meet 65 points criteria

Requirements of 494 subclass: 

  • Applicant should be less than 45 years of age
  • Be nominated by a regional employer
  • Have relevant skills, qualifications and at least 3 years of work experience

  • Should have positive skills assessment & should be listed in the respective list refer to the below link: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list

  • Applicant should have at least competent English

  • Main applicant, spouse & children should meet health & character requirements

The following are the changes to the points test effective today:

  • Specialist education qualification (Master through research or Ph.D. studied in Australia in STEM or specified information and communication technology (ICT) fields) – 10 points
  • Partner included in the application who has skills assessment report, competent English and less than 45 years of age – 10 points
  • Partner included in the application meeting only competent English – 5 points
  • The applicant is single or  his/her partner is an Australian citizen or permanent resident – 10 points
  • Sponsorship by relative or state under 491 subclass – 15 points

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 491 or 494 subclass visa. 

Nov 15th, 2019:
Tasmania State Sponsorship Update:  Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

Tasmania has announced that the State Sponsorship for 190 subclass will be closed under  Category 3 – Overseas applicant (Job Offer) *** at 11:59 pm AEDT 15 November 2019.

Please note that they are still sponsoring under the other two categories of 190 subclass: 

1) Tasmanian Graduate

2) Working in Tasmania

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Tasmania under 190 subclass. 

Nov 14th, 2019:
Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Introduction of a ‘Fee For Service’

Tasmania has announced that from the 16th of November 2019 all Tasmanian visa state nomination applications (Subclass 190 and Subclass 491) will incur a FEE FOR SERVICE of AUD220 (GST inclusive). This fee is non-refundable.

The fee of AUD220 has to be paid only at the final application stage of ‘lodgement’.

The payment has to be made only through credit card (Visa or Mastercard).

Any Subclass 190 visa state nomination applications lodged prior to the 16th of November 2019 will NOT incur the Fee For Service.

NOTE: Tasmania has not released the details of the 491 subclass nomination process.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state or regional sponsorship with Tasmania under 190 or 491 subclass.

 
Nov 13th, 2019:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: SKILLED PROGRAM

Queensland is planning to open the entire skilled program for Queensland State Nomination in the coming weeks – including the:

  • Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

The program will open with some occupations REMOVED from the QSOLs due to occupation quotas being met.

The following are details of the occupations that will be REMOVED:

Onshore and Offshore Applicants – IT

•ICT Business Analyst ANZSCO 261111

•Systems Analyst ANZSCO 261112

•Developer Programmer ANZSCO 261312

•Software Engineer ANZSCO 261313

•Software and Applications Programmers nec ANZSCO 261399

•ICT Security Specialist ANZSCO 262112

•Computer Network and Systems Engineer ANZSCO 263111

•Analyst Programmer ANZSCO 261311

Onshore Applicants –Accounting

•Accountant (General) ANZSCO 221111

•Management Accountant ANZSCO 221112

•Taxation Accountant ANZSCO 221113

•External Auditor ANZSCO 221213

•Internal Auditor ANZSCO 221214

Offshore Applicants -Engineering

•Civil Engineer ANZSCO 233211

•Mechanical Engineer ANZSCO 233512

•Electrical Engineer ANZSCO 233311

•Engineering Technologist ANZSCO 233915

NOTE: Please do not submit your EOI if your occupation has been removed from the relevant list as it will not be picked up.

The exact opening date of the skilled program is yet to be confirmed. Please do not submit your EOI until the program is officially opened. 

If you submitted an EOI on 29 – 30 July 2019 and have not yet received an invitation for a 190 visa you will need to submit a BRAND NEW EOI when the program re-opens.

 

State Sponsorship Application Processing: 

The state will continue processing applications to those who have received an invitation,  if all documents have been provided and the application fee paid by Thursday 14 November 2019 (COB). Extension requests will not be granted.

 

Any applications where documents have not been provided or payment has not been received by Thursday 14 November 2019 will be closed.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 491 subclass. 

Nov 13th, 2019:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: 491 Skilled Regional Visa Details

Victoria state has announced that applications for Victorian nomination under the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa program will open from 9 am Monday 18 November 2019. 

The following are the requirements:

1) Age should be less than 45 years

2) Should have a positive skills assessment

3) Should have at least competent English or citizen & passport holder of US, UK, Canada, New Zealand or Ireland.

4) The occupation should be listed in Commonwealth’s skilled occupation lists.

5) Funds requirement for offshore applicants – the Main applicant – AUD30,000 and Additional applicant – AUD5,000 to AUD10,000 based on the number of dependents.

6) Should have an offer of employment from Regional Employer for at least 12 months full time i.e., 38 hours per week in the nominated occupation.

7) Genuine intention to live, work & study in the Regional Areas of Victoria.

How to apply: Online and it is a FREE application.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Victoria under 491 subclass. 

Nov 13th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

252411 -Occupational Therapist- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019- OTC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE:

  • Immigration SA will be temporarily closing the state nomination 190 application system from 11 am on 15 November 2019 and will re-open early December (the date and time will be confirmed closer to the date).
  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass. 

 
Nov 12th, 2019:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Sponsorship Update:

ACT 491 NOMINATION:

The ACT has announced that it is defined as regional for skilled migration purposes from 16 November 2019. 

It has stated while potential applicants can complete the Home Affairs Skillselect EOI from this date, the 491 Canberra Matrix can only be submitted from 1 January 2020.

ACT 190 NOMINATION:

The ACT has further announced that the 2019 eligibility criteria will apply to all 190 Matrix submitted on or before 31 December 2019. 

The 2020 eligibility criteria will apply to all 190 Matrix submitted on or after 1 January 2020.

2020 NOMINATION CRITERIA:

The eligibility criteria for 190 and 491 nominations in 2020 will be published on or before 28 November 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 & 491 subclasses.

Nov 12th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 8:30 pm Friday 15 November and 2 pm Saturday 16 November 2019 AEDT

Suspension of BPAY Request Payment option

The BPAY Request payment option will be unavailable from Monday 11 November 2019 until Saturday 16 November 2019.

Payment by credit card, Paypal and UnionPay is still available.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa. 

Nov 11th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List.

Current Status of the occupation(s):

252111- Chiropractor- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019- CCEA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE:

  • Immigration SA will be temporarily closing the state nomination 190 application system from 11 am on 15 November 2019 and will re-open early December (the date and time will be confirmed closer to the date).
  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately. 

Nov 11th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Temporary Closure of 190 subclass nominations effective 15 November 2019

South Australia has announced that with the introduction of the new skilled regional visas on the 16 November 2019, Immigration SA will be temporarily closing the state nomination 190 application system from 11 am on 15 November 2019 and will re-open early December (the date and time will be confirmed closer to the date).

If you have commenced a state nomination application for the 190 visa, you will need to submit & pay for the application prior to the system being closed. 

From 11 am on 15 November 2019, incomplete applications will be deleted, this includes applications that have been “saved but not submitted” and applications that have been “submitted but are still awaiting payment”.  

Please note: Applicants need to meet Immigration SA’s points requirement for their occupation on the date they apply for state nomination. Additional points received due to the changes to the points test on 16 November 2019 will not be considered for applications submitted before 16 November 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass. 

Nov 08th, 2019:
ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place on 08/11/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND

Invitation date: 8 November 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 70

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 115 to 75 points

Please note ALL matrix expire 6 months after submission date if an invitation is not issued.

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 24 October 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 528

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 115 to 65 points
  • 60 point matrix submitted on or after 24 April 2019 and on or before 10 June 2019

Invitation date: 14 October 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 402

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 115 to 65 points

60 point matrix submitted on or after 14 April 2019 and on or before 30 April 2019

Invitation date: 9 October 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 220

Matrix score range:

  1. All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  2. 65 point matrix submitted on or before 31 July 2019

Invitation date: 27 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 124

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 120 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 1 July 2019

Invitation date: 17 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 106

Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Invitation date: 2 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 111

Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Invitation date: 15 August 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 152

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 29 June 2019

Invitation date: 30 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 320

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 28 June 2019

Invitation date: 22 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 329

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 125 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 15 June 2019

Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 125 to 75 points

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 25th November 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 subclass.

 
Nov 07th, 2019:
South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234212 -Food Technologist -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Nov 07th, 2019:
Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Website outage – Saturday and Sunday

 

Please be advised that the following websites will be unavailable between 2 pm (AEDT) Saturday 9 November and 9 am (AEDT) Sunday 10 November 2019:

  • https://archive.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/
  • https://www.livingsafetogether.gov.au/
  • https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/
  • https://www.triplezero.gov.au/
  • https://news.cicentre.gov.au/
  • https://www.dvs.gov.au/
  • https://www.organisationalresilience.gov.au/
  • https://www.tisn.gov.au/
  • https://www.abf.gov.au/
  • https://emergency.homeaffairs.gov.au/
  • https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/
  • https://immireform.homeaffairs.gov.au/
  • https://osb.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidlittleproud/
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/jasonwood/
  • https://www.harmony.gov.au/
  • https://cybersecuritystrategy.homeaffairs.gov.au/
  • https://csha.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://csha.online.immi.gov.au
  • https://beta.nationalsecurity.gov.au

During the outage, you can still access ImmiAccount, VEVO, and TRS by going directly to their webpage. In addition, VEVO and TRS users are encouraged to download the relevant mobile app.

Nov 06th, 2019:
Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 8:30pm Friday 15 November and 12pm Saturday 16 November 2019 AEDT

Suspension of BPAY Request Payment option

The BPAY Request payment option will be unavailable from Monday 11 November 2019 until Saturday 16 November 2019.

Payment by credit card, Paypal and UnionPay is still available.

 
Nov 06th, 2019:
South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure of Regional Certifying Body Advice Process for 187 subclass Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

South Australia has announced that if you have commenced a Regional Certifying Body (RCB) advice application with Immigration SA, you will need to complete and submit the application prior to the system being closed at 11 am on 15 November 2019.

From 11 am on 15 November 2019, incomplete applications will be deleted, this includes applications that have been “saved but not submitted”. Processing times for submitted applications are provided here.

With the introduction of the Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (Subclass 494) visa, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (Subclass 187) direct entry stream visa will close to new visa applications from 15 November 2019.

This update is applicable to all the applicants applying under 187 subclass visa Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).

 
Nov 06th, 2019:
South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

233212- Geotechnical Engineer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia- Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

 
Nov 06th, 2019:
Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) Update – New Skills Assessing Authority for Child Care Centre Managers

TRA has announced that from 11 November 2019 it will NOT accept any new applications for skills assessments for the “Child Care Centre Manager” occupation.

As a result of recent changes to the Migration Regulations, all new requests for a skills assessment for the “Child Care Centre Manager” occupation will be carried out by the Australia Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Please visit the ACECQA website for more information: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/

Applicants currently undergoing a skills assessment as part of a TRA program will be advised if there are any changes that affect them.

This update is applicable to all the applicants applying for skills assessment with TRA.

 
Nov 04th, 2019:

Australia Immigration Updates-November 2019

Upcoming changes with effect from November 16, 2019:

Two new regional visa streams to be launched.

  • Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) will be replacing the Skilled Regional visa (subclass 489).
  • Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional visa (subclass 494) will be replacing the Regional Sponsored Migration visa (subclass 187).
  • With the exception of the 3 cities categorized as major centres – Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne – entire Australia is to be considered as regional. Recently, Gold Coast and Perth have also been included among regional cities. Canberra, Hobart, and Adelaide also have regional status.

Benefits of the new subclass 491 & 494 visas:

  • Priority processing.
  • Visa validity period increased from 4 to 5 years.
  • Can live and work in any regional area in any state.
  • Broader range of occupations available as compared to the non-regional pathways.
  • Can enrol for Medicare.
  • Incentives for migrants to stay on in the regional areas for a longer term.
  • Regional skilled visas increased to 25,000 from the earlier 23,000.
  • Can apply for permanent residency after living and working in the regional area for 3 years. The applicants can apply for Australia PR without a second nomination stage, if found to be eligible, through the subclass 191* visa which will be available from November 16, 2022.
  • More points will be available to subclass 491 visa applicants.
  • Expanded and consistent classification of the regional areas in Australia.

Conditions:

  • Restricted areas – Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. The new streams are an attempt by the Australian government to encourage migrants to settle away from these 3 major centres.
  • 3 years’ stay in the designated regional areas & 3 years’ work experience within 5 years.
  • For the initial 3 years, cannot apply for any other subclasses – 189 or 190 or 186 or 124/858 or 132 or 188 or 820.

Note: – Skilled migrants that change employers or move locations will also remain eligible for permanent residency provided they continue living outside of Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Changes in the Points System:

Points given previously

Points now
Skilled Spouse or de facto Partner (Positive skills assessment & competent English) 5 10
Spouse or de facto Partner with Competent English 0 5
Applicant without a Spouse or de facto Partner 0 10
Regional / Relative Sponsorship Points 10 15
Australian STEM qualification (Masters research or PhD level) 5 10

*What is the subclass 191?

This visa – to be available from November 2022 – will allow holders of subclass 491 and 494 to transition to permanent residency.

To be eligible, you must have –

  • Held a 491 or 494 visa for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Earned the minimum required income for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Complied with the specific conditions attached to the particular regional provincial visa that you hold.
 
Nov 01st, 2019:
Release of 494 subclass Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) occupations list:

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship has released the MLTSSL & ROL list applicable for 494 subclass Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional  (Provisional) visa. This visa is EFFECTIVE from 16 November 2019.

There are 216 occupations in MLTSSL and 434 occupations in ROL lists that applicable for 494 subclass Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional  (Provisional).

The following are the POPULAR occupations found in these lists:

MLTSSL:

1) Internal Auditor

2) Accountant

3) Chef

4) Social Worker

5) University Lecturer

6) Teaching most of the occupations

7) ICT most of the occupations

8) Registered Nurses most of the occupations

9) Engineering most of the occupations

10) Accounting most of the occupations

ROL:

1) Office Manager

2) Travel Agency Manager

3) Call or contact centre team leader

4) Real estate agent

5) Real estate representative

6) ICT customer support officer

7) Systems administrator

8) Network administrator

9) Marketing specialist

10) Market research analyst

11) Human resource adviser

12) Recruitment consultant

13) Corporate services manager

14) Cafe or restaurant manager

15) Graphic designer

16) Financial institution branch manager

And many more occupations are eligible under the 494 subclass. Please find attached the lists in LMS.

494 subclass Regional Employer-sponsored visa Requirements & Characteristics:

  1. The applicant must be less than 45 years of age.
  2. The visa is a Temporary Visa valid for 5 years
  3. Can be converted into a PR under 191 subclass after working for 3 years
  4. Must be sponsored by the Employer
  5. Permits visa holder to move between designated regional areas
  6. The holder must work only in the nominated occupation identified in the application for the most recent Subclass 494 visa granted to the holder,
  7. The applicant must have been employed in the nominated occupation for at least three years on a full-time basis and at the level of skill required for the occupation to be eligible for this visa.
  8. Applicant must have competent English
  9. SAF charges apply to be paid by the employer
  10. Two streams – Employer-sponsored stream and labour agreement stream
  11. The applicant has to meet the health & character
  12. The position must genuine, full time and likely to exist for five years
  13. Annual market salary rate (AMSR) must not be less than TSMIT $53,900,
  14. Subclass 494 visa holders will be provided with 90 days to find another employer if they cease employment with their sponsor
  15. Prevents visa holders from accessing any other skilled migration visa for at least three years.
Nov 01st, 2019:
Regional Areas for 491 & 494 subclass visa holders defined:

Good news for all the applicants who want to migrate under 491 subclass which will be effective 16 November 2019. As a part of the Joint media release with the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister, the Hon Alan Tudge MP and the Hon Dan Tehan MP – Morrison Government increases regional migration target on 28th October 2019.

The Government is increasing the total number of regional places to 25,000. There is an increase of 2000 than what was planned

Regional Areas:

Except Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane rest all the places will be considered as Regional Areas or Centres as a part of the Skilled Regional Migration.

Now Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra Geelong, Hobart all these are considered as regional areas which is very good news for all the applicants who want to migrate under 491 subclass.

Medicare for 491 & 494 subclass visa holders:

Minister for Health has passed the orders that the holders of 491 (regional & relative sponsored) and 494 (regional employer-sponsored) visas will be eligible to enroll medicare as a part of these visas.

NOTE: 491 subclass visa will replace 489 subclass visa effective 16 November 2019. The new visa is valid for 5 years, unlike 489 subclass which was valid only for 4 years.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 491 subclass.

Nov 01st, 2019:
Skilled Migration Minimum Points Update:

Another good news that the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship released a Legislation regarding the pool and pass marks—applications made on or after 16 November 2019 for the following subclasses still remains 65 points only. 

(i) Subclass 189 (Skilled—Independent) visa;

(ii) Subclass 190 (Skilled—Nominated) visa;

(iii) Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)) visa;

NOTE: The 491 subclass visa will be effective 16 November 2019.

 

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Oct 31st, 2019:
Regional Areas for 491 & 494 subclass visa holders defined:

Good news for all the applicants who want to migrate under 491 subclass which will be effective 16 November 2019. As a part of the Joint media release with the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister, the Hon Alan Tudge MP and the Hon Dan Tehan MP – Morrison Government increases regional migration target on 28th October 2019.

The Government is increasing the total number of regional places to 25,000. There is an increase of 2000 than what was planned

Regional Areas:

Except Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane rest all the places will be considered as Regional Areas or Centres as a part of the Skilled Regional Migration.

Now Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra Geelong, Hobart all these are considered as regional areas which is very good news for all the applicants who want to migrate under 491 subclass.

Highlights:  

  • 491 subclass visa holders will be granted a 5-year visa
  • 491 & 494 subclass visa holders will eligible to enroll for Medicare
  • 491 & 494 subclass visa holders will be able to move between the regional areas unlike 489 subclass
  • Except Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane rest all will be considered as Regional Areas.
  • ACT is also sponsoring a 491 subclass visa which never use to sponsor the regional visa i.e.,489 earlier. Canberra which is the capital city of Australia.
  • Access to the dedicated 25,000 regional places.
  • Priority processing on regional visas.
  • Access to the Regional Occupations List – more jobs compared to non-regional lists.
  • International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa.
  • Priority in negotiating region-specific Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs).
Oct 31st, 2019:
Medicare for 491 & 494 subclass visa holders:

Minister for Health has passed the orders that the holders of 491 (regional & relative sponsored) and 494 (regional employer-sponsored) visas will be eligible to enroll medicare as a part of these visas.

NOTE: 491 subclass visa will replace 489 subclass visa effective 16 November 2019. The new visa is valid for 5 years, unlike 489 subclass which was valid only for 4 years.

There might be other concessions that might be announced for 491 subclass holders to encourage Skilled Regional Migration.

Oct 31st, 2019:
South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424- Registered Nurse (Surgical) -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Oct 31st, 2019:
Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  11/10/2019

Please find attached the reports published for the invitation round that took place on 11/10/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also, find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 2746 – 227 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1552 – 129 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 5269 – only 10 already invited
  • 2321Architects and Landscape Architects – 2171 – 219 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 24 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3772 – 155 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 111 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 77 already invited  
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1600 – 133 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 81 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 2587 – 214 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 8748 – 722 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2887 – 100 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2553 – 209 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 114 already invited
Oct 29th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

132111- Corporate Services Manager- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Oct 29th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

132311- Human Resource Manager- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019-AIM/IML

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Oct 25th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 5 am (ADST) and 8 am (ADST) on Wednesday 30 October 2019

This update is applicable to all the applicants applying for a visa.

Oct 24th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

272612- Recreation Officer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Oct 24th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place on 24/10/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND

Invitation date: 24 October 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 528

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 115 to 65 points
  • 60 point matrix submitted on or after 24 April 2019 and on or before 10 June 2019

Please note: ALL matrix expire 6 months after the submission date if an invitation is not issued. 

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 14 October 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 402

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 115 to 65 points

60 point matrix submitted on or after 14 April 2019 and on or before 30 April 2019

Invitation date: 9 October 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 220

Matrix score range:

  1. All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  2. 65 point matrix submitted on or before 31 July 2019

Invitation date: 27 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 124

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 120 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 1 July 2019

Invitation date: 17 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 106

Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Invitation date: 2 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 111

Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Invitation date: 15 August 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 152

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 29 June 2019

Invitation date: 30 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 320

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 28 June 2019

Invitation date: 22 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 329

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 125 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 15 June 2019

Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 125 to 75 points

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 8th November 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 subclass.

Oct 24th, 2019:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: No Phone Enquiries

AITSL has announced that from 31 October 2019, AITSL will no longer offer a phone enquiry service. Please, direct communication to their email address migration@aitsl.edu.au or the Applicant portal for current applications.

AITSL is experiencing an increased number of applications and some assessments may take longer than the estimated 10 weeks.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

Oct 24th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

272612- Recreation Officer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia- VETASSESS

234513- Biochemist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Oct 18th, 2019:

NSW State Sponsorship Update: Changes to NSW 190 subclass Priority Skilled Occupation List

NSW has updated its Priority Skilled Occupation List on 17/10/2019. The following are changes to the list:

Occupations changed from HIGH to MEDIUM availability:

233211 Civil Engineer

Occupations changed from MEDIUM to LOW availability:

133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)

141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager***

221213 External Auditor

232111 Architect

241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher

251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser

261212 Web Developer

263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer

272511 Social Worker

331212 Carpenter

Occupations changed from LOW to LIMITED availability:

132511 Research and Development Manager

133211 Engineering Manager

139914 Quality Assurance Manager

221214 Internal Auditor

224111 Actuary

224112 Mathematician

232412 Illustrator

233911 Aeronautical Engineer

252411 Occupational Therapist

254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

271311 Solicitor

334111 Plumber (General)

391111 Hairdresser

411711 Community Worker

NOTE: For few occupation additional requirements to be met by the applicants the additional requirement for these occupations is to be living in NSW and to have been employed in NSW for at least one year, in the nominated occupation.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 190 subclass.

Oct 17th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Sponsorship under 491 subclass

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has announced that it will sponsor the applicants under 491 subclass as well and the 491 eligibility criteria and guidelines will be published on their website when available.

NOTE: 491 subclass will be implemented from 16th November 2019, it is a Temporary Resident visa valid for 5 years. This visa will replace the 489 subclass visa.

Currently, ACT is sponsoring under 190 subclass only.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

Oct 17th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place on 14/10/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND

Invitation date: 14 October 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 402

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 115 to 65 points

60 point matrix submitted on or after 14 April 2019 and on or before 30 April 2019

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 9 October 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 220

Matrix score range:

  1. All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  2. 65 point matrix submitted on or before 31 July 2019

Invitation date: 27 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 124

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 120 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 1 July 2019

Invitation date: 17 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 106

Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Invitation date: 2 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 111

Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Invitation date: 15 August 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 152

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 29 June 2019

Invitation date: 30 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 320

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 28 June 2019

Invitation date: 22 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 329

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 125 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 15 June 2019

Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 125 to 75 points

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 29th October 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 subclass.

Oct 10th, 2019:

Australian Computer Society (ACS) Skills Assessment Update: New RPL for 2019 released

ACS has released the 2019 version of the RPL application form. Please find attached the guidelines as to how to fill the new RPL form.

There are no major changes when compared with the previous one.

  • Of the two reports, one must apply to a project undertaken within the last three years, and the other for a project within the last five years.
  • Plagiarism checks will be done as earlier.
Oct 09th, 2019:
ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place on 09/10/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND

 

Invitation date: 9 October 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 220

Matrix score range:

  1. All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  2. 65 point matrix submitted on or before 31 July 2019

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 27 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 124

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 120 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 1 July 2019

Invitation date: 17 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 106

Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Invitation date: 2 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 111

Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Invitation date: 15 August 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 152

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 29 June 2019

Invitation date: 30 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 320

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 28 June 2019

Invitation date: 22 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 329

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 125 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 15 June 2019

Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 125 to 75 points

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 24th October 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 subclass.

Oct 09th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411111 -Ambulance Officer- Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); 3 years’ work experience in the field; -Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under the high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Oct 09th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs Update: System maintenance – Saturday 19 October to Sunday 20 October 2019 AEDT

DHA has announced that they will be doing systems maintenance that will affect payment functionality in ImmiAccount between 2 pm Saturday 19 October 2019 until 9 am Sunday 20 October 2019.

While they are making these changes, you will not be able to make an online payment or submit a visa or citizenship application. Other functionality in ImmiAccount will remain available. You will still be able to start, edit and attach documents to visa or citizenship applications.

If you try to make an online payment for an application or a LegendCom Subscription while system maintenance is in progress, one of the following errors will display:

  • ‘we are currently experiencing a technical issue with our systems. You will not be able to proceed with this application at this time as this service is temporarily unavailable’.
  • ‘the payment system is currently not available’.

If your current visa is due to expire on 19 October 2019 and you intend to stay in Australia, ensure that you lodge your next visa application before 2 pm on Saturday 19 October 2019.

To make a payment, please try again after 9 am Sunday 20 October 2019 AEDT (GMT+11).

This update is applicable to all the applicants applying for a visa.

Oct 03rd, 2019:

Australia Holiday Update:

The Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) inquiry line will be unavailable on Monday, 7 October 2019 due to the Labour Day Public Holiday in the Australian Capital Territory.

Normal service will resume at 10:00 am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday, 8 October 2019.

Please note a few other authorities might also be closed on the above-mentioned date.

Oct 03rd, 2019:
Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 1:30am (AEST) and 3:30am (AEDT) on Sunday 6 October 2019

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on info@.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

Sep 30th, 2019:
South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status
South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224311- Economist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia- VETASSESS

272511 -Social Worker -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019- AASW

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Sep 27th, 2019:
Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  11/09/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/09/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also, find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

OCCUPATION CEILINGS Released for the year 2019-20: Please go through the attached document for the new Occupation Ceilings for the year 2019-20.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

    • 2211 Accountants* out of 2746 – 113 already invited
    • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1552 – 65 already invited
    • 2247 Management Consultant – 5269 – only 6 already invited
    • 2321Architects and Landscape Architects – 2171 – 125 already invited
    • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 19 already invited
    • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3772 – 57 already invited
    • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 29 already invited
    • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 42 already invited  
    •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1600 – 67 already invited
    •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 40 already invited
    •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 2587 – 107 already invited
    •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 8748 – 361 already invited
    •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2887 – 71 already invited
    •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2553 – 103 already invited
    •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 34 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa under 189, 190 & 489 subclasses.

Sep 25th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 5 am and 8 am on Wednesday 02 October 2019 AEST

Please update all your clients accordingly.

Sep 25th, 2019:

Holiday in Australia Update: Queen’s Birthday

Please note that few of the authorities in Australia will be closed on Friday 27 September 2019 – Grand Final Friday and on Monday 30 September 2019 – Queen’s Birthday.

Sep 23rd, 2019:
South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254423 -Registered Nurse (Perioperative)- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years’ work experience in field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019- ANMAC

254415- Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Sep 23rd, 2019:
AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Delay in Application Processing

AITSL has announced that it is currently experiencing an increased number of applications and some assessments may take longer than the estimated 10 weeks.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

Sep 23rd, 2019:
Australian Psychological Society Skills Assessment Update: Scheduled Maintenance

The APS website, including login and online learning, will not be available between 9.00 pm AEST on 23 September and 3.00 am AEST on 24 September due to scheduled maintenance at the national office building in Melbourne.

It is advised that applicants don’t make any online payments or purchases on the APS website or APS shop during this time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with APS.

Sep 23rd, 2019:
South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254423 -Registered Nurse (Perioperative)- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years’ work experience in field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019- ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Sep 18th, 2019:
Health & PCC Requirements (Non-Migrating Dependents):
In continuation with the below e-mail. There is a small amendment in the Health Requirements for Non-Migrating Dependents.
In cases where the Main Applicant has not included his/her dependents or not interested in including dependents due to health conditions of the dependents. Please advise them that as he/she is not including the dependents in the visa application, therefore health examinations are NOT mandatory for Non-Migrating Dependents. Please advise the Non-Migrating Dependents NOT to undergo health examinations.
However, if the case officer requests for the health examinations for Non-Migrating Dependents as well then they must meet the health requirements, in case if they don’t meet then it will impact the Main Applicant’s visa application though the dependents are not included. Please note case officer has every right to ask Non-Migrating Dependents to also undergo health examinations as a part of the visa application process and it’s completely up to the discretion of the visa case officer.
As far as character requirements (PCCs) are concerned it is mandatory for the main applicant, spouse & children to meet, whether included or not in the visa application.
Sep 18th, 2019:

Health & Character Requirements for Non-Migrating Dependents:

Please note that family members not accompanying with the client to Australia i.e., Non-migrating Dependents must also meet the health & character requirement.

Main applicant, spouse & children should meet the health & character requirements irrespective whether they are included in the visa application or not. This is a mandatory requirement to be met.
Sep 17th, 2019:
ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix
ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place on 17/09/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND

Invitation date: 17 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 106

  • Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 2 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 111

Matrix score range: All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points

Invitation date: 15 August 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 152

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 29 June 2019

Invitation date: 30 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 320

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 28 June 2019

Invitation date: 22 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 329

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 125 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 15 June 2019

Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range: 

All Matrix submitted with 125 to 75 points

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 8th October 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 subclass.

Sep 17th, 2019:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Addition of Group-G under Professional Occupations

Vetassess has added another group called Group-G under the Professional Occupations list. The following are the details of the Group-G

Group G Skills Assessment Criteria: Qualification/s assessed as comparable to the equivalent Year 12 secondary school education with at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years

Occupations Included in Group-G – ANZSCO Code- 821912 –  Driller’s Assistant

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skilled migration under the above occupation.

Sep 17th, 2019:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: System Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that the MyPortal will not be available on Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019, at 8:30 pm to Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019, at 6:30 am (AEST) due to System Maintenance.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

Sep 13th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 132511 -Research and Development Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS
  • 134213- Primary Health Organisation Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

How to filter in SF:

First, go through the document that has been shared regarding the Opportunities filtering in SF. If you have already created the view then edit it with the above-mentioned occupation or else follow as per the document or below.

The following is the process to pull the clients with any particular occupation, who are impacted due to changes in the lists of any state(s):

  • Go to Opportunities section of SF
  • Enter any view name – it’s like a file name
  • Specify the filter criteria –
    •  If you want to view the complete details of your team then click on – All opportunities
    •  if you want to view only your own opportunities then select – My opportunities
  • Filter by additional fields
Sep 12th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 234212 Food Technologist- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia -VETASSESS
  • 234611- Medical Laboratory Scientist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019- AIMS
  • 252711- Audiologist- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS
  • 311412- Earth Science Technician- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS
  • 134213 -Primary Health Organisation Manager -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Sep 12th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 234212 Food Technologist- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia -VETASSESS
  • 234611- Medical Laboratory Scientist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019- AIMS
  • 252711- Audiologist- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS
  • 311412- Earth Science Technician- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 –VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

Sep 12th, 2019:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Closure of 489 subclass nomination process

Queensland land has announced that 10 September 2019 was the last date BSMQ was able to nominate for the 489 visa.

All 489 applications in the system have now been closed.

If you did not receive a nomination on or before 10 September you will need to submit a NEW EOI for the 491 visa after 16 November 2019 when this visa commences. The skilled program remains closed until this date.

BSMQ will start processing EOI’s for 190 visa applications which were submitted from 29 July – 30 July 5 pm AEST from 11 September 2019.

Please do not amend your 190 EOI until you receive an invitation as doing so will take you out of the queue.

Sometimes their invitations go to junk mail, so please ensure you are regularly checking your junk mail for any correspondence from them.

Please do not email or call them in regards to your application as this significantly slows down processing times.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 or 489 or 491 subclass.

Sep 12th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Systems Maintenance

The DHA website will be unavailable due to maintenance between 2 pm Saturday 14 September and 9 am Sunday 15 September 2019. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

Sep 12th, 2019:

Department Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* midnight and 4a m on Monday 16 September 2019 AEST

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

Sep 11th, 2019:

Clients whose EOIs submitted for subclass 489 are receiving correspondence from skill select stating that the “EOI has changed in eligibility” and all these are moved to drafts.

There is no option of 489 in the EOI application as the department is going to replace this with subclass 491.

Need to submit an EOI for the new Subclass 491 visa from 16 November 2019.

  • 15 November 2019 – LAST day for people who have been invited to apply for a subclass 489 visa to lodge a subclass 489 visa application.
  • From 16 November 2019 – Intending migrants can lodge an EOI for the subclass 491 visa. State and territory governments can nominate and invitations are able to be issued to an intending migrant for a subclass 491 visa. Visa applications can be lodged for the subclass 491 visa for intending migrants issued with an invitation to apply.

It is important to note that throughout this period nominations, invitations, EOIs, and applications are NOT affected for the 189 or 190 visa subclasses.

Please do not amend your 190 EOI until you receive an invitation as doing so will take you out of the queue.

Sep 07th, 2019:
Please note the updates in state occupations list as of today – South Australia

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019;

252711 Audiologist; 3 years’ work experience in the field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019;

311412 Earth Science Technician; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019

Sep 07th, 2019:

Please find below the update from Western Australia state.

The Department of Home Affairs (‘Home Affairs’) has announced a new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) to replace the current Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).

The new subclass 491 visa (‘491 visa’) will commence on 16 November 2019, and the subclass 489 visa (‘489 visa’) will cease at 11.59 pm on 15 November 2019.

In order to support the transition from the 489 visa to the new 491 visa, WA Migration Services has established the below timeline to ensure adequate processing of applications. If you would like to receive WA State nomination under a 489 visa you will need to ensure you meet the dates outlined below.

During this time all WA State nomination applications under a 489 visa will be priority processed.

Note: The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is not affected by this change and WA Migration Services will continue to issue invitations and process applications under this subclass as per normal.

Timeline of Transitional arrangements:

9-Aug-19 Invitations to apply for WA State nomination will be issued. This will be your last opportunity to be invited to apply for WA State nomination under a 489 visa.
29-Aug-19 A decision ready application for WA State nomination under a 489 visa must be lodged. Any extra supporting evidence requested by WA Migration Services must also be submitted by this date.
30-Aug-19 Invitation links to apply for WA State nomination under a 489 visa will expire.
5-Sep-19 If your 489 WA State nomination application has been approved, your State Nomination Agreement must be signed and returned to WA Migration Services by this date.
6-Sep-19 WA Migration Services will finalize all nominations for approved applications in Skill Select.
11-Sep-19 The 489 visa will no longer be an option available in Skill Select. No new EOIs can be lodged under this visa subclass.
15-Nov-19 Applicants will have until 11.59 pm to lodge a 489 visa application with Home Affairs.
16-Nov-19 Candidates can commence lodging new EOIs in Skill Select for the 491 visa option.
21-Nov-19 Invitations to apply for WA State nomination under the new 491 visa will commence.

Sep 6th, 2019:

The Department of Home Affairs has announced the 10th of September 2019 as the last day for state and territory governments to nominate and invite applicants for the subclass 489 visa.

In response to the announcement, the Tasmanian Government will progressively close its subclass 489 Skilled Regional state nomination program to new applications in the following order:

NOW CLOSED for all categories:

  • Category 1 – Tasmania graduate
  • Category 2 – Working in Tasmania
  • Category 3A – Overseas applicant (TSOL)
  • Category 3B – Overseas applicant (Job Offer)
  • Category 4 – Family in Tasmania
  • Category 5 – Small Business Owner

Tasmanian businesses employing skilled migrants to fill skill shortages can consider other visa programs including the subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visa and the subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa if eligible.

Due to the large volume of nomination applications we have received, we cannot guarantee all lodged 489 applications will be assessed before the Department of Home Affairs’ closure date on 10th of September 2019.

If your application is not finalized by the 10th of September 2019 by the Tasmanian Government and you do not receive an invitation from Home Affairs your application will no longer be able to be processed and therefore closed. Eligible skilled migrants can then apply for visa state nomination of the new subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional visa from the 16th November 2019.

Nomination requirements for the new visa program will be published on the Migration Tasmania website in due course. We recommend that you seek migration advice regarding your options.

We will prioritize applications lodged by skilled migrants currently living in Tasmania and/or working for Tasmanian businesses.

Due to the current focus on processing subclass 489 applications, we regret to advise that the processing times for subclass 190 applications may be extended during this period.

September 03rd, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place on 02/09/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND

Invitation date: 2 September 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 111

Matrix score range: All Matrixes submitted with 130 to 70 points

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 15 August 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 152

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 29 June 2019

Invitation date: 30 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 320

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 28 June 2019

Invitation date:22 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 329

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 125 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 15 June 2019

Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range:

All Matrixes submitted with 125 to 75 points

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 18th September 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 subclass.

 September 03rd, 2019:

 South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254423- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in the field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on info@.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

August 30th, 2019:
VETASSESS Trade Occupation Eligibility & Skills Assessment:
In case of skills assessment with VETASSESS under a Trade Occupation, please go through the Fact Sheet as a part of your Strategy Report preparation for the new clients.
Further in the case of existing clients, please refer to the Fact Sheet available on the VETASSESS website while preparing the documents and filing for skills assessment.
This exercise should be conducted without fail while preparing the Strategy Report and filing for skills assessment by everyone.

August 29th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 135199 -ICT Managers nec- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia -ACS
  • 411111- Ambulance Officer -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); 3 years’ work experience in the field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

August 29th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

135199 -ICT Managers nec- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

August 29th, 2019:

Current State Sponsorship Status:

The following is the State Sponsorship status as on today:

The below states are OPEN for both 190 & 489 subclass nominations:

  • Western Australia (offer required)
  • Victoria – Will close for 489 subclass on 5th September 2019
  • Northern Territory – In case of 489 subclass for offshore applicants it will close on 30 August 2019, onshore applicants – close on 6 September 2019

The below states are CLOSED for 489 subclass nominations and are OPEN for 190 subclass:

  • South Australia
  • NSW
  • ACT – It doesn’t sponsor for 489 subclass
  • Tasmania

The below states are CLOSED for both 190 & 489 subclasses as of now:

  • Queensland

On 16 November 2019: Subclass 491 visa program opens. Applicants can lodge an EOI for subclass 491 visa through the SkillSelect system.

August 27th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

233612- Petroleum Engineer -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in the field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia Engineers- Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

August 27th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 5 am and 8 am Wednesday 28th August 2019 AEST

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

August 26th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234511- Life Scientist (General) -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia -VETASSESS

254415- Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

August 24th, 2019:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Appointment Migration Agent form has been updated

Engineers Australia has announced that it is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the applicant’s personal information, so has updated the Appointment Migration Agent form.

By signing the Appointment Migration Agent form, the applicant authorizes and consents to Engineers Australia processing, collecting, using and disclosing personal information provided by the migration agent for the assessment purpose.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

August 24th, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  11/08/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/08/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also, find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

OCCUPATION CEILINGS Released for the year 2019-20: Please go through the attached document for the new Occupation Ceilings for the year 2019-20.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 2746 – 98 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1552 – 56 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 5269 – only 5 already invited
  • 2321Architects and Landscape Architects – 2171 – 125 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 16 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3772 – 41 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 23 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 36 already invited  
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1600 – 58 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 35 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 2587 – 93 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 8748 – 313 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2887 – 51 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2553 – 91 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 30 already invited

August 23rd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Murray Regional Sponsorship Update: Closure of Nomination Process

Murray Regional Authority has announced that the applications for 489 nominations will be closed on Friday 23 August 2019 at 5:00 pm (AEST).

Applicants have until 5:00 pm (AEST) Friday 23 August 2019 to make applications for 489 nominations for the Murray region.

Any applications received after the above cut off time and date will not be assessed.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Murray under 489 subclass.

August 22nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234511 -Life Scientist (General) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019; Only available to applicants currently residing in South Australia -VETASSESS

323214 -Metal Machinist (First Class) -Special Conditions Apply -Competent English; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE:

  • In the case of South Australia, we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.
  • Currently, South Australia is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

August 20th, 2019:

Current State Sponsorship Status:

The following is the State Sponsorship status as on today:

The below states are OPEN for both 190 & 489 subclass nominations:

  • Western Australia (offer required)
  • Victoria – Will close for 489 subclass on 5th September 2019
  • Northern Territory – In case of 489 subclass for offshore applicants it will close on 30 August 2019, onshore applicants – close on 6 September 2019

The below states are CLOSED for 489 subclass nominations and are OPEN for 190 subclass:

  • South Australia
  • NSW – In case of 489 subclass, except Murray Region all the other regions are closed. Murray will close this Friday.
  • ACT – It doesn’t sponsor for 489 subclass
  • Tasmania

The below states are CLOSED for both 190 & 489 subclasses as of now:

  • Queensland – they will reopen the 190 subclass shortly

On 16 November 2019: Subclass 491 visa program opens. Applicants can lodge an EOI for subclass 491 visa through the SkillSelect system

August 20th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 132511 -Research and Development Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS
  • 272399- Psychologists nec- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -APS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

August 20th, 2019:

Northern Territory  State Sponsorship Update: Closure of Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa nominations

NT State Authorities have announced that Migration NT will stop accepting subclass 489 visa nomination applications in the following order:

  • Offshore applicants – close of business on 30 August 2019
  • Onshore applicants – close of business on 6 September 2019

NOTE: 10 September 2019: last day to issue nomination for subclass 489. If your application is not finalized by 10 September 2019, Migration NT will contact the applicant after this date

On 16 November 2019:

  • Subclass 491 visa program opens
  • Applicants can lodge an expression of interest for subclass 491 visa through the Department of Home Affairs’ SkillSelect system
  • Subclass 491 nomination applications can be lodged through the Migration NT online application.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NT under 489 subclass.

August 20th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 2pm and 3pm Saturday 24th August 2019 AEST

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

August 19th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

252711- Audiologist -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 3 years’ work experience in the field; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 14/08/2019 -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 subclass.

August 16th, 2019:

Provincial immigration streams target candidates with work experience in a specific occupation some of which are linked to the Express Entry system.

Many operate on an Expression of Interest system, which requires all candidates — including Express Entry candidates — to register a profile with the provincial nominee program.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

About some of the Popular PNPs – Provincial Nominee Programs: 

Ontario:  

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP): Ontario’s allocation for 2019 is 6,900 nominations. NOIs issued in 2019 to till date:

  • Human Capital Priorities Stream – 5961
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – 549
  • Skilled Trades Stream – 732

On August 1, 2019, & July 12, 2019, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream. The OINP targeted candidates with work experience in the following 6 technical occupation NOC codes: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-ontario-immigrant-nominee-program-updates#section-0

  • 2173   Software engineers and designer
  • 2174   Computer programmer and interactive media developers
  • 2147   Computer engineers
  • 2175   Web designers and developers
  • 2172   Database analysts and data administrators
  • 0213   Computer and information systems managers

Date/time NOIs issued

Number of NOIs issued

Profiles created in IRCC’s Express Entry system

CRS score range

Notes

August 1, 2019, 1:00 p.m. EST

1773

August 1st, 2018 to August 1st, 2019

435-458

Targeted draw – Tech Draw IRCC link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-express-entry-notifications-interest

July 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. EST

1623

July 12, 2018, to July 12, 2019

439-459

Targeted draw – Tech Draw IRCC link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/oinp-express-entry-notifications-interest

Alberta Express Entry Stream: 

Alberta has issued 4821 Notification of Interests to Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 303 to apply for provincial nomination.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must have an active profile in Express Entry Pool
  • Intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
  • Must be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development
  • Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300.
  • There are no fees to submit an application
  • Upon getting a notification, the application must be submitted in 30 days to Alberta Immigration office.

Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):  

SINP is currently accepting applications under, International Skilled Worker sub-categories of Occupations in Demand and Express Entry. To file EOI for SINP, basic eligibility criteria is applicant must score 60 points on SINP’s assessment grid and NOC/occupation must be listed in the SINP demand list.
https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/moving-to-saskatchewan/immigrating-to-saskatchewan/saskatchewan-immigrant-nominee-program/applicants-international-skilled-workers/sinp-in-demand-occupation-list

Upon receiving an invitation the applicant will be asked to submit required documents and fees to SINP.

Prince Edward Island (PEI):  

PEI is open for applicants who have an existing active profile under express entry.
PEI issues invitations in regular intervals to applicants in Express Entry pool, upon getting invited applicants can apply to PEI’s provincial nominee program, for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Manitoba:

Interested applicants must meet the eligibility criteria of 60 points and also demonstrate a strong connection in Manitoba. This connection can be a friend or close relative, staying in Manitoba on a permanent resident or citizenship status for at least one year/previous work experience of 6 months in Manitoba/Completed education post-secondary program in Canada/ Regional Immigration/Invitation to apply received from the MPNP as part of a recruitment mission or exploratory visit.

PNP With Job Offers 

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program has a range of streams targeting foreign nationals with specific skills and experience, applicants applying under all the streams mentioned below must have a Job Offer.

  • Critical Impact Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP): 

The Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream is a key component of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program. Applicants applying for this category must have a job offer from Newfoundland and Labrador.

British Columbia: 

To apply for Provincial nomination under the BC PNPs various categories mentioned below a job offer is required.

  • Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry BC – Healthcare Professional.
  • Express Entry BC – International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration (SI) – Skilled Worker
  • SI – Healthcare Professional
  • SI – International Graduate
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

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ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,15/08/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND

Invitation date: 15 August 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 152

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 29 June 2019

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

1) Invitation date: 30 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 320

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 28 June 2019

2) Invitation date: 22 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 329

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 125 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 15 June 2019

3) Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 125 to 75 points

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 2nd September 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for State Sponsorship with ACT under 190 subclass.

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NSW-489 subclass Southern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: Closure of Nomination Process

Southern Inland has announced that due to an extremely high number of 489 applications, they have suspended applications for the 489 visa in this region.

They will cease assessing EOIs at 5 pm on Friday 16 August, if you have not received an invitation to the full application by this time, you will not receive an invitation in the 489 Visa program.

They will reopen applications for 491 Sponsorship once the 491 Visa program commences.

If you are successful in gaining an Invitation to Full Application, please provide all documentation to RDASI Office by the 28th of August. Any applications received past this date will not be assessed.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Southern Inland under 489 subclass.

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Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* midnight and 4 am on Monday 19 August 2019 AEST

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

August 14th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure of nominations for 489 subclass

South Australia has announced that as of 14 August 2019 at 11 am, Immigration SA is no longer accepting state nomination applications for the 489 visa.

State nomination applications for the 190 visa can continue to be submitted. A new Skilled Worker Regional (Provisional 491) visa will be introduced on 16 November 2019 and this will replace the 489 visa.

As a result of this few of the occupations are closed for nomination currently as they were eligible for only 489 subclass nominations. 

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Closure of Tasmania’s subclass 489 Skilled Regional Visa Program

Tasmanian Government is progressively closing its subclass 489 Skilled Regional state nomination program to new applications:

NOW CLOSED (as of 13th of August 2019)

  • Category 3A – Overseas applicant (TSOL)
  • Category 3B – Overseas applicant (Job Offer)

CLOSING 20th of August 2019 for remaining onshore categories:

  • Category 1 – Tasmania graduate
  • Category 2 – Working in Tasmania
  • Category 4 – Family in Tasmania
  • Category 5 – Small Business Owner

August 13th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 234513 -Biochemist -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234514- Biotechnologist -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234611 -Medical Laboratory Scientist -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -AIMS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

August 12th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121321 -Poultry Farmer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

133512 -Production Manager (Manufacturing) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation -VETASSESS

311412- Earth Science Technician- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

August 12th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure of sponsorship under 489 subclass effective 14th August 2019

South Australia has announced that due to the high volume of applications, Immigration SA will stop accepting state nomination applications for the subclass 489 visa at 11 am on 14 August 2019. All applications that have been saved but not submitted (including applications which have been ‘submitted but not paid’) will be deleted at 11 am on this date.

Please ensure applications are decision-ready with all required documents attached. If a decision has not been made on your subclass 489 state nomination application by 10 September, Immigration SA will contact the applicant after this date.

State nomination applications for the Skilled Nominated 190 visa can continue to be submitted and will be processed once the subclass 489 applications are finalized and this will most likely be after 10 September 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for State Sponsorship with South Australia under 489 subclass.

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure of sponsorship under 489 subclass effective 14th August 2019

South Australia has announced that due to the high volume of applications, Immigration SA will stop accepting state nomination applications for the subclass 489 visa at 11 am on 14 August 2019. All applications that have been saved but not submitted (including applications which have been ‘submitted but not paid’) will be deleted at 11 am on this date.

Please ensure applications are decision-ready with all required documents attached. If a decision has not been made on your subclass 489 state nomination application by 10 September, Immigration SA will contact the applicant after this date.

State nomination applications for the Skilled Nominated 190 visa can continue to be submitted and will be processed once the subclass 489 applications are finalized and this will most likely be after 10 September 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for State Sponsorship with South Australia under 489 subclass.

NSW-489 subclass Northern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: Applications Are Now Open For Some Occupations

Northern Inland which is one of the regional authority participating in NSW-489 subclass has announced that the applications for few of the occupations relating to Agriculture, Health (excluding nurses), Education and Metal, Building and Automotive Trades are currently being accepted.

The following are the POPULAR occupations that are available currently:

  • Secondary School Teacher 241411
  • Metal Fabricator 322311
  • Fitter (General) 323211
  • Fitter & Turner 323212
  • Metal Machinist (First Class) 323214
  • Electrician (General) 341111
  • A/C & Refrigeration Mechanic 342111
  • Plumber (General) 334111
  • Cabinet Maker 394111
  • Automotive Electrician 321111
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212
  • Carpenter 331212

NOTE: If the occupation is held in the list,  if the applicant is meeting the requirements we can directly apply. There is NO separate Expression of Interest process for this Regional Authority.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Northern Inland under 489 subclass.

August 09th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 121321 -Poultry Farmer -Low Availability- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234514- Biotechnologist- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 or 489 subclass.

August 09th, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Orana Regional Authority Update: Nomination Process Closed

Orana Regional Authority has announced that effective 9/8/19 as of 9:00 am all EOI occupations have been CLOSED

If the applicant is currently living and working full time in the Orana region please contact the office at migration@rdaorana.org.au

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW- Orana under 489 subclass.

August 09th, 2019:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: System Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that there will be System Maintenance: MyPortal will not be available on Saturday, 10 Aug at 11pm to Sunday, 11 Aug 11am (AEST).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Skills Assessment with Engineers Australia.

August 08th, 2019:

NSW-489 Mid North Coast Regional Authority Update: Closure of Nomination Process

Mid North Coast has announced that due to a high volume of EOI’S Expressions of Interest for the Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (489) program on the NSW Mid North Coast is closed at 11.59pm ESDT on Thursday 8 August 2019.

EOIs received after 11:59 pm Thursday 8 August 2019 will not be processed or accepted.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW – Mid North Coast under 489 sub class.

August 07th, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Mid North Coast Regional Authority Update: Nomination Process Opened

Mid North Coast Regional Authority has announced the opening of Regional Sponsorship. It is currently sponsoring.

The following are the POPULAR occupations listed:

225113 Marketing Specialist

241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher

251513 Retail Pharmacist

252511 Physiotherapist

272511 Social Worker

272613 Welfare Worker

321111 Automotive Electrician

321211 Motor Mechanic (General)

321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic

323211 Fitter (General)

341111 Electrician (General)

342111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

351311 Chef

351411 Cook

362411 Nurseryperson

Please find attached the list of occupations.

NOTE: NSW Mid North Coast will close at 11.59pm ESDT on Thursday 22 August 2019.

Basic Requirement: ALL applicants must show at least 2 years, post the graduate, full-time employment experience in the nominated occupation under the submitted ANZSCO code.

How to Apply:

Stage – 1: E-mail the documents to their e-mail address

Stage – 2: After the receipt of their e-mail from them we need to send all the documentation along with the payment of AUD770

August 06th, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Central West Regional Authority Update: Closure of nomination process

Central West has announced that Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) Central West nominations are currently closed again due to the high number of registrations they have received.

At this time they are unable to advise when nominations will reopen.

If already submitted registration it will be assessed and RDACW will provide an email notification to individuals and Migration Agents if the ‘Registration of Interest’ was not successful on this occasion.

If successful will receive an Invitation to apply.

How to apply:

It is a 2 stage process

Step One – Registration of Interest and received an emailed Invitation to Apply from RDACW.

Step Two – Apply for the nomination process

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Central West under 489 subclass visa.

August 05th, 2019:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Closure of Nomination for 489 subclass

Victoria’s Skilled & Business Migration Program (SBMP) will close to subclass 489 nominations on 5 September 2019 (11.59pm AEST) and will not be accepting any new subclass 489 nomination applications after this time. This will not affect applications already lodged.

SBMP will finalize subclass 489 applications lodged on or before 5 September by 10 September 2019

Applicants who receive an invitation to lodge a subclass 489 visa with the Department of Home Affairs, lodge the visa within 60 days of invitation, as they will be unable to issue with another nomination from 10 September 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 489 subclass.

August 05th, 2019:

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Closure of Tasmania’s subclass 489 Skilled Regional Visa Program

Department of Home Affairs has announced the 10th of September 2019 as the last day for state and territory governments to nominate and invite applicants for the subclass 489 visa.

Tasmanian Government will  close the subclass 489 Skilled Regional state nomination program to new applications in the following order:

13th of August 2019 for all overseas categories:

  • Category 3A – Overseas applicant (TSOL)
  • Category 3B – Overseas applicant (Job Offer)

20th of August 2019 for remaining onshore categories:

  • Category 1 – Tasmania graduate
  • Category 2 – Working in Tasmania
  • Category 4 – Family in Tasmania
  • Category 5 – Small Business Owner

NOTE: If your application is not finalized by the 10th of September 2019 by the Tasmanian Government, your application will no longer be able to be processed.

Eligible skilled migrants can apply for visa state nomination of the new subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional visa from the 16th November 2019.

Nomination requirements for the new visa program will be published in due course.

The processing times for subclass 190 applications may be extended during this period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Tasmania under 190 & 489 subclass.

August 02nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 261212 -Web Developer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 75 points required; See additional instructions -ACS
  • 312611 -Safety Inspector-Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

August 02nd, 2019:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Next Invitation Round 

Western Australia has announced that Invitations for State nomination are usually issued on the third Thursday of each month. This will be brought forward by one week in August due to the transition from visa 489 to 491. Invitations are anticipated to be issued by 9 August 2019.

August 02nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312611 -Safety Inspector-Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for State Sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

August 02nd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Far South Coast Regional Authority Update: Closure of Nomination Process

Far South Coast which is one of the Regional Authority participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa has announced that applications time-stamped by their email server as received between 12.01am 01.08.2019 and 12noon 02.08.2019 will be accepted and processed. Applications received outside of this time frame will be ineligible.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Far South Coast under 489 subclass.

August 02nd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Orana Regional Authority Update: Reopening of Sponsorship

Orana which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa has announced that from 2/8/19 as of 10:00 am until further notice RDA Orana will be opening applications for the following occupations ONLY:

  • Secondary School Teacher – 241411
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) – 254412
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health) – 254414
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – 254415
  • Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) – 254417
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) – 254418
  • Registered Nurse (Paediatric) – 254425
  • Dentist – 252312
  • Social Worker – 272511
  • Community Worker – 411711
  • Family Support Worker – 411713

If your skilled occupation is not on the above list, but you are currently living and working full time in the Orana region please contact the office at migration@rdaorana.org.au

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Orana under 489 subclass.

August 02nd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Southern Inland Regional Authority Update: Closure of Nomination Process

Southern Inland which is one of the Regional Authority participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa has announced that due to an extremely high number of 489 applications, they are temporarily suspending applications for the 489 visa in this region as of 1st August 2019. They aim to reopen applications by 1st September 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Southern Inland under 489 subclass.

August 01st, 2019:

NSW-190 subclass State Sponsorship Update: Occupations List Amended

NSW State has amended its occupations list for 190 subclass state sponsorship today i.e.,01/08/2019.

Below are the changes to the occupations list:

ANZSCO – Occupation – Availability – Additional Conditions Apply

132211 -Finance Manager -Medium -Yes

For the above occupation earlier there were NO additional conditions were applicable now they want it to be met.

Additional Conditions:

The additional requirement for these occupations is to be living in NSW and to have been employed in NSW for at least one year, in the nominated occupation.

Please find attached the updated list.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for State Sponsorship with NSW under 190 subclass.

August 01st, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Orana Regional Authority Update: Closure of the nomination process

Orana which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in the NSW-489 subclass Regional Sponsorship has announced that  1/8/19 as of 12:30 PM (AED) due to a large volume of applications, all EOI occupations have been CLOSED.

They have further stated that if the applicant has genuine full-time employment in the Orana region please contact the office at migration@rdaorana.org.au

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying Regional Sponsorship with NSW Orana Region under 489 subclass.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on info@.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

July 31st, 2019:

Australia State Sponsorship Status as on today i.e., 31st July 2019:

The following are the states that have released their lists for the year 2019-20:

1) Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 190 subclass only – Opened and it has released its new occupations list effective July 2019. It doesn’t sponsor for 489 subclass.

2) South Australia 190 & 489 subclass – Opened and released its new occupations list effective July 2019. We can directly apply if meeting the requirements.

3) NSW-190 subclass – Opened & currently sponsoring, we need to file an EOI first by selecting NSW as the state.

4) NSW- 489 subclass – The following NSW Regional Authorities which are participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa & released their new lists:

  • Southern Inland – Currently open & sponsoring
  • Murray – Currently open & sponsoring
  • Far South Coast – Opening on 1 August 2019
  • Orana – May reopen on 1 August 2019
  • Central West – Opening on 5th August 2019

5) Queensland (QLD) – 190 & 489 subclass – Opened in July 2019 & currently TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

The following states have NOT yet released their new lists for the year 2019-20. However, they are sponsoring:

1) Victoria (VIC) – Currently nominating with the list held on its website. They said there is NO information as to when they are going to update the list.

2) Western Australia (WA) – Currently nominating with the list held on its website. They said there is NO information as to when they are going to update the list.

3) Northern Territory (NT) – Currently nominating with the list held on its website. They said there is NO information as to when they are going to update the list.

4) Tasmania(TAS) – Currently nominating with the list held on its website. They said there will be an update to TSOL later this year.

July 31st, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224214 -Records Manager -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 31st, 2019:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Sponsorship Temporarily Closed

Queensland has announced that due to the unprecedented demand of the skilled program the BSMQ skilled program is temporarily CLOSED.

Expressions of interest (EOI’s) submitted for SkillSelect after 5.00pm AEST 30 July 2019 will not be considered at this time.

EOIs submitted from 29–30 July 2019 (5.00pm AEST) will be accepted and considered over the coming months.

They have further stated that due to this demand, it is unlikely that the subclass 489 program will reopen (for skilled applicants) due to the closure for nominations on 10 September 2019 (to be replaced by the new subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa).

The subclass 190 program will reopen in due course. The BSMQ Business program remains OPEN.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 30th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 254499- Registered Nurses nec- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field -ANMAC
  • 249214- Music Teacher (Private Tuition)- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Preparedness to self employ- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 or 489 subclass.

July 30th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,30/07/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND

Invitation date: 30 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 320

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 130 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 28 June 2019

Previous Invitation Rounds Details in this year:

1)  Invitation date: 22 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 329

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 125 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 15 June 2019

2)  Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 125 to 75 points

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 15th August 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

July 30th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254499- Registered Nurses nec- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in the field -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 or 489 sub class.

July 29th, 2019:

Australia State Sponsorship Status as on 29th July 2019:

The following are the states that have released their lists for the year 2019-20:

1) Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 190 subclass only – Opened and it has released its new occupations list effective July 2019. It doesn’t sponsor for 489 subclass.

2) South Australia 190 & 489 subclass – Opened and released its new occupations list effective July 2019. We can directly apply if meeting the requirements.

3) NSW-190 subclass – Opened & currently sponsoring, we need to file an EOI first by selecting NSW as the state.

4) NSW- 489 subclass – The following NSW Regional Authorities which are participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa & released their new lists:

  • Southern Inland – Currently open & sponsoring
  • Murray – Currently open & sponsoring
  • Far South Coast – Opening on 1 August 2019
  • Orana – May reopen on 1 August 2019
  • Central West – Opening on 5th August 2019

5) Queensland (QLD) – 190 & 489 subclass – Opened & currently sponsoring, we need to file a NEW EOI first by selecting Queensland as the state.

The following states have NOT yet released their new lists for the year 2019-20:

1) Victoria (VIC) – This state has still not updated its occupation list. There is NO update as of now.

2) Western Australia (WA) – This state has still not updated its occupation list. There is NO update as of now.

3) Northern Territory (NT) – This state has still NOT updated its occupation list. There is NO update as of now.

4) Tasmania – This state has still NOT updated its occupation list. There is NO update as of now.

For the above states, we are following the existing lists as of now.

July 29th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 224214 -Records Manager -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 225213- ICT Sales Representative- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS
  • 234411- Geologist- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months- VETASSESS
  • 311213 -Medical Laboratory Technician -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -AIMS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 or 489 subclass.

July 29th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 5 am and 8 am Wednesday 31st July 2019 AEST

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

July 29th, 2019:

Queensland Requirements, Application Process, Funds Requirement & Documentation for state sponsorship under 190 or 489 subclasses:

Queensland Requirements to be met:

  • Should have a points test result of 65 or higher, inclusive of state nomination points
  • Should have a positive skills assessment in the nominated occupation
  • Should meet the minimum English language requirement of COMPETENT, unless a higher level is required by your assessing authority (Valid for 3 years)
  • Should be under 45 years of age
  • Should have an occupation on the QSOL ‘Offshore’ list
  • Should have a minimum of 2 years post-qualification work experience in the nominated occupation. More experience may be required for certain occupations. This should be post the qualifications only irrespective of suitability or skilled
  • Should meet the additional requirements relating to job offers must be related to the occupation and evidence is required showing acceptance of the offer
  • In case of Engineering and Teaching occupations, offshore applicants should have the registration with the respective Queensland Board

FUNDS REQUIREMENT should be met by both Onshore & Offshore Applicants:

All Applicants are required to complete a Settlement Funds Declaration Form affirming financial capacity.

  • The amount of cash funds specified on the form should match bank statements.
  • Bank statements only need to show the current balance (no older than a month) and account holder details (the applicant or partner) and does not need to include the whole transaction history.
  • The other funds component generally only includes assets that held overseas.
  • This does not include furniture and clothing. Property in Australia such as a house or car cannot be included in the settlement declaration.

OFFSHORE APPLICANTS:

Mandatory Cash Component of AUD15000 in case of offshore applicants. Further for only one primary applicant – AUD30,000 including the cash component of AUD15000. Further additional AUD5000 for the additional applicant.

ONSHORE APPLICANTS:

Mandatory Cash Component of AUD5000 in case of offshore applicants. Further for only one primary applicant – AUD10,000 including the cash component of AUD5000. Further additional AUD5000 for the additional applicant.

Application Process:

Stage – 1 – Should submit a NEW EOI today only by selecting Queensland as the state. Queensland will go through the EOI & invite through an e-mail to apply.

Stage – 2 – After the receipt of the invitation e-mail, they need to submit the online application with Queensland within 14 days, should provide the following documents and make the payment.

Documents Required for State Sponsorship after the receipt of the e-mail from Queensland (need to apply within 14 days):

  1. State Nomination Application Form   (Is available on the website & will also be provided with the invitation e-mail)
  2. Settlement Fund Declaration Form (Is available on the website & will also be provided with the invitation e-mail)
  3. Bank statement (Latest 3 months)
  4. Skills Assessment
  5. IELTS/PTE/TOEFL Report card
  6. Offshore commitment statement template
  7. Evidence of job (for Ph.D. graduates who have graduated overseas only)
  8. Evidence of licensing or registration
  9. Statement of Service (employment reference – shows you meet offshore work experience requirements)
  10. Evidence of Registration in Queensland, if employment is through a labour hire company
  11. Application fee – AUD200 + 10% GST in case of Onshore applicants – credit card payment

Please find attached the Queensland SOLs as on today.

July 29th, 2019:

Queensland has announced that the BSMQ SKILLED PROGRAM is now OPEN from today 29 July 2019. 

They have announced that before submitting your EOI, please review BSMQ’s new QSOLs to ensure your occupation is on the relevant lists and meet any new criteria.

A NEW EOI with a brand new EOI number must be submitted from today. They are NOT going to pick up Past and/or updated EOI’s.

For ‘Working in Queensland’ Applicants:

Subclass 190 – need to have 6 months of work experience (minimum of 35 hours per week) in Queensland and a 1 year job offer.

Subclass 489 – need to have 3 months LIVING and WORK experience (minimum 35 hours per week) in REGIONAL Queensland and a 1-year job offer.

Important Information – 489 subclass:

BSMQ will open up 489 processing for a limited period only – until mid-August 2019.  As DHA is implementing 491 subclass visa from 16 November 2019. 489 applicants will receive priority processing during this period and the time to receive an invitation for the 190 may take longer.

If eligible for the 489 visa, please submit EOI as soon as possible, and have all supporting documents ready to provide to as soon as the invitation is sent from BSMQ.

July 26th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141111- Cafe or Restaurant Manager- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 25th, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Far South Coast Regional Authority Update: Release of the Occupations List

Far South Coast which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in the sponsorship of NSW-489 subclass visa has released the new list of occupations for the year 2019-20.

The applications will be accepted only from 12:01 am on 1st August 2019.

The following are the POPULAR occupations available in the list:

Statistician 224113

Agricultural Technician 311111

Construction Project Manager 133111

Production Manager (Manufacturing) 133512

Child Care Centre Manager 134111

Hotel or Motel Manager 141311

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School Teacher) 241111

Special Needs Teacher 241511

University Lecturer 242111

Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages 249311

Interpreter 272412

Translator 272413

Chemist 234211

Hospital Pharmacist 251511

Retail Pharmacist 251513

Dental Specialist 252311

Physiotherapist 252511

Midwife 254111

Psychiatrist 253411

Nurse Educator 254211

Nurse Manager 254311

Medical Laboratory Technician 311213

Dental Hygienist 411211

Dental Technician 411213

Dental Therapist 411214

Social Worker 272511

Welfare Worker 272613

Automotive Electrician 321111

Motor Mechanic (General) 321211

Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212

Motorcycle Mechanic 321213

Welder First Class 322313

Fitter (General) 323211

Metal Machinist (First Class) 323214

Architect 232111

Surveyor 232212

Interior Designer 232511

Quantity Surveyor 233213

Architectural Draftsperson 312111

Carpenter 331212

Plumber (General) 334111

Airconditioning and Mechanical Services 342111

Electrician (General) 341111

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 342111

Electronic Equipment Trades Worker 342313

Baker 351111

Pastrycook 351112

Chef 351311

Cook 351411

NOTE: It is a one stage process there is no EOI for Far South Coast. We need to send the notarized documents through e-mail.

Please find attached the new of occupations of Far South Coast.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Far South Coast in NSW under 489 subclass.

July 25th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234517- Microbiologist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

251312 -Occupational Health and Safety Advisor -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

323214- Metal Machinist (First Class)- Low Availability Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective 26th July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 25th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 5 am and 8 am Wednesday 31st July 2019 AEST

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 225311- Public Relations -Professional Special Conditions- Apply Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 225499- Technical Sales Representatives nec -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 233612 -Petroleum Engineer -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field- Engineers Australia
  • 263299 -ICT Support and Test Engineers nec -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 75 points required; See additional instructions -ACS
  • 272612 -Recreation Officer- Low Availability- Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 312611 -Safety Inspector -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS
  • 312911 -Maintenance Planner -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective 26th July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 23rd, 2019:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: System Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that System Maintenance: MyPortal will not be available on 23rd July 5:00 pm to 23rd July 11:30 pm (AEST). 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

July 23rd, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  11/07/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/07/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also, find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

OCCUPATION CEILINGS Released for the year 2019-20: Please go through the attached document for the new Occupation Ceilings for the year 2019-20

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 2746 – 83 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1552 – 47 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 5269 – only 5 already invited
  • 2321Architects and Landscape Architects – 2171 – 124 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 13 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3772 – 26 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 20 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 30 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1600 – 49 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 30 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 2587 – 79 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 8748 – 265 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2887 – 34 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2553 – 77 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 22 already invited

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254499- Registered Nurses nec- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years’ work experience in field- ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective 26th July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclasses.

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254499- Registered Nurses nec- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years’ work experience in field- ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective 26th July 2019.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

July 23rd, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Change in Occupation Ceilings for the year 2019-20

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has updated the Occupation Ceilings for the year 2019-20.

The following are the highlights of the changes to ceilings when compared with 2018-19:

2212 -Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* increased by 210

2247 Management consultant – Increased by 1,375

2321 Architects and Landscape Architects increased by 920

2332 Civil Engineering Professionals increased by 262

2334 Electronics Engineers* increased by 700

2339 Other Engineering Professionals* increased by 300

2415 Special Education Teachers increased by 111

2421 University Lecturers and Tutors increased by 500

2525 Physiotherapists increased by 171

2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* increased by 1,121

2613 Software and Applications Programmers* increased by 1,477

2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security

Specialists increased by 227

2631 Computer Network Professionals* increased by 386

3941 Cabinetmakers increased by 691

3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists increased by 18

Please find attached the comparison document of 2018-19 & 2019-20

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-190 subclass State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Occupations List

NSW State has amended its occupations list for 190 subclass state sponsorship today i.e.,22/7/2019.

Below are the changes to the occupations list:

ANZSCO – Occupation – Availability – Additional Conditions Apply

261314 -Software Tester -High -Yes

For the above occupation earlier there were NO additional conditions were applicable now they want it to be met.

Additional Conditions:

The additional requirement for these occupations is to be living in NSW, and to have been employed in NSW for at least one year, in the nominated occupation.

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-190 subclass State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Occupations List

NSW State has amended its occupations list for 190 subclass state sponsorship today i.e.,22/7/2019.

Below are the changes to the occupations list:

ANZSCO – Occupation – Availability – Additional Conditions Apply

261314 -Software Tester -High -Yes

For the above occupation earlier there were NO additional conditions were applicable now they want it to be met.

Additional Conditions:

The additional requirement for these occupations is to be living in NSW, and to have been employed in NSW for at least one year, in the nominated occupation.

Please find attached the updated list.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 190 subclass.

July 23rd, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,22/07/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND

Invitation date: 22 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 329

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 125 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 15 June 2019

Previous Invitation Rounds Details in 2019:

Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 125 to 75 points

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 7th August 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 subclass.

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Northern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: Closure of nomination process effective 22 July 2019

Northern Inland which is one of the regional authority participating in NSW-489 subclass has announced that the applications for all the occupations are currently not be accepted due to unprecedented demand, applications are closed until further notice.

NO APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER 9:45 AM MONDAY 22 JULY 2019 WILL BE CONSIDERED

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Central West Regional Sponsorship Update: Occupations List will be released on 5th August 2019

NSW-489 subclass Central West Regional Authority has announced that the new list will be posted by 5th August 2019.

NSW-489 subclass Central West processing dates for Round One will be:

  • Registration opens on 5th August  and will close by 9th August 2019
  • Full applications will be required within 7 days following an ‘Invitation to Apply’
  • Central West referrals will close 9th September 2019

How to apply:

Step One – Registration of Interest – an online application form with the information & documents should be submitted & NO fee should be paid. If successful they will notify through e-mail.

Step Two – Invitation to Apply – After the invitation e-mail, need to send application forms & certified documents through an e-mail in a prescribed format to Central West. Should pay processing fee of AUD770.

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (85 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective 26th July 2019.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Northern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: Closure of few occupations and amendment of the occupations list

Northern Inland Regional Authority has announced that the following occupations are now closed and off our regional List:

Occupations Closed:

Cook

Chef

Hotel or Motel Manager

Motor Mechanic and

All Registered Nurse occupations.

Applications received for these occupations before 10 am Friday 19 July 2019 will be assessed.

Please find attached the new list of occupations of NSW-489 Northern Inland.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Northern Inland under 489 subclass.

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Northern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: Closure of few occupations and amendment of the occupations list

Northern Inland Regional Authority has announced that the following occupations

are now closed and off our regional List:

Occupations:

Cook

Chef

Hotel or Motel Manager

Motor Mechanic and

All Registered Nurse occupations.

Applications received for these occupations before 10 am Friday 19 July 2019 will be assessed.

Please find attached the new list of occupations of NSW-489 Northern Inland.

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship under 190 & 489 subclass Update: Increase in High Points Category Points Requirement effective 26th July 2019

South Australia has announced that as of 26 July 2019, applications submitted under the High Points category are required to have 85 points.

They would like to advise prospective applicants and migration agents that once they are close to reaching the ‘high points’ category quota, the minimum points requirement will be automatically increased to 90 points. 

Processing Timelines:

Due to the high volume of General Skilled Migration 190/489 state nomination applications and enquiries received in July, they are working hard to process applications and reduce the overall processing times.

They request that you do not submit an enquiry (email or phone) requesting a processing update. If you have submitted an enquiry, please allow 7 business days to receive a response.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship under 190 & 489 subclass Update: Increase in High Points Category Points Requirement effective 26th July 2019

South Australia has announced that as of 26 July 2019, applications submitted under the High Points category are required to have 85 points.

They would like to advise prospective applicants and migration agents that once they are close to reaching the ‘high points’ category quota, the minimum points requirement will be automatically increased to 90 points. 

Processing Timelines:

Due to the high volume of General Skilled Migration 190/489 state nomination applications and enquiries received in July, they are working hard to process applications and reduce the overall processing times.

They request that you do not submit an enquiry (email or phone) requesting a processing update.

If you have submitted an enquiry, please allow 7 business days to receive a response.

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 141311- Hotel or Motel Manager- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 251312 -Occupational Health and Safety Advisor- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS
  • 312911 -Maintenance Planner -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141311- Hotel or Motel Manager- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

251312 -Occupational Health and Safety Advisor- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS

312911 -Maintenance Planner -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

July 23rd, 2019:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: New Application System being launched

On Monday 29 July 2019, Victoria’s Skilled and Business Migration Program will be launching a new and improved application system for visa nomination.

The new system will allow you to:

  • Track the progress of your application/s
  • Access your account from multiple devices – from mobile to desktop
  • Manage client applications with greater ease

What you need to know:

1) If the client has a draft nomination application saved in the system, he/she will need to submit it by 4.00pm on Wednesday 24 July or restart the application in the new system on Monday 29 July 2019

2) No visa nomination applications can be submitted on the Live in Melbourne website between 4.00pm Wednesday 24 July 2019 (AEST) and Monday 29 July 2019.

3) If clients have an existing account, they will not be able to login to the system from 4.00pm Wednesday 24 July 2019.

On Monday 29 July 2019 clients will receive a link to the new login portal, where they will need to re-register with details.

Please note, the launch date for the new system was originally communicated as 15 July 2019.

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-190 subclass State Sponsorship: Popular Occupations Listed

As you are aware that NSW has released the new list of occupations for 190 subclass for the year 2019-20.

The following are the POPULAR  OCCUPATIONS are listed with high, medium, low & limited availability:

ANZSCO  – OCCUPATION

132111 – Corporate Services Manager

132211 – Finance Manager

132311 – Human Resource Manager

132511 – Research and Development Manager

133111 – Construction Project Manager

133211 – Engineering Manager

133512 – Production Manager (Manufacturing)

134111 – Child Care Centre Manager

134214 – Welfare Centre Manager

135112 – ICT Project Manager

139911 – Arts Administrator or Manager

139912 – Environmental Manager

139914 – Quality Assurance Manager

141111 – Cafe or Restaurant Manager

141311 – Hotel or Motel Manager

224111 – Actuary

224112 – Mathematician

224113 – Statistician

224311 – Economist

224711 – Management Consultant

225113 – Marketing Specialist

225311 – Public Relations Professional

232111 – Architect

232112 – Landscape Architect

232411 – Graphic Designer

232412 – Illustrator

232511 – Interior Designer

233112 – Materials Engineer

233212 – Geotechnical Engineer

233213 – Quantity Surveyor

233214 – Structural Engineer

233215 – Transport Engineer

233611 – Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)

233612 – Petroleum Engineer

233911 – Aeronautical Engineer

233913 – Biomedical Engineer

233915 – Environmental Engineer

233916 – Naval Architect

233999 – Engineering Professionals nec

234111 – Agricultural Consultant

234112 – Agricultural Scientist

234211 – Chemist

234212 – Food Technologist

234312 – Environmental Consultant

234514 – Biotechnologist

234515 – Botanist

234517 – Microbiologist

234518 – Zoologist

234599 – Life Scientists nec

234611 – Medical Laboratory Scientist

241111 – Early Childhood Teacher

241511 – Special Needs Teacher

251513 – Retail Pharmacist

252411 – Occupational Therapist

252511 – Physiotherapist

254111-Midwife

254311-Nurse Manager

261211-Multimedia Specialist

261212-Web Developer

261314-Software Tester

262111-Database Administrator

262113-Systems Administrator

263112-Network Administrator

263212-ICT Support Engineer

263213-ICT Systems Test Engineer

272511- Social Worker

272613 -Welfare Worker

311213 -Medical Laboratory Technician

312111 -Architectural Draftsperson

312211-Civil Engineering Draftsperson

312212-Civil Engineering Technician

312311-Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

312312-Electrical Engineering Technician

313213-Telecommunications Network Planner

321211 -Motor Mechanic (General)

323211 -Fitter (General)

323214 -Metal Machinist (First Class)

334111-Plumber (General)

341111 -Electrician (General)

342111-Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

342313 -Electronic Equipment Trades Worker

342314-Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)

351111-Baker

351112-Pastrycook

351311-Chef

351411-Cook

391111-Hairdresser

511112-Program or Project Administrator

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

251312- Occupational Health and Safety Advisor- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS

312911- Maintenance Planner- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

251312- Occupational Health and Safety Advisor- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) -VETASSESS

312911- Maintenance Planner- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESSWe cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Northern Inland Regional Authority Update: Release of Occupations List & opening of the nomination process

Northern Inland which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa has released the new occupations list for the year 2019-20. Further, it has opened the nomination process.

Popular Occupations listed:

Agricultural Scientist 234112

Agricultural Technician 311111

Occupational Therapist 252411

Physiotherapist 252511

Agricultural Engineer 233912

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School Teacher) 241111

Secondary School Teacher 241411

Metal Fabricator 322311

Welder (First Class) 322313

Sheetmetal Trades Worker 322211

Fitter (General) 323211

Fitter & Turner 323212

Fitter-Welder 323213

Metal Machinist (First Class) 323214

Metal Fitters and Machinists (nec) 323299

Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer 323314

Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber 334112

Electrician (General) 341111

Electrician (Special Class) 341112

Carpenter and Joiner 331211

Carpenter 331212

Plumber (General) 334111

Cabinet Maker 394111

Automotive Electrician 321111

Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212

Panel Beater 324111

Hotel or Motel Manager 141311

Please find attached the new occupations list.

How to apply: There is no EOI system for Northern Inland. An applicant needs to send the color scanned or certified copies through e-mail or post. An application fee of AUD800 is applicable.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Northern Inland Regional Authority Update: Release of Occupations List & opening of the nomination process

Northern Inland which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa has released the new occupations list for the year 2019-20. Further, it has opened the nomination process.

Popular Occupations listed:

Agricultural Scientist 234112

Agricultural Technician 311111

Occupational Therapist 252411

Physiotherapist 252511

Agricultural Engineer 233912

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School Teacher) 241111

Secondary School Teacher 241411

Metal Fabricator 322311

Welder (First Class) 322313

Sheetmetal Trades Worker 322211

Fitter (General) 323211

Fitter & Turner 323212

Fitter-Welder 323213

Metal Machinist (First Class) 323214

Metal Fitters and Machinists (nec) 323299

Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer 323314

Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber 334112

Electrician (General) 341111

Electrician (Special Class) 341112

Carpenter and Joiner 331211

Carpenter 331212

Plumber (General) 334111

Cabinet Maker 394111

Automotive Electrician 321111

Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212

Panel Beater 324111

Hotel or Motel Manager 141311

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Northern Inland Regional Authority Update: Release of Occupations List & opening of the nomination process

Northern Inland which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa has released the new occupations list for the year 2019-20. Further, it has opened the nomination process.

Please find attached the new occupations list

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232413 -Multimedia Designer- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

311413 -Life Science Technician- Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232413 -Multimedia Designer- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

311413 -Life Science Technician- Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW 190 subclass State Sponsorship Update: Popular Occupations

NSW has released the new list of occupations for 190 subclass for the year 2019-20.

The following occupations are listed with high, medium, low & limited availability:

ANZSCO  – OCCUPATION

132111 – Corporate Services Manager

132211 – Finance Manager

132311 – Human Resource Manager

132511 – Research and Development Manager

133111 – Construction Project Manager

133211 – Engineering Manager

133512 – Production Manager (Manufacturing)

134111 – Child Care Centre Manager

134212 – Nursing Clinical Director

134214 – Welfare Centre Manager

134299 – Health and Welfare Services Managers nec

135112 – ICT Project Manager

139911 – Arts Administrator or Manager

139912 – Environmental Manager

139914 – Quality Assurance Manager

141111 – Cafe or Restaurant Manager

141311 – Hotel or Motel Manager

211112 – Dancer or Choreographer

211213 – Musician (Instrumental)

212312 – Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)

224111 – Actuary

224112 – Mathematician

224113 – Statistician

224311 – Economist

224711 – Management Consultant

225113 – Marketing Specialist

225311 – Public Relations Professional

232111 – Architect

232112 – Landscape Architect

232411 – Graphic Designer

232412 – Illustrator

232511 – Interior Designer

233112 – Materials Engineer

233212 – Geotechnical Engineer

233213 – Quantity Surveyor

233214 – Structural Engineer

233215 – Transport Engineer

233611 – Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)

233612 – Petroleum Engineer

233911 – Aeronautical Engineer

233913 – Biomedical Engineer

233915 – Environmental Engineer

233916 – Naval Architect

233999 – Engineering Professionals nec

234111 – Agricultural Consultant

234112 – Agricultural Scientist

234211 – Chemist

234212 – Food Technologist

234312 – Environmental Consultant

234313 – Environmental Research Scientist

234399 – Environmental Scientists nec

234511 – Life Scientist (General)

234514 – Biotechnologist

234515 – Botanist

234516 – Marine Biologist

234517 – Microbiologist

234518 – Zoologist

234599 – Life Scientists nec

234611 – Medical Laboratory Scientist

234711 – Veterinarian

234914 – Physicist

234999 – Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

241111 – Early Childhood Teacher

241511 – Special Needs Teacher

251211 – Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

251212 – Medical Radiation Therapist

251213 -Nuclear Medicine Technologist

251214 – Sonographer

251312 – Occupational Health and Safety Adviser

251411 – Optometrist

251513 – Retail Pharmacist

252111 – Chiropractor

252411 – Occupational Therapist

252511 – Physiotherapist

252611 – Podiatrist

253912 – Emergency Medicine Specialist

253913- Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

253914-Ophthalmologist

253915-Pathologist

253917-Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

253999-Medical Practitioners nec

254111-Midwife

254311-Nurse Manager

254411-Nurse Practitioner

254412-Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254413-Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

254414-Registered Nurse (Community Health)

254417-Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)

254418-Registered Nurse (Medical)

254421-Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

254422-Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254423-Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

254424-Registered Nurse (Surgical)

254425-Registered Nurse (Paediatric)

261211-Multimedia Specialist

261212-Web Developer

261314-Software Tester

262111-Database Administrator

262113-Systems Administrator

263112-Network Administrator

263212-ICT Support Engineer

263213-ICT Systems Test Engineer

271111-Barrister

271311-Solicitor

272311-Clinical Psychologist

272313-Organisational Psychologist

272399 – Psychologists nec

272511- Social Worker

272613 -Welfare Worker

311213 -Medical Laboratory Technician

312111 -Architectural Draftsperson

312211-Civil Engineering Draftsperson

312212-Civil Engineering Technician

312311-Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

312312-Electrical Engineering Technician

313213-Telecommunications Network Planner

321111 -Automotive Electrician

321211 -Motor Mechanic (General)

321212 -Diesel Motor Mechanic

321213 -Motorcycle Mechanic

321214-Small Engine Mechanic

322211 -Sheetmetal Trades Worker

322311 -Metal Fabricator

322313 -Welder (First Class)

323211 -Fitter (General)

323212 -Fitter and Turner

323213 -Fitter-Welder

323214 -Metal Machinist (First Class)

323313 -Locksmith

324111 -Panelbeater

331111 -Bricklayer

331112 -Stonemason

331211 -Carpenter and Joiner

331212 -Carpenter

331213 -Joiner

333111-Glazier

333211-Fibrous Plasterer

333411-Wall and Floor Tiler

334111-Plumber (General)

334113-Drainer

334114 -Gasfitter

334115 -Roof plumber

341111 -Electrician (General)

341113 -Lift Mechanic

342111-Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

342212 -Technical Cable Jointer

342313 -Electronic Equipment Trades Worker

342314-Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)

351111-Baker

351112-Pastrycook

351211-Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

351311-Chef

351411-Cook

361112-Horse Trainer

362111-Florist

391111-Hairdresser

394111-Cabinetmaker

411411-Enrolled Nurse

411711-Community Worker

452316-Tennis Coach

452411-Footballer

511112-Program or Project Administrator

The following occupations require the applicants to be staying in NSW & should be working for atleast 1 year in the nominated occupation:

ANZSCO – OCCUPATION

221111 – Accountant (General)

221112- Management Accountant

221113-Taxation Accountant

221213 – External Auditor

221214 – Internal Auditor

233111 – Chemical Engineer

233211 – Civil Engineer

233311 – Electrical Engineer

233411 – Electronics Engineer

233511 – Industrial Engineer

233512 – Mechanical Engineer

233513 – Production or Plant Engineer

241411 – Secondary School Teacher

254415 – Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

254499 -Registered Nurses nec

261111 –  ICT business Analyst

261112 – Systems Analyst

261311 – Analyst Programmer

261312 – Developer Programmer

261313 – Software Engineer

262112 – ICT Security Specialist

263111 – Computer Network and Systems Engineer

263311 – Telecommunications Engineer

263312 – Telecommunications Network Engineer

July 23rd, 2019:

NSW 190 subclass State Sponsorship Update: Release of new occupations list for 190 subclass

NSW State Authorities have announced the new occupations list for the year 2019-20.

The list contains the availability status like high, medium, low and limited. In the list, you will also find a few occupations require additional criteria to be met.

The additional requirement for these occupations is to be living in NSW and to have been employed in NSW for at least ONE year, in the nominated occupation.

NOTE: NSW-489 subclass list is also released. However, we need to follow the respective Regional Authority list for the latest status of the occupations and nomination.

Please find attached the NSW-190 subclass State Sponsorship List.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 190 sub class.

July 17th, 2019:

NSW-489 Riverina Regional Authority Update: Release of the list and opening of the nomination process

Riverina is one of the Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa. It has released the occupation and the following occupations that are ADDED to the list when compared with the previous list.

Occupations ADDED to the current list:

Grape Grower 121215

Beef Cattle Farmer 121312

Apiarist 121311

Mixed Crop & Livestock Farmer 121411

Construction Project Manager 133111

Production Manager (Manufacturer) 133512

Café or Restaurant Manager 141111 *

Customer Service Manager 149212 *

Accountant (General) 221111

Must be living and working in the Riverina region for

at least 4 months

Market Research Analyst 225112

Marketing specialist 225113

Urban & Regional Planner 232611

Civil Engineer 233211 Practical experience in infrastructure highly regarded

Electrical Engineer 233311 *

Industrial Engineer (Process Engineer) 233511

Mechanical Engineer 233512 *

Engineering Technologist 233914

Food Technologist 234212

Wine Maker 234213

General Practitioner 253111

Intensive Care Specialist 253317

Renal Medicine Specialist 253322

Registered Nurse (Pediatric)

ICT Business Analyst 261111

Network Administrator 263112

Systems Administrator 262113

ICT Support Engineer 263212

Drug and Alcohol Counsellor 272112

Welfare Worker 272613

Pathology Collector (Aust) Phlebotomist (NZ) 311216

Construction Estimator 312114

Civil Engineering Draftsperson 312211

Mechanical Engineering Technician 312512 *

ICT Customer support Officer 313112

Electrician (Special Class) 341112

Cook (excludes experience in Fast or Takeaway Food) 351411  – At least 5 years’ experience in more than one cuisine or with Australian/Hotel cooking

Nurseryperson 362411

Disabilities Services Officer 411712

Residential Care Officer 411715

Program or Project Administrator 511112

NOTE:

Occupations marked (**) at least 2 years’ experience in Australia

Occupations marked (*) practical experience in Food, Farming, Metal/welding or Irrigation Industries highly regarded.

July 17th, 2019:

NSW-489 Riverina Regional Sponsorship Update: Nomination process currently on HOLD

Riverina which of the regional authorities participating in NSW-489 Regional Sponsorship – Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) nominations for all nominations are currently Closed.

Please do not send an EOI or call their office regarding this visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for NSW-489 Regional Sponsorship with Riverina under 489 subclass.

July 17th, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Orana Regional Authority Update: Nomination Closed until 1 August 2019

Orana which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass has announced the closure of the nomination process until 1 August 2019. However, they have mentioned that applicants who are having genuine full-time employment in a related role in the Orana region may contact them.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for NSW Orana Regional Authority under 489 subclass.

July 16th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

225213- ICT Sales Representative- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 15th, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Northern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: Occupation List & Nomination process will open on 18 July 2019

Northern Inland has announced that the applications for Skilled Regional State Nomination by the Northern Inland region will be accepting from Midday on Thursday 18 July, 2019. The Occupation List for this region will go online at that time.

This Northern Inland region will NOT accept 489 applications any later than 3 September 2019. The last day that nominations will be processed and invitations from the Department of Home Affairs will be issued for the visa sub-class 489 is 10 September 2019. The new Skilled Regional State Nominate visa sub-class 491 will commence on 16 November 2019. The last day that invited applicants can lodge their application with the Department is 15 November 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

July 15th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

212314- Film and Video Editor- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English -VETASSESS

232412 -Illustrator -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English;- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

232413 -Multimedia Designer- Low Availability- Competent English; -Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -5 years’ work experience in field- ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 12th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

211311- Photographer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Preparedness to self-employ -VETASSESS

224112 -Mathematician- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

234411 -Geologist- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 11th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232412- Illustrator- Low Availability -Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

232414- Web Designer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

311111 -Agricultural Technician- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

311213 -Medical Laboratory Technician- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -AIMS

311413 -Life Science Technician- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 10th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

225499- Technical Sales Representatives nec- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

232111 -Architect- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); 3 years’ work experience in the field- AACA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 9th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224113 -Statistician -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

232414 -Web Designer- Low Availability- Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

312312 -Electrical Engineering Technician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 9th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 2pm and 5pm Saturday 13th July 2019 AEST

* midnight and 4am Monday 15th July 2019 AEST

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 8th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224113- Statistician- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

121216 -Mixed Crop Farmer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

232411 -Graphic Designer- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 07/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 07/07/2019 -VETASSESS

233999 -Engineering Professionals nec -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; Not available for High Points nomination from 06/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 06/07/2019- Engineers Australia

234211- Chemist- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 08/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 08/07/2019- VETASSESS

263299- ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 75 points required; See additional instructions- ACS

311111- Agricultural Technician -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); –Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

312312 -Electrical Engineering Technician- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only TRA

511111 -Contract Administrator- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; Not available for High Points nomination from 07/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 07/07/2019- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 8th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121216 -Mixed Crop Farmer -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

232411 -Graphic Designer- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 07/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 07/07/2019 -VETASSESS

233999 -Engineering Professionals nec -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; Not available for High Points nomination from 06/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 06/07/2019- Engineers Australia

234211- Chemist- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 08/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 08/07/2019- VETASSESS

263299- ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 75 points required; See additional instructions- ACS

311111- Agricultural Technician -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); –Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

312312 -Electrical Engineering Technician- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only TRA

511111 -Contract Administrator- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; Not available for High Points nomination from 07/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 07/07/2019- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 05th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Introduction of Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491)

DHA has announced that the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa will commence on 16 November 2019The Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa will cease at 11:59 pm on 15 November 2019.

This will affect the ability of states and territories to nominate and issue invitations for the subclass 489 visa and for intending migrants to lodge EOIs and lodge applications for this visa in accordance with the below dates:

  • 10 September 2019 – LAST day for states and territory governments to nominate and for invitations to be issued to an intending migrant for a subclass 489 visa. Also LAST day for intending migrants to lodge an EOI in SkillSelect for the subclass 489 visa
  • 15 November 2019 –  LAST day for people who have been invited to apply for a subclass 489 visa to lodge a subclass 489 visa application.
  • From 16 November 2019 – Intending migrants can lodge an EOI for the subclass 491 visa. State and territory governments can nominate and invitations are able to be issued to an intending migrant for a subclass 491 visa. Visa applications can be lodged for the subclass 491 visa for intending migrants issued with an invitation to apply.

It is important to note that throughout this period nominations, invitations, EOIs, and applications are NOT affected for the 189 or 190 visa subclasses.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491)  or Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visas.

July 05th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that they will be doing systems maintenance on some of our online systems between 6pm and 9pm on Sunday 7 July 2019 (AEST).

The following systems may be unavailable during this period:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • eMedical
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • Employment Suitability Clearances
  • Detention Visitor Application
  • APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System (HEMS)
  • Adult Migrant English Program Reporting and Management System (ARMS)
  • Education Provider Report (eBIT)
  • Visa Pricing Estimator
  • MSI Register
  • Management of all online payments

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, please try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

July 05th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Websites Unavailable

DHA has announced that the following websites will be unavailable between 2 pm Saturday 6 July and 9 am Sunday 7 July 2019:

  • https://archive.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/
  • https://www.abf.gov.au/
  • https://osb.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidlittleproud/
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/jasonwood/
  • https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/
  • https://www.livingsafetogether.gov.au/
  • https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/
  • https://www.triplezero.gov.au/
  • https://news.cicentre.gov.au/
  • https://www.dvs.gov.au/
  • https://www.organisationalresilience.gov.au/
  • https://www.tisn.gov.au/
  • https://www.harmony.gov.au/
  • https://cybersecuritystrategy.homeaffairs.gov.au/

During the outage, you can still access ImmiAccount, VEVO, and TRS by going directly to their webpage. In addition, VEVO and TRS users are encouraged to download the relevant mobile app.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

July 05th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121216 -Mixed Crop Farmer- Low Availability -Competent English; -Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

133111- Construction Project Manager -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

139911 -Art Administrator or Manager -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -VETASSESS

211311 -Photographer -Low Availability -Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Preparedness to self-employ -VETASSESS

224711 -Management Consultant -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

225211- ICT Account Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 05/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 05/07/2019 -VETASSESS

225212 -ICT Business Development Manager -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -VETASSESS

225311- Public Relations Professional- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS

232212- Surveyor -Special Conditions Apply Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Not available for High Points nomination from 05/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 05/07/2019 -SSSI

232312 -Industrial Designer- Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 05/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 05/07/2019; Preparedness to selfemploy -VETASSESS

232411- Graphic Designer -Low Availability- Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

233213 -Quantity Surveyor- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -AIQS

233999 -Engineering Professionals nec- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field -Engineers Australia

234112 -Agricultural Scientist- Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -VETASSESS

234113- Forester -Low Availability- Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Opportunities may be stronger in forestry regions (i.e. Limestone Coast)- VETASSESS

261211- Multimedia Specialist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS

262113 -Systems Administrator- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 05/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 05/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS

263112 -Network Administrator -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS

263113 -Network Analyst -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS

263213- ICT Systems Test Engineer -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 05/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 05/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS

311411 -Chemistry Technician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -VETASSESS

342313- Electronic Equipment Trades Worker -Special Conditions Apply -Competent English; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -TRA

342314 -Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -TRA

511111 -Contract Administrator- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 05th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix:

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,05/07/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

Invitation date: 5 July 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 194

Matrix score range:

All Matrix submitted with 125 to 75 points

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 11 June 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 652

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 145 to 65 points
  • 60 point matrix submitted on or before 31 March 2019

Invitation date: 24 May 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 323

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 135 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 30 April 2019

Invitation date: 8 May 2019

Number of invitations issued: 225

Matrix score range: 135 points to 65 points submitted up to 31 March 2019

Invitation date: 15 April 2019

Number of invitations issued: 75

Matrix score range: 145 to 75

Invitation date: 28 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 203

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 8 January 2019

Invitation date: 12 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 363

Matrix score range: 110 to 60 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 21 February 2019

Number of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 29 November 18

Invitation date: 31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 points submitted up to 16 December 18

Invitation date: 3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

Invitation date: 20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 22nd July 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 subclass.

July 04th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status as on 4th July 2019 6.40 PM Australia Canberra Time

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  1. 132211- Finance Manager- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); CPA / CA / IPA
  2. 135112 -ICT Project Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – ACS
  3. 149311 -Conference and Event Organiser- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -VETASSESS
  4. 149913 -Facilities Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); VETASSESS
  5. 149914- Financial Institution Branch Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – VETASSESS
  6. 223112 -Recruitment Consultant -Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);  -VETASSESS
  7. 224712 -Organisation and Methods Analyst- Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- VETASSESS
  8. 224999- Information and Organisation Professionals nec- Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  9. 225111- Advertising Specialist -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);  -VETASSESS
  10. 232611- Urban And Regional Planner- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -VETASSESS
  11. 233111- Chemical Engineer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – Engineers Australia
  12. 233211 -Civil Engineer- Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);  -Engineers Australia
  13. 233214- Structural Engineer -Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – Engineers Australia
  14. 233311- Electrical Engineer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – Engineers Australia
  15. 233411 -Electronics Engineer -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – Engineers Australia
  16. 233511- Industrial Engineer- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – Engineers Australia
  17. 233512 -Mechanical Engineer- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – Engineers Australia
  18. 233513 -Production or Plant Engineer- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Engineers Australia
  19. 234111 -Agricultural Consultant -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); – VETASSESS
  20. 234112 -Agricultural Scientist -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS
  21. 249299 -Private Tutors and Teachers nec -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; Preparedness to self-employ -VETASSESS
  22. 261111 -ICT Business Analyst- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS
  23. 261112- Systems Analyst- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required- ACS
  24. 261311 -Analyst Programmer- Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS
  25. 261312 -Developer Programmer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS
  26. 261313 -Software Engineer- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS
  27. 261314- Software Tester- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required- ACS
  28. 261399 -Software and Applications Programmers nec -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required- ACS
  29. 262111- Database Administrator- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 75 points required; See additional instructions -ACS
  30. 262112-ICT Security Specialist -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS
  31. 263111 -Computer Network and Systems Engineer -Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019; See additional instructions; 75 points required -ACS
  32. 263112 -Network Administrator- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -ACS
  33. 263211- ICT Quality Assurance Engineer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – ACS
  34. 263212 -ICT Support Engineer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); – ACS
  35. 311215- Pharmacy Technician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);  -VETASSESS
  36. 312111 -Architectural Draftsperson -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);  -VETASSESS
  37. 312211- Civil Engineering Draftsperson -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in the field; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -Engineers Australia / VETASSESS
  38. 312212 -Civil Engineering Technician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -VETASSESS
  39. 312912 -Metallurgical or Materials Technician- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019- VETASSESS
  40. 342315- Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English; Not available for High Points nomination from 04/07/2019; Not available for Chain Migration nomination from 04/07/2019 -TRA
  41. 511112- Program or Project Administrator -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in the field- VETASSESS
  42. 611211- Insurance Agent- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 04th, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Murray Regional Authority Update: Release of new occupations list July 2019

Murray which is one of the Regional Authority participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa has announced the new list of occupations for the year 2019-20.

Please find attached the Murray Occupations List for NSW-489 subclass visa.

July 04th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 6 pm and 9 pm Sunday 7th July 2019 AEST

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

July 03rd, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Orana Regional Authority Update: Release of new occupations list for 2019-20

Orana which is one of the Regional Development Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW-489 subclass visa has released its new occupations list for 2019-20.

The following are the most popular occupations that are listed in its list:

Engineering Manager 133211

Production Manager (Manufacturing) 133512

Production Manager (Mining) 133513

Supply and Distribution Manager 133611

Child Care Centre Manager 134111

Cafe or Restaurant Manager 141111

Hotel or Motel Manager 141311

Conference and Event Organiser 149311

Transport Company Manager 149413

Facilities Manager 149913

Electrical Engineer 233311

Electronics Engineer 233411

Industrial Engineer 233511

Mechanical Engineer 233512

Production or Plant Engineer 233513

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher 241111

Primary School Teacher 241213

Middle School Teacher 241311

Secondary School Teacher 241411

Special Needs Teacher 241511

University Lecturer (Suitable for the position of Research Associate or Research Fellow in a University) 242111

Civil Engineering Draftsperson 312211

Civil Engineering Technician 312212

Electrical Engineering Draftsperson 312311

Electrical Engineering Technician 312312

Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 312511

Mechanical Engineering Technician 312512

Chef (excludes Fast Food or Takeaway) 351311

Cook (excludes Fast Food or Takeaway) 351411

Baker 351111

Pastrycook 351112

NOTE: It is also sponsoring Accountant (General) 221111, Management Accountant 221112, Taxation Accountant 221113, External Auditor 221213 Internal Auditor 221214 which require 6 months of Australian work experience to apply for Regional Sponsorship.

NOTE: All the Accounting Occupations & Civil Engineers are closed till 1 August 2019 for Regional Sponsorship with Orana.

July 03rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149914- Financial Institution Branch Manager -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements.

Online Application Current Status:

Immigration SA would like to advise that due to a very high volume of users, the online application system is temporarily unavailable.

If you have already commenced an application before experiencing difficulties, there is no need to restart a new application. Please do not continually refresh your web page, or call our consultants, as the team is aware of the issues being experienced.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 02nd, 2019:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Opening of sponsorship by end of July 2019

The Queensland business and skilled programs are currently closed and will NOT open on 1 July 2019. The programs are scheduled to open by the end of July (date-to-be confirmed). Please do not contact BSMQ to enquire when the programs will open. We are currently working with stakeholders to finalize the 2019-20 programs.

Businessand skilled applicants must NOT submit an EOI for the Queensland programs on 1 July 2019 or before the programs officially open. Previous EOI’s or EOI’s submitted before Queensland programs open will NOT be picked up. Skilled applicants must also ensure they have an occupation on the new QSOL before submitting an EOI.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 02nd, 2019:

Trade Recognition Australia Update: Delay in processing for Migration Skills Assessment and Migration Points Advice programs

The TRA has announced that Migration Skills Assessment and Migration Points Advice programs are currently experiencing a major increase in application rates.  This increase is affecting processing times and most assessments are now taking longer than 90 days to complete.

They have mentioned not to contact them for status updates, as all applications are being assessed in the order they have been received.

At this time, please allow 120 days to receive an outcome.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Skills Assessment & Point Advice with TRA.

July 02nd, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Commencement of the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

DHA has announced the commencement of Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa subclass 870 effective 1st July 2019.

Applicant(s) will be able to lodge their visa applications online.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Parent visa under subclass 870.

July 01st, 2019:

189 subclass the following new visa fee:

NEW Visa Application fee effective 1 July 2019:

Base application charge – AUD 4045,

Additional applicant 18 yrs or more – AUD2020,

Additional applicant below 18 yrs age – AUD1015

Dependents 18 years above not meeting functional English requirement – AUD4885 (Second Instalment)

190 subclass the following new visa fee:

NEW Visa Application fee effective 1 July 2019:

Base application charge – AUD 4045,

Additional applicant 18 yrs or more – AUD2020,

Additional applicant below 18 yrs age – AUD1015

Dependents 18 years above not meeting functional English requirement – AUD4885 (Second Instalment) 

489 (state/relative) subclass the following new visa fee:

NEW Visa Application fee effective 1 July 2019:

Base application charge – AUD 4045,

Additional applicant 18 yrs or more – AUD2020,

Additional applicant below 18 yrs age – AUD1015

Dependents 18 years above not meeting functional English requirement – AUD4885 (Second Instalment) 

476 subclass visa the following new visa fee:

Base application charge – AUD 405,

Additional applicant 18 yrs or more – AUD200,

Additional applicant below 18 yrs age – AUD100

 155 & 157 subclass visa the following new visa fee:

Base application charge – AUD 405,

485 subclass visa the following new visa fee:

Base application charge – AUD1,650

Additional applicant 18 yrs or more – AUD825,

Additional applicant below 18 yrs age – AUD415

July 01st, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Release of South Australia Skilled Occupations List effective 1st July 2019

South Australia has released the new skilled occupations list and supplementary list. An expanded State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) has been published for 2019/20 with 275 occupations available for applicants residing offshore or in South Australia. Health, ICT, social welfare, STEM and trade occupations feature on the SNOL.

An additional 223 occupations are available on the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL). SSL occupations are available for the following four categories of applicants

  • An international graduate of South Australia.
  • Have worked in a skilled occupation in South Australia for the last 12 months.
  • Have an immediate family member permanently residing in South Australia for 24 months or more.
  • Have high points.

NOTE: Applications for state nomination will be OPEN on the Immigration SA Apply website from mid-afternoon on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

Summary of Changes effective July 2019:

1) High points:

South Australia continues to sponsor under High Points who have a minimum of 80 points on the Department of Home Affair’s points test (including state nomination points).

There are quotas for the high points category and during the program year, the minimum points requirement may increase and specific occupations may be closed for high points nomination.

2) ICT occupations :

Applicants for ICT occupations (with an ACS skills assessment) will be required to have a minimum of 75 points on the Department of Home Affair’s points test (including state nomination points).

Applicants in the International graduates of South Australia or the currently working in South Australia categories are only required to have 65 points for ICT occupations.

3) International students who have been long-term residents of South Australia:

Immigration SA will continue to offer the long-term resident of South Australia category. This policy recognises those current and former students that have contributed to and remained in South Australia (and no other jurisdiction) for many years, showing their ongoing commitment to the state.

A minor amendment has been made and international students who have been in South Australia continuously for the last 7 year can apply.

Immigration SA will offer state nomination for the Provisional 489 visa to any applicant who:

  • Is a current or former international student residing in South Australia; AND
  • Has resided continually in South Australia for the last 7 years (at time of state nomination application) and continues to reside in South Australia; AND
  • Is currently:
    • working in South Australia in any occupation (does not have to be at a skilled level) for at least the last 3 months (minimum of 40 hours per fortnight); OR
    • studying a course with a minimum duration of one academic year in South Australia.

Applicant must meet all of the long-term residents in South Australia requirements and state nomination requirements.

Please find attached the new State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

July 01st, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Southern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: New Occupations List effective 1st July 2019

Southern Inland which is one of the Regional Authority participating in regional sponsorship under NSW-489 subclass visa has announced the new list of occupations effective from 1st July 2019.

Please find attached the new list of occupations.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for NSW-489 Regional Sponsorship with Southern Inland.

July 01st, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  11/06/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/06/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also, find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 2679 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries, and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 957 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 231 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 437 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 1327 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 631 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 – 214 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 1267 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 – 502 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 – 1045 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 – 5186 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 1106 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 1518 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 717 already invited

July 01st, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure of Sponsorship & Occupation List

South Australia has announced that due to the annual update of the occupation list it is currently not available. A further update will be available later in the week.  A news item will be published once the occupation list has been updated.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on info@.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

June 27th, 2019:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Sponsorship 190 subclass Update: Change in the occupation lists & guidelines effective 1 July 2019

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has announced the new list of occupations effective from 1st July 2019 for state sponsorship under 190 subclass.

The list is applicable for the following purposes:

1) ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa.

2) Regional Certifying Body support of an Employer Nomination under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

The following are the changes made to the new list when compared to the earlier list:

Occupations REMOVED from the current list when compared with the previous list:

  1. 234212 Food Technologist
  2. 234517 Microbiologist
  3. 234518 Zoologist
  4. 234519 Life Scientists nec
  5. 234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist
  6. 263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer

Occupations that are moved from OPEN to CLOSED status when compared with the previous list: You will find them in CLOSED status in the new list

  1. 133111 Construction Project Manager
  2. 232511 Interior Designer
  3. 241213 Primary School Teacher
  4. 249311 Teacher of English to speakers of other languages
  5. 271311 Solicitor
  6. 351311 Chef

Occupations that are moved from ClOSED to OPEN status when compared with the previous list: You will find them in the OPEN status in the new list

  1. 132511 Research and development manager**
  2. 232611 Urban & Regional Planner
  3. 233999 Engineering Professionals nec
  4. 234111 Agricultural Consultant**
  5. 234112 Agricultural Scientist**
  6. 234211 Chemist**
  7. 234312 Environmental Consultant**
  8. 234313 Environmental Research Scientist**
  9. 234399 Environmental Scientists nec**
  10. 234411 Geologist**
  11. 234412 Geophysicist**
  12. 234413 Hydrogeologist**
  13. 234511 Life Scientist (general)**
  14. 234513 Biochemist**
  15. 234514 Biotechnologist**
  16. 234515 Botanist**
  17. 234516 Marine Biologist**
  18. 242111 University Lecturer##
  19. 251511 Hospital Pharmacist ##
  20. 251512 Industrial Pharmacist ##
  21. 251513 Retail Pharmacist ##
  22. 261111 ICT Business Analyst **
  23. 261112 Systems Analyst**
  24. 261211 Multimedia Specialist
  25. 261311 Analyst Programmer**
  26. 261312 Developer Programmer**
  27. 261313 Software Engineer**
  28. 261314 Software Tester**
  29. 261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec**
  30. 262111 Database Administrator**
  31. 262112 ICT Security Specialist**
  32. 262113 Systems Administrator**
  33. 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer**
  34. 263112 Network Administrator**
  35. 263113 Network Analyst**
  36. 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer**
  37. 263212 ICT Support Engineer**
  38. 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer**
  39. 263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers (nec)**
  40. 263311 Telecommunications Engineer**

NOTE: 

  • Where occupations are marked as ^^ –  Registration or licencing is required
  • Where occupations are marked as **  – Employment Caveat. Minimum one year ACT employment contract (in the nominated occupation). The employment must be with a medium to large enterprise (50 plus employees) located in the ACT; or an academic appointment at an ACT tertiary institution.
  • Where occupations are marked as ##  – Minimum one-year employment contract with an ACT employer in the nominated occupation
  • ACT doesn’t sponsor for 489 subclass region sponsored visa.

Please find attached the new list of occupations effective 1 July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

June 27th, 2019:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Experiencing System Outages

Engineers Australia has announced that they are currently experiencing intermittent system outages, may impact the online applications, please try again later or contact our Member Services Team on 1300 653 113 or memberservices@engineersaustralia.org.au

June 26th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable between:

* 5 pm Sunday 30th June and 6 am Monday 1st July 2019 AEST

Suspension of BPAY Request Payment option:

The BPAY Request payment option will be unavailable from Monday 24th June 2019 until Monday 1st July 2019.

Payment by credit card, Paypal and UnionPay are still available.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

June 25th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141999 -Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

June 21st, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Website maintenance – Saturday 22 June 2019

DHA has announced that the following websites will be unavailable for short periods between 4 pm and 10 pm Saturday 22 June 2019 (AEST):

  • https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://www.abf.gov.au
  • https://osb.homeaffairs.gov.au

During the outage, you can still access ImmiAccount, VEVO, and TRS by going directly to their webpage. In addition, VEVO and TRS users are encouraged to download the relevant mobile app.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

June 19th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

331213 -Joiner- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

June 17th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure of sponsorship process effective 24 June 2019

South Australia has announced that to complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA will be closing the General Skilled Migration (GSM) state nomination 190/489 application system from 9 am on Monday 24 June and will re-open in the
the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

If the applicant(s) have commenced a 190/489 application, will need to submit & pay for the application prior to the system being closed.

From 9 am on 24 June, incomplete applications will be deleted, this includes applications that have been “saved but not submitted” and applications that have been “submitted but are still awaiting payment”.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclasses.

June 17th, 2019:

NSW-489 subclass Southern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update: Closure of Sponsorship

NSW – 489 subclass Southern Inland Regional Authority has announced that 489 and 187 Applications will cease processing for a short period of time due to the end of the financial year. They will not be able to process applications from midday Friday 14 June 2019 until the start of the new financial year in July 2019. Exact date to be confirmed.

There are 9 regional authorities participating in NSW – 489 subclass sponsorship.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Southern Inland under 489 subclass.

June 14th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121321- Poultry Farmer- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

411713- Family Support Worker -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only- ACWA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 13th, 2019:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: New Online Nomination Application

Victoria state authorities have announced that in the afternoon of Monday 15 July 2019, Victoria’s Skilled and Business Migration Program will be launching a new online application system for visa nomination.

The new system will allow you to:

  • Track the progress of your application
  • Access your account from multiple devices – from mobile to desktop.

What you need to know:

  • No visa nomination applications can be submitted on the Live in Melbourne website between 4.00pm Wednesday 10 July 2019 (AEST) and Monday 15 July 2019
  • If anyone has an existing account, will not be able to login to the system from 4.00pm Wednesday 10 July 2019
  • If anyone has a draft nomination application saved in the system, will need to submit it by 4.00pm on Wednesday 10 July or restart the application in the new system on Monday 15 July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 or 489 subclass.

June 11th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,11/06/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

Invitation date: 11 June 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 652

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 145 to 65 points
  • 60 point matrix submitted on or before 31 March 2019

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 24 May 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 323

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 135 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 30 April 2019

Invitation date: 8 May 2019

Number of invitations issued: 225

Matrix score range: 135 points to 65 points submitted up to 31 March 2019

Invitation date: 15 April 2019

Number of invitations issued: 75

Matrix score range: 145 to 75

Invitation date: 28 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 203

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 8 January 2019

Invitation date: 12 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 363

Matrix score range: 110 to 60 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 21 February 2019

Number of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 29 November 18

Invitation date: 31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 points submitted up to 16 December 18

Invitation date: 3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

Invitation date: 20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on 5th July 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

June 7th, 2019:

NSW-489 sub class – Orana Regional Authority Sponsorship Update: Change in the application process and requirements 

Orana which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in sponsorship 489 sub class Regional Sponsorship visa has announced that from the 1st of June 2019 RDA Orana is introducing a Expression of Interest (EOI) process to be undertaken before a full application, to screen applicants committed to living and working in the Orana region.

Specific conditions for Orana region nomination

For June they will ONLY be assessing EOI from those who have been living in the Orana region for at least 6 months AND working for at least 6 months, more than 30 hours per week.

The role applicant have been working in MUST be suitable for classification under one of the Short/ Medium/ Long term skills lists for the Orana region. That is, the occupation must be eligible for a 482, 489, 187 visa in the Orana. They will also accept applications for Aged Care workers.

ANZSCO Level 1 Occupations require ‘Proficient’ English.

They stated that if the applicant is interested in submitting an Expression of Interest in June 2019 and have been living in the Orana region for at least 6 months but are not sure if you meet the criteria, they asked to please contact the skilled migration team at migration@rdaorana.org.au BEFORE he/she submits an Expression of Interest. WHERE APPLICANT APPLIES AND DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA, THE EOI WILL NOT PROGRESS & THERE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Orana for NSW-489 sub class visa.


South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

323211- Fitter (General)- Low Availability- Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 06th, 2019:

Australian Psychological Society (APS) Skills Assessment Update: Change in the skills assessment fee

Australian Psychological Society has announced a change in the skills assessment fee effective June 2019. It assesses the psychologist occupation.

Migration as a psychologist: Assessment fee – 1 June 2019 -31 May 2020 

Applying from within Australia – $1171.00(inc GST)

Applying from outside Australia – $1065.00(GST free)

Employment Assessment Fee:

  • Fee for the Assessment of skilled employment history is $715.50, for services conducted in Australia but delivered outside of Australia (GST free)
  • Fee for the Assessment of skilled employment history is $795.00, for services conducted in Australia and delivered within Australia (includes GST)

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with APS.

June 06th, 2019:

Australian Psychological Society (APS) Skills Assessment Update: Change in the skills assessment fee

Australian Psychological Society has announced a change in the skills assessment fee effective June 2019. It assesses the psychologist occupation.

Migration as a psychologist: Assessment fee – 1 June 2019 -31 May 2020 

Applying from within Australia – $1171.00(inc GST)

Applying from outside Australia – $1065.00(GST free)

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with APS.

June 03rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 254412 -Registered Nurse (Aged Care) -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in the field- ANMAC
  • 411411- Enrolled Nurse -Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only- ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

June 03rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254412 -Registered Nurse (Aged Care) -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in the field- ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on info@.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

May 31st, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the Department will be performing scheduled system maintenance that will affect payment functionality in ImmiAccount on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

  • 2 pm to 11:59 pm Saturday 1 June 2019

You will still be able to start, edit, and attach documents to a Visa or Citizenship application during the outage period.

If you try to make a payment for an application or a LegendCom Subscription while maintenance is in progress, one of the following errors will be displayed:

  • ‘we are currently experiencing a technical issue with our systems. You will not be able to proceed with this application at this time as this service is temporarily unavailable’.
  • ‘the payment system is currently not available’.

To make a payment, please try again after 11:59 pm on Saturday 1 June 2019 AEST (GMT+10).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

May 28th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: CURRENT SYSTEM ISSUE

DHA has announced that some clients have reported that they are receiving a ‘system is temporarily unavailable’ error message when filling out online visa application forms.  They are aware of the issue and their technical teams are currently investigating.

If the visa is due to expire within the next 24 hours, please contact the Department.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

May 27th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261211- Multimedia Specialist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required;- See additional instructions -ACS

313112- ICT Customer Support Officer -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclasses.

May 24th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,24/05/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

Invitation date: 24 May 2019

Number of Invitations Issued: 323

Matrix score range:

  • All Matrix submitted with 135 to 70 points
  • 65 point matrix submitted on or before 30 April 2019

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 8 May 2019

Number of invitations issued: 225

Matrix score range: 135 points to 65 points submitted up to 31 March 2019

Invitation date: 15 April 2019

Number of invitations issued: 75

Matrix score range: 145 to 75

Invitation date: 28 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 203

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 8 January 2019

Invitation date: 12 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 363

Matrix score range: 110 to 60 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 21 February 2019

Number of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 29 November 18

Invitation date: 31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 points submitted up to 16 December 18

Invitation date: 3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

Invitation date: 20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on 11th June 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

May 22nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261211- Multimedia Specialist -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants  Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; -See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

May 21st, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round  09/05/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 09/05/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

    • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 2666 already invited
    • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 952 already invited
    • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 231 already invited
    • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 433 already invited
    • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 1319 already invited
    • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 629 already invited
    • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 – 213 already invited  
    •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 1261 already invited
    •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 – 499 already invited
    •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 – 1040 already invited
    •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 – 5163 already invited
    •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 1104 already invited
    •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 1514 already invited
    •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 713 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

May 20th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

351411 -Cook- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; -Provisional 489 visa only -TRA

391111- Hairdresser- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only; -3 years’ work experience in field; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 16th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

252411- Occupational Therapist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -3 years’ work experience in field -OTC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 16th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that LEGENDcom will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 2pm to 6pm on Saturday 18th May 2019.

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* midnight to 4am on Monday 20th May 2019

* 5am to 8am on Wednesday 22nd May 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 15th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

222112- Finance Broker- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 14th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149212 -Customer Service Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall); -Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

May 13th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232212- Surveyor -Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -SSSI

241111 -Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -AITSL

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 13th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Release of DAMA Occupation Lists applicable for 482 sub class

Immigration SA has released further information relating to South Australia’s Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) which is now available. It has released the following:

  • Details of the two DAMA Occupation Lists

1) Adelaide Innovation and Technology Agreement

There are 60 occupations on the Adelaide Innovation and Technology Agreement which supports the Adelaide City Deal. These occupations provide employers in the defence, space, and advanced manufacturing and technology industries with the ability to access and retain a highly-skilled workforce.

2) South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement

There are 114 occupations on the South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement which provide employers in key regional growth industries of agribusiness, health and aged care, hospitality and tourism, mining and construction sectors with the ability to access and retain a skilled workforce.

  • Information relating to Employer Eligibility 

Further details relating to the DAMA application process and how to apply will be released by 1 July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants under Temporary Skills Shortage visa (subclass 482).

May 13th, 2019:

Central West Regional Authority – NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Closure of Regional Sponsorship

Central West which is one of the 9 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW- 489 sub class visa as announced closure of Regional Sponsorship and stated that it will post a new list of occupations for the year 2019-2020 in July/August 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Central West NSW under 489 sub class.

May 10th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

331213 -Joiner -Low Availability -Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

May 10th, 2019:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Closure of BSMQ skilled program:

The Queensland authorities have announced that the skilled state nomination program has now closed 10 May 2018 at 12 pm. BSMQ will continue to process those EOI’s that have previously been lodged from 18 April – 10 May 2019 12 pm until the quota has been reached.

Please do not contact them regarding the progress of your EOI as this will slow down the processing team from finalising applications.

The Queensland business and skilled state nomination programs will re-open again with new quotas and new criteria for 2019-20 financial year in early July 2019.

At this time of re-opening applicant(s) will need to submit a NEW EOI as they will not be selecting any previously submitted or updated EOIs prior to re-opening.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Queensland State Sponsorship under 190 & 489 subclass.

May 10th, 2019:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Change in Skills Assessment Fee:

Engineers Australia has announced that fees for the Migration Skills Assessment services will change on the 1 September 2019. The following are the details of fees for various applications:

Competency Demonstration Report +Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment (+$360 Excl. GST) –AUD 1,155.00+GST

Fast Track Fee – AUD 305.00+GST

Standard Competency Demonstration Report – AUD 795.00+GST

Separate Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment – AUD 410.00+GST

Please find attached the complete details of the new fees that is applicable from 1 September 2019.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

May 09th, 2019:

Central West Regional Authority – NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Removal of Occupations

Central West which is one of the 9 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW- 489 sub class visa as announced earlier has restarted the Regional Sponsorship and released a new list that it is going to sponsor till 30/6/2019.

OCCUPATIONS CLOSING on 10th May 2019 at 9:30 am:

  • Child Care Centre Manager (ANZSCO 134111)
  • General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111)
  • Registered Nurse – Mental Health (ANZSCO 254422)

OCCUPATIONS THAT ARE NOW CLOSED:

  • Agricultural Scientist (ANZSCO 234112) – CLOSED 18/4/19 at 9:30 am
  • Registered Nurse Aged Care (ANZSCO 254412) – CLOSED 18/4/19 at 9:30 am
  • MOTOR MECHANIC (ANZSCO 321211) – CLOSED 3/4/19 at 9:30 am.
  • CHEF (ANZSCO 351311) – CLOSED 4/4/19 AT 5:00 pm.
  • REGISTERED NURSE NEC (ANZSCO 254499) – CLOSED 8/4/19 at 3:00 pm.
  • REGISTERED NURSE MEDICAL (ANZSCO 254418)  – CLOSED 8/4/19 at 3:00 pm.
  • Early Childhood Teacher (ANZSCO 241111) – CLOSED 11/4/19 at 9:30 am.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Central West – NSW under 489 sub class.

May 08th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 224214 -Records Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS
  • 342311 -Business Machine Mechanic- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 08th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,08/05/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

Invitation date: 8 May 2019

Number of invitations issued: 225

Matrix score range: 135 points to 65 points submitted up to 31 March 2019

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 15 April 2019

Number of invitations issued: 75

Matrix score range: 145 to 75

Invitation date: 28 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 203

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 8 January 2019

Invitation date: 12 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 363

Matrix score range: 110 to 60 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 21 February 2019

Number of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 29 November 18

Invitation date: 31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 points submitted up to 16 December 18

Invitation date: 3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

Invitation date: 20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on or before 24 May 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

May 06th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

272511- Social Worker -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -AASW

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 03rd, 2019:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Planned System Outage

Engineers Australia has announced that access to myPortal will be unavailable from 7:00 pm AEST Friday 3rd May 2019 to 10:00 am AEST Saturday 04th May 2019 for system maintenance.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Skills Assessment with Engineers Australia.

May 03rd, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

Department of Home Affairs has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 5 am to 8 am on Wednesday 8th May 2019

 
This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on Info@.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

April 29th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 224113 -Statistician- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 612115 -Real Estate Representative -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall);- Provisional 489 visa only; Must be prepared to undertake relevant registration course(s) and familiarise with local market- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 29th, 2019:

NSW-489 sub class- Mid North Coast Update: Closure of nomination process

Mid North Coast which is one of the 9 regional authorities participating in 489 sub class visa has announced that Expression of Interests for the Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (SRS) 489 program on the NSW Mid North Coast will CLOSE at 11:59pm Monday 29 April 2019.  No EOIs will be reviewed or accepted after this time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship under 489 sub class with NSW-Mid North Coast.

April 24th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

222111- Commodities Trader- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 24th, 2019:

Queensland State Sponsorship: Summary of occupation changes for ‘Working in Queensland’ and ‘Masters’ and ‘PhD’ QSOLs

The following are summary of changes to ‘Working in Queensland’ and ‘Masters’ and ‘PhD’ QSOLs

Occupations added for subclass 489 and 190:

  • Arts Administrator or Manager (ANZSCO code 139911)
  • Dancer or Choreographer (ANZSCO code 211112)
  • Music Director (ANZSCO code 211212)
  • Artistic Director (ANZSCO code 212111)
  • Environmental Manager (ANZSCO code 139912)
  • Musician (Instrumental) (ANZSCO code 211213)
  • Statistician (ANZSCO code 224113)
  • Economist (ANZSCO code 224311)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO code 233611)
  • Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO code 233612)
  • Engineering Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 233999)
  • Chemist (ANZSCO code 234211)
  • Food Technologist (ANZSCO code 234212)
  • Environmental Consultant (ANZSCO code 234312)
  • Environmental Research Scientist (ANZSCO code 234313)
  • Environmental Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234399)
  • Geophysicist (ANZSCO code 234412)
  • Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO code 234413)
  • Life Scientist (General) (ANZSCO code 234511)
  • Biochemist (ANZSCO code 234513)
  • Biotechnologist (ANZSCO code 234514)
  • Botanist (ANZSCO code 234515)
  • Marine Biologist (ANZSCO code 234516)
  • Microbiologist (ANZSCO code 234517)
  • Zoologist (ANZSCO code 234518)
  • Life Scientists nec (ANZSCO code 234599)
  • Conservator (ANZSCO code 234911)
  • Metallurgist (ANZSCO code 234912)
  • Meteorologist (ANZSCO code 234913)
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec (ANZSCO code 234999)
  • University Lecturer (ANZSCO code 242111)
  • Multimedia Specialist (ANZSCO code 261211)
  • Telecommunications network planner (ANZSCO code 313213)
  • Pressure welder (ANZSCO code 322312)
  • Construction Project Manager (ANZSCO code 133111) (Re-added, formerly removed for this FY)
  • Quantity Surveyor (ANZSCO code 233213) (Re-added, formerly removed for this FY)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (ANZSCO code 254412) (Re-added, formerly removed for this FY)

Occupations added for subclass 489 only:

  •  Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (ANZSCO code 254415)
  • Dentist (ANZSCO code 252312)
  • Anaesthetist (ANZSCO code 253211)

Occupations removed:

  • Systems Analyst (ANZSCO code 261112)
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineer (ANZSCO code 263111)
  • Software Tester (ANZSCO code 261314)

PhD alumni:

  • Entire instrument LIN 19/051 is available
  • University Lecturer (ANZSCO code 242111) – must meet working in Queensland requirements

Please note that the below previously removed occupations for this FY are still unavailable:

  • ICT Business Analyst – 261111
  • Marketing Specialist – 225113
  • Finance Manager – 132211
  • Developer Programmer – 261312
  • Software Engineer – 261313
  • Civil Engineer – 233211
  • Electrical Engineer – 233311
  • Mechanical Engineer – 233512
  • Accountant (General) – 221111
  • Engineering Technologist – 233914

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 24th, 2019:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Reopening of Sponsorship for applicants working in Queensland, Masters & PhD streams

Queensland state authorities have announced that BSMQ has received additional quota for the skilled program and is re- opening the ‘Working in Queensland, ‘Masters’ and ‘PhD’ Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists from Thursday, 18 April 2019. Once this quota has been filled the program will close again until July 2019.

These lists have been changed (some occupations added and removed), so please review these lists carefully before submitting an EOI through SkillSelect.

1) Only EOI’s submitted from the 18 April 2019 will be picked up.

2) EOIs submitted prior to this date will not be picked up. If you have lodged an EOI in the past and not received an invitation you will need to submit a NEW EOI from 18 April 2019.

3) Applicants must be ONSHORE only and meet the onshore criteria for working in Queensland – including being employed for 6 months in the nominated occupation before submitting an EOI, and have an ongoing job offer for at least a year.

4) Queensland Masters graduates must be currently working in the nominated occupation and have continual ongoing employment for at least 12 months.

5) PhD graduates are not required to have a job, however there is an exception for the occupation of University Lecturer. PhD applicants applying under the occupation of University Lecturer (ANZSCO code 242111), must meet working in Queensland criteria including having been employed for six months in their nominated occupation and have continual ongoing employment for at least 12 months.

Invitations to suitable candidates will start to be sent out from Wednesday, 24 April 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 24th, 2019:

ANZAC Day Holiday in Australia

Please note that most of the authorities in Australia will be closed for ANZAC Day on Thursday 25th of April and re-open on Friday 26th of April.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Australia Immigration.

April 23rd, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/4/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/4/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 2653 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 947 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 230 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 431 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 1315 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 626 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 – 212 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 1255 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 – 496 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 – 1035 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 – 5138 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 1100 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 1506 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 710 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub classes.

April 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254412 -Registered Nurse (Aged Care)- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years’ work experience in field- ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 18th, 2019:

Closure for Good Friday & Easter Monday

Please note that most of the authorities in Australia will be closed on Friday, 19 April and Monday, 22 April due to the Good Friday and Easter Monday public holidays. They will re-open at 9am on Tuesday, 23 April 2019.  They have wished you a safe and happy Easter break.

We can continue filing the applications online wherever applicable during this period.

Please update all your clients accordingly.


South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312311- Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- Special Conditions Apply -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 18th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Website maintenance – Saturday 20 April to Sunday 21 April 2019

DHA has announced that the following websites will be unavailable from 2pm Saturday 20 April to 9am Sunday 21 April 2019 (AEST):

  • https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://www.abf.gov.au
  • https://archive.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/lindareynolds
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/peterdutton
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman
  • https://www.livingsafetogether.gov.au
  • https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au
  • https://www.triplezero.gov.au
  • https://news.cicentre.gov.au
  • https://www.dvs.gov.au
  • https://www.organisationalresilience.gov.au
  • https://www.tisn.gov.au
  • https://www.disasterassist.gov.au

During the outage, you can still access ImmiAccount, VEVO and TRS by going directly to their webpage. In addition, VEVO and TRS users are encouraged to download the relevant mobile app.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 17th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232212- Surveyor-Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- SSSI

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 17th, 2019:

Central West Regional Authority – NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Removal of Occupations

Central West which is one of the 9 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW- 489 sub class visa as announced earlier has restarted the Regional Sponsorship and released a new list that it is going to sponsor till 30/6/2019.

PLEASE BE ADVISED registrations for the following occupation’s will CLOSE 18th April 2019 at 9:30 am:

  • Agricultural Scientist (ANZSCO 234112)
  • Registered Nurse Aged Care (ANZSCO 254412)

Occupations that are now Closed:

  • Motor Mechanic (ANZSCO 321211) – CLOSED 3/4/19 at 9:30 am.
  • Chef (ANZSCO 351311) – CLOSED 4/4/19 AT 5:00 pm.
  • Registered Nurse Nec (ANZSCO 254499) – CLOSED 8/4/19 at 3:00 pm.
  • Registered Nurse Medical (ANZSCO 254418)  – CLOSED 8/4/19 at 3:00 pm.
  • Early Childhood Teacher (ANZSCO 241111) – CLOSED 11/4/19 at 9:30 am.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Central West of NSW under 489 sub class.

April 15th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,15/04/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

Invitation date: 15 April 2019

Number of invitations issued: 75

Matrix score range: 145 to 75

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 28 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 203

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 8 January 2019

Invitation date: 12 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 363

Matrix score range: 110 to 60 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 21 February 2019

Number of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 29 November 18

Invitation date:  31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date:  15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 points submitted up to 16 December 18

Invitation date:  3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

Invitation date:  20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on 6 May 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

April 15th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224113- Statistician -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 12th, 2019:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: System Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that their Site is temporarily unavailable and advised that access to myPortal will be unavailable from Friday 12th 2019 5:00PM to Friday 12th 2019 11:00 PM for system maintenance.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

April 10th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

351311- Chef -Low Availability- Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 or 489 sub class visa.

April 10th, 2019:

Central West Regional Authority – NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Removal of Occupation

Central West which is one of the 9 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW- 489 sub class visa as announced earlier has restarted the Regional Sponsorship and released a new list that it is going to sponsor till 30/6/2019.

PLEASE BE ADVISED registrations for the following occupation will CLOSE 11th April 2019 at 9:30 am:

  • Early Childhood Teacher (ANZSCO 241111)

OCCUPATIONS THAT ARE NOW CLOSED:

  • MOTOR MECHANIC (ANZSCO 321211) – CLOSED 3/4/19 at 9:30 am.
  • CHEF (ANZSCO 351311) – CLOSED 4/4/19 AT 5:00 pm.
  • REGISTERED NURSE NEC (ANZSCO 254499) – CLOSED 8/4/19 at 3:00 pm.
  • REGISTERED NURSE MEDICAL (ANZSCO 254418)  – CLOSED 8/4/19 at 3:00 pm.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Central West of NSW under 489 sub class.

April 10th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 4am to 8am on Wednesday 17th April 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 09th, 2019:

Changes to Points Test effective November 2019.

In case of Skilled Migration – DHA might make the below changes to the Points Test effective November 2019

  • Nomination by a State or Territory government agency or sponsorship by a family member residing in regional Australia, to live and work in regional Australia. – 15 points currently it is 10 points
  • Skilled spouse or de facto partner – 10 points currently it is 5 points
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) qualifications – 10 points currently we don’t have any points further details required to conclude on these points.
  • Spouse or de facto partner with ‘competent English’ – 5 points currently we don’t have any points
  • Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner – 10 points currently we don’t have any points.

NOTE: We are still waiting for a detailed announcement by DHA regarding the above-mentioned changes, and these are likely to be implemented effective Nov 2019, however it depends upon DHA. Further expecting few other changes relating to the introduction of New Temporary Regional Visas.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under General Skilled Migration.

April 08th, 2019:

Central West Regional Authority – NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Removal of Occupation

Central West which is one of the 9 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW- 489 sub class visa as announced earlier has restarted the Regional Sponsorship and released a new list that it is going to sponsor till 30/6/2019.

PLEASE BE ADVISED registrations for the following occupation will CLOSE 8th April 2019 at 3 PM:

  • REGISTERED NURSE NEC – ANZSCO 254499 
  • REGISTERED NURSE (MEDICAL) – ANZSCO 254418 

Occupations that are already NOW CLOSED:

  • MOTOR MECHANIC – ANZSCO 321211 – CLOSED 3/4/19 at 9:30 am.
  • CHEF – ANZSCO 351311 – CLOSED 4/4/19 AT 5:00 pm. 

April 4th, 2019:

Central West Regional Authority – NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Removal of Occupation

Central West which is one of the 9 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW- 489 sub class visa as announced earlier has restarted the Regional Sponsorship and released a new list that it is going to sponsor till 30/6/2019.

PLEASE BE ADVISED registrations for the following occupation will CLOSE 4th April 2019 at 5 PM:

  1. Chef – ANZSCO 351311

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Central West under NSW-489 sub class.

April 3rd, 2019:

Changes in visa application fees

  • Base VACs for visa subclasses, except the Visitor Subclass 600, will increase by 5.4% from 1 July 2019
  • No increase to second instalment VACs


Changes in Skilled Migration Points Test – Secondary Skilled Migrants, Relief for those who like to claim points on spouse!

  • From November 2019, points test will be adjusted to award additional points, to the primary applicants, where their partner has competent English, but cannot meet the requirements for skilled partner points
  • Single applicants will also be awarded additional points to ensure they are not disadvantaged – how this will occur has not been detailed

Extension of Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa for regional graduates

  • An additional 12 month second post-study work visa for international graduates providing a total of three years.

Destination Australia Program – Regional study for international students 

  • Scholarships for international and domestic students to study in regional Australia for higher education or vocational education qualifications

April 02nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 141111 -Cafe or Restaurant Manager -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 313199- ICT Support Technicians nec- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 02nd, 2019:

Central West Regional Authority – NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Removal of Occupation

Central West which is one of the 9 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW- 489 sub class visa as announced earlier has restarted the Regional Sponsorship and released a new list that it is going to sponsor till 30/6/2019.

Please note that the following occupation will CLOSE on 3rd April 2019 at 9:30 am:

  • MOTOR MECHANIC – ANZSCO 321211

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Central West of NSW under 489 sub class.

April 02nd, 2019:

Central West Regional Authority – NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Update: Reopening of the sponsorship & release of new occupation list.

Central West which is one of the 9 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW- 489 sub class visa as announced earlier has restarted the Regional Sponsorship and released a new list that it is going to sponsor till 30/6/2019.

How to Apply:

RDA Central West have a two-step process for Round Two of the Central West Occupation List for 2018/2019.

The Two-Step Process:

Step One – ‘Registration of Interest’:

RDACW will require some key information and documents via their online form on their website.  The documents required for registration can be up-loaded (file upload) to the form.  There is no cost (no fees) to register.  Registrations will be processed as quickly as possible (estimated up to 3 weeks).

Step Two – ‘Invitation to Apply’:

RDACW will request a full application for NSW Nomination via email -migration@rdacentralwest.org.au.

Applications will be processed in 6 weeks from the time of receipt by RDACW.

Please find attached the Central West list.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Central West of NSW under 489 sub class.

April 02nd, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times:

* 1am AEDT to 4am AEST on Sunday 7th April 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 01st, 2019:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Notice of change to AITSL Assessment for Migration Fee Structure – EFFECTIVE 01 JULY 2019

AITSL has announced that on 1 July 2019, the AITSL Assessment for Migration fees, including assessment application fee, appeal, skilled employment statement (SES) and additional copy of assessment outcome fees will change.

The new fees will apply to all applications submitted via our online applicant portal from 1 July 2019 onwards. Applications submitted up to and including 30 June 2019 will pay the 2018 fee..

  1. Assessment of application – AUD845 (Earlier AUD830)
  2. Appeal of assessment outcome – AUD845 (Earlier AUD830)
  3. Skilled Employment Statement (SES) – AUD228 
  4. Additional copy of assessment outcome* – AUD97

*A fee applies when an additional copy is requested of a certificate with a reference number starting with WAMS.

Note: Goods and services tax (GST) – No GST is charged on any AITSL Assessment for Migration fee. The above fees are final.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on Info@.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

March 30th, 2019:

Northern Inland – 489 sub class NSW State Update: Closure of Regional Sponsorship

Northern Inland which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring NSW – 489 sub class visa has announced that effective 23:59 (AEDT) Sunday the 31st of March 2019 they will no longer be accepting applications for sponsorship.

Applications received before this date will still be assessed for nomination, but may not be nominated by the NSW State Government until after the 1st of July 2019. They will be prioritising according to need and urgency in relation to an applicant’s current visa expiry and the date the application was received.

They have stated that their normal application process will resume from the 1st of July 2019.

March 28th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,28/03/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

Invitation date: 28 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 203

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 8 January 2019

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 12 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 363

Matrix score range: 110 to 60 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 21 February 2019

Number of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 29 November 18

Invitation date: 31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date: 15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 points submitted up to 16 December 18

Invitation date: 3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

Invitation date: 20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on
15th April 2019

March 26th, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 10/3/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 10/3/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 2640 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 942 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 230 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 429 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 1315 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 626 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 – 211 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 1249 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 – 493 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 – 1030 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 – 5113 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 1095 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 1498 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 707 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

March 26th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 222111- Commodities Trader- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation- VETASSESS
  • 224214 – Records Manager – Low Availability – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 26th, 2019:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Online Application Process

AITSL has announced that applications can now be done online. No more postal mail and hard copies plus secure online payment. Please note they will continue to accept paper-based applications until 30 April 2019.

Document preparation: 

The online Applicant portal requires uploading of documents to support your application. Uploaded documents must meet the following specifications.

Document file type

The following file types can be uploaded in the Applicant portal. Each document must be in colour, no larger than 20 MB and must have a minimum resolution of 300dpi.

  • Jpeg/jpg
  • Png
  • PDF
  • Tiff
  • Bmp

When uploading documents of multiple pages please ensure documents are submitted in a single file. For example, a final academic transcript over multiple pages should be uploaded a single PDF file.

If a document is double sided please remember to scan both sides of the document, to ensure that all relevant information is included in your application.

AITSL will not accept:

  • Copies that are missing part of a document (header, footer, all pages)
  • Copies of photographs
  • Black and white copies
  • Low resolution copies
  • Copies of copies

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

March 26th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that Immi Account will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 5am to 8am on Wednesday 27th March 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

March 25th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 261399- Software and Applications Programmers nec-Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
  • 252411 -Occupational Therapist- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field-OTC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.


South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261399- Software and Applications Programmers nec-Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 23rd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261399 -Software and Applications Programmers nec-Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 22nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

612112- Property Manager -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only; Must be prepared to undertake relevant registration course(s) and familiarise with local market-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 22nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: DAMA Program

The Government of South Australia has announced that is currently finalising the details of the Designated Area Migration Agreements with the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

  • The Designated Area Migration Agreements will enable South Australian employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers for positions they are unable to fill with local workers.
  • The Designated Area Migration Agreements will provide access to additional occupations and concessions to the standard migration program.
  • South Australia’s Designated Area Migration Agreements will utilise the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482).
  • Businesses will enter into a labour agreement with the Australian Government and workers will then be granted a subclass 482 visa.
  • As the Agreements are an employer-sponsored visa program, individual workers cannot apply for a visa independently.

It is expected the Designated Area Migration Agreements will be rolled out over the next few months.

This update is applicable for all the applicants willing to apply for 482 subclass visa under DAMA with South Australia.

March 22nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

351112- Pastry Cook- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

March 18th, 2019:

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Occupation List

Tasmania State has updated its TSOL (Tasmania Skilled Occupation List). The following occupation has been REMOVED from the list when compared with the previous list.

399312 – Library Technician – VETASSESS

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Tasmania under 489 sub class.


Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 5am to 8am on Wednesday 20th March 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

March 15th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 222112 -Finance Broker- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 224113 -Statistician -Special Conditions -Apply Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 313199 -ICT Support Technicians nec- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 14th, 2019:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Occupation List updated

ACT has updated its skilled occupation list for state nomination under 190 sub class. The following are the changes that have been made to the list.

Occupations REMOVED from the list:

253211 Anaesthetist – This occupation has been removed from Open Occupations

The following occupations were REMOVED from Closed Occupations

121111 Aquaculture Farmer

121211 Cotton Grower

121213 Fruit or Nut Grower

121214 Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower

121216 Mixed Crop Farmer

121217 Sugar Cane Grower

121299 Crop Farmers nec

121312 Beef Cattle Farmer

121313 Dairy Cattle Farmer

121317 Mixed Livestock Farmer

121318 Pig Farmer

121322 Sheep Farmer

121399 Livestock Farmers nec

121411 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer

211499 Visual Arts & Crafts Professionals (nec)

252312 Dentist

323215 Textile, Clothing & Footwear Mechanic

323316 Watch & Clock Maker & Repairer

399211 Chemical Plant Operator

399312 Library Technician

Occupations ADDED to the list. All the following occupations have been added as Closed Occupations to the list:

139912 Environmental Manager

211213 Musician (Instrumental)

224113 Statistician

224311 Economist

233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)

233612 Petroleum Engineer

233999 Engineering Professionals nec

234211Chemist

234212 Food Technologist

234312 Environmental Consultant

234313 Environmental Research Scientist

234399 Environmental Scientists nec

234412 Geophysicist

234413 Hydrogeologist

234511 Life Scientist (general)

234513 Biochemist

234514 Biotechnologist

234515 Botanist

234516 Marine Biologist

234517 Microbiologist

234518 Zoologist

234519 Life Scientists nec

234911 Conservator

234912 Metallurgist

234913 Meteorologist

234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec

242111 University Lecturer

261211 Multimedia Specialist

261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec

322312 Pressure welder

361112 Horse Trainer

NOTE: In order to file for state nomination we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and wait for an invite from ACT to apply for State Sponsorship. We can file the Canberra Matrix even if the occupation is in closed status.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.


Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: TSOL Amended

Tasmania State has amended its TSOL (Tasmania Skilled Occupations List). It has also mentioned the occupations that are eligible for 190 sub class visa in TSOL. Further the following the occupations that have been ADDED to the list when compared with the previous list.

  • 254424- Registered Nurses (Surgical) -ANMAC
  • 254425- Registered Nurses (Paediatrics) -ANMAC

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Tasmania under 190 & 489 sub class.


Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Upcoming Infrastructure Changes to the System

Engineers Australia has announced that it will be upgrading its IT infrastructure at the end of March. Engineers Australia’s online portal will be temporarily made unavailable during 22- 25 March. During this time, applicant(s) will not be able to log in to EA’s Portal to initiate, submit or continue your application.

If you would like to submit any new applications should be submitted before 22 March 2019. All the unsubmitted applications will be cancelled.

Applications which are submitted by making the payment will be processed according and Engineers Australia assessors will communicate through e-mail during this system down time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.


Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 16th March 2019

* midnight to 4am on Monday 18th March 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

March 13th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Changes to the SNOL and SSL

South Australia has announced that as per yesterday’s announcement from Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs they have changes this week (with immediate effect) to the combined list of eligible skilled occupations.

As a result of these changes, Immigration SA has reviewed the State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) and Supplementary Skilled List (SSL).

The following occupations will be added to Immigration SA’s occupation lists in the afternoon of Friday 15 March, 2019.

The following occupations will be added to the State Nomination Occupation List (SNOL):

  • 224113 – Statistician – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS
  • 261211 – Multimedia Specialist – Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions – ACS
  • 261399 – Software and Applications Programmers nec – Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions – ACS

The following occupations are to be added to the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL):

  • 121314 –  Deer Farmer – Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS
  • 121315 – Goat Farmer – Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS
  • 139912 – Environmental Manager – Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS
  • 211213 – Musician (Instrumental)  – Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Preparedness to self-employ – VETASSESS
  • 224113 –  Statistician – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) – VETASSESS
  • 224311 – Economist – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 233611 – Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum)– Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -Engineers Australia
  • 233612 – Petroleum Engineer – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) – Engineers Australia
  • 233999 – Engineering Professionals nec – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) -Engineers Australia
  • 234211 – Chemist – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234212 – Food Technologist -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS
  • 234312 – Environmental Consultant -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS
  • 234313 – Environmental Research Scientist – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234399 – Environmental Scientist nec -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234412 – Geophysicist– Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234413 – Hydrogeologist -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234511 – Life Scientist (General) -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234513 – Biochemist -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS
  • 234514 – Biotechnologist– Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234515 – Botanist -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234516 – Marine Biologist – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234517- Microbiologist– Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234518 – Zoologist– Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234599 – Life Scientists nec– Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS
  • 234911- Conservator– Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234912- Metallurgist– Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 234913-Meteorologist -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 234999 – Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec– Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS
  • 242111 – University Lecturer– Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS
  • 313213 – Telecommunications Network Planner -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) – Engineers Australia
  • 322312 – Pressure Welder– Competent English -TRA
  • 361112 -Horse Trainer – Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – TRA

The following occupations were removed from the STSOL and are no longer available for state nomination:

  • Chemical Plant Operator
  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
  • Library Technician
  • Watch and Clock Maker
  • Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.


Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 16th March 2019

* midnight to 4am on Monday 18th March 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.


March 12th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 141311- Hotel or Motel Manager -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS
  • 254423- Registered Nurse (Perioperative)- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC
  • 411411 -Enrolled Nurse- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.


ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,12/03/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

Invitation date: 12 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 363

Matrix score range: 110 to 60 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 21 February 2019

Number of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 29 November 18

Invitation date:  31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date:  15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 points submitted up to 16 December 18

Invitation date:  3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

Invitation date:  20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on 28 March 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.


Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/2/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/2/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster of the quota for the following occupations are filled:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 2460 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 878 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 224 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 411 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 1230 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 603 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 –197 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 1164 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 – 459 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 – 960 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 – 4764 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 1033 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 1419 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 683 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

March 8th, 2019:

NSW – 489 sub class Northern Inland Regional Authority Update: Change in the occupations list effective 7 March 2019

Northern Inland which is one of the 9 regional authorities participating in NSW – 489 sub class regional sponsorship has amended the list. The following are the changes:

Occupations ADDED to the list:

  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) – 254412
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency) – 254415
  • Chef – 351311

Occupations REMOVED from the list:

  • Motor Mechanic (General) 321211

NOTE: All the 9 regional authorities have their own SOLs, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Northern Inland under 489 sub class.


ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Invitation round for Canberra Matrix

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,12/03/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

Invitation date: 12 March 2019

Number of invitations issued: 363

Matrix score range: 110 to 60 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Previous Invitation Rounds Details:

Invitation date: 21 February 2019

Number of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 points submitted up to 29 November 18

Invitation date:  31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 points submitted up to 31 December 18

Invitation date:  15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 points submitted up to 16 December 18

Invitation date:  3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

Invitation date:  20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be held on 28 March 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.


March 6th, 2019:

Victoria University Skills Assessment Update: New payment arrangements for TSS Program, OSAP & TRS

Commencing on 1 March 2019, applicants for Trades Recognition Australia’s (TRA) TSS Skills Assessment Program (TSS program), Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) and Trades Recognition Service (TRS) will pay fees for their skills assessment directly to TRA through the TRA Online Portal.

Victoria University will provide the applicant(s) with an RTO assessment payment identifier code that must be used to make payment through the TRA Online Portal for the service required, for example, a documentary evidence assessment, technical assessment, etc.

A link to the portal will be available on the TRA website from 1 March 2019.

If any difficulty making a payment, should contact TRA for assistance at: rtofinanceandit@education.gov.au.

Assessment step –  Fee amount (GST excluded)

Documentary Evidence – $1,280.00

Documentary Evidence – Review – $700.00

Documentary Evidence – Reassessment – $450.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 1 – $2,000.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 1 – Review – $700.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 1 – Reassessment – $1,000.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 2 – $900.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 2 – Review – $700.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 2 – Reassessment – $450.00

Practical Assessment – $2,200.00

Practical Assessment – Review – $700.00

Practical Assessment – Reassessment – $1,100.00

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Victoria University.

March 05th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424 -Registered Nurse (Surgical)- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 05th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 5am to 8am on Wednesday 6th March 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

March 04th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121216 -Mixed Crop Farmer- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 01st, 2019:

New Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa sub class 870 launched effective 1 July 2019

On 1 March 2019, Minister Coleman announced that applications to sponsor a parent for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa will be open from 17 April 2019.

The new visa provides a pathway for existing Parent visa applicants to travel to Australia temporarily to spend time with their children and grandchildren while their permanent Parent visa application is being processed.

Applications for the visa are intended to open from 1 July 2019.

Process to Apply:

Step 1: Apply for Sponsorship: Sponsorship applications can be lodged from 17 April 2019.

Step 2: Visa Application: When a sponsor has been approved, the parent(s) will then be able to lodge their visa application. Visa applications must be lodged within six months of sponsorship approval and cannot be lodged until a sponsor has been approved.

Validity of the visa:

The visa is valid up to five years at a time without departing. It provides an alternative option to Visitor visas which only allow shorter periods of stay. Parents are still eligible to apply for Visitor visas and/or permanent Parent visas.

Ceilings for this visa:

Up to 15,000 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas may be granted each program year (from 1 July to 30 June). If the cap is reached in a program year, no further visas will be granted until the next program year commences on 1 July.

Sponsorship Eligibility:

Sponsors must meet the following criteria:

  • The sponsor/parent relationship requirements (i.e.,: a parent must be the biological, adoptive, or step-parent of the sponsor and a step-parent can only apply if they are still in a married/de facto relationship with a biological parent of the sponsor)
  • Be aged at least 18 years of age
  • Be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who has been usually resident in Australia for four years
  • Have met any prior sponsorship obligations
  • Have no adverse information unless it is reasonable to disregard the information
  • Have no debts to the Commonwealth or public health debts unless appropriate arrangements have been made for payment
  • A minimum household income threshold (based on the income of the sponsor, or the combined income of the sponsor and their spouse/partner and/or another child of the parent)
  • Provide police clearances for any country they have spent more than 12 months cumulatively in during the past 10 years
  • Authorize information to be shared with the visa applicant.
  • Sponsors must comply with sponsorship obligations in relation to the parent(s) they are sponsoring.

Sponsorship Obligations:

A parent sponsor will be required to meet obligations including:

  • Providing financial support and accommodation for their parent in Australia
  • Keeping records and providing them to the Department if asked. For example evidence of income. This obligation ends two years after the day the person ceases to be a sponsor
  • Advising the Department when certain events occur. For example if they are charged with a crime. This obligation ends the day after the person ceases to be a sponsor
  • Paying outstanding public health debts incurred by their parent in Australia. The obligation ceases if the relevant health authority advises the debt has been repaid, or acceptable repayment arrangements have been made. However, this obligation will continue if there are outstanding health debts, even after the parent who incurred them has departed Australia.

If an obligation is breached, the Department can consider:

  • Cancelling the sponsorship. This means Parent(s) and dependents must either find another sponsor or depart Australia
  • Barring a sponsor. A bar prevents a sponsor from sponsoring further parents for a period of time.

NOTE: If the parent incurs public health debts in Australia and these are not paid, the party owed the debt will be able to pursue the sponsor, through the Courts if necessary, to have the debt repaid.

Sponsorship Validity:

A parent sponsorship will cease:

  • If the sponsor’s permanent visa is cancelled
  • If the sponsor dies
  • If the sponsor withdraws their sponsorship
  • If the sponsored parent does not apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa within six months of the sponsorship being approved
  • The day that the Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa ceases.

Cost of Sponsorship:

The sponsorship application fee is $420.

Eligibility requirements of Parent (Temporary) visa applicants (i.e., Parent(s)) must meet the following:

  • Be sponsored by a person who is an approved parent sponsor
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be outside Australia (unless invited in writing to apply by the Department), for at least 90 days if the applicant holds or has previously held a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
  • Not have engaged in payment for visas conduct
  • Provide evidence of access to funds
  • Provide evidence of health insurance
  • Not have an outstanding public health debt (unless appropriate arrangements have been made to repay the debt)
  • Satisfy health, character, and national security requirements.

How long the parent(s) can stay in Australia:

  • The visa allows parents to stay in Australia temporarily for a period of up to five years at a time.
  • A parent must be outside Australia for at least 90 days before being eligible to apply for a further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa.
  • A parent will be able to hold visas up to a total stay in Australia of 10 years, reflecting that the visa is a temporary visa and does not lead to permanent residence.
  • Parents who have held Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas for the cumulative maximum 10 year period must either depart Australia or apply for another visa that will allow them to remain in Australia. They will not be eligible for grant of a further Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa.

Visa Costs:

The visa application charge is:

AUD5, 000 for a visa of up to three years’ duration; or

AUD10, 000 for a visa of up to five years’ duration.

The visa application charge is payable in two installments, with one payment at time of application and the remainder paid prior to visa grant.

Work Rights:

Parent(s) will generally be subject to a “no work” condition.

NOTE: We will come to know further details regarding this sub class in the coming days.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a Parent Visa.

March 01st, 2019:

Trades Recognition Australia Update: How to make the payment for skills assessment under OSAP with the RTOs like Vetassess or Victoria University.

Payment for services with Regional Training Organisations (RTOs):

Fees for OSAP skills assessments are paid to TRA via the TRA Online Portal. However, applicants will first need to contact the chosen TRA-approved RTO to obtain a unique RTO Assessment Payment Identifier Code for the service he/she require e.g. documentary evidence assessment, technical assessment, etc.

Once applicants have obtained the RTO Assessment Payment Identifier Code, they must register a username and password in the portal before they can make a payment. They will use the same user name and password for each payment they make.

Applicants will NOT have met the standards set by TRA under OSAP if:

  • The documentary evidence provided to the TRA-approved RTO is NOT decision ready.
  • The documentary evidence provided to the TRA-approved RTO is NOT relevant to your nominated occupation.
  • The documentary evidence provided contains insufficient detail to meet OSAP requirements.
  • The documentary evidence is found to contain false or misleading information.
  • Applicant(s) were unsuccessful in meeting the requirements of the technical assessment.
  • TRA agrees with the RTO’s recommendation for an unsuccessful outcome.
  • If unsuccessful, the RTO will provide you with the final outcome documentation, including information about any identified skills gaps.
  • The final outcome documentation will also contain information about the options for review and reassessment, including the relevant RTO Assessment Payment Identifier Codes which can be used to make a payment for these services through the TRA Online Portal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with RTOs under OSAP.

March 01st, 2019:

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) Update: Change in the core study areas & the appeal process

AACA has announced that  for skills assessment as an Architect ANZSCO – 232111 the documentation must be clearly demonstrate that the qualification adequately covers the following six prescribed core areas of study relevant to an Australian qualification:

• Design Studies and Design Integration

• Documentation and Technical Studies

• History and Theory Studies

• Practice and Project Management, Implementation and User Studies

• Environmental Studies

• Communication Studies

NOTE: Earlier there were SEVEN core study areas now they have reduced it to SIX.

Appealing a decision: Applicants may appeal decisions made by AACA. The appeal must be lodged in writing with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AACA within 28 days from the date of notification of the result. Earlier it was 3 months.

The following is the process of application & documents requirement

Online application & Payment – have the credit card details and card security password* ready BEFORE completing this online application form.

Payment is required to be made immediately after the form is completed. The filled form will NOT be saved or submitted if your payment is declined. *Your security password may be referred to as “3D Secure”, “Verified by Visa” or “MasterCard SecureCode” depending on your credit card type and your bank.

The checklist of documents required to be submitted as part of application:

  • Completed application form
  • Cover Letter
  • Evidence of Name Change (if applicable)
  • Signed Authorisation Letter (if you are using an Agent)
  • Evidence of Registration as an Architect in English (if applicable)
  • Academic Qualifications
    • Degree Certificate Original
    • Degree Certificate Translation Original (if applicable)
    • Academic Transcript Original
    • Academic Transcript Translation Original (if applicable)
    • Diploma Supplement Original (if applicable)
    • Diploma Supplement Translation Original (if applicable)
  • Self-Assessment Matrix
  • Applicant’s Declaration Form

NOTE: 

  • All scans must be in pdf format, in colour and at a resolution of at least 300 dp
  • Ensure that your pdfs are not password protected.
  • Do not submit certified copies, photocopies, black or white copies

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AACA.

March 01st, 2019:

Vetassess Skills Assessment (Trade Occupations) Update: New criteria for skills assessment

Pathway – 1- Applicants who don’t have an Australia Qualifications or License

As part of the application process, applicants need to provide evidence of the employment, skills and knowledge. The evidence must show applicant meets the minimum employment experience requirements for the nominated occupation:

  • Licensed Trades – 6 years’ employment experience (with no formal training)
  • Licensed Trades – 4 years’ employment experience (with relevant formal training)
  • Non-licensed Trades – 5 years’ employment experience (with no formal training)
  • Non-licensed Trades – 3 years’ employment experience (with relevant formal training)

In addition the evidence must show he/she has worked in the occupation for at least 12 months within the last 3 years and must be able to be verified.

Pathway – 2 – Applicants who have an Australia Qualifications or License

Applicants should have worked in paid employment in the occupation for at least 3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) at the skill level required. This evidence can include taxation records, annual payment summaries, group certificates, payslips and/or bank statements.

Applicants should have worked full-time in the nominated occupation for 12 months in the last 3 years. For applicants applying with a current Australian occupational licence, this 12 months employment must be in Australia.

Applicant will be required to submit payment directly to Trades Recognition Australia. The above changes are effective 1 March 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess under trade occupations.

March 01st, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/1/2019

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/1/2019. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster on an average more than 50% of the quota for the following occupations is filled:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 2280 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 814 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 215 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 388 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 1145 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 569 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 –183 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 1079 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 – 425 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 – 890 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 – 4415 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 948 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 1315 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 647 already invited 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 189, 190 or 489 sub class visa.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on Info@.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

February 28th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Minor Changes to general skilled migration sponsorship 

Immigration SA (South Australia) is introducing some changes to its general skilled migration nomination policies.

1) Rewarding international students that have been long-term residents of South Australia

From 28 February 2019, Immigration SA will offer state nomination for the Provisional 489 visa to any applicant who:

  • Is a current or former international student residing in South Australia; AND
  • Has resided continually in South Australia since March 2012 or earlier and continues to reside in South Australia; AND
  • Is currently: working in South Australia in any occupation (does not have to be at a skilled level) for at least the last 3 months (minimum of 40 hours per fortnight); OR
  • Studying a course with a minimum duration of one academic year in South Australia.

Conditions:

  • Applicants who have lived, studied or worked in another Australian state/jurisdiction for any period of time since 2012 will NOT be eligible.
  • Short visits home or holidays will NOT break the SA residency requirement, provided that evidence of continued connection to South Australia is provided (i.e. continued enrolment and/or employment and relevant visa held).
  • To be considered a former international graduate of South Australia, you must have completed a CRICOS registered course with a minimum duration of 46 weeks. If currently studying, this course must also be CRICOS registered for a minimum of 46 weeks.
  • The applicant must meet all other state nomination and Department of Home Affairs’ requirements. As per any application for state nomination, a valid Skills Assessment and English language test result is required. For the latter, only the minimum Department of Home Affairs requirement of ‘Competent’ English is necessary (unless a higher level is required for registration purposes ).

2) Expansion of the high performing graduate category for South Australian graduates

Immigration SA offers state nomination without the need for work experience to students able to obtain skills assessment where they can meet the high performing graduate settings.

190 sub class nomination:

For South Australian graduates with a bachelor’s degree graduates or a masters by coursework after a South Australian bachelor’s degree, this work experience waiver required a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 6.0. This mark remains for those seeking nomination for a permanent 190 visa.

489 sub class nomination:

For other students who have performed very well in their studies, but not to a GPA of 6.0 and above, Immigration SA will offer Provisional visa nomination (subclass 489) to those scoring a GPA of 5.20 to 5.99. This will allow these students to spend longer in South Australia than via other temporary pathways available, giving them more time to establish their careers.

Conditions:

  • This is applicable for those students who get their skills assessment positive.
  •  To access this waiver, the applicant must have completed their South Australia degree within the last two years and continued to live in South Australia since then.

3) Minor change to Chain Migration Policy (removal of bachelor’s degree requirement)

Currently for applicants with an eligible family member already residing in South Australia, the chain migration pathway offers access to occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List, but since its introduction, the requirement is a minimum bachelor’s degree or higher.

This bachelor’s degree requirement has now been removed, meaning access to a range of trade occupations that are not on the State Nominated Occupation List is now possible for those with eligible family in South Australia.

The chain migration pathway continues to offer only a provisional 489 sub class visa, not a permanent 190 sub class visa.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 or 489 sub class.

February 27th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 27th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

 * 8.30pm Friday 1st March to midday on Saturday 2nd March 2019

Suspension of BPAY Request Payment option

DHA has announced that the BPAY Request payment option will be unavailable from 11:59pm (AEDT) Sunday 24th February 2019 until midday on Saturday 2nd March 2019.  Clients will still be able to make payments by credit card, Paypal or Union Pay during this period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 25th, 2019:

NSW – 489 sub class Northern Inland Regional Authority Update: Change in the occupations list effective 4 March 2019

Northern Inland which is one of the 9 regional authorities participating in NSW – 489 sub class regional sponsorship has announced that the occupation “Motor Mechanic (General) – ANZSCO – 321211” will be removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on 4th March, 2019.

Applications received on or before this date (up until midnight) will be considered BUT they must be complete applications, with all requirements met, or a negative outcome may result

NOTE: All the 9 regional authorities have their own SOLs, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with NSW – Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

February 25th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234112 – Agricultural Scientist – Special Conditions Apply – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 25th, 2019:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update (Trade Occupations): Change in fee & portal maintenance

Vetassess has updated their website stating that TRA has announced changes to the trade skills assessment process, including changes to the fees and payment process for OSAP, TSS and TRS trade skills assessments:

– These changes relate to all new applications received from 1st March 2019.

– The VETASSESS application portal will be closed for maintenance on Thursday 28th February 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

February 25th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 8.30pm Friday 1st March to 08.30am Saturday 2nd March 2019

Suspension of BPAY Request Payment option:

DHA has announced that the BPAY Request payment option will be unavailable from 11:59pm (AEDT) Sunday 24th February 2019 until 8.30am Saturday 2nd March 2019.

Applicants will still be able to make payments by credit card, Paypal or Union Pay during this period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 22nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 241111- Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher- Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – AITSL
  • 254425- Registered Nurse (Paediatric)- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field -ANMAC
  • 224112- Mathematician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 22nd, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Systems outage — Friday 1 March to Saturday 2 March 2019

DHA has announced that there will be a systems outage from 9pm Friday 1 March to 12 noon Saturday 2 March 2019 (AEDT) unless noted otherwise.

The following systems may be unavailable during this period:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • eMedical
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • Employment Suitability Clearances – unavailable until 1am Sunday 3 March
  • Detention Visitor Application – unavailable until 1am Sunday 3 March
  • APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System (HEMS)
  • Adult Migrant English Program Reporting and Management System (ARMS)
  • Education Provider Report (eBIT)
  • Visa Pricing Estimator

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, please try again after the outage period. We apologise for any inconvenience.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 22nd, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 241111- Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher- Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – AITSL
  • 254425- Registered Nurse (Paediatric)- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 22nd, 2019:

Trades Recognition Australia Skills Assessment Update: Change in Skills Assessment Fee for Trade Occupations

TRA has announced that commencing on 1 March 2019, applicants for Trades Recognition Australia’s (TRA) TSS Skills Assessment Program (TSS program), Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) and Trades Recognition Service (TRS) will pay fees for their skills assessment directly to TRA through the TRA Online Portal.

Before a payment can be made, applicants must select a TRA approved registered training organisation (TRA approved RTO) to conduct their skills assessment from RTO Finder.

Your chosen RTO will provide you with an RTO assessment payment identifier code that must be used to make payment through the TRA Online Portal for the service you require, for example, a documentary evidence assessment, technical assessment, etc.

A link to the portal will be available on the TRA website from 1 March 2019. If you have any difficulty making a payment, you should contact TRA for assistance at: RTOFinanceandIT@education.gov.au.

From 1 March 2019, the following fees apply for the TSS Program, OSAP and TRS. These fees are also available on the TRA website in the Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) for the TRA RTO Assessment Services (see TRA News Items, published 4 January 2019).

Assessment step – Fee Amount (GST Excl)

Documentary Evidence – $1,280.00

Documentary Evidence – Review – $700.00

Documentary Evidence – Reassessment – $450.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 1 – $2,000.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 1 – Review$ – 700.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 1 – Reassessment – $1,000.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 2 – $900.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 2 – Review – $700.00

Technical Interview – Pathway 2 Reassessment – $450.00

Practical Assessment – $2,200.00

Practical Assessment – Review – $700.00

Practical Assessment – Reassessment – $1,100.00

NOTE: This change will affect all the skills assessments for Trade Occupations with Vetassess & Victoria University,  there is no update yet regarding this on their websites.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment under Trade Occupations with RTOs.

February 21st, 2019:

Australia Capital Territory (ACT) State Sponsorship 190 sub class Update: CANBERRA MATRIX – INVITATION ROUND Results

ACT has released the results of the Canberra Matrix Invitation Round that has taken place today. The following are the details:

Invitation date: 21 February 2019

Number of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range: 130 to 60 with a Matrix submission date: 28 November 18

NOTE: The next invitation round will be held on 12 March 2019

Additional Document Requirement for ACT Employment: Canberra Matrix guidelines have been updated to include a requirement for a mandatory document ‘Summary of Working Hours’ to evidence ACT employment which is there as Attachment – C in the guidelines. All applications lodged after 20 February 2019 must include this document.

Previous Invitation Round Details:

4. Invitation date:  31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 with a Matrix submission date: 31 December 18

3. Invitation date:  15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 with a Matrix submission date: 16 December 18

2. Invitation date:  3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

1. Invitation date:  20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

Please note that in order to apply for ACT State Sponsorship under 190 sub class applicants need to first lodge the Canberra Matrix and ACT do not sponsor for 489 sub class.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

February 21st, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the Department will be performing scheduled system maintenance that will affect payment functionality in ImmiAccount on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

  • 9am to 3pm Sunday 24 February 2019

Clients will still be able to start, edit, and attach documents to a Visa or Citizenship application during the outage period.

If clients try to make a payment for an application or a LegendCom Subscription while maintenance is in progress, one of the following errors will be displayed:

  • ‘we are currently experiencing a technical issue with our systems. You will not be able to proceed with this application at this time as this service is temporarily unavailable’.
  • ‘the payment system is currently not available’.

To make a payment, please try again after 3pm Sunday 24 February 2019 (AEDT).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 19th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 241111- Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher- Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – AITSL
  • 252711- Audiologist – Special Conditions Apply – Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field – VETASSESS
  • 254415 – Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency) – Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field – ANMAC
  • 351411- Cook – Low Availability – Competent English; – Provisional 489 visa only – TRA
  • 311412 – Earth Science Technician – Special Conditions Apply – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) – VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 19th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 241111- Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher- Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – AITSL (yesterday it was under low availability)
  • 252711- Audiologist – Special Conditions Apply – Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field – VETASSESS
  • 254415 – Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency) – Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field – ANMAC
  • 351411- Cook – Low Availability – Competent English; – Provisional 489 visa only – TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 18th, 2019:

Australia State Sponsorship Current Status as on 18/02/2019

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 190 sub class – Currently ACT is sponsoring under 190 sub class, applicants can apply for state sponsorship, even if the occupation is in a closed status. We need to first submit the Canberra Matrix. The following are the last Invitation Round results of Canberra Matrix. The next Canberra Matrix invitation round will be on 21 February 2019.

Invitation date:  31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 with a Matrix submission date: 31 December 18

Western Australia 190 & 489 sub class – Currently Western Australia is sponsoring limited number of occupations, it has also got Graduate Occupation List for the applicants who have studied in Western Australia. However for all the occupations in the list need a contract of employment of 12 months from a Western Australian Employer.

Tasmania 190 & 489 subclass – Currently we can apply for sponsorship for 190 & 489 sub classes, an offer of employment is mandatory in order to apply under 190 sub class or applicant should have studied or working in Tasmania. Applicant can apply under 489 sub class if the occupation is listed in TSOL and meeting the requirements, also if the applicant has a close relative on a PR in Tasmania is eligible for 489 sub class sponsorship.

New South Wales 190 sub class – We can apply under 190 sub class with NSW only if the occupation is listed in NSW Skilled Occupations List. Currently there is no Stream -2 option available.

New South Wales 489 sub class – The following is the current status of the 9 regional areas:

  • Central West – New Regional Authority – Temporarily Closed will reopen in April 2019
  • Far South Coast – Temporarily Closed.
  • Mid North Coast – Temporarily Closed
  • Northern Rivers – Temporarily Closed – New Regional Authority added in November 2018 – The details still not updated.
  • Orana –  Temporarily Closed
  • Riverina –  Temporarily Closed.
  • Southern Inland – Currently Sponsoring recently updated the SOL
  • Murray- Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Inland – Currently Sponsoring updated the SOL today

NOTE: All the above mentioned 9 Regional Areas have their own SOLs, application processing, fee (ranging between AUD700-AUD880), criteria & requirements. Most of them require notarized documents.

Northern Territory 190 & 489 sub class – Currently we can apply for sponsorship. Applicants with the occupation listed in NT list and also applicants whose occupation is held in MLTSSL or STSOL or ROL can also apply for state sponsorship with NT, they should provide strong evidence of employability and evidence that the occupation is in shortage in the NT. Applicants who are not meeting the requirements of GSM, can also pursue under 482 sub class TSS labour agreement stream – DAMA-NT process, which is a NT employer nominated process.

South Australia 190 & 489 sub class – Currently we can apply for sponsorship, occupation should be listed in South Australia Nominated Occupations List (SNOL) or Supplementary Skilled List (SSL). In case if the occupation is listed under special conditions apply or listed in SSL then the applicant has to meet the additional requirements.

Victoria 190 & 489 sub class – We can apply for state sponsorship and in order to apply for 489 sub class; applicants need an offer of employment from Regional Victoria.

Queensland 190 & 489 sub class – Currently we cannot apply for sponsorship, Queensland has now closed state nomination for all business and skilled visas. No further invitations will be issued. BSMQ will re-open the State Nomination Program in the new financial year. We need to submit a new EOI after the new occupation lists have been released in July. They will not select any submitted EOI’s prior to this time.

This information relates to all the applicants who want to apply for state nomination under 190 or 489 sub class.

February 18th, 2019:

Central West – NSW – 489 sub class update: Reopening of the nomination process effective April 2019

The Central West which is one of the 9 regional authorities of NSW currently participating in 489 sub class state nomination process has announced that their Skills Occupation List will re-open in April 2019.

NOTE: All the 9 regional authorities have their own SOLs, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Central West of NSW under 489 sub class.

February 18th, 2019:

Northern Inland – NSW – 489 sub class update: Change in the occupations list

Northern Inland which is one of the 9 regional authorities of NSW participating in sponsoring 489 sub class visa has updated its Skilled Occupation List today.

The following are the occupations ADDED to the list: 

  • Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School Teacher) – 241111
  • Carpenter – 331212
  • Motor Mechanic (General) – 321211

NOTE: All the 9 regional authorities have their own SOLs, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Northern Inland of NSW under 489 sub class.

February 18th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 241111- Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plusoverall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – AITSL
  • 323214 – Metal Machinist (First Class) – Special Conditions Apply – Competent English – TRA
  • 391111 – Hairdresser – Low Availability – Competent English; – Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; – South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

 This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 15th, 2019:

Southern Inland-NSW-489 sub class Update: Change in the occupations list

Southern Inland which is one of the 9 regional authorities participating in sponsoring NSW – 489 sub class visa has made changes to its Skilled Occupations List.

The following are the occupations ADDED to the list:

  • Baker – 351311
  • Brick Layer – 331111
  • Stone Mason – 331112

The following are the occupations REMOVED from the list:

  • Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) – 254416
  • Special Education Teachers nec – 241599
  • Chef – 351311
  • Motor Mechanic (General) – 321211
  • Electrician (Special Class) – 341112
  • Computer Network & Systems Engineer – 263111
  • Telecommunications Engineer – 263311
  • Telecommunications Network Engineer – 263312
  • Telecommunications Filed Engineer – 313212
  • Telecommunications Technical Officer – 313214

NOTE: All the 9 regional authorities have their own SOLs, application process, requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Southern Inland under 489 sub class.

February 15th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121216 – Mixed Crop Farmer – Low Availability – Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only – VETASSESS

312312 – Electrical Engineering Technician – Special Conditions Apply – Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only – TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 15th, 2019:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Sponsorship under 188, 132 sub class visas

Victoria has announced that following a short pause, they are pleased to advise that Victoria will begin issuing invitations and assessing nomination applications for affected business and investor visa subclasses from 18 February 2019.

Please note that an Expression of Interest (EOI) process will be introduced for the following visas:

  • 188 – Business Innovation Stream
  • 188 – Investor Stream
  • 188 – Entrepreneur Stream
  • 132 – Business Talent (Permanent) visa – Significant Business History stream
  • 132 – Business Talent (Permanent) visa – Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream 

Applicants will now need to submit an EOI for the relevant visa subclass in the Department of Home Affairs’ SkillSelect and indicate their interest for Victorian nomination.

Applicants do not need to notify Victoria’s Skilled & Business Migration Program that they have submitted an EOI.

Please note that EOIs submitted before 18 February 2019 in the SkillSelect system will not be considered. Applicants will need to resubmit to be considered for Victorian nomination.

Victoria will also begin issuing invitations and assessing nomination applications for the 188 – Significant Investor Stream on 18 February. There are currently no process changes to nomination applications for this visa type.

This update is applicable for the applicants applying under 188 & 132 sub classes.

February 15th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance:

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

  • from 2pm Saturday 16 February to 9am Sunday 17 February (AEDT):
  • midnight until 4am on Monday 18th February 2019

 Please be advised that the following websites will be unavailable during above mentioned periods:

  • https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://www.abf.gov.au
  • https://archive.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/lindareynolds
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/peterdutton
  • https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman
  • https://www.livingsafetogether.gov.au
  • https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au
  • https://www.triplezero.gov.au
  • https://news.cicentre.gov.au
  • https://www.dvs.gov.au
  • https://www.organisationalresilience.gov.au
  • https://www.tisn.gov.au
  • https://www.disasterassist.gov.au

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 13th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

211311 -Photographer -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English; Offshore applicantsProvisional 489 visa only; Preparedness to self-employ-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.


February 12th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312312 -Electrical Engineering Technician- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 11th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Changes to the occupations in Skilled Nominated Occupations List (SNOL) and Supplementary Skilled List (SSL)

As announced earlier the following changes have been made by South Australia today to its Skilled Nominated Occupations List (SNOL) and Supplementary Skilled List (SSL)

The status of the following occupations has been changed from SPECIAL CONDITIONS TO LOW AVAILABILITY effective today:

149212- Customer Service Manager– Low Availability- Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall); Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

234112- Agricultural Scientist– Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

252711- Audiologist– Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field- VETASSESS

254415- Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

254418- Registered Nurse (Medical) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

254424- Registered Nurse (Surgical) – Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

254425 -Registered Nurse (Paediatric) – Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

312311 -Electrical Engineering Draftsperson -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-Engineers Australia

323214- Metal Machinist (First Class) – Low Availability -Competent English -TRA

411713 -Family Support Worker – Low Availability- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

612115 -Real Estate Representative – Low Availability -Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall); Provisional 489 visa only; Mustbe prepared to undertake relevant registration course(s) and familiarise with local market-VETASSESS

The status of the following occupations has been changed from LOW AVAILABILITY TO AVAILABLEeffective today:

241111- Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher – Available- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AITSL

312312- Electrical Engineering Technician – Available- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

The following occupations have been ADDED to the list effective today:

323299- Metal Fitters and Machinists nec – Available- Competent English -TRA

323313- Locksmith– Available- Competent English- TRA

351211- Butcher or Smallgoods Maker– Available -Competent English -TRA

The status of the following occupations has been changed from AVAILABLE TO LOW AVAILABILITYeffective today:

612112 -Property Manager– Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only; Must be prepared to undertake relevant registration course(s) and familiarise with local market-VETASSES

The following Occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List with the restriction on offshore applicants lifted. We can now apply under High Points and Chain Migration pathways again:

132211- Finance Manager -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months-CPA / CA / IPA

241213- Primary School Teacher– Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -AITSL

511112- Program or Project Administrator -Competent Plus- English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

The following occupations ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS have been changed:

224112- Mathematician– Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS

612115- Real Estate Representative– Low Availability- Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall); Provisional 489 visa only; Must be prepared to undertake relevant registration course(s) and familiarise with local market-VETASSESS

Removal of the requirement that if qualification was obtained in Australia, this must have been achieved in South Australia:

391111 -Hairdresser –Available- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months-TRA

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 11th, 2019:

Vetassess Skills Assessment General Professional Occupations Update – Employment Date

VETASSESS currently uses only month and year to calculate the employment dates. As of 14 February 2019, they will be considering the exact date, including day, month and year for the Date Deemed Skilled to align with the Department of Home Affairs requirement for the date an applicant’s employment is considered ‘skilled’.

Please note that they will continue to retrieve these dates from official documents only. Supporting employment documentation can include payslips, tax returns, and a statement of service from employer clearly indicating the exact period of employment and if applicable, any period of unpaid leave.

Employment outside Ten Years

Please be advised that as of 14 February 2019, VETASSESS may be able to consider closely related employment outside the last ten years, provided it is continuous employment with the same employer within the last ten years.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

February 08th, 2019:

Queensland business and skilled state nomination programs now closed.

Queensland has now closed state nomination for all business and skilled visas from today 8 February 2019.

No further invitations will be issued from this date. BSMQ will continue to process applications which have been already invited for state nomination prior to this date until our quota is exhausted.

BSMQ will re-open the State Nomination Program in the new financial year from the 1 July 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 07th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

241111- Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher-Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AITSL

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

 February 07th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

  • 5am until 8am on Wednesday 13th February 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

February 06th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 224112 -Mathematician -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)-VETASSESS
  • 351112 -Pastry Cook -Low Availability- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless the client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point in time.

NOTE: In the case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 06th, 2019:

Queensland State Sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class update: Change in conditions of nomination

Queensland has announced that due to the high demand of onshore 489 EOIs received (including Masters Alumni applicants) BSMQ will only be issuing an invitation to those applicants that are currently working in regional as well as having ongoing job offers.

Please also note applicants currently on a tourist visa and onshore, BSMQ will not be issuing 190 & 489 nominations for those who are applying as offshore applicants. If you are applying as an offshore applicant you must be living and working offshore.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 06th, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/12/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/12/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also, find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster on an average more than 50% of the quota for the following occupations is filled:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 1980 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 707 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 198 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 342 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 981 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 488 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 –159 already invited  
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 937 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 – 369 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 – 773 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 – 3834 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 819 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 1142 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 591 already invited 

This update is applicable to all the applicants applying for a visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on Info@testsite.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

January 31st, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Results of Canberra Matrix Invitations

ACT has invited the applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the Invitation Round that took place today i.e.,31/1/2019. Please note that in order to apply for the state sponsorship with ACT we need to first file the Canberra Matrix and get an invitation to apply for state sponsorship.

Invitation date:  31 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range: 130 to 65 with a Matrix submission date: 31 December 18

Previous Invitation Round Details:

Invitation date:  15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 with a Matrix submission date: 16 December 18

Invitation date:  3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

Invitation date:  20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NEXT ROUND: The next invitation round will be on 21 February 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

January 30th, 2019:

Tasmania State Sponsorship under 489 Sub Class Update: Change in the TSOL

Tasmania State has updated its Tasmania Skilled Occupations List (TSOL), the following occupation has been added when compared with the previous list. They have not removed any occupation.

322311 Metal Fabricator TRA

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Tasmania under 489 subclass visa.

January 30th, 2019:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Removal of few occupations from the lists

Queensland has announced that all the below occupations in bold have been removed from Queensland Skilled Occupations Lists (QSOL) for FY 2018-19. Occupations were closed on the dates listed below.

Please note that the following occupations:

  • ICT Business Analyst – 261111
  • Quantity Surveyor – 233213
  • Construction Project Manager – 133111
  • Marketing Specialist – 225113

will be removed from all the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs) on 01 February 2019 as BSMQ has received many expressions of interest for these occupations and has filled the quota.

If you have not received an invitation by this date, BSMQ is no longer able to issue any new invitations. BSMQ may open these occupations later if the current invitees do not respond in the required time frame.

Please also note:

  • Interior Designer – 232511
  • Actuary – 224111

will be removed from the offshore QSOL list but will be kept on the QSOL Working in Queensland onshore list.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 subclass.

January 30th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

  • 12am until 4am on Monday 04th February 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

January 24th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance:

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

  • 5am to 8am Wednesday 30 January 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

January 24th, 2019:

NSW-489 sub class Northern Inland Regional Sponsorship Update:Removal of occupations from the list

Northern Inland has announced that the following occupations were removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on 24 January, 2019. Applications received on or before this date (up until midnight) will be considered BUT they must be complete applications, with all requirements met or a negative outcome may result:

Dentist – 252312

Metal Machinist (First Class) – 323214

NOTE: All the Regional Areas have their own SOLs, application processing, fee (ranging between AUD700-AUD800), criteria & requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Northern Inland- NSW under 489 sub class.

January 17th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254423 -Registered Nurse (Perioperative) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 17th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Canberra Matrix – INVITATION ROUND

ACT has announced the results of the invitation round of Canberra Matrix that took place on 15th January 2019. Please find below the details of the rounds till date.

3. Invitation date:  15 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range: 110 to 65 with a Matrix submission date: 16 December 18

2. Invitation date:  3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 115 to 70

1. Invitation date:  20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 130 to 85

NOTE: The next invitation round will be on 31 January 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

January 17th, 2019:

AIQS Skills Assessment Update: Change in the Skills Assessment Fee

AIQS Skills Assessment Authority which assesses the skills of Quantity Surveyor ANZSCO 233213 has announced the change in the skills assessment fee.

The following details outline the fees applicable from the 1 February 2019:

 Assessment Specification  –  Overseas Applicants (excluding GST) 

 Non AIQS member Assessment Fee  – AU$650.00

 AIQS Student/Graduate member Assessment Fee – AU$650.00

 AIQS Affiliate/Member/Fellow Assessment Fee – AU$350.00

 Re-assessment Fee (only applicable within two  years of the date of the original positive assessment)  – AU$350.00

 Administrative Fee (Deposit) – AU$100.00

NOTE: There is no change for Non-AIQS members it has been retained the same.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AIQS.

January 17th, 2019:

TRA & Victoria University Skills Assessment Update: Planned Procurement Notice and Changes to Charging Model

The Victoria University Skilled Migration Assessment Services has announced that it cannot accept any new applications under the current Services Deed and Fees after 28 February 2019, including applications for appeal and reassessment.

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has developed a Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) for its RTO Assessment Services. The CRIS documents the charging model that commences on 1 March 2019 for the TSS Skills Assessment Program (TSS Program), Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP) and Trades Recognition Service (TRS).

There are chances of increase in skills assessment fee for Trade Occupations assessed by RTOs effective 1 March 2019.

The new fee could be as per the below effective 1 March 2019:

Documentary Evidence Assessment Fee – AUD900

Technical Interview – Pathway 1 Fee – AUD2,000

Technical Interview – Pathway 2 Fee – AUD900

Practical Assessment Fee – AUD2,200

Documentary Evidence Reassessment Fee – AUD450

Technical Reassessment – Pathway 1 Fee – AUD1,000

Technical Reassessment – Pathway 2 Fee – AUD450

Practical Reassessment Fee – AUD1,100

January 17th, 2019:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the Department will be performing scheduled system maintenance that will affect payment functionality in ImmiAccount on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

  • 9am to 7pm Sunday 20 January 2019

Applicants will still be able to start, edit, and attach documents to a Visa or Citizenship application during the outage period.

If you try to make a payment for an application or a LegendCom Subscription while maintenance is in progress, one of the following errors will be displayed:

  • ‘we are currently experiencing a technical issue with our systems. You will not be able to proceed with this application at this time as this service is temporarily unavailable’.
  • ‘the payment system is currently not available’.

To make a payment, please try again after 7pm on Sunday 20 January 2019 (AEDT).

January 14th, 2019:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/11/2018

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster on an average 45% of the quota for the following occupations is filled:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 1680 already invited –45% quota is over
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 600 already invited – 45% quota is over
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 163 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 307 already invited – 30% already issued
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 835 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 – 429 already invited –42% quota is over
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 –135 already invited  – 45% quota is over
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 795 already invited – 45% quota is over
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 – 313 already invited – 45% quota is over
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 – 656 already invited – 45% quota is over
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 – 3253 already invited – 45% quota is over
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 693 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 969 already invited – 45% quota is over
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 509 already invited – 50% quota is over

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

January 9th, 2019:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: System Maintenance

Vetassess has announced that system maintenance activities are planned for Saturday 12th of January 2019, between 06:00am and 10:00am (AEST).

Please note that during this period you will not be able to either lodge new applications or check the status of existing applications.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

January 7th, 2019:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141311 -Hotel or Motel Manager -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 4th, 2019:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Canberra Matrix – Invitation Round

ACT has issued invitations on 3 January 2019 for all the eligible applicants to apply for state sponsorship. The following are the details of the same.

Invitation date:  3 January 2019

Number of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range: 70 to 115

NOTE: We have to submit the Canberra Matrix to receive an invitation from ACT.  The next invitation round will be on 15 January 2019 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

January 3rd, 2019:

State Sponsorship Update for Business & Investor Visas:

NSW Update:  Applications For NSW Nomination For Business And Investor Visas Are Closed Until Further Notice  

NSW has temporarily closed applications for nomination for certain visas under the federal government’s Business Innovation and Investment Program pending the release of additional places by the Department of Home Affairs.

They will advise when applications for NSW nomination are open again.

Queensland Update: BSMQ temporarily suspends issuing new invitations for business applications.

Queensland is temporarily suspending issuing new invitations for the following visas under the Business Innovation and Investment Program from 02/01/2019. Queensland are not accepting any new EOI’s submitted from this date.

The visa subclasses suspended include: 188 – Business Innovation (188A), Investor (188B), 188 Significant Investor (SIV or 188C), 188 Entrepreneur (188E), 132 – Significant Business History (132 SBH), 132 -Venture Capital Entrepreneur.

Queensland will still be processing completed applications prior to this date. They will advise when applications for QLD nomination are open again.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying Business and Investor Visas through state nomination.

For further details, please Talk to Y-Axis Consultants or you can e-mail us on Info@testsite.y-axis.com. One of our representatives will get back to you at the earliest.

December 26th, 2018:

NSW-489 sub class Central West Regional Authority Update: Review of the list in March 2019

Central West which is one of the Regional Authorities participating in the NSW-489 sub class regional sponsorship has announced that the assessment of visa applications are ongoing.  All applicants will be notified by email from RDACW of assessment outcomes. The Central West Skills Occupation List will remain closed for review until 31st January 2019.

RDACW are reviewing the Central West Skills Occupation List for 2019.  RDACW will be reviewing procedural assessment of the Skilled Regional (provisional) 489 Visa for 2019. The Central West Skills Occupation List will re-open in March 2019.  The list and all criteria for applying will be up-loaded to the website in March 2019.

NOTE: Central West was closed for all the occupations on 21 Aug 2018. There are 9 regional authorities participating in the NSW-489 sub class regional sponsorship, every region has its own list, application process, fee, criteria & requirements.

Currently the following is the status of 9 regions that are participating in NSW’s 489 program:

  • Central West – New Regional Authority – Temporarily Closed.
  • Far South Coast – Temporarily Closed.
  • Mid North Coast – Temporarily Closed
  • Northern Rivers – Temporarily Closed – New Regional Authority added in November 2018 – The details still not updated
  • Orana –  Temporarily Closed
  • Riverina –  Temporarily Closed.
  • Southern Inland – Currently Sponsoring
  • Murray- Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Inland – Currently Sponsoring

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW under 489 sub class.

December 20th, 2018:

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Sponsorship Update: Canberra Matrix – Invitation Round Results 20 Dec 2018

ACT has invited the applicants who have lodged their Canberra Matrix for State Sponsorship under 190 sub class.

Invitation date:  20 December 2018

Number of invitations issued: 93

Matrix score range: 85 to 130

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

December 19th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

311412 -Earth Science Technician -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 18th, 2018:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Public Holiday Office Closures

Vetassess has announced the following:

All offices closed: 22 December – 1 January, 2019, and will reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Applications (General & Trade Occupations, Chinese Qualifications & Support) can still be submitted via the online portal and will be processed when our offices reopen. Skills Assessment applications received during this closure period will be processed when our office is reopened on 2 January 2019.

Priority Processing Service Availability:

Last applications for 2018 is 5pm (AEDT) Friday, 14 December and service will resume, 2 January, 2019.

Applications cannot be submitted for 2018 after 5pm (AEDT) Friday 14 December. This service will resume from Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Please note: the 10-business day assessment timeframe for Priority Processing applications received on or prior to 14 December will exclude the office closure period outlined above. 

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

December 18th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 9am until 5pm on Sunday 23rd December 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

December 17th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

342311 -Business Machine Mechanic- Low Availability- Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 17th, 2018:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Changes to Graduate Occupations List

Western Australia has announced that Accountant (General) 221111 under review on the Graduate occupation list

Due to the high number of expressions of interest by applicants with the nominated occupation of ANZSCO 221111 Accountant (General), this occupation on the Graduate occupation list is now under review.

Invitations to apply for WA State nomination for this occupation will be limited.If you have already received an invitation, your application will not be affected.

This update is applicable for all the applicants who are eligible for state sponsorship under Western Australia Graduate Stream.

December 17th, 2018:

Trades Recognition Australia Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Closure

 Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced that TRA will be closed for the Christmas/New year period.

The TRA telephone enquiry line and email enquiry services will close at 4pm, Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen at 10am Monday, 7 January 2018.

Please do not send enquiries to TRA during this period. Enquiries received during this period will not be actioned.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Skills Assessment with TRA.

December 17th, 2018:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Closure

AITSL has announced that AITSL Assessment for Migration office will be closing on Monday 24 December 2018 and will re-open Wednesday 2 January 2019.  During this time you will still be able to post your migration skills assessment application and this will be retrieved and processed as soon as possible upon their return. Any enquiries during this closure period will be responded to after they re-open on 2 January 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Skills Assessment with AITSL.

December 14th, 2018:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/10/2018

Skillselect Invitation Results-11-10-2018 & Ceilings

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/10/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 300 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 107 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 45 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 102 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 230 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 –116 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 –24 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 142 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 -56 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 -117 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 -581 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 204 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 173 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 182 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skilled migration.

December 14th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

135199- ICT Managers nec -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 13th, 2018:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Canberra Matrix – First Invitation Round

ACT has announced that the first round of invitations to apply for ACT 190 nomination will be issued on or before 21 December 2018.

Once the invitation round is finalised,  information about the round, including the matrix score invited, will be available on the website.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying  for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

December 13th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 12th December 2018

* 9am until 5pm on Sunday 16th December 2018

Known issue with help-text

DHA is aware of current issues with the ‘help-text’ links within ImmiAccount.  They are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

December 11th, 2018:

NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Current Status

Currently the following nine regions are participating in NSW’s 489 program:

  • Central West – New Regional Authority – Temporarily Closed.
  • Far South Coast – Temporarily Closed.
  • Mid North Coast – Temporarily Closed
  • Murray- Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Inland – Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Rivers – Temporarily Closed – New Regional Authority added in November 2018 – The details we need to access.
  • Orana –  Temporarily Closed
  • Riverina –  Temporarily Closed.
  • Southern Inland – Currently Sponsoring

NOTE: All the above mentioned Regional Areas have their own SOLs, application processing, fee (ranging between AUD700-AUD800), criteria & requirements. Most of them require notarized documents.

December 11th, 2018:

Australian Psychological Society Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Closure

The Australian Psychological Society has announced national office will be closed from 21 December 2018, reopening 7 January 2019. There will be no correspondence from the Assessments Team during this time.

Assessments Team unavailable 21 Dec 2018 – 7 Jan 2019

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Australian Psychological Society.

December 11th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 12th December 2018

* 9am until 5pm on Sunday 16th December 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

December 10th, 2018:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Change in the process for Ph.D holders

Vetassess has confirmed that currently VETASSESS considers paid doctoral research level studies as valid employment for skills assessment purposes.

Vetassess has announced that as of 15 December 2018, VETASSESS will NOT accept paid doctoral studies for skills assessment purposes, consistent with the Department of Home Affairs requirements.

For skilled employment to be considered ‘remunerated’, applicants must be engaged in the occupation on a paid basis, generally at the award or market rate of the occupation. A person receiving minimal living allowances or scholarships designed to cover study expenses would NOT be considered to be ‘remunerated’.

VETASSESS will continue to ensure that impact on its clients is minimised during the transition leading up to the implementation date. Applications received prior to 15 December 2018 will be processed according to the criteria at the time of applying.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

December 10th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 12th December 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

December 4th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

135199 -ICT Managers nec- Low Availability Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 4th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234112 -Agricultural Scientist -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 4th, 2018:

Western Australia State nomination invitation round for December 2018

Western Australia has announced that invitations for State nomination are usually issued on the third Thursday of each month. This will be brought forward by one week in December due to the Christmas and new year closure. Invitations are anticipated to be issued by 14 December 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 4th, 2018:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Office Closures

Vetassess has announced that during the festive season, VETASSESS offices will close from Friday 21 December 2018 and will reopen, Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Submitting New Applications

Please note festive season changes to timelines for new applications:

Priority Processing: Last applications for 2018 is 5pm (AEDT) Friday, 14 December.

Skills Assessments for General Professional Occupations: Last applications for 2018 is 12pm (AEDT) Friday, 21 December.

Skills Assessments for Trade Occupations: Last applications for 2018 is 12pm (AEDT) Friday, 21 December.

New applications for the above services will be accepted from Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

December 3rd, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

222113- Insurance Broker- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

 This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 3rd, 2018:

NSW-489 Far South Coast Regional Sponsorship Update: Suspended the Nomination Process till early 2019.

NSW-489 Far South Coast Regional Sponsorship has announced that Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (SRS) 489 program for the NSW Far South Coast is currently suspended until early 2019.

Due to this suspension, they cannot accept any further applications at present. They will announce the reopening of the program on this website. The assessment process for all previously accepted applications will proceed as normal.

NOTE: There are 9 regional authorities participating in the NSW-489 sub class regional sponsorship, every region has got its own SOL, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for NSW regional sponsorship under 489 sub class.

December 3rd, 2018:

Victoria University Skills Assessment Update: Christmas & New Year Holiday

The Victoria University and the Skilled Migration Assessment Services office will be closed over the Christmas and New Year break.

The last day of business for 2018 will be Friday 21 December. The office will reopen on Monday 7 January 2019.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

December 3rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that clients may experience intermittent interruptions to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 8am until 8pm Saturday 8th December 2018

If this occurs, please log out of ImmiAccount and try again later.

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* midnight until 4am Monday 10th December 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

November 29th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

133411- Manufacturer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 29th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415 -Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

323214 -Metal Machinist (First Class) -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 29th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415 -Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)- Special  conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 27th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141111 -Cafe or Restaurant Manager -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 27th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has annnounced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 28th November 2018

* 2pm until 5pm on Saturday 1st December 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 26th,2018:

Department Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm until 5pm on Saturday 1st December 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 23rd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312311- Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 23rd,2018:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure over the Christmas and new year period 2018/19

The WA Migration Services office will be closed from 4.00 pm, Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen at 8.30 am, Wednesday 2 January 2019.

No invitations or assessment outcomes for State nomination will be issued during this time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia.

November 23rd,2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Removal of Occupations from the Lists

Queensland State Authorities have announced that the following occupations have been removed from all the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs) effective 22 November 2018.

  • Finance Manager – 132211
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) – 254412
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) – 254415
  • Developer Programmer – 261312
  • Software Engineer – 261313

BSMQ has received many expressions of interest for these occupations and has filled the quota. If you have not received an invitation by yesterday, BSMQ is no longer able to issue any new invitations.

BSMQ may open these occupations later if the current invitees do not respond in the required time frame. If this happens, information will be posted.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 22nd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

311111- Agricultural Technician- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 21st,2018:

Requirements to be met by Overseas Residents – 190 sub class:

  • Should have atleast 65 points in the EOI including the 5 points by the state
  • Nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must demonstrate a ‘Proficient’ level of English as defined by Home Affairs.
  • Skills and at least 12 months experience in the nominated occupation must be relevant to the ACT economy. Experience in heavy industry, manufacturing, production, mining; shipping, gas and oil, head office banking and railways are not generally considered relevant industries given the structure of the ACT economy which is primarily knowledge-based.
  • Have a genuine ACT job offer in your nominated ‘open’ occupation OR  you must provide evidence of sufficient ACT employment opportunities in your nominated occupation, relevant to your skill set.
  • Must have access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Canberra while you seek employment.
  • Other requirements that might be published by 29/11/2018

Note: Overseas Residents NOT eligible for ACT 190 nomination if applicant, or any dependents, are living or have lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months.

Requirements to be met by Canberra Residents – 190 sub class:

  • Should have atleast 65 points in the EOI including the 5 points by the state
  • If an applicant have previously held a student/temporary graduate visa within the last two years:
    • Must be resident in Canberra for at least 12 months at time of invitation.
    • From 1 July 2019, the minimum ACT residence criteria for student/temporary graduate visa holders will increase to two years.
  • Must be working in Canberra for at least three months. While the employment does not have to be fulltime or permanent, must be working a minimum 20 hours per week. May also work for more than one ACT employer or be self-employed on an ABN. If employed by a NSW employer in the ‘ACT Region’, you must demonstrate that your work activity is located in the ACT.
  • Nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must demonstrate a ‘Proficient’ level of English as defined by Home Affairs.
  • Other requirements that might be published by 29/11/2018

Note:  Canberra Residents NOT eligible for ACT 190 nomination if you or any dependents are living or working in another Australian state or territory.

 

Conditions:

1) ACT doesn’t sponsor for 489 sub class visa.

2) All the applicants migrating under 190 sub class initially need to stay in ACT for 2 years& should sign the commitment as a part of the application process.

3) A close family member is defined as a spouse / partner, parents, child, brother, sister or grandparents of the main applicant or their spouse / partner.

Tuesday 27 November 2018 – ACT online system shutdown

 

The ACT Government’s current system will go OFF LINE at 4pm (AEST) on Tuesday 27 November 2018 to enable the system change over to the Matrix. If you intend to start an application for ACT nomination for an ‘open’ occupation (under the current nomination criteria), the application must be submitted (and service fee paid) before 4 pm on Tuesday 27 November 2018.  Any ‘in progress’ applications that have not been submitted (and service fee paid) by 4pm will automatically lapse and cannot be reactivated. Any applications lodged and paid for before 4pm on Tuesday 27 November will be assessed and finalised under the existing guidelines.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

November 20th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 9am until 7pm on Sunday 25th November 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 19th,2018:

Act-occupation-list-nov-18

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) State Sponsorship Update: Release of SOL effective 29/11/2018.

Process of Nomination:

  1. Must formally express an interest in applying for ACT 190 nomination by completing a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’ where applicant is allocated points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit and/or a genuine commitment to be part of the ACT community. Scores of 20 points and above will be ranked. The highest ranked candidates under the scoring system will then be selected and invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination.
  2. If invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination, must complete and submit the online application (and pay the service fee) within 14 days. Must attach the required documents to evidence your Matrix score. If cannot evidence the Matrix score that the invitation was based on, the application for ACT 190 nomination will not meet the nomination criteria.

Step 1 – Check your eligibility

Step 2 – Express your interest

Step 3 – Canberra Matrix scoring

Step 4 – Ranking, selection and invitation

Step 5 – Applying for ACT 190 nomination if invited

Step 6 – Document checklist

Step 7 – Assessing the application

Step 8 – Offer of ACT 190 nomination

Step 9 – Applying for the subclass 190 visa

Step 10 – Live in Canberra

Step 11 – Welcome to Canberra settlement service

Overseas residents

Must meet the following minimum criteria before you are eligible to express an interest in ACT 190 nomination:

 If nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, must demonstrate a ‘Proficient’ level of English as defined by Home Affairs.

 skills and at least 12 months experience in the nominated occupation must be relevant to the ACT economy. Experience in heavy industry, manufacturing, production, mining; shipping, gas and oil, head office banking and railways are not generally considered relevant industries given the structure of the ACT economy which is primarily knowledge-based.

 do not have a genuine ACT job offer in your nominated ‘open’ occupation, you must provide evidence of sufficient ACT employment opportunities in your nominated occupation, relevant to your skill set.

 must sign a statutory declaration committing to living and working in Canberra for at least two years from date of permanent arrival in Australia.

 must have access to sufficient financial assets to fund your migration and settlement in Canberra while you seek employment. You need to be realistic about employment expectations once you arrive in Canberra as it can take, on average, up to six months to secure employment. This timeframe is only indicative, as the economy and employment market can vary considerably throughout the year.

Note: client is not eligible for ACT 190 nomination if he/she, or any dependents, are living or have lived in another Australian state or territory within the last twelve months.

Please find attached the new SOL effective 29/11/2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

November 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 234112 -Agricultural Scientist -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 232412- Illustrator- Special Conditions Apply -Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234112 -Agricultural Scientist -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 19th,2018:

Australian Computer Society (ACS) Update: Office Closure Update

ACS has announced that the ACS office will be closed from 22 December 2018 and will re-open on Monday 7 January 2019.

During this time you will still be able to submit a migration skills assessment application through the online portal. Any email enquires during this closure period will be responded to as soon as possible after they re-open on 7 January 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with ACS.

November 19th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: System maintenance

DHA has announced that the System outage – from 3:10 pm Monday 19th November until 4:10 pm Monday 19th November 2018 AEDT (GMT +11)

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

– ImmiAccount

– eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)

– Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

– LEGENDcom

– Humanitarian Entrants Management System

– Employment Suitability Clearance

– HAP Lite

– Australian Trusted Trader

– AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)

– Visa pricing estimator

– Detention Visit Application Form

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ message during this time, please try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 16th,2018:

NSW-489 sub class Regional Sponsorship Current Status

Currently the following nine regions are participating in NSW’s 489 program:

  • Central West – New Regional Authority – Temporarily Closed.
  • Far South Coast – Currently Sponsoring
  • Mid North Coast – Temporarily Closed
  • Murray- Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Inland – Currently Sponsoring
  • Northern Rivers – Temporarily Closed – New Regional Authority added in November 2018 – The details we need to access.
  • Orana –  Temporarily Closed
  • Riverina – Currently Sponsoring
  • Southern Inland – Currently Sponsoring

NOTE: All the above mentioned Regional Areas have their own SOLs, application processing, fee (ranging between AUD700-AUD800), criteria & requirements. Most of them require notarized documents.

November 16th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424- Registered Nurse (Surgical) -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 15th,2018:

NSW-489 sub class – Northern Inland Update: Removal of Occupations from the List

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 Regional Authorities participating in NSW-489 sub class regional sponsorship has announced that the following occupations will be removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on 22 November, 2018. Applications received before this time will be considered BUT they must be complete applications, with all requirements met or a negative outcome may result:

  • Baker – 351111
  • Agricultural Scientist – 234112

NOTE: There are 8 regional authorities which are participating in NSW-489 sub class visa regional sponsorship, every regional area has got its own SOL, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with NSW under 489 sub class.

November 13th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List : Current Status of the occupation(s):

311111- Agricultural Technician- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 13th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 8.30pm Friday 16th November to 10am Saturday 17th November 2018

Deparment of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Suspension of BPAY Request Payment option

DHA has announced that the BPAY Request payment option will be unavailable from 11:59pm (AEDT) Sunday 11th November 2018 until Saturday 17th November 2018.

Payment by credit card or Paypal will still be available.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 9th,2018:

NSW – 489 sub class Northern Inland Update: Removal of occupations from the list

Northern Inland which is one of 8 regional authorities participating in NSW regional sponsorship under 489 sub class has announced that the following occupations were removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on 8 November, 2018. Applications received before this time will be considered BUT they must be complete applications, with all requirements met or a negative outcome may result:

  • Architect – 232111
  • Transport Engineer – 233215
  • Agricultural Engineer – 233912

NOTE: There are 8 regional authorities participating in NSW – 489 sub class regional sponsorship. Every region has got its own SOL, application process, fee, requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

November 9th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 8.30pm Friday 16th November to 10am Saturday 17th November 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 8th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that  the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am to 8am Friday 9th November 2018

Further they have stated that the clients may experience a brief interruption to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm to 5pm Saturday 10th November 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 6th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the clients may experience a brief interruption to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm to 5pm Saturday 10th November 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 5th,2018:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: reopening on 29 November 2018

The ACT has announced that the ACT 190 Nomination program will reopen on 29 November 2018 with a new process for determining nominated applicants. ACT’s current allocation for 2018/19 is 800 nominations.

The pathway program will continue to be focused on occupations that are listed as ‘in-demand’, and assess a range of factors that support successful settlement and contribution to the ACT economy, such as previous residence and other ties to the ACT, English proficiency, and having a job offer in the ACT.
This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

November 5th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312311 -Electrical Engineering Draftsperson- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 2nd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415- Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)-Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 2nd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the clients may experience a brief interruption to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm to 5pm Saturday 3rd November 2018

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* midnight to 4am Monday 5th November 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 1st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424- Registered Nurse (Surgical)- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 1st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232412- Illustrator- Low Availability- Competent English;- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 31st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

599915 -Clinical Coder -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 31st,2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Change in state sponsorship requirements for ICT Occupations for Offshore Applicants

ICT Occupations:

Queensland has changed its requirements for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class for ICT Occupations in case of offshore applicants. The following are basic requirements to be met to file an EOI.

  • Should have 80 points;
  • Require minimum post-qualification work experience of 5 years in accordance with ACS skills assessments

Offshore applicants applying under a Cook or Chef occupation must show evidence of a minimum 12 month job offer with a Queensland employer registered in Australia. The job offer must be related to your occupation, and evidence is required showing acceptance of the offer.

NOTE: Earlier the job offer requirement was there even for ICT Occupations for offshore applicants, which has been removed now.

Engineering Occupations:

In case of Engineering Occupations, Offshore applicants should have registration with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland. Occupations Civil Engineer (233211), Electrical Engineer (233311) and Mechanical Engineer (233512) have been removed from the Occupations List for state sponsorship.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 31st,2018:

NSW Regional Sponsorship-489 sub class Northern Inland Update: Removal of occupations effective 7 November 2018.

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 Regional Authorities participating in sponsoring 489 sub class has announced that the following occupations will be removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List on Wednesday 7 November, 2018. Applications received before this time will be considered BUT they must be complete applications, with all requirements met or a negative outcome may result:

  • Architect – 232111
  • Transport Engineer – 233215
  • Agricultural Engineer – 233912

Note: All the 8 Regional Authorities have their own application process, SOLs, fee & requirements & criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Northern Inland of NSW under 489 sub class.

October 31st,2018:

Vetassess Skills Assessment (Trade Occupations): OSAP, TSS and TRS Trade Occupation Applicant Update

Vetassess has announced that due to the Christmas shutdown period at VETASSESS and Trades Recognition Australia, anyone completing a technical interview or practical assessment after 7 December 2019 will not receive their assessment outcome until after 11 January 2019.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under trade occupations for skills assessment with Vetassess.

October 31st,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5midnight to 4am Monday 5th November 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

October 30th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

599915 -Clinical Coder -Low Availability -Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 30th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 31st October 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

October 26th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that applicants may experience intermittent interruptions to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

  • 2pm Saturday 27 October to 9am Sunday 28 October 2018

If this occurs, please log out of ImmiAccount and try again later.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

October 25th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254499 -Registered Nurse nec- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 25th,2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Removal of few occupations from the list

Queensland State has announced that the occupations –Civil Engineer (233211), Electrical Engineer (233311) and Mechanical Engineer (233512) are removed from all the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs) on 24 October 2018 as they has received many expressions of interest for these occupations and has filled the quota.

If the client has not received an invitation by 24 October 2018, BSMQ is no longer able to issue any new invitations.

State has further stated that they may open these occupations later if the current invitees do not respond in the required time frame.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 22nd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

323214 -Metal Machinist (First Class)- Low Availability- Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 16th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 17th October 2018

* 9am to 7pm Sunday 21st October 2018

* midnight to 4am Monday 22nd October 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

October 15th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254425- Registered Nurse (Paediatric)- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 10th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254425- Registered Nurse (Paediatric)- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -5 years’ work experience in field- ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 10th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times:

* 5am to 8am AEDT Wednesday 17th October 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

October 9th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

133512- Production Manager (Manufacturing) -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class visa.

October 8th, 2018:

NSW 489 Regional Sponsorship – Northern Inland Update: Removal of Occupations effective 11 October 2018

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 Regional Authorities participating in the 489 sub class regional sponsorship has announced that the following occupations will be removed from the RDA Northern Inland Occupation List by 5pm (AEST) on Thursday 11 October 2018:

  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 254412
  • Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health) 254413
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health) 254414
  • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 254421

NOTE: All the 8 regional authorities have separate SOLs, Application Process, requirements & criteria and fee for the regional sponsorship process.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class.

October 6th, 2018:

Skillselect Results -11-09-2018 & Ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/09/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/09/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 3753 – 636 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1342 – 227 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3894 – only 79 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 133 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3510 – 339 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1000 –172 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 300 – 51 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 1780 – 301 already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 700 -119 already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1466 -248 already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 7271 -1231 already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2660 – 295 already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 2167 – 367 already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 251 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

October 4th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254499- Registered Nurse nec -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class visa.

October 3rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times:

* 2am AEST to 5am AEDT Sunday 7th October 2018

* 5am to 8am AEDT Wednesday 10th October 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

September 28th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 263112- Network Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
  • 263299- ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
  • 312911 -Maintenance Planner -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 28th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263112- Network Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

312911 -Maintenance Planner -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 27th, 2018:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Planned System Maintenance

Engineers Australia has announced that the website planned maintenance is scheduled 1st October – 8:00am to 8:00pm AESTmyPortal website – during this time online services will be unavailable. Public website – may become unavailable. Contact Centre will be closed during this time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

September 26th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 10th October 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

September 25th, 2018:

Western Australia-Occupation lists-25.09.2018

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Occupation List and Graduate Occupation List Released for 2018

Western Australia State has released the Skilled Occupation List and Graduate Occupation List.

There is no change in the Skilled Occupation List when compared with the previous list.

Western Australian State nomination minimum requirements – General stream

To be considered for an invitation to apply for the State nomination General stream, candidates must:

• have an occupation listed as available and eligible for the intended visa subclass on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL);

• be able to claim and give evidence of work experience in the Expression of Interest – this requirement can be met through:

»» at least one year of Australian work experience in the nominated (or closely related) occupation over the last 10 years; or

»» at least three years of overseas work experience in the nominated (or closely

related) occupation over the last 10 years;

• meet the following minimum English language requirements;

»» an English language level of ‘proficient’ must be obtained by candidates nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation; or

»» for all other eligible occupations an English language level of ‘competent’ must be obtained;

»» candidates who hold a passport from the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Canada and New Zealand are considered to have met the minimum English language requirements and are exempt from undertaking

an English proficiency test; and

• have a contract of employment for full time employment for at least 12 months in the nominated or closely related occupation, as outlined in Table 1.

Western Australian State nomination minimum requirements – Graduate stream

In addition to the requirements of General Stream the following are the additional requirements to apply for the State nomination Graduate stream candidates must:

• have an occupation listed as available and eligible for the intended visa subclass on the Graduate Occupation List (GOL):

»» Masters and PhD graduates can access all of the occupations on the GOL; and

»» Bachelor and higher degree graduates can access some of the occupations on the GOL.

• have gained a higher education qualification in Western Australia, including a requirement to have completed at least two years of full time study in Western Australia at a Western Australian university;

NOTE: In order to apply for Graduate Stream applicants should meet both the General Stream and Graduate Steam requirements.

Please find attached the Occupation Lists for 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 25th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

222113 -Insurance Broker- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

411713- Family Support Worker- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for all the state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 24th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List in the last 2 weeks:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

135112 -ICT Project Manager -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

149212 -Customer Service Manager- Low Availability- Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall); Provisional 489 visa only-

VETASSESS

232312- Industrial Designer- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Preparedness to selfemploy-VETASSESS

263112- Network Administrator- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

312911- Maintenance Planner -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 24th, 2018:

NSW 489 sub class Regional Authority – Northern Inland Sponsorship Update: Removal of few occupations effective 28 September 2018

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 regional authorities which are participating in sponsorship 489 sub class visa has announced removal of few occupations effective 28 September 2018.

The following occupations will be removed from the Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Occupation List on 28 September 2018:

  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 254423
  • Registered Nurse (Surgical) 254424

Current Processing Timelines of Northern Inland Sponsorship Applications: 6 weeks or more.

NOTE: All the 8 regional authorities have separate SOLs, Application Process, requirements & criteria and fee for the regional sponsorship process.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

September 10th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 133512- Production Manager (Manufacturing) -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation -VETASSESS
  • 254418- Registered Nurse (Medical)- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 7th, 2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Changes to various pathways & application process

Victoria State has announced that the Skilled and Business Migration Program (SBMP) of Victoria is making a number of program changes to its skilled visa nomination processes to strengthen targeting, streamline operations and improve customer experience.

The following changes take effect on Monday 10 September 2018.

1. Streamlined pathway for 457 visa holders 

The current 457 streamlined processing pathway will be removed.

Eligible 457 visa holders with occupations on the Victorian nomination occupation list may still be eligible to apply for Victorian visa nomination and retain existing alternate pathways to permanent residency.

2. Pathway for International PhD graduates

The current pathway for International PhD graduates will remain. However, there will be a change to processing times from the current fast-tracked two-week processing service to a new standard 12 week processing time.

The 12 week processing time will be applied across all skilled visa nomination applications bringing this pathway in-line with the rest of the skilled migration program.

3. Expanded “Invitation Only” procedure

An “Invitation Only” application procedure will continue to be applied across three industry groups: Information & Communication Technology, Building & Engineering and Nursing, with 457 visa holders and applicants holding valid job offers now subject to this procedure. Victoria has announced that they will continue to periodically invite eligible, high calibre applicants in these industry groups.

There will get further clarity and details regarding the above changes on Monday, 10th September 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 7th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

252711 -Audiologist -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 3 years’ work experience in field-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 4th, 2018:

NSW 489 sub class Regional Authority – Northern Inland Sponsorship Update: Removal of few occupations effective 13 September 2018

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 regional authorities which are participating in sponsorship 489 sub class visa has announced removal of few occupations effective 13 September 2018.

The following occupations will be removed from the Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Occupation List on 13 September 2018:

  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Hairdresser

Current Processing Timelines of Northern Inland Sponsorship Applications: 6 weeks or more.

NOTE: All the 8 regional authorities have separate SOLs, Application Process, requirements & criteria and fee for the regional sponsorship process.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Northern Inland under 489 sub class.

September 4th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST:

* midnight until 4am Sunday 9 September 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

August 31st, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263213 -ICT Systems Test Engineer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 30th, 2018:

NSW-489 sub class-Regional Authority- Orana Update: Pausing of the application system

Orana which is one of the 8 regional authorities of NSW has announced that due to the extreme number of applications being received via their web portal, effective immediately, RDA Orana will be pausing their application system.

They have further stated that if an applicant currently has an application in process and visa is expiring within 2 weeks, please forward the visa, quoting the RDA reference number to migration@rdaorana.org.au with the subject text RDA Ref no 180*** – Applicant Name – Visa expiring – DD/MM/YYYY

Please do not call or email their office seeking information or updates as this delays assessments.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Orana, NSW under 489 sub class.

August 29th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263113 -Network Analyst -Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 28th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 133411 -Manufacturer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation-VETASSESS
  • 252711 -Audiologist- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); 3 years’ work experience in field- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 24th, 2018:

NSW-NORTHERN-INLAND-489-list_24-08-18

NSW- 489 sub class-Regional Authority-Northern Inland Update: Changes to the Skilled Occupations List

Northern Inland which is one of the 8 regional authorities participating in sponsoring NSW-489 sub class visa has updated its Skilled Occupations List.

The following are the changes made to the list when compared with the previous list.

Occupations REMOVED from the list

Electronic Equipment Trades Worker 342313

Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) 342314

Motor Mechanic (General) 321211

Occupations ADDED to the list

Hairdresser 391111

Please find attached the new list.

NOTE: There are 8 regional authorities in NSW which are participating in sponsoring NSW 489 sub class visa. Every region will have its own SOL, requirements & criteria, application process & fee.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Northern Inland of NSW under 489 sub class.

August 22nd, 2018:

NSW-Murray-Aug-2018

NSW-489 sub class-Regional Authority- Murray Update: Change in the Skilled Occupations List

Murray which is one of the Regional Authority of NSW participating in sponsoring 489 sub class visa has updated its Skilled Occupations List. Please find attached the new SOL of Murray.

The following changes that have made in SOL:

Occupations REMOVED from List when compared with the previous list

Primary health organisation manager 134213

Orthoptist 251412

Audiologist 252711

Speech pathologist 252712

General Medical Practitioner 253111

Anaesthetist  253211

Specialist physician  253311

Cardiologist  253312

Clinical haematologist  253313

Clinical oncologist  253314

Endocrinologist 253315

Gastroenterologist 253316

Intensive care specialist 253317

Neurologist 253318

Paediatrician  253322

Renal medicine specialist 253322

Rheumatologist 253323

Thoracic medicine specialist 253324

Internal medicine specialist nec  253399

Orthopaedic surgeon 253514

Otorhinolaryngologist  253515

Paediatric surgeon . 253516

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon 253517

Urologist 253518

Vascular surgeon 253521

Dermatologist  253911

Radiation Oncologist . 253918

Registered nurse (development disability) 254416

Teacher-of the hearing impaired 241512

Teacher-of the sight impaired 241513

Teacher-Special education  241599

Surveyor 232212

Occupations ADDED to the List when compared with the previous list

Sonographer 251214

Agricultural Scientist  234112

Stonemason  331112

Joiner  331213

Please note that there are 8 Regional Authorities in NSW which are involved in sponsoring 489 sub class visa, every authority has got its own SOL, requirements & criteria, application process & fee.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Murray under 489 sub class.

August 20th, 2018:

NSW-489-Regional Authority-Central West Update: Temporary closure of sponsorship for all the occupations

Central West which is the new regional authority of NSW participating in 489 sub class nomination has announced that it has temporarily closed all occupations due to the large amount of applications received.

Future updates will be posted on their website.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Central West in NSW under 489 sub class.

August 20th, 2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Website under Maintenance

Victoria state has announced that critical maintenance will be carried out on their servers on 20- 21 August 2018. As a result, the site may be unavailable intermittently between 19:00 AEST – 06:00 AEST each day.

They recommend that you don’t start or complete an application during this time as you may lose some information.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

August 20th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263213- ICT Systems Test Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 20th, 2018:

RDA-Central-West-Skills-Occupation-List -20-08-2018

NSW-489 Regional Authority-Central West Update: Announcement of its SOL and application process

We all are aware that there were 7 Regional Authorities earlier and now one more Regional Authority – Central West is also participating in sponsoring NSW 489 sub class visa. We know that every Regional Authority has its own requirements & criteria, SOL, Application Process and Fee.

Central West has released its SOL and the following occupations are currently available:

134111 Child Care Centre Manager

221111 Accountant (general)

221112 Management Accountant

223111 Human Resource Advisor

234112 Agricultural Scientist

241111 Early Childhood Teacher

253111 General Medical Practitioner

254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)

254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254499 Registered Nurse Nec

261311 Analyst Programmer

263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson (Structural)

321211 Motor Mechanic

331212 Carpenter

351311 Chef

Please find attached the list & the requirements of each occupation.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with Central West under 489 sub class.

August 20th, 2018:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: New graduate stream for State nomination

Western Australia has announced that a new graduate stream will be available for eligible applicants for State nomination from Western Australia.

They have stated that information about eligibility and how to apply will be available on the migration portal in coming months.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 20th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA): Planned Systems Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST:

* 5am until 8am on Wednesday 22nd August 2018

* 9am until 9pm on Sunday 26th August 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

August 17th, 2018:

ACS Exp Ltr or Ref ltr Example

Australian Computer Society (ACS) Skills Assessment Update: Change in the requirements of CISCO Certifications & Processing Timelines

1) Cisco Certifications

The following list of Cisco Certifications are only accepted by the ACS effective August 2018. Certifications must be valid at the time of submitting the skills assessment and display the validation date.

  • Cisco Professional:
    • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) – All tracks
    • Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
  • Cisco Expert:
    • Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) – All tracks
    • Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)
  • Cisco Architect:
    • Cisco Certified Architect

Earlier they used to also accept the following, which they are not accepting currently.

  • Cisco Certified Voice Professional (CCVP)
  • Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP)

2) Current ACS Application Processing Timelines: 8-10 weeks for the completion of ACS skills assessment.

3) Australian Study Requirements:

ACS has also announced that the applicant must satisfy the Australian Study Requirement (ASR) for visa purposes. ACS do not assess whether applicant is meeting the ASR requirement. This will be determined by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA).

4) Reference Letter or Experience Letter Example:

ACS has changed the reference letter example. However there is NO change in the requirements of the Experience Letter with roles. Please find attached new example updated on their website.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with ACS.

August 17th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 16th, 2018:

NT-15-AUG-2018

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: NT Skilled Occupations List updated

Northern Territory state has updated its Skilled Occupations List, there is NO change in the list of occupations when compared with the previous list. However, for the following occupations requirements have been changed.

Accountant (General)

Clinical Psychologist

Counsellors

Customer Services Manager

Educational Psychologist

General Medical Practitioner

ICT Business Development Manager

Nurse Manager

Nurse Practitioner

Occupational Therapist

Primary Health Organisation Manager

Sales and Marketing Manager

Speech Pathologist

Supply and Distribution Manager

Vocational Education Teacher

Please refer to the attached updated list of occupations of NT.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Northern Territory State Sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 16th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 135112 -ICT Project Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
  • 261212- Web Developer- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 16th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST:

* midnight until 4am on Monday 20th August 2018

* 5am until 8am on Wednesday 22nd August 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

August 10th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 263299- ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 10th, 2018:

NSW-FarSouthCoast–AUG-2018-Updated

NSW Regional Sponsorship Update: Far South Coast has updated the Requirements

NSW regional authority Far South Coast has updated its list. There is no change in the occupations. However there is a change in the requirements for few of the occupations.

Please find attached the updated list.

There are 8 regional authorities involved in NSW Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class visa, each authority has got its own SOL, application process, requirements & criteria and application fee.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 489 sub class.

August 9th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years’ work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 8th, 2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Onshore 489 EOIs

Queensland State has announced that due to the high demand of onshore 489 EOIs received (including Masters Alumni applicants) BSMQ will only be issuing invitation to those applicants that are currently working in regional as well as having ongoing job offers.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 489 sub class.

August 8th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 261212- Web Developer -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 7th, 2018:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Planned maintenance affecting TRA payment facilities

TRA has announced that the TRA payment gateway within the TRA online portal will be undergoing a period of routine maintenance on Wednesday 15 August 2018 between 1:00 AM – 6:00 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

During this time, users will be unable to make payments for TRA services.

Normal service will resume at the conclusion of this maintenance window.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Skills Assessment with TRA.

August 7th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST:

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 8th August 2018

* 11pm Saturday 11th August to 2am Sunday 12th August 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

August 4th, 2018:

NSW-Far South Coast-Aug 2018

NSW Regional Sponsorship 489 sub class Update: Regional Authority – Far South Coast has updated its SOL.

As we are aware that there are 8 Regional Areas which are involved in NSW Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class. Far South Coast which is one of the Regional Areas of NSW has updated its SOL for nomination process under 489 sub class.

The following are changes made to the list when compared with the previous list:

Occupations REMOVED from the List

Chief Information Officer-135111

Surveyor-232212

Urban and Regional Planner-232611

Agricultural Engineer-233912

Teacher – Special Education-241599

Chiropractor-252111

Osteopath-252112

Audiologist-252711

Speech Pathologist-252712

Specialist Physician (General Medicine)-253311

Cardiologist-253312

Medical Oncologist-253314

Endocrinologist-253315

Gastroenterologist-253316

Paediatrician-253321

Specialist Physicians NEC-253399

Surgeon (General)-253511

Orthopaedic Surgeon-253514

Dermatologist-253911

Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)-254417

Occupations ADDED to the List:

Psychiatrist-253411

Enrolled Nurse-411411

Plumber (General)-334111

Gasfitter-334114

Please find attached the new list.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for NSW Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class.

August 4th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 311411- Chemistry Technician- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)- VETASSESS
  • 323412 -Toolmaker- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 3rd, 2018:

Skillselect Result 11-7-2018 &Ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 11/07/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 11/07/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

NOTE: Occupation Ceilings for the financial year 2018-19 have been released there is no change in the numbers when compared with the previous year ceilings.

The following occupations which are popular and the ceilings for these occupations are reaching faster:

  •  2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 36· already invited
  •  2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 13 already invited·
  • 2247· Management Consultant – 3285 – only 19 already invited
  • 2321 Architects and Landscape Architects – 1474 – 22 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers – 1000 – 42 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals – 3296 – 105 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers – 1042 –48 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 3 already invited
  •  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 17· already invited
  •  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 7· already invited
  •  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -14· already invited
  •  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -69· already invited
  •  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 72· already invited
  •  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 21· already invited
  •  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 88· already invited

Please update all your clients accordingly.

August 2nd, 2018:

Tasmanian_Skilled_Occupations_List_TSOL_2017-18_-_July_2018_update (1)

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Tasmania Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) for 489 sub class visa

Tasmania State has updated its Tasmania Skilled Occupations List (TSOL) for sponsorship under 489 sub class.

The following occupation has been removed from the earlier list.

  • 313111-Hardware Technician -TRA

NOTE: In order to apply for Tasmania Sponsorship under 190 sub class an applicant should meet one of the below conditions.

  • Tasmanian Graduate (2 years minimum study in Tasmania)
  •  Working in Tasmania
  • Should have a job offer from Tasmania

Please find attached updated TSOL.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Tasmania under 489 sub class.

August 2nd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST:

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 8th August 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 31st,2018:

NSW 190 sub class State Sponsorship Update: Removal of Stream -2 Option

NSW State Authority has confirmed that there will be NO longer the Stream -2 Option available for this financial year. This is effective July 2018.

Earlier we used to have Stream -1 and Stream -2, under Stream -1 all the occupations listed in NSW 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List were eligible for nomination and under Stream -2 all the occupations eligible as per MLTSSL, STSOL or ROL were eligible.

For this financial year only Stream -1 option is available, which means the occupation should be listed in NSW 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List in order to lodge an EOI for NSW Sponsorship.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 190 sub class.

July 30th,2018:

NSW-489-list-July 2018

New South Wales (NSW) 489 sub class Region Sponsorship Update: Change in the NSW 489 Region Sponsored List

NSW has announced the new NSW 489 Regional Skilled Occupation List for the year 2018-19. Please find attached the new list.

NOTE: Earlier we used to find 7 Regional Areas in the list. However a new Region has been added called – Central West in the current list.

As we are aware that every Regional Area of NSW has it’s own Skilled Occupation List, application process,  fee, requirements & criteria for Regional Sponsorship.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 489 sub class.

July 30th,2018:

NSW-Priority-skilled-occupation-list-2018-19

NSW State Sponsorship 190 sub class Update: Change in the NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupations List

NSW has announced the new NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupations List for 2018-19.

The following are the changes that made to the new list when compared with the previous list:

Occupations ADDED to the new list:

224711 Management Consultant

342212 Technical Cable Jointer

Occupations REMOVED from the new list:

241511 Special Needs Teacher

253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

253914 Ophthalmologist

253999 Medical Practitioners nec

254411 Nurse Practitioner

272313 Organisational Psychologist

312111 Architectural Draftsperson

313214 Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist

342314 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)

351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker

351411 Cook

Please find attached the new NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupations List.

NOTE: There is NO update regarding the Stream-2 option that was available for NSW 190 sub class earlier. They have removed the information relating to it from the website and may not be applicable for this year.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 190 sub class.

July 26th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

323412 -Toolmaker -Low Availability -Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 25th,2018:

DHA SkillSelect Update: Change in the visa invitation rounds 

SkillSelect has announced that the visa invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Relative Provisional (subclass 489) will occur once each month, on the 11th day of each month, effective 11 August 2018. There is no change to the overall number of invitations provided each month.

Occupations Ceilings & Occupation Lists are NOT yet published for the year 2018-19.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 189 & 489 sub class visa.

July 25th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312511- Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson -Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only- Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 25th,2018:

Victoria University-Fee Schedule-2018

Victoria University Trade Occupations Skills Assessment Update: Change in the Skills Assessment Fee

Victoria University has announced that there will be new skills assessment fee applicable for all the Trade Occupations assessed under TSS (TEMPORARY SKILLS SHORTAGE) and Offshore Skills Assessment Program (PERMANENT MIGRATION).

Please find attached the complete list of new fee applicable effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Victoria University.

July 24th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411713- Family Support Worker- Low Availability -Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 24th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional-489 visa only-VETASSESS

232214 -Other Spatial Scientist -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS

263113 -Network Analyst- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 23rd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 5am to 8am on Wednesday 25th July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 21st,2018:

Occupational Health and Safety Adviser Information Sheet

VETASSESS Skills Assessment Update: 

Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code: 251312) new requirements published

Vetassess has announced the following requirements & details regarding the occupation – Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code: 251312).

The following are the details & requirements of this occupation:

ANZSCO Job Description:

Occupational Health and Safety Advisers develop, implement and evaluate risk management policies and programs, train employees in occupational health and safety procedures, monitor and audit the workplace, and record and investigate incidents to ensure safe and healthy working conditions.

Occupations not considered under this ANZSCO code:

  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Safety Inspector
  • Occupational Medicine Physician

Vetassess new Criteria & Requirements which are is specific to this occupation:

This occupation requires a qualification assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree or higher degree, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation. In addition to this, applicants must have undertaken at least one year of post-qualification employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years which is highly relevant to the nominated occupation.

OR

If the degree is not in a highly relevant field, and there is an additional qualification at least at AQF Diploma level in a highly relevant field, three years of employment at an appropriate skill level undertaken within the last five years in the nominated occupation are required.

Qualifications:

AQF Bachelor degree or higher*

Highly relevant major fields of study include:

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Occupational Hygiene

*This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.

Please find attached the information sheet published by VETASSESS.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with VETASSESS under General Occupations.

July 21st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232214 -Other Spatial Scientist -Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 20th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 9am to 9pm on Sunday 22nd July 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 19th,2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Occupation Removed from the List

Queensland has announced that Engineering Technologist (233914) occupation is removed from all the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs) on 16 July 2018 as BSMQ has received large number of EOIs for this occupation and have filled the quota.

If your client has not received an invitation by 16th July 2018, BSMQ is no longer in a position to issue any new invitations

BSMQ may open this occupation at a later date if current invitees do not respond in the requested time frame.

NOTE: All the ICT occupations require job offer from Queensland and Engineering occupations require registration with the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 19th,2018:

NT List-12-07-2018

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Occupations List Updated

Northern Territory has updated its skilled occupation list for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class.

Please note that there is NO change in the list of occupations when compared with the previous list. However the following changes in requirements have been updated when compared with the previous requirements.

221111- Accountant(General) – Offshore applicants must have an offer of employment from NT

225113 – Marketing Specialist – Offshore applicants must have an offer of employment from NT

224711 – Management Consultant – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

233512 – Mechanical Engineer – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

311215 – Pharmacy Technician – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

251513 – Retail Pharmacist – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

232414 – Web Designer – Offshore applicants must have a minimum of 7 overall of IELTS or equivalent.

NOTE: Still for ICT Occupations offshore applicants must have an offer of employment from NT as usual. Please find attached the new NT Skilled Occupations List.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Northern Territory under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 19th,2018:

VETASSESS Skills Assessment Criteria Update – Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code 251312)

VETASSESS has announced that effective 20 July 2018 it will be updating the assessment criteria for the occupation of Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code 251312). The revised criteria are based on industry research and engagement, and strengthens the alignment with current occupational standards in Australia.

All new skills assessment applications for Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO Code 251312) submitted on or after 20 July, 2018 will be assessed under the new criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with VETASSESS.

July 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List in the last few days:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 1399130-Laboratory Manager -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 232413- Multimedia Designer- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 251511 -Hospital Pharmacist -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-APharmC
  • 251513- Retail Pharmacist- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-APharmC
  • 262113- Systems Administrator- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS
  • 311411-Chemistry Technician- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS
  • 312511 -Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only -Engineers Australia

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 11th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

251511- Hospital Pharmacist -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-APharmC

312312 -Electrical Engineering Technician- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants for applying state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 11th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: System Issues

South Australia has announced that they are experiencing some systems issues with the 190/489 application form. Some applicants have been unable to upload work experience/qualification documents in the application form.

They stated that if you are unable to upload your work experience/qualification document(s):

  • Check that the file size is less than 4MB
  • If you have multiple documents, try scanning them into one document
  • If you are experiencing difficulties, try using another browser such as Google Chrome
  • If you are still unable to attach them, email the work experience/qualification documents to gsm.sa@sa.gov.auand include your GSM application reference number.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 11th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139913- Laboratory Manager -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

232411- Graphic Designer -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-

VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 10th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 251513- Retail Pharmacist- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-APharmC
  • 262113 -Systems Administrator- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 10th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 232411 -Graphic Designer- Low Availability- Competent English;- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 311213- Medical Laboratory Technician- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AIMS
  • 313113 -Web Administrator- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 10th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA): Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 14th July 2018

* midnight until 4am Monday 16th July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 9th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232414 -Web Designer- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English;- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

311213- Medical Laboratory Technician- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AIMS

311215- Pharmacy Technician- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English; 0Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

312912 -Metallurgical or Materials Technician- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List or special conditions apply effective July 2018.

July 9th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263212 -ICT Support Engineer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS.

612115- Real Estate Representative -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only; Mustbe prepared to undertake relevant registration course(s) and familiarise with local market-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 6th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm to 5pm Saturday 7 July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 6th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121216 -Mixed Crop Farmer Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

261111 -ICT Business Analyst- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS.

261112- Systems Analyst- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional

489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

261311 -Analyst Programmer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions -ACS

261312- Developer Programmer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions- ACS

261313 Software Engineer- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

262112 -ICT Security Specialist- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

263111- Computer Network and Systems Engineer- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions- ACS

263211 -ICT Quality Assurance Engineer- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

333311 -Roof Tiler -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements. Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List effective 1 July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 5th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupations Current Status

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

121216 -Mixed Crop Farmer Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

261111 -ICT Business Analyst- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

261313 Software Engineer- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

263111-Computer Network and Systems Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

333311 -Roof Tiler -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List effective July 2018.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 5th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261313- Software Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions -ACS

333311- Roof Tiler -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List effective 1 July 2018. 

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 5th,2018:

SA-5-7-2018

SA-Supplementary-05-07-2018

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Requirements & Lists Released
 
South Australia has released it’s State Nominated Occupations List & Supplementary List. Please find attached both these lists.
Please find below all the information relating to South Australia State Sponsorship.
  • State Nominated Occupations List: All the applicants whose occupation is State Nominated Occupations List  and are meeting the requirements can lodge their Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequently file for State Nomination online with South Australia.
  • Supplementary List: All the applicants whose occupation is Supplementary List or Special Conditions Apply if meeting any of the following requirements can lodge their Expression of Interest (EOI) and subsequently file for State Nomination online with South Australia.
    • International graduate of South Australia
    • Working in South Australia for last 12 months
    • Immediate family member residing in South Australia in the last 24 months
    • High Points – 80 points in EOI
The following are changes in the occupations for State Nominated Occupations List:
 
Occupations ADDED to the new list when compared with the previous list, occupations are highlighted in Yellow:
121216 Mixed Crop Farmer
121318 Pig Farmer
134211 Medical Administrator
141211 Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager
211311 Photographer
211499 Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals nec
222111 Commodities Trader
222112 Finance Broker
222113 Insurance Broker
224112 Mathematician
231111 Aeroplane Pilot
231113 Flying Instructor
232212 Surveyor
232411 Graphic Designer
232412 Illustrator
232414 Web Designer
242211 Vocational Education Teacher (Trades)
251412 Orthoptist
251511 Hospital Pharmacist
251513 Retail Pharmacist
252511 Physiotherapist
254311 Nurse Manager
254411 Nurse Practitioner
311213 Medical Laboratory Technician
311215 Pharmacy Technician
311216 Pathology Collector
311299 Medical Technicians nec
311411 Chemistry Technician
311412 Earth Science Technician
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician
312911 Maintenance Planner
312999 Building and Engineering Technicians nec
313199 ICT Support Technicians nec
322311 Metal Fabricator
322313 Welder (First Class)
323213 Fitter-Welder
323412 Toolmaker
332111 Floor Finisher
333111 Glazier
333211 Fibrous Plasterer
333212 Solid Plasterer
333411 Wall and Floor Tiler
334111 Plumber (General)
334112 Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
334115 Roof Plumber
362311 Greenkeeper
391111 Hairdresser
411211 Dental Hygienist
411213 Dental Technician
411214 Dental Therapist
599915 Clinical Coder
612112 Property Manager
612115 Real Estate Representative
Occupations REMOVED from the new List when compared with the previous list:
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager
131113 Advertising Manager
132211 Finance Manager
139911 Art Administrator or Manager
149913 Facilities Manager
224213 Health Information Manager
224711 Management Consultant
224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst
232311 Fashion Designer
234111 Agricultural Consultant
252111 Chiropractor
272412 Interpreter
272413 Translator
272499 Social Professionals nec
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson
312212 Civil Engineering Technician
323299 Metal Fitters and Machinists nec
323313 Locksmith
342313 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker
342411 Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
361311 Veterinary Nurse
511111 Contract Administrator
511112 Program or Project Administrator
Highlights of the changes:
 
1) Most of the popular occupations are eligible for 489 sub class only.
2) Most of the occupations require Competent Plus or Proficient in each band or Proficient Plus over all is the English language requirement.
3) Few occupations require Research of job opportunities for the applicant’s particular specialisation
4) For ICT occupations minimum requirement if 70 points with Proficient or Proficient Plus in English & are eligible only for 489 sub class visa
5) For few occupations meeting experience requirement of 3 or 5 years is mandatory.
This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 4th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Changes in the requirements of State Nomination

Immigration South Australia has announced that it will be publishing a revised occupation list for the 2018/19 program year and re-opening the 489/190 application system later this week, as of now we CANNOT apply for state sponsorship.

The following are the changes effective once the application system is open:

High Points Category:

Applicant can apply for South Australia nomination if his/her occupation is in Supplementary List or Special Conditions & has 80 points. High points requirement will be 80 only as of now. This requirement of 80 points might be increased or the occupations might closed for this category based on the quota that is available.

Chain Migration:

Applicant with close relative in South Australia & occupation in Supplementary List or Special Conditions can apply under this category.

  • Applicants under Chain Migration can apply for state nomination for a provisional 489 visa only as of now.
  • The immediate family member will need to be residing in South Australia for a minimum of 24 months.
  • The family member can be an Australian Citizen, permanent resident or a South Australian state nominated 489 provisional visa holder.

Commitment to South Australia:

Immigration SA has retained the requirement that applicants residing interstate are NOT eligible to apply for South Australian state nomination.  State nomination is for those who genuinely want to settle in South Australia.

The following changes will apply to applicants with a history of working or studying interstate and are intended to maximize the commitment to settling in South Australia:

  • Applicants who have studied or worked interstate in the last 10 years (and NOT in South Australia) will only be eligible for State nomination for a provisional 489 visa.
  • Applicants who have studied or worked in another state (as well as in South Australia) in the last 10 years will only be eligible for State nomination for a provisional 489 visa & for 190 sub class they will look into on a case to case basis depending upon the time spent in South Australia, the most recent Australian location an applicant spent time in, and what they were doing in these locations (i.e. study, work).

International graduates of South Australia 

International graduates of South Australia must be currently working for the last three months in a skilled occupation in South Australia (rather than just having commenced working in a skilled occupation in South Australia). This applies to even Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education graduates, regardless of which occupation list they are applying under. Earlier the requirement was 12 months.

International graduates of South Australia working in their field for the last 6 months in a country region of South Australia are also eligible, earlier the requirement was 12 months.

International graduates of South Australia accessing a work experience waiver via achieving Proficient English or Proficient Plus overall (see international graduate waiver requirements) will now only be eligible to apply for a 489 provisional visa.

Documentation:

All documentation in support of an application must be uploaded in the online application form only, no e-mails will be entertained unless case officer has asked for any additional documents.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 3rd,2018:

Murray-Orana-NInland-Riverina-July2018

NSW Regional Sponsorship 489 sub class Update: Regional Occupations List updated by various Regions

As we are aware that the following are the seven regional areas or authorities of NSW which sponsor for 489 sub class visa.

1. Far South Coast

2. Mid North Coast

3. Murray

4. Northern Inland

5. Orana

6. Riverina

7. Southern Inland

NOTE: All these regional authorities have their own skilled occupation lists, criteria and requirements, application process for sponsorship & fee.

Currently the following are the regions that have updated their Skilled Occupations List for Regional Sponsorship under 489 sub class.

  • Murray
  • Northern Inland
  • Orana
  • Riverina

Please find attached the new lists of the above mentioned Regional Authorities effective July 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW under 489 sub class.

July 3rd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupation List Not Available

South Australia has announced that due to the annual update of the occupation list, the list is currently not available on the website. A further update will be available later in the week.  They have stated that a news item will be published once the occupation list has been updated.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 2nd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 5am to 8am Wednesday 4 July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

July 2nd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: New version of website

DHA has announced that they are building a new version of our website. They want to make sure the immigration and citizenship services are simple to use and meet applicant(s) needs.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 2nd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Introduction of GTS

Global Talent Scheme (GTS)

The GTS is a niche pilot scheme under the TSS visa program. The 12 month pilot will run from 1 July 2018.

Introducing the GTS as a pilot allows the Government to make refinements in consultation with industry to ensure it achieves its purpose.

The GTS is only for employers to fill highly-skilled positions that cannot be filled:

  • by Australian workers
  • through other visa programs, in particular the short-term and medium-term streams of the TSS visa.

Access to the GTS is not guaranteed. Employer must be able to demonstrate your need to access the scheme. If employer can do this, will be invited to enter into an agreement with the Government under the agreement stream of the TSS visa. Only then will employer be able to sponsor workers for a TSS visa under the GTS.

The GTS

GTS is available where the standard TSS program or other Labour Agreements do not cover needs for high-skill, niche roles. Compared to standard Labour Agreements, the GTS provides faster processing and more flexible concessions. Approved businesses must first meet specific criteria and requirements to be considered for the GTS.

The main features of the GTS are:

  • 2 streams – established business and startups
  • the ability to negotiate variance from standard TSS visa requirements
  • agreement processing is prioritised
  • access to highly-skilled roles for trusted employers – not restricted to occupation lists
  • visa validity of up to 4 years, and access to permanent residency pathway
  • negotiable age requirements on permanent residence pathway.

GTS Streams:

  • Established Business stream allows employers who are accredited sponsors to employ highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills to contribute to innovation in an established business, and help make Australian businesses and their Australian employees the best at what they do.
  • Startup stream allows employers to sponsor highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills to contribute to Australia’s developing startup ecosystem and bring new ideas, new jobs, new skills and new technology for Australia. This stream is for startups operating in a technology based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related field. Startups must be endorsed by the independent GTS startup advisory panel.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

July 2nd,2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Occupation List Updated

Victoria State Authority has updated the Victoria Skilled Occupation List today. However there are NO changes to the earlier list.

Streamlined pathway to visa nomination

The Victorian Government offers fast-tracked visa nomination for international PhD graduates and current or recent Temporary Worked (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) holders.

Temporary Work visa holders can get their visa nomination applications fast-tracked.

To apply through the streamlined pathway applicant need to:

  • have an occupation on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria
  • have worked for a minimum of one of the last three years in Victoria in your nominated occupation with one or more Victorian businesses
  • have an IELTS score of 6.0 in each band (or equivalent)
  • meet all other visa nomination eligibility requirements.

International PhD graduates can get their visa nomination applications fast tracked.

To be eligible, applicant need either, a:

  • completed PhD from a Victorian university: You may nominate any occupation that is eligible for the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa on the Department of Home Affairs’ Migration (IMMI 18/051: Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities) Instrument 2018
  • completed PhD of a recognised standard (as determined by the relevant skill assessing authority) from an overseas university or an Australian university outside of Victoria: In a field relating to an occupation on the Visa Nomination Occupations List for Victoria in the past five years.

Other requirements include:

  • an English language test with a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 in each band or equivalent
  • registration requirements for certain occupations. Refer to the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria for more details
  • a skills assessment. PhD applicants are not required to have any previous work experience, but  some skill assessing authorities require at least twelve months of work experience in order to obtain a full skills assessment.

This streamlined pathway offers fast-tracked processing of applications with assessment made within two weeks.  

Applicants must include evidence of your PhD completion.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 2nd, 2018:

Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists-02-07-2018

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Nomination process open for GSM

Queensland has announced that their state sponsorship process has been opened for General Skilled Migration applicants.

The following are requirements for offshore applicants:

BSMQ criteria requires the applicant to:

  • have an occupation on the QSOL for applicants ‘Not currently working in Queensland’ (offshore);
  • satisfy specialisation or other requirements for certain occupations;
  • provide evidence that you have a minimum of 2 years’ post-qualification work experience in your nominated occupation (or higher if required)
  • commit to living and working in Queensland from the date that you arrive in Queensland to live permanently; and
  • where job offers are required they must be related to your occupation, and evidence is required showing acceptance of the offer.
  • Labour hire companies must provide evidence that they are registered in Queensland (incl overseas companies)

Please note: if you are an overseas PhD graduate, applicant may be eligible for a work experience waiver if he/she has a minimum 12 month job offer with a Queensland employer registered in Australia. The job offer must be related to your occupation, and evidence is required showing acceptance of the offer.

In addition to the above the applicant has to meet the minimum basic requirements of DHA.

The following are occupations added to the new Queensland Occupations List for Offshore applicants.

232511 – Interior Designer
233512 -Mechanical Engineer
233914 -Engineering Technologist
253918 -Radiation Oncologist
254412 -Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413 -Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 -Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254412 -Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413 -Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 -Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415 -Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
254416 -Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
254417 -Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)
254421 -Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
254422 -Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254423 -Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
254424 -Registered Nurse (Surgical)
254425 -Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
254499 -Registered Nurses nec
261111 -ICT Business Analyst
261112 -Systems Analyst
261311 -Analyst Programmer
261312 -Developer Programmer
261313 -Software Engineer
261314 -Software Tester
262112 -ICT Security Specialist
263211 -ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
263212 -ICT Support Engineer
263213 -ICT Systems Test Engineer
313112 -ICT Customer Support Officer
313113 -Web Administrator

NOTE: Queensland has different occupations lists for the following categories:

1) Applicant working in Queensland

2) Offshore applicants

3) Master’s graduate from QLD University

4) PhD graduate from QLD University

Please find attached the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists for all the categories.

PhD graduates from QLD University may be eligible for the Skilled Nomination (Permanent) visa (subclass 190), allowing applicants to live and work in Queensland permanently. To be eligible for Queensland skilled visa state nomination, applicants occupation must be listed on the DIBP’s relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

July 2nd, 2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Accepting Sponsorship Applications

Victoria State has announced that the Skilled and Business Migration Program is now accepting Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) nomination applications.

A new application process applies to engineering and building, as well as nursing occupations. We need to follow the process that we follow for ICT Occupations even for engineering and building, nursing occupations.

NOTE: There is NO change in the Victoria Skilled Occupations List as of now

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 sub class.

June 27th, 2018:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: Closure of State Sponsorship Process effective 4:00 PM AEST FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2018:

ACT has announced the following regarding the state nomination process:

Canberra residents:

  • Applicants are eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if their nominated occupation is listed as ‘open’on the current ACT Occupation List.
  • Applicants are NOT eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if their nominated occupation is listed as ‘closed ‘on the current ACT Occupation List.

Overseas residents: 

  • The ACT 190 nomination program remains closedfor overseas applicants without close ties to Canberra, and is also now closed to overseas applicants with close tiesto Canberra.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

June 29th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Changes to Immi Account effective 30 June 2018

1) Reminder for Partner visa applicants ready second stage:

Partner Visa applicants need to contact through call or e-mail regarding their second stage any more.

Reminder will be sent by the department  for all the Partner visa applicants who have been granted their first stage visa can submit the information for their permanent visa two years after their original application was lodged.

The reminder also contains the Application Reference number, which must be entered into the second stage application form as the ‘Related Application ID’, to allow the lodgement via ImmiAccount.

2) Regular correspondence sent to Partner visa applicants:

Automated correspondence reassuring applicants that their application is still being processed will be sent to Temporary Partner visa (subclasses 309, 820) applicants when:

–they have submitted their application after 1 January 2017

–their visa application remains undecided after twelve months

–they haven’t received correspondence from the Department in the last six weeks

–there has not been a relationship breakdown

–the application is not finalised or under review

3) Pre-lodgement attachments for Business & Skilled visa:

Applicants will be able to attach documents before submitting their applications for the following subclasses:

–Employer Nomination Scheme (sub class 186 and 187)

–Skilled Migration –points (sub class 189, 190, 489)

–Skilled Migration (regional RE and SE) (sub class 489)

–Business Innovation and Investment (RE and SE) (sub class 188)

–Business Innovation and Investment (sub class 888).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under the sub classes – 189, 190, 489, 186, 187, 188, 888, 309, 820.

June 27th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: GSM Change in points requirement

South Australia has announced that the Department of Home Affairs have made a legislative change to the points test pass mark for 189, 190 and 489 visas. The points test pass mark will increase to 65 points from 1 July 2018.

This affects applicants who receive a 190 or 489 visa invitation on or after 1 July 2018.

Immigration SA is currently priority processing before 1 July 2018:

  • 489 state nomination applications with 60 points

If Immigration SA finishes processing the priority applications above, the following will be prioritised:

  • Onshore 190 applications with 60 points.
  • Followed by offshore 190 applications with 60 points.

They have stated that they will provide further communication next week regarding state nomination applications with 60 points which haven’t been finalised this week.

NOTE: If any applicant’s 190 state nomination application with 60 points is being finalised after 1 July 2018, they will contact regarding changing to a 489 state nomination application.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applied for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 27th, 2018:

Skillselect invitation 6-06-2018 & ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 06/06/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 06/06/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

The following is the current status of invitations for the most popular occupation groups & their ceilings after the above invitation round:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2813 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 986 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 493 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1175 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 633 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1165 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3571 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 290 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 751 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 382 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 37 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

June 26th, 2018:

NSW Regional Authorities update relating to 489 sub class Region Sponsored visa: Temporary Closure of Applications Processing and Change in the List.

Northern Inland Update:

Northern Inland which is one of the Regional Authorities of NSW has announced that it has temporary closed the application processing and will reopen only on 1 July 2018. Applications can be still be lodged till 30 June 2018, however they will processed only after 1 July 2018.

Further it has stated that the following occupations will be removed from the RDA Northern Inland list on 1 July, 2018:

  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Quantity Surveyor

Applications received for these occupations before 12 pm 30 June 2018 will be considered for nomination. Applications received after that time and date will not be successful.

Orana Update:

Orana which is yet another Regional Authority of NSW has announced that they are  temporarily closing applications until 1 July 2018, with application process for 489 visas to be re-opened on 1 July 2018. We cannot lodge a new application till 1 July, 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 489 sub class region sponsored visa.

June 25th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Increase in Visa Application Charges effective 1/7/2018

Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has announced that there will be increase in the Visa Application Charges (VAC) for various types of visas effective 1st July 2018.

Please find below the details of some of the visas:

Skilled visas sub class 189, 190 & 489 sub class 

Applicable Charge Current VAC New VAC
Base application charge $3 670 $3 755
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18 $1 835 $1 875
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18 $920 $940

 

Subclass 476 (Skilled – Recognised Gradate visa)

Applicable Charge Current VAC New VAC
Base application charge $365 $375
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18 $185 $190
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18 $90 $95

 

Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate visa)

Applicable Charge Current VAC New VAC
Base application charge $1 500 $1 535
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18 $750 $765
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18 $375 $385

 

Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Short Term Stream

Applicable Charge Current VAC New VAC
Base application charge $1 150 $1 175
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18 $1 150 $1 175
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18 $290 $295

 

Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Medium Term & Labour Agreement Stream

Applicable Charge Current VAC New VAC
Base application charge $2 400 $2 455
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18 $2 400 $2 455
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18 $600 $615

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

June 25th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has announced that to complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA has closed the state nomination 190/489 application system from 9am on Monday 25 June 2018 and will re-open in the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

351311 -Chef -Low Availability- Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 2 years work experience in field-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

June 22nd, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupation(s) to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

252711- Audiologist- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 3 years work experience in field -VETASSESS

342311 -Business Machine Mechanic -Special Conditions Apply-Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

South Australia has announced that to complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA will be closing the state nomination 190/489 application system from 9am on Monday 25 June and will re-open in the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 21st, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

131112- Sales and Marketing Manager -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AIM

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 21st, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

131112- Sales and Marketing Manager -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AIM

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 21st, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 4pm Saturday 23 June 2018 to 7pm Saturday 23 June 2018

* 1.30pm Saturday 30 June 2018 to 9am 1 July 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

June 20th, 2018:

EngineersAustralia_MSA_Fees_2018-2019

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Change in the Skills Assessment fee effective 1 September 2018

Engineers Australia has announced that there will be change in the Skills Assessment fee effective 1 September 2018.

The following are few new fees relating skills assessment that we use more often:

Standard Competency Demonstration Report – AUD784.00+ GST

Competency Demonstration Report+Relevant Skilled Employment Assessment –  AUD 1,124.00+GST

Fast Track Fee – AUD 300.00+GST

Please find attached the detailed list of fee applicable. This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Engineers Australia.

June 19th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Changes to lodgement methods for Family Stream visa applications

DHA has announced that effective 1 July 2018 there will be changes to how and where to lodge certain Family Stream visa applications.

Partner and Prospective Marriage

Applications for Partner and Prospective Marriage (subclass 820, 801, 309, 100 & 300) visas must be lodged online via ImmiAccount. Payment of the visa application charge will also need to be made online via the ImmiAccount portal. Applicant(s) can no longer apply for these visas in person. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Other family

All applications for Other Family visas will need to be sent by post or courier service to the Perth Visa and Citizenship Office. Applicant(s) will no longer be able to lodge application at one of their overseas offices or contracted Service Delivery Partners. This includes:

  • Carer (subclass 116 and 836) visas,
  • Remaining Relative (subclass 115 and 835) visas, and
  • Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 117 and 838) visas.

Application and sponsorship forms for Other Family visas are available on the Home Affairs website. Payment of the visa application charge can be made online through the ImmiAccountportal. Online lodgement is not currently available for Other Family visas, completed forms must be sent to the processing office in Perth.

Unfinalised applications which were lodged at an overseas office are currently being transferred to the Perth processing office, applicants will be notified when their application has been transferred.

Parent

Parent visa applicants (subclasses 103, 804, 173, 143, 884 and 864) must send their completed visa applications to the Perth Visa and Citizenship Office by post or courier. Applicant(s) can no longer lodge a Parent visa application in person.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Partner, Parent & other family visas.

June 19th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closure of State Nomination for 190 & 489 subclass effective 25 June 2018

South Australia has announced that to complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA will be closing the state nomination 190/489 application system from 9 am on Monday 25 June 2018 and will re-open in the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

If any applicant has commenced a 190/489 application, will need to submit & pay for the application prior to the system being closed.

From 9 am on 25 June, incomplete applications will be deleted, this includes applications that have been “saved but not submitted” and applications that have been “submitted but are still awaiting payment”.

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

131113 -Advertising Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-AIM

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 subclass.

June 19th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 1.30pm Saturday 30 June 2018 to 9am 1 July 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

June 15th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

  • 313111- Hardware Technician -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA
  • 411712- Disabilities Services Officer -Low Availability- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
  • 411411 -Enrolled Nurse- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Provisional 489 visa only-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 15th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

313111- Hardware Technician -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

411712- Disabilities Services Officer -Low Availability- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 14th, 2018:

NSW State Sponsorship Announcement – NSW skilled nominated migration 190 closed 2017-18

New South Wales has announced that they have filled their program for the 2017-18 financial year. They will not send any further invitations to apply for NSW nomination before 30 June 2018. They have further stated that they will assess all received applications.

NSW will announce the opening of their program in the 2018-19 financial year.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW under 190 sub class.

June 14th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

323211 -Fitter (General)- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 13th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

351411- Cook- Low Availability- Competent English; -Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 8th, 2018:

Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Skills Assessment Update: Change in the documentation & introduction of new pathway-4

AIQS has updated its policies & procedures and the following changes have been announced. These are applicable for all the applicants going for skills assessment under Quantity Surveyor occupation ANZSCO-233213 with AIQS effective 1st July 2018.

1) New Pathway 4 has been introduced: This pathway-4 is applicable for Current financial Corporate member of AIQS or Recognised Association with Minimum one Year of Employment

2) The following documents are required in addition to the earlier documentation for skills assessment process with AIQS:

  • We now need all the Certified Color Copies of the documents.
  • Certified colour copy of current passport
  • Certified colour copy of a clear passport photo taken within the last 4 weeks
  • Colour copies of each supervisor’s qualifications
  • If going for assessment under above mentioned new pathway-4 then the following additional documents are required:
    • A colour copy of the AIQS or Recognised Association membership certificate with a current letter on letterhead stating that you are are financial corporate member with no outstanding complaints against the applicant.
    • Proof of CPD compliance as indicated by AIQS.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AIQS.

June 8th, 2018:

Holiday Update: 11th June 2018 – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Most of the Australia Authorities have announced that they will be closed on Monday 11th June for the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday and will reopen as normal on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment.

June 8th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Changes to visa lodgement methods for the Working Holiday Maker visa program

DHA has announced that from 1 July 2018, there are changes to the method of lodgement for the Working Holiday Maker Program

From 1 July 2018, there will be changes to the way Work and Holiday visa applications are lodged.

The following applications must be lodged online through ImmiAccount:

  • Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa applications
  • Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa applications from Argentina, Slovakia, Spain, the United States, and Uruguay
  • Second Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa applications.

From 1 July 2018, all first Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) applications for Israeli passport holders must be sent to Berlin for processing.

NOTE: The above visas are NOT applicable for India passport holders.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 417, 462 sub class visas.

June 7th, 2018:

Skillselect results 23-05-2018 & ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 23/05/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 23/05/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. Highlighted in yellow are reaching much faster.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2768 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 974 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 485 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1155 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 624 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1150 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3513 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 279 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 739 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 373 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 30 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class visa.

June 6th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263299- ICT Support and Test Engineers nec- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; -See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 5th, 2018:

Australian Psychological Society (APS) Skills Assessment Update: Change in the Skills Assessment Fee

Australia Psychological Society has announced that there will be a change in the skills assessment fee for Psychologist occupation effective 1 June 2018. Please find below the details:

Assessment fee applying from within Australia – $1150.00(inc GST)

Applying from outside Australia – $1045.45(GST free)

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with APS.

June 5th, 2018:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Delay in processing TRA Migration Points Advice & Skills Assessment Applications

TRA has announced that Migration Skills Assessment and Migration Points Advice programs are currently experiencing a major increase in application rates and there is a delay in processing them. This increase is affecting processing times and most assessments are now taking longer than 90 days to complete.

TRA has apologized and has asked not to contact regarding the status of the applications. Further they has stated to allow them 120 days to receive an outcome.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with TRA.

June 5th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424 -Registered Nurse (Surgical) -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 5th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254424 -Registered Nurse (Surgical) -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

June 1st, 2018:

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Department of Jobs & Small Business Update: Flagged Occupations in Skilled Occupation Lists – MLTSSL, STSOL & ROL.

Department of Jobs & Small Business, Government of Australia is reviewing the changes to Skilled Occupation Lists and also consulting all the concerned parties. As per them the attached changes might take place to Skilled Occupations List.

NOTE: The attached is just an indication of changes that might take place to Skilled Occupation List in July 2018. As of now there is no update from Department of Home Affairs (DHA) regarding the changes in the Skilled Occupations Lists – MLTSSL, STSOL or ROL. Further The Department of Jobs & Small Business is consulting all the parties & reviewing the changes. We need to wait for an update from DHA regarding the changes.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class visa.

May 31st, 2018:

South Australia State Update: Removal of 405 Investor Retiree visa

The Australian Commonwealth Government has advised that the 405 Investor Retiree visa option will no longer be available from 1st June 2018.

The 405 Investor Retirement Renewal nomination remains open for existing South Australian State Nominated Investor Retirees until further notification from the Commonwealth Government.

Please note that Immigration SA will be providing further communication to existing 405 visa holders when made available by the Department of Home Affairs.

Anyone with a pending application is asked to contact Immigration SA urgently at bmu.sa@sa.gov.au, as applications will close today.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 405 sub class visa.

May 31st, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm Saturday 2 June to 9am Sunday 3 June 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 28th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263112 -Network Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 24th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254414- Registered Nurse (Community Health) -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -5 years work experience in field -ANMAC

313113 -Web Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

331212 -Carpenter- Low Availability- Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 24th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254414- Registered Nurse (Community Health) -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -5 years work experience in field -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 24th, 2018:

Skillselect 09-05-2018 results & Ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 09/05/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 09/05/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations

 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2723 already invited

 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 962 already invited

 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 477 already invited

 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1133 already invited

 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 615 already invited

 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1135 already invited

 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3455 already invited

 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 265 already invited

 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 727 already invited

 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 364 already invited

 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 25 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

May 22nd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 5am – 8am Wednesday 23 May 2018

Please be advised that the following websites and systems will be unavailable Wednesday 23 May 2018:

  • www.homeaffairs.gov.au
  • www.minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/peterdutton
  • www.minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge
  • www.minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/angustaylor
  • www.minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alexhawke
  • ImmiAccount
  • eMedical services for:
    • Canada and New Zealand
    • BUPA

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 21st, 2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Invitations for skilled applications are still currently suspended.

Queensland State Authorities have announced that they currently have a backlog of applications and is temporarily suspending issuing new invitations for skilled applications until July 2018. Please note applicant(s) will have to lodge a new Expression of Interest (EOI) in July 2018 to be considered for skilled state nomination. BSMQ will not be assessing EOIs lodged prior to the program re-opening. They stated to monitor their website in the upcoming weeks.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 16th, 2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Temporary closure of skilled visa nomination applications

Victoria State Authorities have announced that they are currently experiencing a very high volume of applications for visa nomination for skilled migration. To help us manage this demand, and meet their service commitments, they are not accepting any new applications at this time.

Further they have stated that they will continue to assess all nomination applications received prior to 15 May 2018, however delays may occur in providing outcomes for these applications.

Please note that this is only a temporary measure to manage current demand and encourage to check their website in the coming weeks to stay up-to-date and apply for skilled migration visa nomination when applications reopen.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 15th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

272413 -Translator- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only;-Research opportunities for your language specialisation-NAATI

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 15th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the Department’s website will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 00.01am – 4am Monday 21 May 2018

* 5am – 8am Wednesday 23 May 2018

Applicants will be able to access ImmiAccount during this period, by saving the URL: https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login as a bookmark in their web browser.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 14th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411311- Diversional Therapist -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 12th, 2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Temporarily suspends issuing new invitations for business and skilled applications

Queensland Authority (BSMQ) has announced that currently they have a backlog of applications and is temporarily suspending issuing new invitations. Please note that they will not be accepting any more Expression of Interests (EOIs) until further notice.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class visa.

May 10th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 00:01am – 4am Monday 14 May 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 10th, 2018:

Skillselect 18-04-2018 results & ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 18/04/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 18/04/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. Highlighted in yellow are reaching much faster.

 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2678 already invited

  2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 950 already invited

  2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 472 already invited

  2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1113 already invited

  2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 606 already invited

  2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1120 already invited

  2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3397 already invited

  2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 254 already invited

  2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 715 already invited

  2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 357 already invited

  2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 19 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class visa.

May 8th, 2018:

Tasmania-8-5-2018

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Occupations List for 489 sub class has been updated

Tasmania has updated the Skilled Occupations List for 489 sub class and the following two occupations have been removed from the earlier list. There are no additions to the new list.

251511 Hospital Pharmacist 

251513 Retail Pharmacist

Please find attached the new Skilled Occupations List for 489 sub class of Tasmania.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship under 489 sub class with Tasmania.

May 8th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

262113 -Systems Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; -See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to  90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 7th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

321212 -Diesel Motor Mechanic- Low Availability- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

May 7th, 2018:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 04/04/2018

Skillselect 04-04-2018 results & ceilings

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 04/04/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. Highlighted in yellow are reaching much faster.

 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2633 already invited

 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 938 already invited

 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 464 already invited

 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1093 already invited

 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 597 already invited

 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1105 already invited

 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3339 already invited

 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 235 already invited

 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 703 already invited

 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 348 already invited

 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 18 already invited

May 3rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm Saturday 5 May until 9am Sunday 6 May 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

May 2nd, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

313113 -Web Administrator- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263112 -Network Administrator- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; -See additional instructions-

ACS

351112- Pastry Cook- Low Availability -Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only; -2 years work experience in field -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 23rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 28 April 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 20th, 2018: 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

313111- Hardware Technician -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 19th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* midnight to 4am Monday 23 April 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 16th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

133512 -Production Manager (Manufacturing)- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- Research opportunities for your particular specialisation -VETASSESS

263113 -Network Analyst- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

323211- Fitter (General)- Low Availability -Competent English- TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 30th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263112 -Network Administrator- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; -See additional instructions-

ACS

351112- Pastry Cook- Low Availability -Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only; -2 years work experience in field -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 23rd, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 28 April 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 20th, 2018: 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

313111- Hardware Technician -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 19th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

DHA has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times (AEST):

* midnight to 4am Monday 23 April 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

April 16th, 2018:

AASW Skills Assessment Update: Change in the Skills Assessment fee effective 1st May 2018.

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has announced that the skills assessment fee will be increased effective 1st May 2018. Please find below the details of the new fee:

International social work qualifications

Assessment fee if paying outside AustraliaAUD $1800.00

Assessment fee if paying within AustraliaAUD $1980.00 (includes GST)

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying outside AustraliaAUD $800.00

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying within AustraliaAUD $880.00 (includes GST)

Doctorate Degree assessment if paying outside AustraliaAUD $450.00

Doctorate Degree assessment if paying within AustraliaAUD $495.00 (includes GST)

AASW accredited social work qualifications

Assessment fee if paying outside AustraliaAUD $363.64

Assessment fee if paying within AustraliaAUD $400.00 (includes GST)

Assessment fee for AASW student members if paying outside AustraliaAUD $272.73

Assessment fee for AASW student members if paying within AustraliaAUD $300.00 (includes GST)

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying outside AustraliaAUD $350.00

Skilled employment assessment (optional) if paying within Australia

AUD $385.00 (includes GST)

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AASW.

April 12th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: New Entrepreneur Visa may be trialled in South Australia

South Australia has announced that a new visa arrangements that allow State Governments to partner with business incubators in attracting foreign entrepreneurs to Australia will be piloted in South Australia, before a national rollout in 2019.

Under this initiative, foreign entrepreneurs and investors with an innovative idea and a supporting business plan will be able to apply for a temporary visa to take forward their venture in Australia.

Applicants will not need capital backing, unlike the current Entrepreneur Visa which requires demonstrated funding of at least $200,000.

Instead, applicant’s proposals will be vetted by State or Federal Government entities, with these entities able to partner with incubators and accelerators to identify potential applicants for nomination.

Entrepreneurs who are successful in establishing their business venture in Australia will become eligible to apply for permanent residence.

The South Australian Government is working with the Department of Home Affairs on the implementation details for the visa which will be available in the 2018-19 program year.

As of now still there are no concrete measures have been taken up in this regard and we need to wait for further updates from DHA or South Australia.

This update is applicable for applicants willing to apply for a Entrepreneur Visa with South Australia.

April 12th, 2018:

NT-Occupation List-12-04-2018

Northern Territory State Sponsorship Update: Skilled Occupation List Updated

Northern Territory has updated it’s Skilled Occupation List today and the following are the changes that have been made to the list.

Please note for few occupations offer of employment from NT employer is required and for few occupations 7 in each band english requirement.  Please go through the attached list for complete details.

The following Occupations have been ADDED to the list:

233911  Aeronautical Engineer

231111*Aeroplane Pilot

323111  Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

139911  Arts Administrator or Manager

121312  Beef Cattle Farmer

351211  Butcher or Small goods Maker

312212  Civil Engineering Technician

272311  Clinical Psychologist

263111  Computer Network and System Engineer

133111  Construction Project Manager

261312  Developer Programmer

411311  Diversional Therapist

272312  Educational Psychologist

342211  Electrical Linesworker

233411  Electronics Engineer

133211  Engineering Manager

251311  Environmental Health Officer

411713  Family Support Worker

332111  Floor Finisher

313111  Hardware Technician

223111!! Human Resource Advisor

313112  ICT Customer Support Officer

262112  ICT Security Specialist

313199  ICT Support Technicians nec

121399  Livestock Farmers nec

224711  Management Consultant

225113  Marketing Specialist

121411  Mixed Crop And Livestock Farmer

121216  Mixed Crop Farmer

121317  Mixed Livestock Farmer

254411*Nurse Practitioner

311215  Pharmacy Technician

134213  Primary Health Organisation Manager

133513  Production Manager (Mining)

511112  Program or Project Administrator

612112  Property Manager

272612  Recreation Officer

254416* Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

254425* Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)

231213* Ship’s Master

241512* Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

272413  Translator

324311  Vehicle Painter

242211  Vocational Education Teacher

261212  Web Developer

The following Occupations have been REMOVED from the list:

252711* Audiologist

312112 Building Associate

312113 Building Inspector

342311* Business Machine Mechanic

399211 Chemical Plant Operator

134111 Child Care Centre Manager

411213* Dental Technician

232411 Graphic Designer

142114 Hair or Beauty Salon Manager

132311!! Human Resource Manager

223211 ICT Trainer

271299 Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec

251211* Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

311213 Medical Laboratory Technician

323214 Metal Machinist (First Class)

452317 Other Sports Coach or Instructor

399599 Performing Arts Technicians nec

272399* Psychologists nec

134311* School Principal

272499 Social Professionals nec

251214 Sonographer

263311* Telecommunications Engineer

263312* Telecommunications Network Engineer

393311 Upholsterer

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Northern Territory under 190 & 489 sub class.

April 3rd, 2018:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Change in Skills Assessment Fee effective 1 July 2018

AITSL has announced that on 1 July 2018 the following AITSL Assessment for Migration fees will change; assessment application fee, appeal fee, and skilled employment statement (SES) fee. The fee for an additional copy of an assessment outcome will remain the same.

The new fees apply to all applications post marked 1 July 2018 onwards. Applications postmarked up to and including 30 June 2018 will pay the 2017 fee.

1. Assessment of applications – AUD830

2. Appeal of assessment outcome – AUD830

3. Skilled employment statement (SES)* -AUD224

4. Copy of assessment outcome – AUD95

*A fee applies when a SES is requests after the issue of an assessment outcome or an applicant wants a previous SES to be revised/updated to include additional employment.

Note regarding Goods and services tax (GST) – No GST is charged on any AITSL Assessment for Migration fee. The above fees are final.

April 2nd, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254418- Registered Nurse (Medical)- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years work experience in field -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 29th, 2018:

NSW Regional Authorities Update: Occupation lists of Riverina, Southern Inland, and Far South Coast updated

Riverina Southern Inland & Far South Coast-Lists-27-03-2018

As we are aware that there are 7 regional areas or authorities in NSW state. Riverina, Southern Inland & Far South Coast are the regional areas of NSW which have updated their skilled occupation lists. There are no major changes.

Please note that every regional area of NSW will have its own occupation list, application process, fee and other requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with NSW Regional Areas under 489 subclass.

March 29th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Change in the Supplementary & Skilled Occupations Lists

South Australia has announced that as per the recent  announcement by Australian Government which has released a new Regional Occupation List applying to state nomination on 18 March 2018, with all occupations eligible for a 489 visa only.

Immigration SA has updated its Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) with the majority of these additions and five of these occupations have been added to the State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL).

The next updated SNOL is expected to be released in early July 2018.

The following occupations have been added to State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL)

ANZSCO  Occupation

232413 multimedia designer

272413 translator

312511 mechanical engineering draftsperson

324311 vehicle painter

362411 nurseryperson

The following occupations have been added to Supplementary Skilled List (SSL)

NOTE: Applicants applying under high points category 90 points are required.

ANZSCO  Occupation

131114 public relations manager

132411 policy and planning manager

133112 project builder

133612 procurement manager

134211 medical administrator

134412 regional education manager

139915 sports administrator

141211caravan park and camping ground manager

149111amusement centre manager

149912 cinema or theatre manager

149914 financial institution branch manager

223111 human resource adviser

223113 workplace relations adviser

224412 policy analyst

224912 liaison officer

225112 market research analyst

234311 conservation officer

234915 exercise physiologist

242211 vocational education teacher

251311 environmental health officer

271214 intellectual property lawyer

272611 community arts worker

311214 operating theatre technician

311216 pathology collector

312114 construction estimator

312116 surveying or spatial science technician

312611 safety inspector

312911 maintenance planner

312999 building and engineering technicians (nec)

332111 floor finisher

361114 zookeeper

399212 gas or petroleum operator

411211 dental hygienist

411214 dental therapist

441211 emergency service worker

451211 driving instructor

451399 funeral workers (nec)

451711 flight attendant

451815 first aid trainer

452413 jockey

599915 clinical coder

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 27th, 2018:

Department of Home Affairs Update: Planned Systems Maintenance

Department of Home Affairs has announced that the ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times:

* 5am AEDT until 8am AEDT Wednesday 28th March 2018

* 3am AEDT until 5am AEST Sunday 1st April 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

March 27th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has added the following occupations to its Skilled Occupation List:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232413 -Multimedia Designer -Available- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

272413- Translator -Available- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only;-Research opportunities for your language specialisation; Must have NAATI accreditation at mimimum level of ‘Professional Interpreter’-NAATI

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 March 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 90 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 27th, 2018:

Riverina & Far South Coast-Lists-27-03-2018

NSW Regional Authorities Update: Occupation lists of Riverina and Far South Coast updated

As we are aware that there are 7 regional areas or authorities in NSW state. Riverina & Far South Coast are the two regional areas of NSW which have updated their skilled occupation lists. There are no major changes.

Please note that every regional area of NSW will have it’s own occupation list, application process, fee and other requirements.

Please find attached the updated lists.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 489 sub class regional sponsored visa with Riverina and Far South Coast.

March 23rd, 2017: 

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

342311 -Business Machine Mechanic- Low Availability -Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category has been increased to 85 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 23rd, 2018: 

Skillselect 07-03-2018 & Occupation Ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 07/03/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 07/03/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also, find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. Highlighted in yellow are reaching much faster.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2633 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 906 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 159 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 368 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 189 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 447 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1039 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 572 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1067 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3185 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 213 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 671 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 329 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 12 already invited

Please update all your clients accordingly.

March 22nd, 2018: 

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Fast Track Processing Timeframe

Engineers Australia has announced that due to the high demand request for Fast Track service, Engineers Australia has to extend its Fast Track processing timeframe. From 1st April 2018, the Fast Track applications will be assigned to an assessor for processing within 20 working days.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

March 19th, 2018: 

Department of Home Affairs: New Temporary Skill Shortage visa introduced

DHA has announced that effective 18th March 2018 the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 subclass visa now replaces the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457).

Highlights of Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 subclass visa

The Streams: 

Short-Term Stream – Occupation should be in STSOL and normally valid for 2 years only

Medium Term Stream – Occupation should be in Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL) and normally valid for 4 years only

Labour Agreement Stream – This stream is available if your employer wishes to sponsor you (as an overseas worker) and has entered into a labour agreement with the Department.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • have been nominated for a position by an approved sponsor and that nomination has been approved.
  • meet any required skills and qualifications requirements including completing any skills assessments required
  • meet English language requirements
  • if in Australia, hold a substantive visa, a subclass 010 (Bridging A) visa, a subclass 020 (Bridging B) visa or a Subclass 030 (Bridging C) visa
  • have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to your last visa
  • meet health and character requirements
  • meet the requirements of the stream in which you apply.
  • have worked in your nominated occupation, or a related field, for at least two years

Steps Involved:

Step 1: a sponsorship application by the employer

Step 2: a nomination application for a skilled position by the employer

Step 3: a visa application by the proposed employee

The three steps above must be completed in order.

What you can do:

This visa allows you to travel to and from Australia for the duration of your visa and:

  • if you are the primary visa holder, to work in Australia for an approved sponsor in your nominated occupation
  • if you are a family member, to work and study in Australia.

How long the visa lasts

This visa is a temporary visa. It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa to remain in Australia for the period specified in your visa grant notification.

Costs:

For the visa applicant (that is, the nominee) the costs are:

  • short-term stream applicants: from AUD1150
  • medium-term and labour agreement stream applicants: from AUD2400.

There is also a fee for additional family members who are coming to Australia with you.

Note: your employer is required to pay for any costs associated with the sponsorship and nomination applications. These costs must not be passed onto you.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 457 subclass visa.

March 12th, 2018:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Changes to assessment process for few of the occupations.

TRA has announced that effective 27 March 2018, if any application is seeking a skills assessment in one of the following licensed occupations: Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Electrician (General), Electrician (Special Class) and Plumber (General), must have your skills assessed by a registered training organisation approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA-approved RTO) under the Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP).

Applicant will no longer be eligible for assessment under the TRA Migration Skills Assessment Program. Successful OSAP applicants receive an outcome letter for migration and an Offshore Technical Skills Records (OTSR) to meet state and territory licensing requirements.

TRA-approved RTOs offering skills assessment services for the licensed trades can be found through the RTO Finder on the TRA website.

If there is no assessment centre in applicant’s country of residence, are required to travel to the nearest TRA-approved RTO assessment centre in you geographic region for a skills assessment. Applicant should ensure the assessment centre you choose offers skills assessments in your nominated occupation before starting a skills assessment process.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with TRA.

March 6th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411311- Diversional Therapist- Low Availability- Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

March 5th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263113- Network Analyst- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; -See additional instructions- ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.  

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

March 5th, 2018:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 21/02/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 21/02/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2633 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 890 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 155 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 357 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 184 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 435 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 1012 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 559 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1048 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -3108 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 202 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 655 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 321 already invited
  • 2247 Management Consultant – 3285 – only 10 already invited

March 1st, 2018:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Restriction on few occupations for state sponsorship

Skillselect 21-02-2018 & occupation ceilings

Queensland authorities have announced that due to high numbers of EOIs, BSMQ will not be issuing any more invitations for EOIs lodged on or after 27 February 2018 for the below occupations:

132211 Finance Manager

141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager – visa subclass 190.

254412Registered Nurse (Aged Care)

254413Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)

254414Registered Nurse (Community Health)

254415Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)

254416Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

254417Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)

254418Registered Nurse (Medical)

254421Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)

254422Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

254423Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

254424Registered Nurse (Surgical)

254425Registered Nurse (Paediatric)

254499Registered Nurse nec

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 28th,2018 :

Department of Home Affairs: Planned Systems Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 28 February 2018

* 8pm Friday 2 March until 9am Saturday 3 March 2018

Please update all your clients accordingly.

February 27th, 2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

341111- Electrician (General) -Low Availability- Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 20th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224213- Health Information Manager- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS
We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.
This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Changes to High Points Category

Immigration SA has announced that they have received a high volume of applications for the high points category and will be monitoring applications received over the coming weeks.

They have stated that would like to advise prospective applicants and migration agents that the following steps will be taken:

– Once we are close to reaching the ‘high points’ category quota, the minimum points requirement will be automatically increased to 90 points.

– Once the quota is reached, the ‘high points’ category will be closed for the rest of the 17/18 program year (until 30 June 2018). Notification of this closure will be posted on our website.

From today, the occupations listed below are no longer available for nomination under the high points category (this applies to applications submitted on or after 19 February 2018):

  • 132211 Finance Manager
  • 221111 Accountant (General)
  • 221112 Management Accountant
  • 221113 Taxation Accountant
  • 221213 External Auditor
  • 222112 Finance Broker
  • 222199 Financial Brokers nec
  • 222211 Financial Market Dealer
  • 222299 Financial Dealers nec
  • 222311 Financial Investment Adviser
  • 222312 Financial Investment Manager
  • 225113 Marketing Specialist

The other three categories for accessing the Supplementary Skilled List and Special Conditions occupations will still be available for applications.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 19th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254499- Registered Nurse nec- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 14th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations:

Current Status of the occupation(s):

133512 -Production Manager (Manufacturing)- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -Research opportunities for your particular specialisation-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 13th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234112 -Agricultural Scientist -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

262111- Database Administrator -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plusoverall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 12th,2018:

NSW Regional Sponsorship Update: Changes in the Skilled Occupation List

NSW has amended the skilled occupation list the following are the changes that have taken place. There are 7 regional areas or authorities which have their own occupation lists, application process and requirements.

121216 – Mixed Crop Farmer – Removed from Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

233513 – Production or Plan Engineer – Removed from all the regions, earlier it was being sponsored by Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

254499 – Registered Nurses nec – Removed from Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

321211 – Motor Mechanic (General) – Removed from Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

351411 – Cook – Removed from Northern Inland which is one of the regional areas.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Regional Sponsorship with NSW Regions under 489 sub class.

February 12th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254418 -Registered Nurse (Medical)- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years work experience in field-ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 12th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: System Maintenance

Department of Home Affairs has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm Saturday 17th February until 9pm Sunday 18th February 2018

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 9th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

361311- Veterinary Nurse -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 9th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 8 February 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 8 February, 2018.

9 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 39 & 105 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 22 February 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

February 8th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

311111 -Agricultural Technician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; -Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 8th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection Wednesday, 7 February, 2018.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 358 (790 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

February 7th,2018:

Skillselect 18-01-2018 results & occupaiton ceilings

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 18/01/2018

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 18/01/2018. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations.

    • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2633 already invited
    • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 858 already invited
    • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 144 already invited
    • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 340 already invited
    • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 173 already invited
    • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 426 already invited
    • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 964 already invited
    • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 534 already invited
    • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -1010 already invited
    • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2955 already invited
    • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 179 already invited
    • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 622 already invited
    • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 311 already invited
  • Management Consultant – 3285 – only 1 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

February 3rd,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: System maintenance

System outage – from 2:00 pm Saturday 3 February 2018 until 6:00 pm 3 Saturday February 2018 AEDT (GMT +11)

The following systems will become unavailable during the above times:

– ImmiAccount

– eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)

– Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

– LEGENDcom

– Humanitarian Entrants Management System

– Employment Suitability Clearance

– HAP Lite

– Australian Trusted Trader

– AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)

– Visa pricing Estimator

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ message during this time, please try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

February 1st,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

224711- Management Consultant- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

311111- Agricultural Technician -Low Availability- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

February 1st,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: CURRENT SYSTEM ISSUE

Department of Home Affairs has announced that some users have reported that they have not received acknowledgement or grant letters for applications lodged via ImmiAccount.

Technical teams have identified an intermittent issue, and are working to resend correspondence. They have stated to continue monitor ‘Application Mailbox’ within ImmiAccount.

If the application status is ‘granted’ but cannot view letter, applicant can use VEVO to view visa grant and entitlements

This update is applicable for all the applicants applied for visa.

January 31th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415- Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)-Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years work experience in field -ANMAC

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 30th,2018:

NSW Regional Sponsorship Update: Change in occupation list of Northern Inland which is one of the 7 regions of NSW.

Northern Inland announced that they have updated their skilled occupation list for 489 sub class and Production or Plant Engineer” (ANZSCO code 233513) has been removed from this list. Applications received before 29 January 2018 will be considered for nomination.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with Northern Inland, NSW under 489 sub class.

January 29th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

262113 -Systems Administrator -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required;- See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 25th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141999 -Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec-Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 25th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 25 January 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 25 January 2018.

9 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 25 & 100 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 8 February 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

January 18th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261212- Web Developer -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall);- Offshore applicants -Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 25th,2018:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 25 January 2018

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 25 January 2018.

9 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 25 & 100 points.

The next draw will be held on Thursday 8 February 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

January 18th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261212- Web Developer -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall);- Offshore applicants -Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. Effective 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class

January 17th,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Occupation Added & Changes to High Points Category

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

The following occupation has been added to the list as per yesterday’s announcement:

141999- Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec- Available -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE:From 1 February 2018, Immigration SA’s High Points category will increase to 85 points.

Applicants who can achieve 85 points or higher (including state nomination points) can gain access to the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) and occupations on the State Nominated Occupation List which are listed as ‘Special Conditions Apply’. Applicants must meet all other South Australian state nomination requirements to qualify.

Quotas apply to nominations in the High Points category. Once this quota is reached, applications under this category may be closed for certain occupations.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 17th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: Updated MLTSSL & STSOL effective 17/01/2018

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP Earlier) has announced yesterday the below changes to the occupation list. Please find attached the amended MLTSSL & STSOL.

Occupations added to the lists:

The three occupations below, which were previously unavailable on either list, will be added to the STSOL. Details of any caveats applicable to these three occupations are also provided below.

Note: To align the Training (subclass 407) visa with other visa programs, a number of occupations which were previously not eligible for this visa will be available when the instrument comes into effect.

Property Manager*** – 612112

Psychotherapist – 272314

Real Estate Representative*** -612115

***Caveats applicable to the above occupations if you are applying under 457 & 186 sub class.

Occupations moved between the lists:

The two occupations below will be moved from the STSOL to the MTLSSL.

Horse Breeder*** -121316 (We can apply under 189, 190 & 489 sub class)

Management Consultant*** – 224711 (We can apply under 189, 190 & 489 sub class)

***Caveats applicable to these occupations if you are applying under 457 & 186 sub class

No occupations will be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

Occupations removed from the lists

The two occupations listed below will be completely removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations for all skilled visa programs on 17 January 2018.

Building Associate – 312112

Hair or Beauty Salon Manager -142114

Occupations with caveat-only changes for 457 & 186 sub class

The six occupations listed below will remain on their existing lists. A new and/or amended caveat will, however, be in effect as of 17 January 2018 as outlined below.

Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec*** –141999

Management Accountant***- 221112

Massage Therapist***- 411611

Recruitment Consultant*** – 223112

Supply and Distribution Manager***- 133611

Taxation Accountant*** – 221113

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190, 489, 457 & 186 sub class visas.

January 16th,2018:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Delays in processing time

TRA has announced that they are currently experiencing a high number of application and document submissions across all programs. This is resulting in some delays in the processing of documents and registration of applications.

All documents and applications will be processed in order of receipt and an acknowledgement email will be sent to you.

If you have not received acknowledgement of your documents or applications by 1 February 2018, please contact TRA. They have stated not to contact TRA about the status of your documents before this date.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

January 16th,2018:

DIBP Changes to the list-17-01-2018

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: Changes to the Occupation Lists effective 17/01/2018

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP Earlier) has announced the below changes to the occupation list.

Occupations added to the lists:

The three occupations below, which were previously unavailable on either list, will be added to the STSOL. Details of any caveats applicable to these three occupations are also provided below.

Note: To align the Training (subclass 407) visa with other visa programs, a number of occupations which were previously not eligible for this visa will be available when the instrument comes into effect.

Property Manager*** – 612112

Psychotherapist – 272314

Real Estate Representative*** -612115

Caveats applicable to the above occupations

Occupations moved between the lists:

The two occupations below will be moved from the STSOL to the MTLSSL.

Horse Breeder*** -121316

Management Consultant*** – 224711

Caveats applicable to the above occupations

No occupations will be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

Occupations removed from the lists

The two occupations listed below will be completely removed from the lists of eligible skilled occupations for all skilled visa programs on 17 January 2018.

Building Associate – 312112

Hair or Beauty Salon Manager -142114

Occupations with caveat-only changes

The six occupations listed below will remain on their existing lists. A new and/or amended caveat will, however, be in effect as of 17 January 2018 as outlined below.

Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec*** –141999

Management Accountant***- 221112

Massage Therapist***- 411611

Recruitment Consultant*** – 223112

Supply and Distribution Manager***- 133611

Taxation Accountant*** – 221113

Please find attached document for further details. Please guide your clients accordingly.

January 12th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs (DIBP earlier) Update: Planned System Maintenance

Department of Home Affairs has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 9am until 9pm Saturday 13 January 2018

LEGENDCom will also be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 9am until 9pm Sunday 14 January 2018

Wednesdays

7–7.40 am AEDT, website might become unavailable.

5–8 am AEDT, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

January 12th,2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Temporary closure

As we all know that Victoria has temporarily closed Applications for engineering and building occupations from 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018.

Please note this temporary closure has now been extended. Applications will reopen on 5 February 2018.

They have stated that due to a large volume of visa nomination applications received, applications for engineering and building occupations on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria will not be accepted from 16 October 2017 to 4 February 2018.

Applicants who hold an offer of employment in Victoria in their nominated occupation or meet the streamlined PhD or 457 pathways are not affected by this closure and may apply for these engineering and building occupations during this time.

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:

312112 Building Associate

233211 Civil Engineer

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

233311 Electrical Engineer

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

233512 Mechanical Engineer

233914 Engineering Technologist

All applications received prior to 16 October 2017 will be assessed against the guidelines that applied at time of application and an outcome will be provided in due course.

Applications for all other occupations eligible for Victorian Government visa nomination remain open.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 10th,2018:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 20/12/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 20/12/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2633 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 726 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 142 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 338 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 168 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 420 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 939 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 501 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -839 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2831 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 172 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 598 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 307 already invited

Please update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

Skillselect 20-12-2017 results & occupation ceilings

January 10th,2018:

Skillselect Update: Occupation Ceilings & Next Invitation Round

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2633 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 726 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 142 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 338 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 168 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 420 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 939 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 501 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -839 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2831 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 172 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 598 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 307 already invited

Next Invitation Round:

The next invitation round is anticipated to run on 17 January 2018.

Invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) visas will be offered twice monthly. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.

Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the department.

Note: State or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas will not be impacted.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

January 10th,2018:

Department of Home Affairs(DIBP earlier) update: Skillselect Invitation Round details

Department of Home Affairs(DIBP earlier) has announced that Invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) visas will be offered twice monthly. Dates for the rounds are subject to change.

The next invitation round is anticipated to run on 17 January 2018.

Invitation numbers in each round may vary depending on the number of applications being processed by the department.

Note: State or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas will not be impacted.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

January 9th,2018:

Victoria State Sponsorship Update: Site outage 10-11 January 2018

Victoria State has announced that critical maintenance will be carried out on their servers on Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 January 2018. As a result, the site may be unavailable intermittently between 21.00 to 06.00 AEDT.

They recommend that you don’t start or complete an application during this time as you may lose some information.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Victoria under 190 & 489 sub class.

January 2nd,2018:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

262112- ICT Security Specialist- Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; -See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 26th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

254415- Registered Nurse (Critical Care And Emergency)- Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 5 years work experience in field -ANMAC

263213- ICT Systems Test Engineer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

Currently the above occupation has been completely removed from the list. May be it might have happened in error or it could be that they have removed it from the list.

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. 

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 21st,2017:

DIBP Update: Incorporation of Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs incorporates the full suite of functions previously undertaken by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the following additional functions:

  • National security and law enforcement policy
  • Emergency management, including crisis management and disaster recovery
  • Countering terrorism policy and coordination
  • Cyber security policy and coordination
  • Countering foreign interference
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Multicultural affairs
  • Countering violent extremism programs
  • Transport Security

All visa and citizenship services are part of the newly formed Department of Home Affairs www.homeaffairs.gov.au, replacing the previous Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

December 19th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)Tuesday, 19 November 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 14 December 2017.

11 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 30 & 100 points.

This is the last draw for 2017. The first draw for 2018 will be held on Thursday 11 January 2018.

EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

December 19th,2017:

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

AACA office will be closed from 2pm on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday, 2 January 2018.   Email inquires will not be monitored during the closure, but they will respond as soon as possible when they return.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AACA.

December 18th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141111- Cafe or Restaurant Manager- Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

263213- ICT Systems Test Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; -See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 15th,2017:

IPA Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Closing Dates

IPA has announced that their offices will be closed from 12 noon on Friday December 22, 2017 and will reopen at 9am on Monday the 8th of January 2018.  No applications will be processed during this time.

They recommend to all applicants who require a Fast Track outcome with Australia Study before their closing date to submit applications no later than Tuesday the 19th of December, 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with IPA.

December 15th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings 

DIBP has updated the occupation ceilings for the year 2017-18. Please go through the following occupational group ceilings which are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. 

The yellow highlighted are reaching very faster.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2155 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 594 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 139 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 321 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 161 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 409 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 892 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 429 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -702 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2624 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 163 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 544 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 291 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189 & 489 relative sponsored visa.

December 15th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 09/11/2017

Skillselect 9-11-2017 results & occupation ceilings

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 09/11/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 2155 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 594 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 139 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 321 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 161 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 409 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 892 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 429 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -702 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2624 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 163 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 544 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 291 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class visa.

December 15th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 16 December 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

December 14th,2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Christmas Shutdown 2017

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced that they will be closed for the Christmas/New year period.

The TRA telephone enquiry line and email enquiry services will close at 4pm, Thursday 21 December 2017 and will reopen at 10am Monday, 8 January 2018.

Please do not send enquiries to TRA during this period. Enquiries received during this period will not be actioned.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with TRA.

December 14th,2017:

DIBP Update:Changes for visa applicants in same-sex relationships

DIBP has announced that from 9 December 2017, you can apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’ if you are in a same-sex marriage following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.

Under the changes, if you are in a same-sex marriage you can apply for a visa as your partner’s ‘spouse’, rather than as their ‘de facto partner’.

The changes will apply to Partner visas (subclasses 100, 309, 801 and 820) and to all other visas where you can include your spouse in your application.

You can also apply for a Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) if you are in a same-sex relationship and genuinely intend to marry your prospective spouse in Australia.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa where we can include the spouse.

December 13th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update: Office closure

South Australia has announced that their office will be closed from 1.00pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 until 9.00am Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

They remain open for application acceptance via the website.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th,2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Closures over the Christmas holidays

The Skilled Migration Western Australia has announced that their office will be closed from 2.00 pm Friday 22 December 2017, reopening on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

No invitations for State nomination will be sent during this time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th,2017:

Queensland State Sponsorship Important notice: BSMQ office closure dates

7 December 2017

Queensland State Sponsorship has announced that BSMQ will be closed from the 23 December 2017 to 2 January 2018 for the holiday break. We appreciate your patience with the slower processing and assessment time during December 2017 and January 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 12th,2017:

Australian Medical Council (AMC) Update: Office Closure

AMC has announced that the offices of the Australian Medical Council will be closed from 12pm AEDT on Friday 22nd December 2017 and will reopen at 9am AEDT on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AMC.

December 12th,2017:

DIBP Update: Current Issues

12th December

DIBP has announced that due to increased volumes being experienced at the moment users might experience delays in applications lodging into our systems. This will delay the status being updated and affect clients seeking to lodge related applications. They are working to resolve this issue as quickly as they can and apologise for any inconvenience.

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Some users are experiencing an error message when downloading their health forms. Technical teams are investigating the issue.

Users that encounter the error ‘This service is temporarily unavailable’ should try again later.

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 13 December 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

December 8th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

361311- Veterinary Nurse -Low Availability- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 8th,2017:

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC): Online Skills Assessment Application

ANMAC has announced that  the Skilled Migration Services team are introducing an online application system which will reduce fees for all migration skills assessments from 15 January 2018. In preparation for these changes applicants will not be able to apply for a skills assessment from 15 December 2017 until 15 January 2018.

Please update all your clients accordingly.

December 7th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship: Australia Employment Requirement

Immigration South Australia has announced to remind applicants about skilled work experience requirements when applying for state nomination.

In order to qualify for state nomination, must meet all nomination requirements relevant to the situation and occupation.

Any Australian skilled work experience claimed by the applicant state nomination application must be paid at the appropriate rate for the skill level required (and meet any minimum award pay rates that apply to that industry).

Immigration SA will not approve any state nomination applications claiming Australian skilled work experience paid below minimum wage rates. Further information outlining minimum wages in Australia can be viewed on the Fair Work website.

The Fair Work Ombudsmen has a letter and factsheet specifically for international students outlining work rights and minimum pay rates in Australia.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australiaunder 190 & 489 sub class.

December 7th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149913 -Facilities Manager- Special Conditions Apply- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 7th,2017:

Western Australia State Sponsorship Update: Website outage notification

6 December 2017

Western Australia authorities have announced that their website will undergo maintenance from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm on Thurday 7 December 2017.

The website and online services will not be available during this time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Western Australia.

December 7th,2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Enquiry line shutdown – 15 December 2017

The Trades Recognition Australia has announced that their Enquiry Line will be unavailable from Midday, Friday 15 December 2017.

Normal service will resume from Monday 18 December at 10 am.

All enquiries during this time can be emailed to traenquiries@education.gov.au.

This update is applicable for all the applicants who want to enquire with TRA regarding the skills assessment.

December 6th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

323214- Metal Machinist (First Class)- Special Conditions Apply-Competent English -TRA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

December 6th,2017:

AACA Skills Assessment Update: Skills Assessment fee made online

AACA has announced that from the 1st of December 2017 AACA only accepts online credit card payments, by VISA or Mastercard.

Applicants who paid their application fee through bank transfer or other payment methods before 1st of December 2017 should send them their application form, supporting documentation and proof of payment within 14 days after the payment was made.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AACA.

December 4th,2017:

DIBP Update: Current Issues

DIBP has announced that some users are experiencing an error message when downloading their health forms. Technical teams are investigating the issue.

Users that encounter the error ‘This service is temporarily unavailable’ should try again later.

Planned System Maintenance

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* midnight until 4am Monday 11 December 2017

* 5am until 8am Wednesday 13 December 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 30th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149212 -Customer Service Manager -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 30th,2017:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: Fast Track Applications 

Engineers Australia has announced that  the Fast Track Applications lodged between 3rd December 2017 and 31st January 2018 will be affected by the End of Year shutdown period and may take longer than the advertised 15 working days to reach an assessing case officer. They are expecting to be back on track with our advertised turnaround period from 1st February 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Engineers Australia for skills assessment.

November 30th,2017:

AITSL Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

AITSL has announced that the Assessment for Migration will be closed from Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen Tuesday 2 January 2018. This will not impact the timeline for assessments.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AITSL.

November 30th,2017:

DIBP Update: System outage

DIBP has announced that we are currently experiencing intermittent system and network issues at our Sydney Service Centre and Feedback line. As a result we might not be able to take calls at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience.

ImmiAccount is currently unavailable. The following services are impacted:

  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System
  • Employment Suitability Clearance
  • HAP Lite
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)
  • Visa pricing estimator

We are working to resolve this issue and will provide an update once services are fully restored.

Planned system maintenance

2 December 2017

From 2 pm to 5 pm AEDT (GMT+11), the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • eMedical
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Australian Trusted Trader.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 27th,2017:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Removal of few occupations from the Queensland Skilled Occupations LIst

Queensland authorities have udated to QSOL: Finance Manager (for 190 & 489 sub class) and Cafe or Restaurant Manager (for 190 sub class only) are removed from the list. They have stated that due to a high numbers of EOIs, Queensland will not be issuing any more invitations for EOIs lodged on or after 27 November 2017 for the below occupations:

  • 132211 Finance Manager -visa sub class 190 & 489
  • 141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager – visa subclass 190 only (still available for the visa subclass 489).

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 27th,2017:

AIM Skills Assessment Update: Office Closure

AIM has announced that due to the holiday season, the Skilled Migration Assessment Unit will close Monday 18 December 2017 and will reopen Monday 8 January 2018. There will be a delay in processing applications.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with AIM.

November 27th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

511111-Contract Administrator -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 24th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

132211 -Finance Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -3 years work experience in field; -South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months- CPA / CA / IPA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 22nd,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings 

DIBP has updated the occupation ceilings for the year 2017-18.

Please go through the following occupational group ceilings which are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. Further the highlighted occupations are further filling faster.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 1663 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out  of 1327 – 528 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 138 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 314 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 158 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 400 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 864 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 400 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 -624 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 -2480 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 159 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 520 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 288 already invited

This update is applicable for all the applicants for visa under sub class 189 and 489 relative.

November 22nd,2017:

NSW-489-list Effective Nov 2017

NSW Regional Sponsorship update: Amendment to NSW 489 sub class list

NSW authorities have amended the 489 sub class regional list. Please find attached the new list that is applicable from November 2017.

Further Northern Inland and Murray the regional authorities of NSW have also refreshed their list as per the NSW list.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for regional sponsorship with NSW under 489 sub class.

November 22nd,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: OFFICE CLOSURE

Vetassess has announced that during the festive season, VETASSESS offices will close from Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

SUBMITTING NEW APPLICATIONS

Please note the timeframe for submitting new applications over this period:

  • Priority Processing – last applications for 2017 is 5.00pm (AEDT) Monday, 11 December.
  • Skills Assessment for General Professional Occupations – last applications for 2017 is 12.00pm (AEDT) Friday, 22 December.
  • Skills Assessment for Trade Occupations – last applications for 2017 is 12.00pm (AEDT) Friday, 22 December.

New applications for the above services resume on Wednesday, 3 January 2018.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

November 10th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411713- Family Support Worker -Low Availability- Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless applicant meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 10th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

DIBP has announced Websites outage Saturday 11 November to  Sunday 12 November

From 2 pm Saturday 11 November to 9 am Sunday 12 November AEDT, the following websites will be unavailable:

  • www.border.gov.au
  • www.minister.border.gov.au/peterdutton
  • www.minister.border.gov.au/alexhawke
  • www.mcasd.gov.au

Note: You will still be able to access ImmiAccount via https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login.

Friday 17 November to Saturday 18 November 2017

From 9 pm Friday 17 November 2017 until 9 am Saturday 18 November 2017 AEDT (GMT+11), the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System
  • Employment Suitability Clearance
  • HAP Lite
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)
  • Visa pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message, please try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

November 8th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

262112- ICT Security Specialist -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required;- See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 7th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

DIBP has announced that Friday 17 November to Saturday 18 November 2017

From 9 pm Friday 17 November 2017 until 9 am Saturday 18 November 2017 AEDT (GMT+11), the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
  • LEGENDcom
  • Humanitarian Entrants Management System
  • Employment Suitability Clearance
  • HAP Lite
  • Australian Trusted Trader
  • AMEP Reporting and Management System (ARMS)
  • Visa pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message, please try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

November 3rd,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

149913 -Facilities Manager- Low Availability -Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall)-VETASSESS

224711 -Management Consultant- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

November 1st,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

132211 -Finance Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- 3 years work experience in field; -South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months -CPA / CA / IPA

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

NOTE: In case of South Australia we can apply under high points category (80 Points) if the occupation is available in Supplementary List. However for few of the occupations the requirement is 85 points. Please go through the supplementary list of South Australia & guide your clients accordingly.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 30th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT (GMT+11):

* 2pm Saturday 4 November until 9am Sunday 5 November 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

October 27th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

141111- Cafe or Restaurant Manager- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 26th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139913- Laboratory Manager- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English -(or Proficient Plus overall)-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 25th,2017:

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Changes in the list of occupations

The following are the changes that have taken place in the TSOL. Please find below the details of the occupations that are added now & removed from the list.

Sl.No

ANZSCO Code

Occupations Added to TSOL

Assessing Authority

1

121111

Aquaculture Farmer VETASSESS

2

121311

Apiarist VETASSESS

3

133512

Production Manager (Manufacturing) VETASSESS

4

224512

Valuer VETASSESS

5

241111

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher AITSL

6

251511

Hospital Pharmacist APharmC

7

251513

Retail Pharmacist APharmC

8

253399

Specialist Physicians nec Medical Board of Australia

9

271311

Solicitor The Law Society of Tasmania

10

322211

Sheetmetal Trades Worker TRA

11

322313

Welder (First Class) TRA

12

323313

Locksmith TRA

13

331112

Stonemason TRA

14

333212

Solid Plasterer TRA

15

341111

Electrician (General) TRA

16

342111

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic TRA

17

351111

Baker TRA

18

351211

Butcher or Smallgoods Maker TRA

19

394111

Cabinetmaker TRA

Sl.No

ANZSCO Code

Occupations Removed from TSOL

Assessing Authority

1

111111

Chief Executive or Managing Director AIM

2

111211

Corporate General Manager AIM

3

132211

Finance Manager CPA/ICA/AIPA

4

135111

Chief Information Officer ACS

5

135112

ICT Project Manager ACS

6

135199

ICT Managers nec ACS

7

224712

Organisation and Methods Analyst VETASSESS

8

233611

Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) Engineers Australia

9

233999

Engineering Professionals nec Engineers Australia

10

234914

Physicist VETASSESS

11

261111

ICT business Analyst ACS

12

261112

Systems Analyst ACS

13

261311

Analyst Programmer ACS

14

261312

Developer Programmer ACS

15

261313

Software Engineer ACS

16

261399

Software and Applications Programmers nec ACS

17

262111

Database Administrator ACS

18

262112

ICT Security Specialist ACS

19

262113

Systems Administrator ACS

20

313112

ICT Customer Support Officer TRA

21

313113

Web Administrator ACS

October 25th,2017:

Tasmania State Sponsorship Update: Change in Tasmania Skilled Occupations List (TSOL).

Tasmania State has announced the new list of occupations that will be considered for 489 sub class visa.

Please find attached the new list of occupations.

October 24th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232312- Industrial Designer- Low Availability -Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- Preparedness to self-employ-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 20th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

223211- ICT Trainer- Special Conditions Apply -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required;- See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 18th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that clients may experience a brief interruption to ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 21 October 2017

If this occurs, please log out and log back in again.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

October 13th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

133411 -Manufacturer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)-VETASSESS

149212 -Customer Service Manager -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus

overall);- Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

234111 -Agricultural Consultant -Special Conditions Apply-Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 13th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that clients may experience a brief interruption to

ImmiAccount services on the following dates/times AEDT:

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 14 October 2017

They stated that if this occurs, please log out and log back in again.

ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* midnight until 4am Monday 16 October 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for a visa.

October 12th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

411715- Residential Care Officer- Low Availability -Competent English;- Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 11th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings & Next Invitation Rounds

DIBP has updated the occupation ceilings for the year 2017-18. Please go through the following occupational group ceilings which are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. Also the highlighted occupation groups in yellow are closing further faster.

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 1434 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 462 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 130 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 289 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 145 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 350 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 756 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 350 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 546 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 2170 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 132 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 455 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 277 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the October 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

18 October 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

October 11th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 04/10/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 04/10/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations. Also the highlighted occupation groups in yellow are closing further faster.

2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 1434 already invited
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 462 already invited
2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 130 already invited
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 289 already invited
2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 145 already invited
2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 350 already invited
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 756 already invited
2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 350 already invited
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 546 already invited
2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 2170 already invited
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 132 already invited
2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 455 already invited
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 277 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the October 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

18 October 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

October 11th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263211 -ICT Quality Assurance Engineer -Low Availability -Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 9th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEDT:

* midnight until 4am Monday 16 October 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

October 9th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update:

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139913 -Laboratory Manager- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 4th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261312- Developer Programmer- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions -ACS

511112- Program or Project Administrator- Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

October 4th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment (General Occupations) Update: UPDATE TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL FOR GENERAL PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS

Vetassess has announced that from Tuesday 10 October 2017, a complete set of documents is now required to be uploaded at the time of submitting an application (including evidence of identity, qualifications and employment) before making the skills assessment payment.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess under any General Occupation.

October 3rd,2017:

Victoria University Skills Assessment Update: Government Administration Fee for Trade Skills Assessments (effective1 October 2017)

Victoria University has announced that a $300 Government Administration fee will be charged to all new 457/OSAP and TRS applications from 1 October 2017.

This is in addition to the existing skills assessment fee that is applicable for Training & Employment check.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for Skills Assessment under any trade occupation with Victoria University.

September 29th 2017:

VETASSESS Skills Assessment Update: AFL GRAND FINAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Vetassess has announced that their Melbourne office will be closed for the AFL Grand Final Public Holiday (Friday 29 Sep 2017) and will re-open on Monday 2 October 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

September 29th 2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: TRA enquiry line unavailable due to public holiday

The Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has announced that their enquiry line will be unavailable on Monday 2 October 2017 due to a Public Holiday.

Normal service will resume at 10:00 am on Tuesday 3rd October 2017.

This update is applicable for applicants applying for skills assessment with TRA.

September 28th 2017:

Vetassess Trade Occupations Skills Assessment Update: Increase in the fee for Training & Employment Check

Vetassess has announced that a $300 Government Administration fee will be charged to all new trade applications from 1 October 2017. The following are the new fees effective 1 October 2017.

Training & Employment Check – AUD960.00

There is no change in the Technical Interview or Practical Demonstration fee.

This update is applicable for all the applicants with trade occupations applying for skills assessment with Vetassess.

September 27th 2017:

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Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 20/09/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 20/09/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 1434 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 396 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 108 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 242 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 133 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 300 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 648 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 300 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 468 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 1860 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 101 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 390 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 252 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the October 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

4 October 2017

Visa subclass- Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

18 October 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applying for applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

September 27th 2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings & Next Invitation Rounds

DIBP has updated the occupation ceilings for the year 2017-18. Please go through the following occupational group ceilings which are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 1434 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 396 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 108 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 242 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 133 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 300 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 648 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 300 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 468 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 1860 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 101 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 390 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 252 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the October 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

4 October 2017

Visa subclass- Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

18 October 2017

Visa subclass – Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) -1250

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) -100

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

September 27th 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263212 -ICT Support Engineer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 27th 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned system maintenance

Sunday 1 October 2017

From 2 am AEST until 5 am AEDST, the following systems will become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • My Health Declarations (MHD) service
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

Wednesdays

From 7 am to 7.40 am Canberra time, border.gov.au website might become unavailable.

From 5 am to 8 am Canberra time, the following systems might become unavailable:

  • ImmiAccount
  • eLodgement (Online visa and citizenship applications)
  • Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).
  • LEGENDcom
  • Visa Pricing Estimator.

If you receive a ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ error message during this time, try again after the outage period.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

September 25th 2017:

NSW State Sponsorship Update: 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List updated

NSW authorities have updated the 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List today.

Addition of occupations:

The following occupations have been added to new list:

  1. 232111 Architect
  2. 233111 Chemical Engineer
  3. 233411 Electronics Engineer
  4. 233511 Industrial Engineer
  5. 233513 Production or Plant Engineer
  6. 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  7. 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  8. 312212 Civil Engineering Technician
  9. 331112 Stonemason
  10. 351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker (excluding the activity of slaughtering animals, or primarily boning, slicing or packaging meat in a non-retail setting.)

Removal of occupations:

There many occupations relating to the field of Health, Engineers, Science, Education & other have been removed from the earlier list.

Please find attached the new 190 sub class Priority Skilled Occupations List.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 190 sub class under stream-1 for NSW state sponsorship.

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September 22nd 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312212 -Civil Engineering Technician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September 19th 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261314- Software Tester- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; See additional instructions-ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

16th September 2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

  • Midnight – 4AM Monday 18 September, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
  • 5am – 8AM Wednesday 20 September, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

16th September 2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

234111 -Agricultural Consultant -Low Availability- Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

16th September 2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 06/09/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 06/09/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 1195 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 330 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 63 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 147 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 80 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 250 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 540 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 250 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 390 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 1550 already invited
  • 2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists out of 2391 – 43 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 325 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 170 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the September 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

20 September 2017

Visa subclass Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1750

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

skillselect-invitation-results-6-9-2017-occupation-ceilings

September 6th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

232214- Other Spatial Scientist -Low Availability -Competent English -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September6th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261311 -Analyst Programmer -Special Conditions Apply-Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

September4th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 2pm Saturday 9 September until 9am Sunday 10 September 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

September 2nd,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261312- Developer Programmer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time. Please update all your clients and ensure that you file for state sponsorship with South Australia immediately.

How to filter in SF:

First go through the document that has been shared regarding the Opportunities filtering in SF. If you have already created the view then edit it with the above mentioned occupation or else follow as per the document or below.

The following is the process to pull the clients with any particular occupation, who are impacted due to changes in the lists of any state(s):

  • Go to Opportunities section of SF
  • Enter any view name – it’s like a file name
  • Specify the filter criteria –
    • If you want view the complete details of your team then click on – All opportunities
    • if you want to view only your own opportunities then select – My opportunities
  • Filter by additional fields

September 2nd,2017:

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Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 23/08/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 23/08/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 956 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 264 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 22 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 53 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 31 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 146 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 432 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 200 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 312 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 124 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 260 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 53 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the September 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

6 September 2017

Visa subclass Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1750

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 200

20 September 2017

Visa subclass Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 1750

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

September 2nd,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 2pm Saturday 2 September until 9am Sunday 3 September 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

August 29th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261314 -Software Tester- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 23rd,2017:

ACT State Sponsorship Update: The ACT Migration Program is now CLOSED TO OVERSEAS APPLICANTS: EFFECTIVE 23 AUGUST 2017

ACT has announced that nomination process is closed for overseas applicants effective 23 August 2017. However, if applicant is living overseas and have close ties (either family or genuine job offer) in Canberra; OR have completed a PhD at an ACT university, can still apply for ACT nomination if meeting the criteria.

Please note that if the applicant has already submitted an application and paid the service fee before 23 August 2017, the application will be processed in queue order.

CANBERRA RESIDENTS – if applicant is living in Canberra, can apply for ACT 190 nomination as soon as he/she is meeting the nomination criteria.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with ACT under 190 sub class.

August 22nd,2017:

Queensland State Sponsorship Update: Temporary Suspension of few occupations for sponsorship

BSMQ authorities have announced that Queensland temporarily suspends nominations for some skilled occupations

Please note that due to high numbers of applications for the occupations listed below, BSMQ has suspended any further visa applications for these occupations until further notice.

  • 221111 Accountant (general)
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 263111 Computer Network & systems Engineer
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 262113 systems Administrator
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 313113 Web Administrator
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 611211 Insurance Agent
  • 232511 Interior Designer
  • 221112 Management Acct
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 225311 Public Relations Professional
  • 251511 Hospital Pharmacists
  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with Queensland under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 21st,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 2pm Saturday 26 August until 9am Sunday 27 August 2017

Please update all your clients accordingly.

August 21st,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

263212- ICT Support Engineer- Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; See additional instructions- ACS

312212 -Civil Engineering Technician- Low Availability -Competent English; -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 21st,2017:

TRA Skills Assessment Update: Planned outage for TRA Online Portal

The Department of Education and Training will be undertaking planned maintenance on its IT network between 3 pm Saturday 19 August 2017 and 12 pm Sunday 20 August 2017. During this time the TRA online portal will be unavailable.

Normal service will resume after this period. This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skills assessment with TRA.

August 17th,2017:

DIBP Update: Occupation Ceilings & Next Invitation Rounds

DIBP has updated the occupation ceilings for the year 2017-18. Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 717 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 198 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 14 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 47 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 18 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 120 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 324 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 150 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 234 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 930 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 195 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 38 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the August 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

23 August 2017

Visa subclass -Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)- 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)-200

August 17th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261112 -Systems Analyst- Special Conditions Apply- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall);- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only;- 70 points required; -See additional instructions -ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 17th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 09/08/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 09/08/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 717 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 198 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 14 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 47 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 18 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 120 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 324 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 150 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 234 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 930 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 195 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 38 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the August 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

23 August 2017

Visa subclass -Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)- 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)-200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa under 189, 190 & 489 sub class.

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August 16th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312912- Metallurgical or Materials Technician -Special Conditions Apply- Competent English- VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 16th,2017:

Engineers Australia Skills Assessment Update: PTE(Academic) will be accepted & Pakistan Engineering Council became signatory of Washington Accord

Engineers Australia has announced from the 1st of November 2017, Engineers Australia will accept the Pearson’s Test of English Academic (PTE Academic).

The minimum acceptable score is 50 in each of the 4 modules of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

NOTE: The test result form must be less than 2 years old at the time of lodgement of the assessment application.

Another Signatory of Washington Accord:

Engineers Australia has announced that Pakistan, represented by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) became a full signatory of the Washington accord on the 21st June 2017.

Holders of accredited qualifications from Pakistan completed in or after 2017 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.

For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of Washington Accord accredited qualifications available on the PEC website and be completed in or after 2017.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for skill assessment with Engineers Australia.

August 16th,2017:

DIBP Update: Dandenong, Victoria visa office to close

DIBP has announced that the Dandenong Regional Office at 76 Thomas St, Victoria, is closing soon ahead of the building lease expiry. The office will cease serving the public from 4 pm, Thursday 31 August 2017.

They stated that their improved website has new features and information that make their visa services easier to understand and use.

Clients who have been asked to attend an appointment with the Department will be seen at their recently refurbished front office at 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

This update is applicable for the people who have to visit the Department in above mentioned office.

August 14th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

139914 -Quality Assurance Manager -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall)-VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 11th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

261311- Analyst Programmer -Low Availability- Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); -Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; -70 points required; -See additional instructions – ACS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

Please note that occupations under Available/Low Availability status can close at any point of time.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 11th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times AEST (GMT+10):

* 6:30am until 7:30am Wednesday 16 August 2017

* 2pm until 5pm Saturday 19 August 2017

* midnight until 4am Monday 21 August 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

August 10th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312211- Civil Engineering Draftsperson- Special Conditions Apply- Competent English;- Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only-Engineers Australia/ VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 8th,2017:

South Australia State Sponsorship Update

South Australia has changed the status of the following occupations :

Current Status of the occupation(s):

312912 -Metallurgical or Materials Technician- Low Availability -Competent English -VETASSESS

We cannot apply for state sponsorship with South Australia for occupations where special conditions apply unless client meets the special requirements.

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for state sponsorship with South Australia under 190 & 489 sub class.

August 8th,2017:

Skillselect Update: Results of invitation round 26/07/2017

Please find attached the reports published for invitation round that took place on 26/07/2017. It gives you the complete picture as to how many invitations have been given and what all states have contributed. Also find attached the current status of the ceilings for all the occupations.

Please note that the following occupational group ceilings are being reached faster than other occupations:

  • 2211 Accountants* out of 4785 – 478 already invited
  • 2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers out of 1327 – 132 already invited
  • 2331 Chemical & Materials Engineers out of 1000 – 7 already invited
  • 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals out of 3296 – 29 already invited
  • 2333 Electrical Engineers -1042 – 13 already invited
  • 2334 Electronics Engineers out of 1000 – 100 already invited
  • 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers out of 2178 – 216 already invited
  • 2339 Other Engineering Professionals – 1000 – 100 already invited
  • 2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts out of 1574 – 156 already invited
  • 2613 Software and Applications Programmers out of 6202 – 620 already invited
  • 2631 Computer Network Professionals out of 1318 – 130 already invited
  • 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals out of 1000 – 30 already invited

NEXT INVITATION ROUNDS:

Invitation rounds will be held twice a month. The maximum numbers of invitations to be issued in the August 2017 invitation rounds are as follows:

9 August 2017

Visa subclass- Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) – 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)- 200

23 August 2017

Visa subclass -Maximum number

Skilled – Independent (subclass 189)- 1000

Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)-200

Note: This will not have any impact on state or territory government nominations for subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (State or Territory nominated) visas. Nominations for these visas will continue as normal.

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August 3rd,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment of General Occupations – Priority Processing launched

VETASSESS has announced that their Priority Processing is available only for a new, Full Skills Assessment application for General Professional occupations.

The Priority Processing service provides applicants/agents with the option to fast-track the assessment of their application, for an additional fee. VETASSESS commits to completing the Priority Processing skills assessment within 10 business days for applications that meet the Eligibility Criteria.

The 10 Business Days will commence after:

  • VETASSESS has confirmed that the application meets the Eligibility Criteria for Priority Processing; and
  • Fee payment including the appropriate GST (if applicable) is received.

Additional Priority Processing Fee:

Priority Processing Fee (available for online applications only)AUD $660.00 for applicants within in Australia, AUD $600.00 for applicants outside Australia.

The above mentioned Priority Processing fee is in addition to the full skills assessment fee of AUD880 & AUD968 as applicable.

How it works:

  • VETASSESS has stated that they require up to 2 business days upon receipt of an application to review for suitability.
  • An email status update will be communicated to the applicant once this process is complete
  • Applications that are confirmed as eligible will be assessed within 10 business days.
  • For applications that do not meet the Eligibility Criteria, or e