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What is the Skilling Australians Fund Levy?

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  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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July 1 Visa Changes Summary

It’s certainly been an eventful year in the world of migration and there is no sign of this slowing down. The end of the financial year brought a heap of new changes. This latest lot comes just two months after the Government’s shock announcement that the 457 visa program is being overhauled. So, what’s changed and how does it impact you? Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Here’s a summary of the July 1 visa changes.   July 1 List Changes First and foremost, prepare to be confused. Very confused. We’ll do our best to make this as clear […]

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What Are Visa Caveats?

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As part of the sweeping visa changes recently announced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, a number of occupations under the 457 visa program now have caveats placed against them. The 457 scheme will run until March 2018, after which it will be replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage visa program. These caveats apply to occupations under both visa schemes.   So, what are visa caveats and what do they mean for you? A caveat is basically a condition that you or your employer have to meet if you are being sponsored under a certain occupation. In total, […]

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