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Newest changes in Immigration: DOHA and Occupation List changes – 17 January 2018

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a good start to 2018. We are back from our break and ready for an interesting and exciting year ahead! We kick off our blog for 2018 with an overview of the newest changes in Immigration.

I) Immigration Department’s change of name and structure

Most of you would have already noticed that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) changed its name to Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).  The establishment of the Home Affairs Portfolio brings together Australia’s federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border protection related functions and agencies, working together to keep Australia safe.

All information previously found at www.border.gov.au can now be found at www.homeaffairs.gov.au

The Department of Home Affairs, remains responsible for Immigration and Border Protection, and the following functions:
• National security and law enforcement policy
• Emergency management, including crisis management and disaster recovery
• Countering terrorism policy and coordination
• Cyber security policy and coordination
• Countering foreign interference
• Critical infrastructure protection
• Multicultural affairs
• Countering violent extremism programs
• Transport Security

II) Occupation List changes – 17 January 2018

Since 1 July 2017 there two major lists: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL). The Immigration Department advised that the occupation lists will be reviewed and updated every 6 months.

Please find below a summary of the changes effective from 17 January 2018:

REMOVED FROM LISTS (2)
-Building Associate
-Hair or Beauty Salon Manager

ADDED TO STSOL (3)
-Property Manager
-Psychotherapist
-Real Estate Representative

STSOL to MLTSSL (2)
-Horse Breeder
-Management Consultant

MLTSSL to STSOL (0)
NONE

Caveat Changes on the following (6) occupations:

NEW CAVEATS for:

1) Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
• excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia
2) Management Accountant
Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees

AMENDMENTS TO CAVEATS for:

3) Massage Therapist
Excludes any of the following positions:
• are non full-time
• are not based in a therapeutic setting
• involve the provision of non-medical relaxation massage; or
• are in a retail setting.
4) Recruitment Consultant
– Base salary requirement raised to $90,000
– Excludes any of the following positions:
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
5) Supply and Distribution Manager
Annual turnover requirement does not apply where international trade obligations apply
6) Taxation Accountant
– Size of business requirements added
– Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.

2018 will be bringing many changes in Australia’s Immigration and Visa System. The next major changes will be introduced in March 2018. We recommend to lodge your visa application as soon as possible. Please contact us if you require our assistance. You can book a consultation, and/or use our service to have your visa application completed by a Registered Migration Agent. We are happy to help and work with both, employers and individual clients. We look forward to hearing from you!!

Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) Australia

Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) Australia

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6 Comments

  1. Manpreet on January 17, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Dear Northern Immigration Australia team!

    Thanks for the update. I always enjoy reading your informative blog articles.
    Is there any change in medical laboratory technician or scientist? Also, is there any change in highest point requirement to apply? Thank you I am waiting for your response.

  2. Peter Moyo on February 8, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Northern Immigration Australia,

    I am in Darwin and I’m kindly asking for a face to face appointment to explore the options I may have.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    • Manuela Seiberth on February 9, 2018 at 7:59 am

      Dear Peter,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      We are more than happy to provide you with more information on Australian visas and immigration pathways. In particular, we are specialists in regional migration.

      Please book an appointment for a visa assessment & consultation.

      There are more than 100 different types of Australian visa. In the visa assessment & consultation we analyse visa options and requirements in depth. We explain everything in detail and make recommendations.

      The visa assessment & consultation includes the following services:
      – Advice on available pathways (eligibility)
      – Visa requirements
      – Pros and cons of each option
      – Indicative costs and processing times
      – Our immigration specialist will answer all your visa related questions

      We can also explain to you how the upcoming changes in March 2018 affect you and your visa application.

      Please contact us and let us know when you would like to book an appointment.

      The visa assessment & consultation can be conducted by phone, Skype, email or face to face if in Darwin or Brisbane.

  3. Megan H on April 5, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    This is a great post!

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