Summary of 17 January 2018 changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations

17 January 2018

The following occupations were added to the STSOL:

  • Property Manager 612112
  • Psychotherapist 272314
  • Real Estate Representative 612115

The following occupations moved from the STSOL to the MLTSSL:

  • Horse Breeder 121316
  • Management Consultant 224711

The following occupations were removed:

  • Building Associate 312112
  • Hair or Beauty Salon Manager 142114

Read more about the changes here:

Costs of Living Expenses for Student Visas to Increase

1 February 2018

From 1 February 2018, the cost of annual living amounts will increase in line with Australia’s consumer price index. This will mostly affect Student visa applicants, but will also apply to other temporary residence visas. From this date, every application where evidence of funds is required should include the updated cost of living amounts in their calculation of funds:

Student or guardian: AUD $20,290   (increased from AUD $19,830)
Partner or spouse: AUD $7,100    (increased from AUD $6,940)
Child: AUD $3,040   (increased from AUD $2,970)

Grandfathering Provisions for 457 Visa Holders After March 2018

22 November 2017

If you held a Subclass 457 visa, at the time changes were made on the 18/04/17 or if you had lodged an application on or before the 18/04/17, you will be able to get the following concessions for Permanent residency through the Temporary Residence Transition stream (ENS and RSMS) after March 2018:

– age limit 50
– work for the sponsor 2 out of the last 3 years
– occupation not on MLTSSL

BSMQ Update: interstate skilled applicants no longer eligible for State Nomination

25 October 2017

Interstate applicants are no longer able to apply for Queensland state nomination. If you are currently interstate, in order to be eligible for Queensland state nomination, you must meet the Working in Queensland or Alumni pathway criteria. This would require you to move to Queensland and meet any working requirements before submitting an Expression of Interest to BSMQ.

If you have already received an invitation and you are an interstate applicant, BSMQ will still process your application. However, BSMQ will not be sending out any more invitations to interstate applicants.

Changes to Victorian State Nomination for Engineering and Building Occupations

12 October 2017

There will be a temporary closure on applications for engineering and building occupations on the Visa Nomination Occupation List for Victoria and they will not be accepted from 16 October 2017 to 12 January 2018.

Applicants who hold an offer of employment in Victoria in their nominated occupation or meet the streamlined PhD or 457 pathwaysare not affected by this closure and may apply for these engineering and building occupations during this time.

The occupations affected by the temporary closure are:

312112 Building Associate

233211 Civil Engineer

312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson

233311 Electrical Engineer

312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

233512 Mechanical Engineer

233914 Engineering Technologist

All applications received prior to 16 October 2017 will be assessed against the guidelines that applied at time of application.

Peru Added to Work and Holiday List

1 October 2017

Peru has been added to the list of eligible countries for a Work and Holiday 462 visa. From 1 October 2017, Peruvian nationals will be able to apply for Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa provided they have not turned 31 at the time of application, have tertiary qualifications; or successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study.

To date, the following list of countries are eligible to apply for Subclass 462 visa:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • China, People’s Republic of
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • USA
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

Queensland Suspends Processing State Nominations in 24 Occupations

21 August 2017

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) announces on 21 August that they would temporarily suspend processing of nominations in 24 occupations.

Due to high numbers of EOIs for the occupations listed below, BSMQ will not be accepting any further EOIs from 22 August 2017 for the below occupations until further notice:

  • 221111 Accountant (general)
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer
  • 262111 Database Administrator
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261111 ICT Business Analyst
  • 313112 ICT Customer Support Officer
  • 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  • 263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 262113 Systems Administrator
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 313113 Web Administrator
  • 312111 Architectural Draftsperson
  • 611211 Insurance Agent
  • 232511 Interior Designer
  • 221112 Management Acct
  • 233512 Mechanical Engineer
  • 225311 Public Relations Professional
  • 251511 Hospital Pharmacists
  • 251513 Retail Pharmacist
  • 233914 Engineering Technologist

If you have lodged an EOI for an occupation prior to its removal off our QSOL, you are not guaranteed to receive an invitation to lodge an application with BSMQ. If you have not received an invitation, your EOI was not successful.

Please note that the removal of these occupations also apply to the PhD pathway.

South Australia Allows Civil Partner Registration

1 August 2017

Couples can now register their relationship with Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) if at least one person in the relationship lives in South Australia. Couples may apply irrespective of their sex or gender identity.

People who have been married before, been in a relationship registered in South Australia or in a ‘corresponding law’ registered relationship – a relationship registered under similar laws in another state or county –  will need to show that the previous relationship has ended with evidence such as a divorce certificate, nullity order, death certificate.

Go to the website for more information:

Registering a relationship in South Australia

The ACT Migration Program Is Now Closed To Overseas Applicants

23 August 2017

However, if you are living overseas and you have close ties (either family or genuine job offer) in Canberra; OR you have completed a PhD at an ACT university, you can still apply for ACT nomination if you meet the criteria.

If you have already submitted an application and paid the service fee before 23 August 2017, the application will be processed in queue order.

CANBERRA RESIDENTS – if you are living in Canberra, you can apply for ACT 190 nomination as soon as you meet the nomination criteria.

ACT State Nomination Re-opens

4 July 2017

The new ACT Occupation lists and guidelines were updated on 4 July 2017. If you are currently in Australia, you must be living in Canberra to be eligible to apply for ACT nomination. Please note the ACT does not have access to nominate subclass 489 visas. If you are living overseas, you may be eligible for ACT nomination if your occupation is in demand (open) on the ACT Occupation List, or you have close ties to the ACT.