On 18 April 2017, the Australian Government announced plans to significantly change the framework of the Temporary Work (subclass 457) visa, which had subsequent flow on effects to the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa.
The reforms include abolishing the 457 visa and replacing it with a new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa from March 2018. The implementation for some of these changes are immediate while other changes are expected to be implemented by March 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions:
These changes may impact your personal circumstances and create uncertainty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org (UWA Human Resources) for further advice should any of the following apply:
- Your nominated occupation has been removed from the lists;
- You are nearing the age of 45 and thinking about permanent residence;
- You have concerns with your ability to meet increased English language requirements;
- You have limited work experience.
Next steps and considerations:
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection are currently seeking feedback on the reforms. We are working closely with Deloitte and Universities Australia to prepare submissions to Government to outline the impact on our sector. We are focused on an outcome of having PhD research counted as employment experience, as well as the retention of age and skills exemptions for specific occupations (such as University Lecturer and University Tutor). We are hopeful that our submissions will help to shape the legislation and structure of the occupation lists. We will keep you informed of any progress or further changes.
We appreciate that these changes may impact your personal circumstances and create uncertainty. If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to let us know.