New TSS Labour Market Testing Requirements

The new legislation governing the Labour Market Testing (LMT) and advertising requirements to be undertaken before sponsoring a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 Visa holder came into effect on Sunday. The below legislative changes apply to nominations made on or after 12 August 2018. Written by Alana Parera of Interstaff 14 August, 2018   Labour Market Testing Requirements  At least two advertisements that meet the following: Advertising must be undertaken within the 4 month period immediately prior to lodgement of the nomination
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Skilling Australia Fund Levy Comes Into Effect

On 12 August the Skilling Australia Fund levy commenced. The SAF levy is a levy payable by employers nominating overseas skilled workers for Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (subclass 187).  The SAF levy replaces the Training Benchmarks, which required visa sponsors to show that they had spent at least 1% of their payroll on training local staff over the last three years.  The levy ensures that
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Australian Expats Returning Home:  How To Prepare

Simon DePaoli of Moore Stephens lays out the issues regarding financial planning and expat life that Australian expats returning home need to consider – writing from the perspective of an Australian who has done it. Expatriate life is a heady existence. There’s the opportunity to fast-track career aspirations, the novelty of travelling to new countries for just a long weekend, not to mention the experience of being exposed to new cultures, new traditions, and new
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Australia’s Investor Visa

For those in a position to invest or set up a business in Australia there are a number of routes to gaining permanent residence and/or citizenship in Australia. The most common route is via a temporary 188 visa which allows you to become a permanent resident after four yeas or there is the direct route to permanent residence through the Business Talent Visa. Business Talent Visa The Business Talent Visa (132 visa) allows applicants to
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Health And Healthcare In Australia

Conditions in Australia make it important to watch your health and make use of the Australian healthcare system. Health Australia is a large country and therefore has a wide range of climates from the temperate zones in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales in the south of the country to the tropical and monsoon areas in the north of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.  It is the driest continent and vast areas are arid
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Driving In Australia

The car is a key part of life in Australia if you are getting out of the cities to enjoy the coast, the bush and the many other joys of life in Australia.  The rules are different in each state and territory. Driving Licence The regulations for driving in Australia are set by the individual states. Driving licences must be carried at all times when driving and be available to show to police or other
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The City Highlights Of Australia

Australia has many highlights and deciding where to go depends on your interests and preferences.  Here is a summary of the top cities. SYDNEY, New South Wales Climate Sydney enjoys a sunny climate with mild winters (9 – 17°C) and warm summers (19 – 26°C).  Water temperatures rise to around 23°C in the summer and is a great time to enjoy Sydney’s abundant beaches.  Sydney’s rainfall is generally highest in June, with an average of
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Working In Australia

Australia has consistently been the top destination of choice for British long-term migrants (i.e. people leaving the UK for longer than one year) for more than two decades, with an average of more than 30,000 heading down under every year. World Bank figures say there were over 1.2 million UK-born citizens resident in Australia as of 2011. Each year Australia issues around 200,000 permanent migrant visas (plus around 600,000 temporary migrants).  Many of these are
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Property Options In Australia

When moving to Australia there are several options for where to live and in what type of accommodation.  It is often necessary to find temporary accommodation while you decide where you want to live long-term. While you find the solution there are a number of options: Traditional hotels– This can be an option if only needed for the short term.  However, when the entire family arrives together this can be expensive and can create problems where
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