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  • Skilled Migration Update

    Trends, Budget Measures and Reforms to the Program

    Labour Market Branch

  • Our National Identity is Evolving

  • Family Entry

    Skilled Entry

    Humanitarian Entry

    Net Overseas Migration is Now Falling

    25,000

    25,000

    75,000

    125,000

    175,000

    225,000

    275,000

    325,000

    200405 200506 200607 200708 200809 200910 201011 201112 201213 201314

    Person

    s

    Permanent Othertemporary

    Students Others

    Finalandpreliminary Forecastsandprojections

  • The 457 Program Reflects the Business Cycle

  • The Take-up of Subclass 457 Visas Varies by State/Territory

  • Labour Agreements are Increasingly in Vogue

    Labour Agreements as at March 2011

  • The Balance of Permanent Migration has Shifted in Favour of Skilled Migration

    Over the last decade, the focus of Australias migration

    program has shifted from family migration towards

    skilled migration.

    If Australias labour force conditions prevail, this

    pattern is likely to continue.

    Program numbers by stream

    1996-97 1998-99 2001-02 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12Actual Planned Planned

    Family 44 580 32 040 38 090 50 080 49 870 56 500 60 300 54 550 58 600Skilled 27 550 35 000 53 520 97 920 108 500 115 000 108 100 113 850 125 850Special Eligibility 1730 890 1480 200 220 300 300 300 550Humanitarian 11 900 11 356 12 349 13 017 13 000 13 500 13 750 13 750 14 750

    Skill

    Family

    Humanitarian

    Special Eligibility

  • The Composition of the Skilled Program also Continues to Change

  • Each Component of the Skilled Migration Program Serves a Purpose

    Semi Skilled Semi Skilled

    Skilled Skilled

    Highly HighlySkilled Skilled

    Very Highly Skilled

  • the strongest increases have occurred for Science Professionals and

    Veterinarians (up by 123.6%), Health Diagnostic and Therapy Professionals

    (59.6%) and Health and Welfare Support Workers (52.1%)

    DEEWR Vacancy Report November 2010

    it is important that migration programs complement domestic recruitment

    and are not used to replace local workers

    programs need to be responsive to our economic needs whilst continuing to

    serve Australias interests in the medium to long term

    against the backdrop of an ageing population

    Balancing Immediate and Longer Term Needs

    2010 Intergenerational Report

    Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, 2009

  • 2011-12 Migration ProgramMigration Program Total: 185 000 places

    Skill 125 850

    Skilled Independent/State nominated/Australian sponsored

    72 450

    + 12 000 places Employer Sponsored 46 000

    Business Skills 7200

    Distinguished Talent 200

    Family 58 600

    Partner 45 400

    + 4 050 places Parent 8500

    Child 3450

    Preferential/Other Family 1250

    Special Eligibility 550

  • and other reforms to Skilled MigrationEnterprise Migration Agreements and Regional Migration

    Agreements

    Regional Initiatives

    Visa Program ReviewsEmployer Nomination Scheme, Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme and Business Skills

    State Migration Plans

    Independent Skilled Migration and the Points Test

    SkillSelecta new way of selecting skilled migrants

    PresenterPresentation Notes

  • Supporting the Resource Sector Through Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMA)

    Streamlined access to skilled temporary workers for

    resource projects

    KeyEligibility Attributes

    Resource Projects

    Mega in size $2b capital costs

    1500 peak workforce

    Training Plan

    Controlled access to semi-skilled temporary workers where there is a genuine need

  • Supporting Regional Australia Through Regional Migration Agreements

    Custom designed

    geographically based Streamlined

    access for employers

    New program to

    bring overseas workers to

    Australia on a 457 visa

    Temporary measure to

    address acute skilled

    shortages

    Encourage innovative

    training and workforce strategies

  • Further Support for Regional Australia

    Priority processing for permanent regional migration visas

    Increasing the number of RSMS places to 16 000

    Streamlining permanent residence for holders of certain temporary skilled visas

    Developing and implementing a Regional Engagement Strategy

  • The Employer Nomination Scheme and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

  • The Business Skills Review

  • State Migration Plans

    Plans allow individual jurisdictions to target specific skills needs

    24 000 places have been

    allocated for 2011-12

    The number of visa applications

    on-hand has substantially

    reduced

    Negotiations should be settled before the end of June to allow for a smooth transition to 2011-12

  • What a new points test will provideOptimal mix of high calibre skills and attributes attained in Australia and

    overseas that provide best prospects for success in the Australian labour market.

    Will apply to applications made after 1 July 2011

    Expected pass mark of 65 points

    Focused on selecting highly skilled people

    unless transitional arrangements apply

    will be the number of points required to be eligible for skilled migration

    to deliver a more responsive & targeted migration program

    The Points Test

  • 18 - 24

    30 25

    25 - 32

    25

    33 - 39

    15

    40 - 44

    No Points

    45 - 49

    Age

    Points

    The Points Test - Age Points

  • Competent English (IELTS 6) 0

    Proficient English (IELTS 7)

    Superior English (IELTS 8)

    10

    20

    The Points Test - English Language Points

  • The Points Test - Experience Points

    1 Year (of the past 10)

    3 Years(of the past 10)

    5 Years(of the past 10)

    5

    10

    15

    Australian Experience Overseas Experience

    8 Years (of the past 10) 20

    3 Years (of the past 10)

    5 Years(of the past 10)

    8 Years(of the past 10)

    Maximum points that can be awarded for skilled employment

  • Doctorate (Australian or recognised overseas)

    Bachelors Degree (Australian or recognised overseas)

    Diploma (Australian or recognised overseas)

    20

    15

    10

    Includes Honours and Masters

    Australian and Overseas Trade Qualification 10

    The Points Test - Qualification Points

  • The Points Test - Bonus Points

    Australian Study

    Requirement

    5

    Credentialed Community Language

    5Regional

    Study

    5

    Partner Skills

    5

    State / Territory

    Nomination

    5

    Designated Area

    Sponsorship

    10

    Professional Year

    5

  • Which Points Test for Transitional Applicants?

    1 Nominated occupation is on the SOL in effect 8 February 2010 and SOL in effect at time of application

    The nominated occupation is on SOL

    in effect on 8 February 2010

    The nominated occupation is on SOL

    in effect at the time application is lodged

    Application first tested against pre 1 July 2011

    points test

    If fails the pass mark

    The application

    is then assessed under the points test in place on the date the application

    is made

  • 2 Nominated occupation is only on the SOL in effect at time of application

    The application is then assessed

    under the points test in place on

    the date the application is

    made

    The nominated occupation is on SOL

    in effect at the time application is lodged

    Which Points Test for Transitional Applicants?

    PresenterPresentation Notes

  • 3 Nominated occupation is only on the SOL in effect 8 February 2010

    The nominated occupation is on SOL

    in effect on 8 February 2010

    Application tested against pre 1 July 2011

    points test

    Which Points Test for Transitional Applicants?

  • Skilled Migrant Selection Register (SkillSelect)

    .

    . SkillSelect will be implemented on 1 July 2012

    On 10 May 2011, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced the

    Australian Governments agreement to the implementation of a

    Skilled Migrant Selection Register (SkillSelect)

    SkillSelect concludes a series of reforms to ensure the skilled migration program is more focussed

    and efficient, demand-driven and tailored to employers needs.

  • The Government Wants.

  • Overview of SkillSelect

    EOI Register Rank Invitation

    ApplicationAssessment of application as per existing process

  • Stage One of EOI - Independent Skilled Migration

    1. Review all EOIs in descending order of points score. Eg:

    2. Equally scoring EOIs ranked in order of lodgment.

    All EOIs with the highest points score - e.g. 90

    All EOIs with the 2nd highest points score - e.g. 85

    All EOIs with the 3rd highest points score - e.g. 80

  • Selection and invitation to apply for migration

    Ranked EOI

    Has nominated occupation reached ceiling?

    NO

    YES

    Invited

    Not invited

    Stage Two of EOI Process

  • When is an EOI Required?

    Visa CategoryIndependent/Family Sponsored

    Temp Employer Sponsored (Subclass 457)

    Permanent Employer sponsored (including RSMS)

    State/Territory sponsored (including Business Skills)

    YesMust lodge a