January 2019 - Y-Axis Australia Blog

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Why are there no takers for high paying mining jobs in Australia?

After a brief lull, the mining industry in Australia is gathering steam. With increased production, mining companies, especially in Queensland and Western Australia, are looking for more workers.

Latest data from SEEK, the online job portal, shows that there are a huge number of mining jobs available. These jobs offer experienced workers well over $150,000 per year. Workers at the entry-level can easily earn between $80,000 and $100,000 per year.

So why are there no takers for these high paying mining jobs in Australia?

The mining industry in Australia employs over 226,000 people, as per SBS News. They comprise of skilled engineers to tradesmen. There are also a number of drivers, cleaners, and other support staff.

The mining sector offers skilled employees the fly-in-fly-out option. This FIFO option allowed workers to fly to a mining site and then back home. They are not required to relocate to remote areas in Australia.

Even though the incentives are great, the working conditions in the mining industry are particularly difficult. The industry requires you to put in long hours in harsh climatic conditions. Often the employees have to live in remote areas for months away from their families. These remote areas have poor access to mental health support services.

The harsh work conditions and being removed from their family for long periods of time has lessened the charm of mining jobs. Hence, recruiters are left in a lurch and experts agree that engaging workers would be difficult.

How can Australia get its workers for the mining industry?

To get the required workforce, recruiters will now have to hire workers from overseas.

The mining industry is growing in Australia and has a lot to offer to foreign workers. For workers willing to brave the conditions, there is a lot up for grabs.

Here are few tips for those looking to apply for mining jobs:

  1. Do your homework thoroughly. Network and talk to as many people as you can to land a job.
  2. Do not let the promise of huge salaries blind you
  3. Be prepared to prove yourself in an unpleasant job before you start earning huge bucks
  4. The mining industry is a physically and mentally challenging industry. Try to keep clear and achievable goals which will keep you motivated and get you through tough times.

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What are the most popular courses for international students in Australia?

TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) released a report last year. As per the report, international students opt for different courses as compared to domestic students.

More than half of the international student population is studying courses in Management and Commerce. In comparison, only 15% of domestic students are enrolled in the same.

 As per the report, 49% of all the international students were studying either Management or Commerce in 2016. Other popular courses among international students were:

  • Information Technology
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
  • Engineering and other related technologies

Food, Hospitality and Personal Services saw a 60% increase in enrolment between 2013 and 2016.

The most popular subject among Australian students was Education. However, it was not so popular among foreign students. Another popular subject among Australian students was Health and Mixed Food Programs.

There were more than 400,000 international students in Australia in 2017, as per Study International. These students accounted for 19% of the total revenue in 2017 totalling up to $7 billion. The education sector has been the largest growing sector of revenue. It has seen a growth of $2.2 billion from 2012 to 2017.

In 2016, Australia had the maximum overseas students from China. Chinese students made up 38% of the international student population. 16% of the international student population was from India.

As per the report, the fastest growing source markets in 2015 and 2016 were Nepal and China. Nepal saw an increase of 21% while China saw 13%.

The most popular study abroad locations for international students in Australia were New South Wales and Victoria. New South Wales hosted about 30% of the international student population while Victoria housed 36%.

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How to apply for a state nomination for South Australia?

South Australia

To apply for an Australian PR under Subclass 190 Visa you need to obtain a state nomination. The Govt. of South Australia nominates candidates who are willing to live and work in the state.

To meet the eligibility criteria you need to meet the skills and experience requirement of South Australia. Plus, you will also need to meet the federal criteria.

How can a state nomination benefit you?

  1. State Nominated visas are processed on priority by the Dept. of Home Affairs
  2. You receive an additional 5 points under the Subclass 190-Skill Nominated Visa
  3. You receive an additional 10 points under the Subclass 489-Skilled Regional Provisional Visa
  4. The occupation list for a State Nomination Visa is much more extensive
  5. Receive information and services from the State Govt. to help you settle down and find jobs

What are the requirements of a state nomination for South Australia?

  1. You need a commitment to live and work in South Australia for at least 2 years. You should also be open to long-term settlement in South Australia.
  2. You should be under 45 years of age at the time of nomination
  3. Your occupation must be listed on the Skilled Nominated Occupation List of South Australia. To access the Supplementary Occupation List, you must meet the additional requirements.
  4. You should have obtained a positive Skill Assessment from the relevant authorities
  5. You should have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in the recent 3 years. Some occupations may require high work experience. South Australian graduates may receive work experience waiver.
  6. You need to meet the English requirement of South Australia
  7. You should have enough funds to support yourself and your family in South Australia
  8. Your EOI should meet the federal as well as the South Australia nomination requirements

How can you apply for a state nomination for South Australia?

  1. You need to submit an EOI through SkillSelect. You would also need to choose South Australia as your preferred state and select either Subclass 190 or Subclass 489.
  2. Submit an application for State Nomination through South Australia’s immigration website
  3. You may track your application online. The outcome of your application can be viewed on the website of South Australia.
  4. Once your state nomination has been approved, you will receive an invite from the Dept. of Home Affairs asking you to submit a visa application
  5. You will need to submit your Visa application with the Dept. of Home Affairs, as per ABC News

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NT in Australia opens up PR pathway for 117 occupations

Low-skilled migrants working in Northern Territory in Australia can now apply for PR. The state has opened up the pathway to PR for 117 occupations. Foreign workers willing to live and work in NT for 3 years can now obtain Australian PR.

The Australian Govt. has launched a new Visa scheme to distribute the immigrant population away from major cities like Sydney and Melbourne. The new Visa scheme is called the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA). It has currently been implemented in Northern Territory and Warrnambool region in Victoria. Both these places needed a population boost as they were struggling with a labour shortage.

NT already had a DAMA in place. However, it did not offer a pathway to PR. The new DAMA which came into effect on 1st January 2019, has a provision for PR.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, said that the Govt. is trying to improve the immigration system to meet specific needs of regional areas. The priority of the immigration system is to fill in the skill gaps.

The Federal Govt. and the NT Govt. have identified 117 occupations which will now have access to PR, as per SBS News.

Here is the new occupation list of NT under DAMA:

1 Accountant (General)
2 Accounts Clerk
3 Aeroplane Pilot
4 Aged or Disabled Carer
5 Agricultural and Horticultural Mobile Plant Operator
6 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
7 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
8 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
9 Aquaculture Farmer
10 Arborist
11 Automotive Electrician
12 Baker
13 Bar Attendant Supervisor
14 Barista
15 Beauty Therapist
16 Beef Cattle Farmer
17 Bookkeeper
18 Bus Driver
19 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker
20 Cabinetmaker
21 Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
22 Cafe or Restaurant Manager
23 Carpenter
24 Chef
25 Chief Executive or Managing Director
26 Child Care Centre Manager
27 Child Care Worker
28 Civil Engineering Technician
29 Community Worker
30 Conference and Event Organiser
31 Cook
32 Cook (includes Ethnic Cuisine)
33 Crowd Controller
34 Customer Service Manager
35 Deck Hand
36 Dental Assistant
37 Diesel Motor Mechanic
38 Disabilities Services Officer
39 Diver
40 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher
41 Earth Science Technician
42 Earthmoving Plant Operator (General)
43 Electrical Linesworker
44 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)
45 Excavator Operator
46 Facilities Manager
47 Family Day Care Worker
48 Family Support Worker
49 Fitter (General)
50 Fitter and Turner
51 Fitter-Welder
52 Floor Finisher
53 Flying Instructor
54 Forklift Driver
55 Fruit or Nut Grower
56 Gaming Worker
57 Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
58 Hairdresser
59 Hardware Technician
60 Hotel or Motel Manager
61 Hotel or Motel Receptionist
62 Hotel Service Manager
63 ICT Customer Support Officer
64 ICT Support Technicians nec
65 Interpreter
66 Landscape Gardener
67 Licensed Club Manager
68 Linemarker
69 Management Accountant
70 Marketing Specialist
71 Metal Fabricator
72 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer
73 Mixed Crop Farmer
74 Mixed Livestock Farmer
75 Motor Mechanic (General)
76 Motor Vehicle or Caravan Salesperson
77 Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)
78 Motor Vehicle Parts Interpreter
79 Motorcycle Mechanic
80 Nursing Support Worker
81 Office Manager
82 Out of School Hours Care Worker
83 Panelbeater
84 Personal Care Assistant
85 Pharmacy Technician
86 Plumber (General)
87 Pressure Welder
88 Program or Project Administrator
89 Property Manager
90 Recreation Officer
91 Residential Care Worker
92 Retail Manager (General)
93 Retail Supervisor
94 Sales and Marketing Manager
95 Sheetmetal Trades Worker
96 Ship’s Engineer
97 Ship’s Master
98 Small Engine Mechanic
99 Sound Technician
100  Supply and Distribution Manager
101 Taxation Accountant
102 Telecommunications Cable Jointer
103 Telecommunications Linesworker
104 Telecommunications Technician
105 Therapy Aide
106 Tour Guide
107 Truck Driver (General)
108 Vegetable Grower
109 Vehicle Painter
110 Veterinary Nurse
111 Waiter Supervisor
112 Waste Water or Water Plant Operator
113 Web Administrator
114 Web Designer
115 Welder (First Class)
116 Welfare Worker
117 Youth Worker

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Know more about the SISA Visa of Australia

South Australia has launched a new entrepreneur program to attract talented entrepreneurs from across the world. Australia has selected the state of South Australia to pilot the new SISA (Supporting Innovation in South Australia) Visa. This visa program is aimed at attracting budding entrepreneurs in emerging sectors. Entrepreneurs in the fields of cybersecurity, space, defence, big data, agribusiness, and medical technology are highly favoured.

The SISA Visa program is different from other entrepreneur visas in that it has no financial requirement. Applicants need to submit a strong and innovative business proposal to be eligible. Also, applicants have to be under the age of 45 to apply under this Visa program.

Eligible applicants need to first apply for an endorsement from the South Australian Govt. They should be endorsed by the Dept. of Trade, Tourism, and Investment. They can then apply for a Subclass 408 visa (Temporary Activity) to the Dept. of Home Affairs.

The SISA Visa pilot has been planned from November 2018 to November 2021. Hence the validity of your visa would depend on when you are granted the same. To exemplify, if you are granted a Visa in June 2019, your visa validity would be 2 years and 5 months, since SISA ends in November 2021.

South Australia would be accepting applications under this scheme till November 2020, as per SBS News.

Currently, the visa application fee is $285 but it is subject to change. You will also need to show sufficient funds to take care of yourself in South Australia.

You can include your family members on this Visa. However, you will need to show additional funds for them as well. Dependents on this Visa will have full work and study rights in Australia.

The Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) is a temporary visa and hence has no access to Permanent Residence. To apply for Australian PR, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria of other PR pathways.

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What changes can you see in Australian immigration in 2019?

What changes can you see in Australian immigration in 2019?

There have been quite a few changes in the Australian immigration scene in 2018. Scott Morrison, PM of Australia, announced the slashing of immigration numbers. On the other hand, more opportunities for immigrants in regional areas were created.

Here are the changes that you can see in Australian immigration in 2019:

  1. Pathway to PR created for low-skilled immigrants

The Australian Govt. has signed the DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement) with Northern Territory and Victoria. The DAMA will lower the English, income, and skill level requirements for migrants working in the regional areas of these two states. The Agreement will also offer a pathway to PR for these migrants.

  1. New Parent Visa

Australia will make available a new temporary sponsored Parent Visa in the first half of 2019. This Visa will allow parents of Australian migrants to live in Australia for up to 5 years. Applicants would be able to choose between a 3-year Visa and a 5-year Visa. The 3-year visa would cost $5,000 while the 5-year Visa would cost $10,000. The new Parent Visas would be renewable for up to 10 years. Migrants, however, would only be able to sponsor one set of parents, as per SBS News.

  1. New sponsorship framework for Partner Visas

The Australian Govt. passed the Migration Amendments Bill (Family Violence and Other Measures) in November 2018. The Bill put into place a new sponsorship framework which will now make applying for a Partner Visa a two-step process. The sponsor in Australia will first need to submit a sponsorship application. The Partner Visa can only be lodged after the sponsorship application is approved. The processing time for the sponsorship application will be around 12 weeks.

  1. New Entrepreneur Visa in South Australia

South Australia will launch a new Entrepreneur Visa which does not have any investment requirement. Unlike other Business and Innovation Visas, this Visa will not require the applicants to have any capital outlay. Applicants would be able to come to Australia under the Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) and also include their family in their application. The validity of the Visa would be up to 3 years.

  1. Reduction in immigration numbers

Scott Morrison, PM, has announced a reduction in immigration numbers. He has indicated that the annual immigration intake for 2019 would be capped at 160,000. States and Territories will be given greater control in deciding individual immigration intake. For example, the quota for ACT’s Subclass 190 Visa has been increased from 800 to 1,400.

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Australia may remove work restriction on international students

Australia may remove work restriction on international students

The Australian Labour Party may vote on whether to support a move to remove the 40-hour work restriction on international students.

International students can only work 40-hours a fortnight. The new move aims to abolish that. It will, however, be replaced with tougher course completion and attendance requirements.

International students can report to the Fair Work Ombudsperson the underpayment of wages. If this move is passed, the Labour Govt. will also restrict sharing information between the Department of Home Affairs and FWO.

The BackPacker Visa rule requires you to work in regional areas for 88 days. There have been demands for the removal of the same. Visa holders claim that this rule led to the underpayment and exploitation of foreign workers.

Many immigrant workers do not report cases of underpayment for fear of having their visas revoked.

Australia recently conducted an audit of job advertisements in foreign languages. 7 out of 10 advertisements offered lesser pay rates than the legal minimum wage.

This motivated the ALP to address the issues surrounding immigration laws and the workplace, as per SBS News.

Mark Morey, Secretary for Unions NSW, said there was a need for deportation amnesty for people who reported wage theft. There should also be a wall between the FWO and the Dept. of Home Affairs. This will send a strong message that a complaint against exploitation will not have your visa canceled. Morey also said that temporary foreign workers should have an ironclad guarantee that reporting wage theft will not affect their visa.

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A remarkable increase in Australian citizenship approvals this year

A remarkable increase in Australian citizenship approvals this year

After a brief slowdown, Australian citizenship approvals are gaining picking up the pace.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, said more than 50,000 applications have been approved in the first five months of 2018-19. This is double the number of applications approved during the same period in the last fiscal year.

Last year, only 80,562 applications for citizenship were approved by the Australian Govt. This has been the lowest so far since 2002-03 when 79,000 people were granted Australian citizenship.

Mr. Coleman expects citizenship numbers to go up by 20,000 over the next 2 months. Between July and November 2018, almost 58,000 citizenship applications have been processed.

Last year, the Dept. of Home Affairs had faced criticism over rising wait times for citizenship approval. There were nearly 245,000 pending citizenship applications by the end of 2017-18. The current waiting time for Australian citizenship approval is 19 to 22 months.

As per the Dept. of Home Affairs, the increase in wait times was due to concerns over national security. The processing times were also lengthened due to an increase in the number of complex cases.

Mr. Coleman said that the Dept. has been directing more resources towards citizenship application processing. He also said that a special task force has been created to handle complex cases. Extra staff has been hired and trained which has cost the Govt. $9 million, as per SBS News. The Govt. has put in all these measures to ensure citizenship applications are dealt with efficiently.

After the Lindt Café siege, Australia has put in extra integrity measures. This is to verify the character and identity of Australian citizenship applicants.

Mr. Coleman said that the citizenship applications will continue to be processed against the measures introduced in 2015. He also said Australian citizenship is a privilege and should only be granted to people who respect the country’s laws and support its values.

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Know about the latest VETASSESS update for PhD students in Australia

Know about the latest VETASSESS update for PhD students in Australia

VETASSESS recently announced changes to its skill assessment criteria. The latest update will affect a lot of PhD students studying in Australia and abroad.

When applying for an Australian PR, it is necessary to get your education and work experience assessed. This is a mandatory requirement under the points-tested migration system. Skill Assessment is also required for employer-sponsored, temporary graduate, and graduate migrant visas.

VETASSESS is the skill assessing authority of a large variety of occupations. Occupations classified under General occupations and Trade Occupations generally come under its purview.

VETASSESS will no longer accept a stipend or full scholarship as work experience. This change is effective from 15th December 2018, as per SBS News.

For skill assessment from VETASSESS, applicants need to have at least 1-year work experience. For PhD students, the stipend work experience was also counted. However, that will no longer be applicable.

Applicants which have been lodged prior to 15th December will be assessed as per old rules.

How will it affect PhD students?

PhD students will be required to gain 1-year experience after completing their PhD to be eligible for skill assessment under VETASSESS. The 1-year work experience may be obtained in Australia or overseas.

How can PhD students gain work experience in Australia?

PhD students in Australia can apply for a Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) Visa. They may be able to apply under its Post-Study Work Stream. This Visa allows international students who have completed at least a 2-year course in Australia to live and work in the country.

PhD graduates may be able to obtain the Subclass 485 visa with a validity of 18 months to 4 years. The duration of the visa depends on when they started studying in Australia.

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Do you know about the changes to the Partner Visa of Australia?

Do you know about the changes to the Partner Visa of Australia?

Do you know about the changes to the Partner Visa of Australia

Australia has recently introduced changes to the Partner Visa. The Australian Parliament passed the new Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill on 10th December 2018. However, the date from when the new law will come into effect is yet to be announced.

What is the current Partner Visa process?

The Partner Visa of Australia lets the spouse or common-law partner of an Australian PR or citizen to live permanently in Australia. The Partner Visa applicant should be sponsored by an Australian PR or citizen. The sponsor and the visa need to submit their applications to the Dept. of Home Affairs.

When the visa applicant lodges a Partner Visa while in Australia, they may obtain a Bridging Visa. The Bridging Visa is effective after the expiry of the current visa. The Bridging Visa holder is allowed to remain in Australia until the time a decision is made on the Partner Visa application.

During this time, the Bridging Visa holder has full work rights. They also have access to Medicare, Australia’s healthcare scheme.

What is the proposed change?

The new Bill would now require the partner in Australia to first lodge their sponsorship application. Only if the sponsorship application is approved can a Partner Visa be lodged.

The processing time for the sponsorship application under the new Bill is not yet clear. The current processing times for sponsorship applications are 12 to 18 months, as per SBS News.

How will it impact?

Applicants who do not have much time left on their current visa may need to exit Australia. They may be required to remain overseas till their Partner Visa application is granted.

If the applicants wish to stay on in Australia, they will need to file for an appropriate visa to remain in the country. Till the time this is done, they may not have work rights and access to Medicare. These applicants will not be entitled to a Bridging Visa.

To thus minimize the effects of the new rule change, applicants should lodge their Partner Visa applications as soon as they become eligible. Partner Visa application is a complex process with a substantial fee involved. It is highly recommended to consult a Registered Migration Agent to smoothen the process of the Partner Visa application.

Y-Axis Australia team includes process consultants and RMAs who facilitate applicant immigrants with issues related to immigration and visas. Our team works in collaboration with India’s National Processing Center in Hyderabad to offer services to the clients.

The services offered by Y-Axis Melbourne include assistance and legal advice for immigration by Registered Migration Agents, Job Search Service, and Visa Assistance.

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