Monthly Archives: October 2017

Will a Robo Cop soon be determining who should get Australian visas?

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection may soon introduce a computer system that will automatically determine whether a foreign national is permitted to live or visit Australia. This once-in-a-generation overhaul of the country’s visa processing system will be run by a private company. Under the new arrangements, the Immigration Department would still directly handle…
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Training package recommendations due by end of the year

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The process of reform of training packages will begin in earnest when a report is delivered to the federal government by the end of the year, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews has said.

A Training Product Reform Joint Working Party is currently examining the structure of training packages.

"It will determine whether there are alternative approaches to qualification design more suited to the changing nature of work into the future," Ms Andrews said.

She said the working party will deliver a report by the end of the year on the case for change to the design of qualifications.

"This is likely to be followed by a consultation process to seek feedback on any proposed changes," Ms Andrews said.

Labor calls for urgent action on “systemic abuse” of foreign worker visas

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The Labor Party has expressed its concern over the “systemic abuse” of subclass 400 visas and has called on the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to urgently safeguard it.

Labor Party says this little-known visa is being used as a "backdoor" to undermine the government's foreign labour crackdown.

The three-month 400 visa was introduced by the former Labor government in early 2013.

Make immigration to SA easier: SACES

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Overseas migrants to South Australia should be enticed by offering an easier path to citizenship and opening up job visas for more occupations, a recent report by the SA Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) has recommended.

The think-tank has proposed that SA must boost the population in the country towns and small cities with foreigners who want the jobs that locals refuse.

More South Australians have moved interstate than people from other states have moved to SA since at least 1981. Keeping this in mind, the SACES report altogether made 14 recommendations to create a regionally focused migration program to boost population across the state.
Some of the most important recommends were:

  1. removing caveats from skill lists for employers in regional areas;
  2. improving post-study work rights for vocational education and training graduates working in regional areas;
  3. creating a start-up visa for those in the country temporarily on other grounds such as student visas, 457 visas, or working holiday; and
  4. targeting the Business Innovation and Investment visas; among others.