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This Australian sector is struggling with a massive labour shortage

Australia is planning a number of rail and infrastructure projects around the country. Once completed, they will make commuting much easier for passengers in Australia. However, the Building and Construction industry is struggling with a massive labour shortage. They are having a tough time filling in job vacancies to get these projects off the ground.

There is a major dearth of electricians and talented engineers in this industry. Building Contractors are finding it hard to find the right guys to connect the signalling systems to the new train lines.

As per the 2018 data from Seek, electricians were the most sought-after professionals in Australia in 2018. Electricians have the highest demand in the state of Victoria.

There are a number of current and projected infrastructure projects in the state of Victoria. This has significantly increased the demand for electricians in the state. With a large number of projects running, there is a huge demand for electricians with industrial and specialized experience.

Sebastian Fleury is the Regional Head of Rail Project Delivery of Aecom. Speaking to AFR, he said that that he could double his workforce provided he found enough skilled people to fill in the vacancies. He also said that Aecom currently has 40 to 50 open jobs. These are mostly civil, structure and geo-technical jobs.

With a large number of infrastructures projects, companies are competing with each other to attract and retain skilled workers. Companies often pay or steal workers from other contractors when they win two or three projects.

Joe Barr, CEO of John Holland, says that finding the right people especially in the engineering domain is a tough task. He said that his company focuses on developing and retaining the engineers that are currently working with them. His company gives them new opportunities and moves them into new projects when their old projects get over.

Pathways is an industry-first program in Melbourne. It helps skilled engineers from marginalized backgrounds get a foot in the door of the construction industry. These engineers are usually refugees or come from displaced industries.

It is not always possible to transfer skills from one industry to another. For example, domestic electricians are not qualified to work on railway tunnels. This is further forcing companies in Australia to look overseas for skilled workers.

Y-Axis offers a wide range of visa services and products for aspiring overseas immigrants including Australia General Skilled Migration Program via RMA, Australia Skilled Regional Visa, Australia Temporary Skilled Work Visa, and Australia Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485. We work with Registered Migration Agents in Australia. If you are looking to Visit, Study, Work, Invest or Migrate to Australia, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Consultant.

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Western Australia is facing an extreme shortage of Chefs

Western Australia is facing an extreme shortage of Chefs

Western Australia is facing an extreme shortage of Chefs and not enough is available to fill the current vacancies at cafes and restaurants in the state.

Figures released by the Dept. of Jobs and Small Business show that only 2 in every 5 vacancies for Chefs have been filled.

This problem has been attributed to the lack of Skilled Visa migrants. With the abrupt closure of the Subclass 457 Visa in 2017, the state has not come up with alternate routes to attract Chefs. Also, the State Govt. has failed to incentivize restaurant owners to hire apprentices. Adding to this problem is the state’s decision to eliminate the list that fast-tracked foreign workers.

Paul Papalia, Minister for Tourism, said that this was an urgent matter and will be placed in front of the Cabinet. Australia is facing an issue of attracting and retaining skilled workers in the hospitality sector, added the Minister.

Iain McDougall, GM of Hospitality Group Training, said that 3,000 new Chefs will be needed in the next 3 years. However, based on the current apprenticeships, only 60 would be available, as quoted by The West Australian.

Mr McDougall believes that Visa restrictions should be for overseas Chefs. Western Australia should currently focus on Training like Victoria and New South Wales. These two states impart fee-free training. However, in Western Australia, it will cost an employer $6,000 to take on an apprentice.

As per AHA (Australian Hotels Association), the Chef shortage is so extreme that it could force some food joints to close in the coming years. AHA Chief Exec. For WA, Bradley Wood said that low apprenticeships and strict Visa rules are to be blamed. These have resulted in the depletion of the necessary pipeline of Cooks and Chefs in the state.

Tourism WA is currently working in close collaboration with Hospitality Group Training to attract Chefs to the state. It is developing a 2-year program to encourage students to enter the hospitality sector and become Chefs.

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Australian should increase its PR quota: Expert

Australia PR Visa

As per Prof. Peter McDonald, Demography Expert, Australia should increase its PR quota. Scott Morrison, PM, announced the reduction of the immigration intake to 160,000 in March. This was done to appease voters who were worried about job security and congestion.

As per the Prof., without Sydney and Melbourne, the country would have only been a backwater. He believes that Australia should keep the annual quota of PR Visas at 190,000.

Prof. McDonald addressed the Infrastructure Summit of the Australian Financial Review. He said in the summit that the immigration intake target should not have been reduced.

Prof. McDonald also added that Australia is staring at a potential labour crunch. 2 million Baby Boomers are nearing retirement in Australia. These workers will not be replaced by the younger lot. This is because the younger generation is not growing as much. The younger Australians are also staying in education longer which is adding to the labour crisis.

To address this impending labour crunch, immigration is the only solution, as per the Prof. He thus believes, that the annual quota should have remained at 190,000, as quoted by the AFR.

Reducing immigration number is in no way helping decongest Sydney and Melbourne, said the Prof. He believes that 10,000 of the immigration cut may have gone to these cities. However, the demand for labour in these two cities is very high and will remain so in the future too. These cities will need to fulfil their labour demands from other places and the first place they will target will be Adelaide, he said.

A majority of the Baby Boomers were also employed in low-skilled jobs. These positions are not being filled by migrants. Thus, a cut in immigration will also cause a dearth of low-skilled workers.

Prof. McDonald said that Australia had transformed significantly after the end of the mining boom. Instead of Brisbane and Perth, workers moved to places like Sydney and Melbourne. However, these big cities are the future of Australia and they are key in attracting overseas workers, said the Prof.

Chief Executive of Infrastructure Australia, Romilly Madew, said that Australia should carefully plan its infrastructure projects. These projects should be aligned with the population growth in the cities to ensure that the cities remain livable.

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Latest update about South Australia state sponsorship

South Australia will temporarily close the state sponsorship application system from 9 am on 24th June. The application process will temporarily close for both the Subclass 190 and Subclass 489 Visas.

The closure is happening to update the complete system for the new financial program for 2019-2020.

The state sponsorship application process will re-open again in the first week of July 2019. The Authorities are yet to announce the date and time.

For those aspiring to apply for the state sponsorship of South Australia, you should do so before the 24th of June.

 Immigration South Australia will delete incomplete applications after 9 am on 24th June. This will include those applications too which have been saved but have not yet been submitted.

The annual quota for the Subclass 132 and Subclass 188 business nominations have been met for the year 2018-19. This has been announced by Immigration SA. With a significant rise in the number of applications, this year has again been a strong year for the South Australia Business Migration Program.

Subclass 132 (Business Talent) visa applications which have been submitted but not processed will be processed from 1st July onwards. The same will be applicable to applications for the Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment) Visa. The processing for these applications will begin on 1st July when the federal quota for SA resets.

It has, however, been announced that the online application system will be kept open, as per SBS News. South Australia will continue to accept applications for business nomination.

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All about the Subclass 482 (TSS) Visa of Australia

The Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Visa is an employer-sponsored temporary Visa. It allows the Visa holder to live and work in Australia. The validity of this visa usually ranges between 2 and 4 years.

What is the purpose of the Subclass 482 Visa?

This Visa is designed to fill in skill shortages in the country. This Visa allows Australian employers to hire overseas workers when they are unable to fill jobs from the local workforce. However, this Visa program is not open to all occupations. It is only available to those occupations that are facing a workforce shortage in Australia, as per SBS News.

How does the Subclass 482 Visa work?

There are three streams under the Subclass 482 Visa:

  • Short-term stream for occupations that are listed on the Short-Term Skilled Shortage List
  • Medium-term stream for occupations on the Medium-term Skilled Shortage List
  • Labour Agreement Stream where the sponsoring Australian employer needs to sign a labour agreement with the Dept.

You need to meet the requirements of any one of the above streams to apply for the Subclass 482 Visa.

Here are the steps to follow to apply for a Subclass 482 Visa:

  1. A Sponsorship Application has to be lodged by the sponsoring employer in Australia
  2. A Nomination Application has to be lodged by the sponsoring employer in Australia
  3. The Visa application has to be lodged by the applicant

What is the cost of applying a sponsorship?

The current fee for lodging a sponsorship application is $420. The processing time is between 38 and 64 days.

What is the cost of applying for a nomination?

The current fee for lodging a nomination application is $330. The processing time is between 35 and 39 days.

What is required for the Visa application?

Lodging a Visa application is the final stage of the process. To be eligible for a Visa Grant, you must demonstrate that you have the necessary qualifications and skills for the nominated position. You should also meet the English language requirement and the character and health requirements.

Can you include your family members in your Visa application?

You can include the below family members in your Visa application:

  1. Your spouse or common-law partner
  2. Your child or step-child
  3. The child or step-child of your spouse or common-law partner

PR pathway through the TSS Visa

You can apply for a PR after 3 years through the Subclass 186 (Employer Nomination Scheme) or the Subclass 187 (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme). You may also be eligible for the Subclass 190 (State Sponsored) or other PR pathways.

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You should do these courses in Australia for PR

Australia is among the top destinations in the world that people aspire to migrate to. It is also one of the favourite countries for international students. Some courses in Australia have a better chance of getting you a PR.

Here is a list of the courses that can get you an Australian PR:

  1. Accountancy

Many students aspire to set up a career in this subject as it is one of the fastest growing occupations in Australia. The subject provides you with great exposure to Taxation, financial dealings, and compliance requirements. Candidates who do a Masters in this subject also have great job prospects in 2019.

  1. Engineering

Engineering has always been in great demand in Australia and there are a number of specializations to choose from. Engineers also happen to be among the highest paid professionals in the country. So if you are looking for a PR, you may want to consider Engineering.

  1. Nursing

Australia features among the best countries globally in providing healthcare education. Universities in Australia have a great reputation for providing a Nursing degree. Studying this course will brighten your prospects of a PR.

  1. Education and Teaching

Teachers and education professionals are extremely sought after in Australia. Hence, if you seek an Australian PR, you should consider applying for a course in Education and Teaching.

  1. Automotive

The automobile industry is growing and this, in turn, has increased the demand for automotive courses. The below occupations have huge demand but often receive fewer applications for PR:

  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  1. Building and Construction

With the Construction industry growing exponentially, it has created a huge demand for skilled professionals. The Building and Construction industry is expected to be the biggest job provider until 2022, as per ABC News. The growth in Construction has also increased the demand for trade jobs.

The following jobs are most in-demand for an Australian PR:

  • Construction Project Manager
  • Carpenter
  • Glazier
  • Building Inspector
  • Wall and Floor Tiler
  • Roof Tiler

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Latest update about Victoria state sponsorship in Australia

Australia 489 Visa

Victoria has announced a new update for state sponsorship for its Subclass 190 and Subclass 489 Visa. A new online system will be launched for Victoria’s Skilled and Business Migration Program.

The new online system will let the applicants:

  • Track the status of their application online
  • Access their account from several devices like mobile, laptop etc.

Between 4 PM 10th July 2019 and 15th July 2019, applicants will not be able to file nomination applications online. Applicants who already have an account will not be able to view their accounts during this period.

If you have saved a draft nomination application, then you will need to submit the same before 4 PM of 10th July 2019. If not, then you will need to submit a fresh application after 15th July 2019, as quoted by SBS News.

Victoria state sponsorship aspirants should take note of this update for both the Subclass 190/489 Visa.

Applicants who receive a state nomination enhance their chances of getting an Australian Visa. Some occupations are only available under the Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 Visa. For such occupations, getting a state nomination is an absolute must.

Eligible applicants must fulfil the below requirements to get a state sponsorship from Victoria:

  • Meet the requirements that are specified by the Dept. of Home Affairs
  • Meet the eligibility requirements as specified by the Govt. of Victoria
  • Fulfil the assessment criteria for the Visa that you are seeking nomination for

Each nomination application is assessed independently for the below criteria:

  • The application should be able to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria
  • The applicant should have the necessary skills, expertise and should have a good chance of landing a job in Victoria
  • The applicant should have the necessary skills to meet the labour market demands of Victoria
  • The applicant should be committed to settling down permanently in Victoria

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Latest update about ACT state sponsorship in Australia

ACT conducted the latest invitation round for the Subclass 190 Visa on 11th June 2019. To apply for the state sponsorship of ACT, applicants must first file the Canberra Matrix. Only those applicants who receive an invitation can then file for the state sponsorship of ACT.

Here are the details of the latest invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 11th June 2019
  • of invitations issued: 652

Matrix score range:

  • Submitted matrixes were all in the range of 65 to 145 points
  • 60 pts. Matrixes were filed on or before 31st May 2019

Details of previous invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 24th May 2019
  • of invitations issued: 323

Matrix score range:

  • Submitted matrixes were all in the range of 70 to 135 points
  • 65 pts. Matrixes were submitted or before 30th April 2019

Details of previous invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 8th May 2019
  • of invitations issued: 225

Matrix score range:

  • Submitted matrixes were in the range of 65 to 135 points
  • 65 pts. Matrixes were submitted on or before 31st March 2019

Details of previous invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 15th April 2019
  • of invitations issued: 75

Matrix score range:

  • Submitted matrixes were in the range of 75 to 145 points

Details of previous invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 28th March 2019
  • of invitations issued: 203

Matrix score range:

  • Submitted matrixes were in the range of 60 to 135 points
  • 60 pts. Matrixes were submitted on or before 8th January 2019

Details of previous invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 12th March 2019
  • of invitations issued: 363

Matrix score range:

  • Submitted matrixes were between the range of 60 to 110 points
  • 60 pts. Matrixes were submitted on or before 31st December 2018

Details of previous invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 21st February 2019
  • of invitations issued: 430

Matrix score range:

Submitted matrixes were between the range of 60 to 130 points and were submitted on or before 29th November 2018.

Details of previous invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 31st January 2019
  • of invitations issued: 186

Matrix score range:

Submitted matrixes were in the range of 65 to 130 points and were filed on or before 31st December 2018.

Details of previous invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 15th January 2019
  • of invitations issued: 212

Matrix score range:

Submitted matrixes were in the range of 65 to 110 points and were submitted on or before 16th December 2018.

Details of previous invitation round:

  • Date of invitation round: 3rd January 2019
  • of invitations issued: 205

Matrix score range:

Submitted matrixes were in the range of 70 to 115 points.

As per SBS News, ACT will conduct the next invitation round on 5th July 2019.

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Mistakes to avoid for the Subclass 485 Visa of Australia

The Subclass 485 Visa allows international graduates to live and work in Australia after completing their studies. The validity of the visa is between 18 months to up to 4 years. This Visa can be instrumental for international graduates to obtain valuable work experience in Australia.

However, due to the multifaceted and complex nature of the visa process, this can often be difficult to obtain.

Here are the mistakes that you should avoid for the Subclass 485 Visa of Australia:

  1. Missing the application lodgement deadline

The Subclass 485 Visa application must be lodged within 6 months of course completion. Do not confuse your graduation date with the course completion date.

The graduation date is usually months after you complete the course. Hence, if you get these dates wrong, you may very well lodge your visa application after the deadline. This will inevitably result in a rejection.

  1. Selecting the wrong stream

There are two streams under the Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) Visa:

  1. Graduate Work
  2. Post-study Work

Both the streams have different eligibility requirements and it is important that you know the right one for you. Applying under the incorrect stream could result in visa rejection.

  1. Not submitting all the necessary documents

While lodging your visa application it is imperative that you submit all the required documents. The documents should be according to the document checklist of the Dept. of Home Affairs.

In case of missing or incorrect documents submitted, the Dept. is not obligated to get in touch with you. The Dept. will simply deny your visa, as quoted by SBS News.

Hence, you should double check all your documents while lodging your visa application.

  1. Not meeting study requirements

To be eligible for the Subclass 485 Visa, students must meet the Australian study requirements:

  • The course that you are pursuing should be registered under CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions for Overseas Studies)
  • You should have completed at least 16 calendar months of study while being physically present in Australia
  • You should have completed at least 2 academic years of study

             If you fail to meet any of the above requirements, your visa will be refused.

  1. Not being at the right place at the right time

Often international students visit their home countries or travel abroad after completing their course.  You should remember that your educational institution does not inform the Dept. of Home Affairs regarding your course completion.

If the Dept. finds out that a student has left the country after course completion, it may cancel the visa without any prior notice. This will bar the student from re-entering the country to apply for a Subclass 485 Visa.

You should lodge your Subclass 485 visa application prior to leaving Australia. This will show that you have full intentions of returning back to Australia.

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Many singles waiting for the new Australian points system

Australia is all set to introduce a new points system in November this year. Under the new points system, single applicants get extra points. Many singles are, thus, eagerly waiting for the new Australian points system.

  1. Vijay Kumar, a student at the Macquarie University, is ready to file his Permanent Residence Visa. He is an editor by profession and has a positive qualification assessment from VETASSESS, one of Australia’s Skills Assessment provider. However, Vijay wants to wait until November to file his PR application. Being single will grant him an additional 10 points which will increase his score.

Like Vijay, many single applicants are looking forward to earning an extra 10 points from November onwards.

The Immigration Dept. announced a new points system in April this year. The new points system will be effective from November 2019.

As per the new points system, applicants who do not have a spouse or common-law partner will get an extra 10 points. The current points system gives an edge to married applicants. They can claim points for Spouse Skills.

Immigration experts believe that that new points system will encourage more skilled migrants to move to Australia. The “extra points” to single applicants will help discourage unskilled partners who come with married skilled immigrants. Non-skilled partners take up visa places which could otherwise be filled by skilled migrants. Married applicants with kids also take up more visa places.

The new points system has been introduced on the recommendation of the Productivity Commission.  The Commission noted that 50% of Australia’s immigration intake consists of secondary applicants. Many of these applicants often have limited skills.

The Productivity Commission issued a report in 2016 recommending amendments to the points system. It said that skilled secondary applicants should be able to make a significant contribution to the primary applicant’s score.

Dilip Kumar, an automobile mechanic from Karnataka, is also waiting for the new points system. Since his IELTS score is not very high, the extra 10 points will contribute immensely to his overall score.

Some people have even postponed their marriages to be able to claim the extra points, as per SBS News.

The new points system will also award 10 extra points to those who have a skilled spouse or common-law partner. The spouse or common-law partner should have a positive Skills Assessment Report for that. Married applicants can also get another 5 points if their partner has competent English.

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