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What is the Skilling Australians Fund Levy?

Money wrapped in a bow

  Skilling Australians Fund Guide The Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017 and the Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Changes Bill were recently passed by the Australian Senate. The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy impacts employers sponsoring overseas workers on both temporary and permanent visas. It has not yet been made into law, but we expect it to be finalised very soon. What is the Skilling Australians Fund? The SAF levy will be payable by Australian employers who wish to sponsor overseas workers. The money raised will be used to fund vocational education and training for Australian workers. SAF replaces […]

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Providing an Assurance of Support

Parent visa

For some visas, including parent visas, an Assurance of Support (AoS) must be given. This is done through Centrelink, separately from the main visa application. It’s designed to ensure that new migrants do not require social welfare during their initial years in Australia. Generally, you are requested to provide the AoS at the end of the visa process. Anyone can be an assurer as long as they are over the age of 18, an Australian resident and based in Australia. How does an Assurance of Support work? The assurer needs to prove that they earn enough to provide for the […]

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Medicare on a Visa

Medicare for Visa Holders If you’re applying for an Australian visa, you’re probably wondering what your healthcare entitlements are. Australia has an excellent public health system, but not all visa holders are covered by Medicare. Some people are required to purchase private health insurance and maintain coverage during their time in Australia. Once you become a permanent resident or Australian citizen you are entitled to free access. Until then, it’s a little more complicated. Reciprocal Healthcare Agreements Australia has reciprocal healthcare arrangements in place with some countries. This means that visitors or visa holders from these places may be able to […]

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