Monthly Archives: May 2018

Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) – It’s Official!

It has finally come to pass after over a year of deliberation…
The new Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) which will officially replace the training Benchmark A and Benchmark B for all visas officially passed in the Senate on 5th May 2018 and now just recently been given the Royal Assent on the 22nd of May 2018.

Businesses involved in the training benchmarks will still be required to follow the current training requirements until the implementation date of the new SAF.

“So what does this mean for businesses in migration?”

The Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) is a new training levy that supports the training and education of Australians and will when in effect replace Benchmark A and Benchmark B in a much simpler (but more expensive) process for businesses to follow.

When the SAF training levy starts officially, businesses will be required to contribute a certain amount (depending on their businesses turnover) to the SAF on a one off or annual basis depending on the visa their nominee is on.
There will be some exemptions for the SAF such as religions and other circumstances but in general the mandatory visa requirement will be:

• TSS (482 Visa)
o Businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million each year will be required to make a full payment of $1,200 per overseas employee each year on the 482 visa
o Businesses with a turnover of more than $10 million each year will be required to make a full payment of $1,800 per overseas employee each year on the 482 visa

• ENS (189 Visa)
o Businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million each year will be required to make a one off payment of $3,000 per overseas employee on the 189 visa
o Businesses with a turnover of more than $10 million each year will be required to make a one off payment of $5,000 per overseas employee on the 189 visa

• RSMS (187 Visa)
o Businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million each year will be required to make a one off payment of $3,000 per overseas employee on the 187 visa
o Businesses with a turnover of more than $10 million each year will be required to make a one off payment of $5,000 per overseas employee on the 187 visa

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Did you know there is a computer-delivered IELTS?

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Guest blog post by Migration Centre of Australia

Having been a paper-based English test for almost three decades, we can finally welcome the computer-based IELTS to the digital world.

While the PTE (one of IELTS biggest competitors) has always been a computer-based test, IELTS has started offering its computer-based version a few months ago as well. Even though it’s already been a few months, it still seems as if not many people have heard of this option to take the IELTS. That might also have to do with the fact that so far, you can take the computer-based IELTS only in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney (Perth is “coming soon”).

Computer-based IELTS – What has changed?

#Speaking – Nothing has changed here.

This part of the test is still the same, whether that’s good or bad news. You will still be sitting in a room with an examiner, who will judge your English skills. While IELTS lists some of the benefits of this speaking test component as being “we hear your accent” or “we won’t time out on you”, I am not sure how great of a benefit that is as there is obviously always a time limit on the speaking component. It’s also interesting how “we hear your accent” is listed as a benefit considering that many test takers fear their accent might be an issue.

#Writing  – Papers vs Computer

It goes without saying that the writing part will now be done by typing rather than the old-fashioned paper and pen. Sure, there’s a handful of people that still feel more comfortable with using paper and pen over typing on a computer. However, the majority of us isn’t even used to that type of writing anymore and prefers being able to quickly type down our ideas and thoughts onto paper and even better deleting that very same idea by pressing a key.  Typing is also a great benefit for those of us worry about whether or not the examiner will be able to decipher our handwriting.

Marking:

The Writing as well as the Speaking part will still be marked by an IELTS examiner. Again, this is something people will have different opinions about.
While I understand that IELTS believe a human examiner will bring a higher level of accuracy and fairness to the test, I personally believe that as humans we will always have our own opinions and understandings of what is fair and accurate no matter how professional we are.

#Reading – Marked by computerenglish test

The content itself remains the same but this part will be marked 100% by a computer. It will still involve the well-known components such as, multiple choice, matching information, matching features, summary completion etc.

#Listening – Headphones

You will hear the listening through your headphones as compared to through loudspeakers. This is not only useful in that you won’t depend on everyone being quiet and the volume being loud enough for you to hear, but it’s also good to have your headphones as you can use them during your reading or writing part too in case you need it perfectly quiet.

#Test Formats: General and Academic

Both test formats can be taken sitting the computer-based IELTS.

#Test Results for Migration

english test results happyThe Test Results will be delivered in 5-7 days. If you’re not sure what English test results you need for the visa you are applying for, then have a look here.