Australia launches 2 new routes to sponsor foreign workers

Australia launches 2 new routes to sponsor foreign workers

Australia has launched two new labour agreements that it claims will support the multicultural communities in the country.

David Coleman, Immigration Minister, launched two new labour agreements for the below:

  • Religious institutions in Australia
  • Aged Care sector in Australia

Aged Care Sector

The new labour agreement for the aged care sector will allow facilities for aged care in Australia to sponsor overseas carers. These foreign carers should have the relevant skills to care for the elderly of the communities. The occupation of “Aged Care Worker” is not on the Australian SOL. Yet, foreign workers can be sponsored under this occupation, as per the new agreements.

Mr Coleman said that Australia is in need of bilingual carers. That is because many elderly suffer from dementia. The condition, often, makes them revert to their first language or they may become unable to speak a second language.

Under the new agreement, aged care facilities can sponsor foreign carers for a TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage). These carers can also be sponsored for an Employer Nomination Scheme Visa. However, the sponsors should be able to provide evidence that they could not find local Australians with the relevant skills.

Religious Institutions

Australia has announced the availability of a new occupation-Religious Assistant. Religious Institutions in Australia would be able to sponsor overseas workers nominating this occupation. It will also expand the scope of the already existing Minister of Religion occupation.

There are 23,000 Minister of Religion in Australia, as quoted by SBS News.

Mr Coleman also said that he expects steady growth in their numbers as well as that of Religious Assistants in the next 5 years. The new agreement will help address the shortage of religious workers in Australia.

Religious Institutions in Australia would be able to sponsor foreign workers under the new agreement. However, they would need to provide evidence of charitable status and should be under Migration Regulations.

Both the new Visa agreements come into effect from 11th March 2019.

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