In the last week, the Australian government announced their new migration strategy, aiming to revamp the country’s migration system. According to this plan, stricter rules will be imposed on international students and low-skilled workers, which will eventually reduce the net migration in the next two years.
Australia has announced a new “Skills in Demand” visa as an aid to tackle the skills gap and to aid workers’ mobility in the labour market. This new visa is going to replace the ‘Temporary Skills Shortage (Subclass 482) Visa and will offer three categorical pathways that are specifically curated to attract temporary skilled workers that are cogs to Australia’s productivity wheels.
These are the three pathways introduced under the “Skills in Demand” visa:
For those applicants whose occupations align with the new Core Skills Occupation Lists, their earnings should meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold. It will bring skilled workers that the country needs.
This pathway helps Australian employers quickly hire skilled specialists. To qualify, applicants must meet general employer sponsorship criteria, get a nod from an approved employer, and meet health and character rules. Customised for vital, highly skilled workers, this stream needs a minimum guaranteed annual income of AUD 135,000. This pathway is open to all jobs, except for trades workers, machinery operators, drivers, and labourers.
This pathway, currently under development, is designed for lower-paid essential skills workers whose earnings fall under AUD 70,000.
Details to be taken into account:
The introduction of the new changes will aid not only in on-boarding critical skills workers but also highlight adaptability. The government said in a statement that this initiative will help both workers and employers alike by providing them with flexibility on both sides.The “Skills in Demand” Visa is expected to be introduced in late 2024.