Sunday, April 1, 2018

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

6 December Invitation round – Australia Immigration…

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the SkillSelect invitation round on 6 December 2017.

Invitations issued on 6 December 2017

Visa SubclassNumber
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 300
Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) 5

During 2017-18 program year the following numbers of invitations have been issued:

Invitations issued during 2017-18 program year

Visa subclassJulAugSepOctNovDecJanFebMarAprMayJuneTotal
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 2000 2000 3500 2500 1400 300             11700
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 210 256 93 57 10 5             631
Total 2210 2256 3593 2557 1410 305             12331

The above figures do not include invitations issued for State and Territory Government nominated visa subclasses. State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.

6 December 2017 results

The following graph shows the points for clients who were invited to apply in the 6 December 2017 round.

Invitation process and cut offs

The highest ranked clients by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. For clients who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the date of effect) determines their order of invitation. Expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates.

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

Visa SubclassPoints scoreDate of effect
Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) 75 18/10/2017 1.24 pm
Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 85 4/01/2017 10.04 am

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the programme year.

Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 6 December 2017 invitation round.

Occupation IDDescriptionPoints scoreDate of effect
2211 Accountants 75 18/10/2017 1.24 pm
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 75 26/08/2017 3.06 am
2334 Electronics Engineer 75 30/10/2017 3.54 pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 75 27/09/2017 9.24 pm
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 75 03/10/2017 2.31 pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 75 22/09/2017 10.52 pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 75 3/10/2017 7.50 pm
2631 Computer Network Professionals 75 3/10/2017 4.32 pm

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Occupation List – to be announced in Jan 2018 – Australia Immigration..

On 18 April 2017, the Government announced reforms to Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled visa programs. As part of these reforms, the skilled occupation lists that underpin these visa programs will be updated every six months to ensure that they are responsive to genuine skill needs across Australia.


The Department of Employment is responsible for reviewing and recommending eligible occupations for the new Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). These lists underpin employer sponsored and points-tested visa programs. The review will identify occupations required to meet demonstrated short and medium to long-term skilled workforce needs of the Australian economy.

More information on the current skilled occupations lists can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Updates to skilled occupations lists

The next update to the STSOL and MLTSSL is scheduled for January 2018 and will occur every six months thereafter. The Department of Employment is now responsible for reviewing the lists to ensure that they reflect the broad needs of the Australian labour market.

Consultation process

The Department will undertake public consultation in two stages.

Consultation on methodology

The Department has published its draft methodology for providing advice on the composition of the STSOL and MLTSSL. The submission period for stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft methodology has now closed.

Consultation on specific occupations under consideration

Once the methodology has been finalised, taking into account stakeholder feedback, the Department will publish a list of occupations and identify whether they are under consideration for a proposed change in their status.

The Department will then invite stakeholders to provide evidence in relation to the specific occupations identified for possible change. Any stakeholders who make a submission as part of the first stage of the consultation process will be notified when the second stage opens for submissions.

More details on this second consultation process will be provided in November 2017.

Review completion

The Minister for Employment will provide recommendations from the review to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, who has the authority to implement the lists under the Migration Act 1958. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will also provide advice in relation to visa risk and integrity matters.

If you have any questions, please contact


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Exciting News: Unemployment falls to four-year low of 5.5% in September 2017 – Australia

Australia’s unemployment rate has hit a four-year low after falling to 5.5 per cent in September, beating market expectations.

The rate, which has not been bettered on trend or seasonally adjusted terms since February 2013, comes on the back of 19,800 jobs added in September, topping market predictions of a 15,000 rise and stirring hopes sluggish wage growth may soon turn a corner.

The 5.47 per cent seasonally adjusted result beat the 5.53 per cent figure achieved in May, according to a release by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Thursday.

The trend employment-to-population ratio, a measure of how employed the population aged 15 years and over is, increased to 61.6 per cent, the highest it has been since August 2012.

Among the states, NSW and Victoria led the gains, adding 21,100 and 8900 jobs respectively.

The numbers have now become so positive in NSW that economists are starting to call full employment, with a jobless rate of 4.6 per cent.

Nationally, they believe wages could jump above inflation for the first time in months.

TD Securities is predicting 2.5 per cent wages growth in the next quarter, after being stuck equal to, or below, the cost of living at 1.9 per cent.

Among the states, NSW and Victoria led the gains, adding 21,100 and 8900 persons respectively on seasonally adjusted terms.
Among the states, NSW and Victoria led the gains, adding 21,100 and 8900 persons respectively on seasonally adjusted terms. Photo: Virginia Star

“The trend unemployment rate had been hovering in the range of 5.6 to 5.8 per cent for almost two years, but has now dropped to a four-year low of 5.5 per cent,” ABS chief economist Bruce Hockman said.

“Full-time employment has now increased by around 271,000 persons since September 2016, and makes up the majority of the 335,000 person net increase in employment over the period.”

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.  Photo: Andrew Meares

The participation rate – the number of people employed or actively looking for a job – was steady at 65.2 per cent.

Australia Pacific Indeed economist Callam Pickering described the figures as “an excellent set of numbers”.

Labor’s employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor.  Photo: Jay Cronan

“Employment up by 23,000 people in September on a trend basis, up over 335,500 over the past year,” he said.

CommSec economist Craig James said the good news kept flowing.

“More people are looking for work, more people are finding work, the lowest jobless rate for over four years,” he said.

“And at the same time, the share of women participating in the job market is the highest on record.”

He said unemployment was under 5 per cent in three of the nation’s states and territories.

“In fact, the NSW job market could be considered at full employment now with a jobless rate of 4.6 per cent.”


Unemployment rate equals a four-year-low















Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said she was acutely aware that more than 700,000 Australians remain unemployed.

“While ABS labour force figures can jump around from month to month, this is the 12th consecutive month where there has been an increase in jobs,” she said.

Labor’s employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor pointed to a report from Anglicare that coincided with Thursday’s figures

It found young job seekers were struggling, with up to five competing for each entry-level role.

“There are not enough entry-level positions for the people who want and need them, with 124,000 entry-level job seekers, but only 26,000 entry-level jobs,” he said.

The Australian dollar ticked up by a fifth of a US cent after the data’s release to be fetching US78.65 cents at 1138 AEDT before easing slightly to US78.52 cents in mid-afternoon trade.

TD Securities economist Annette Beacher said the next interest rate rise from the Reserve Bank was still not likely to be until May 2018, unless wages and inflation suddenly kicked sharply into gear.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Breaking News: ‘Great victory’ for migrants: Citizenship bill struck down – Australia Immigration…

Breaking News: ‘Great victory’ for migrants: Citizenship bill struck down – Australia Immigration…

18 OCT 2017 – 7:36PM
Migrant groups are now calling on the government to immediately start processing citizenship applications under the existing law.

After a nervous wait throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, Saksham Katyal is heaving a sigh of relief.

Mr Katyal- an Indian migrant was anxiously waiting to know the outcome of the Senate debate on the government’s proposed citizenship law- The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

“It’s a great win for multiculturalism and it’s a great win for Australia, “ said Saksham Katyal who became to apply for citizenship this year.

“The new rules were regressive for Australia. It’s good that the law has been rejected.”



Melbourne-based IT professional Saksham Katyal says it’s a win for Australia.

Migrants across Australia are celebrating what they term a “huge win” for them and multicultural Australia on Wednesday when Shadow Minister for Citizenship Tony Burke announced the government’s citizenship was struck from the notice paper of the Senate.

“This is a great victory for every person who wants to pledge allegiance to this country and make a commitment to Australia,” Mr Burke said in the Senate.

“The delay would mean that for some people may wait more than a decade before they make a pledge to Australia has been rejected. The demand for university level has been rejected,” he said.

Migrants who were going to be affected by the proposed changes are calling it a “great victory”.

Shruti Vaidya who works with a big bank in Sydney says the outcome was the result of an intense campaign by migrants and politicians alike. However, she says there’s some distance to go before she begins celebrating, demanding that the government should begin processing all citizenship applications immediately.

“All applications frozen as a result of the announcement made on 20th April must be processed immediately under the current citizenship law,” Ms Vaidya told SBS Punjabi.



Shruti Vaidya

She also cautioned other migrants against any attempts at “discriminatory” moves and called on everyone to stand united.

Mr Burke called on those eligible to apply for citizenship under the current law to make an application and advised the government to start processing the citizenship applications.

A spokesperson for Mr Dutton has confirmed to SBS News that migrants who have already put in applications for citizenship, and those who still plan to, will be assessed under current requirements rather than the tougher measures announced by the government earlier this year.

The Turnbull government announced an overhaul of Australia’s citizenship laws in April this year. Under the new draft law, migrants were required to be in Australia for four years as permanent residents instead of 1 year. The government also wanted them to score 6 Bands on International English Language Testing Systems exam (IELTS).

On Monday, NXT leader Nick Xenophon who the government was trying to get to support the bill made clear his party’s opposition to the draft law in its current form.

The Greens had forced a deadline on the government to bring the bill for discussion by Wednesday, failing which it was to be struck off Senate’s notice paper. The government would now have to bring a motion to bring it back at a later stage.