January 20, 2022

Australia is suffering from significant workforce shortages in all industries. The Australian Government announced that International Students allowed extra hours in all sectors of the economy. This takes effect immediately for all ongoing students as well as new student arrivals. This means that international students are allowed to work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy. This also includes secondary applicants, e.g. partners.

New student visa arrivals are allowed to commence a job prior to course commencement. This means that international students and their dependents can work before their course commences and work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy. 

This is a temporary arrangement and will be reviewed by the Australian Government in April 2022.

Good news also for Working Holiday Visa holders who will have no limit on the time they can work for the same employer. This is effective immediately until the end of 2022.

Furthermore, Student Visa holders may be eligible for a visa application charge (VAC) refund if they travel to Australia between 19 January to 19 March 2022. Further details on the refund policy are yet to be announced but it looks like it will only apply to applicants who applied whilst offshore.

Any Working Holiday Maker visa holder who is currently offshore and travels to Australia between 19 January and 19 April 2022 will be eligible for a refund of their visa application charge.

The current VAC for a Student visa is AUD630 and for a Working Holiday Maker it is AUD495. The VAC refund includes secondary visa holders, e.g. partners and children.

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Looking for work? We publish jobs and sponsorship opportunities around Australia here

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November 22, 2021

From 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Eligible visa holders are people who hold the following visas:

Australian borders will reopen on 1 December 2021 to allow travel to Australia without the requirement for travel exemptions for eligible visa holders.

Subclass 200 – Refugee visa

Subclass 201 – In-country Special Humanitarian visa

Subclass 202 – Global Special Humanitarian visa

Subclass 203 – Emergency Rescue visa

Subclass 204 – Woman at Risk visa

Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visa

Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa

Subclass 403 – Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (other streams, including Australian Agriculture Visa stream)

Subclass 407 – Training visa

Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity visa

Subclass 417 – Working Holiday visa

Subclass 449 – Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa

Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa

Subclass 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa

Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday visa

Subclass 476 – Skilled – Recognised Graduate visa

Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa

Subclass 485 – Temporary Graduate visa

Subclass 489 – Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 494 – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa

Subclass 500 – Student visa

Subclass 580 – Student Guardian visa (closed to new applicants)

Subclass 590 – Student Guardian visa

Subclass 785 – Temporary Protection visa

Subclass 790 – Safe Haven Enterprise visa

Subclass 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa

Subclass 988 – Maritime Crew visa

Is your visa on the list? Not sure about your eligibility for Australian visas? Contact us for a strategy & advice call.

Further information about these changes are available on the Department’s COVID-19 webpages.

June 17, 2018

Making the move to Australia can be an exciting time, but also somewhat daunting if you are looking at moving under a Work, Employer Sponsored or Skilled Visa. Or you may be already in Australia on a temporary visa and need to find work suited to your qualifications.

One of the most common questions we receive as a migrant specialist is “How do I find work in Australia?”

There are a number of different ways to find the perfect job for your immigration journey. Let’s get started by breaking them down here.

How to find work in Australia: Check Out the Government of Australia Website

1. Check Out the Government of Australia Website
This is a great starting point. This website (in particular this page here) lists skill shortages. Skilled Visas are designed to target genuine skill shortages, which means the industries are actively looking for recruitment. The Australian Government likes to keep these updated in order to diversify the country’s business expertise and increase entrepreneurial talent. Take a look and see if you fit the profile.

2. Search the Job Classifieds
There are a number of common websites in Australia that list vacancies and job classifieds. It’s worth checking these out to see if you can find a vacancy that suits you first. In particular, the sites compiled in the list below will often state whether the job will be suitable for immigrants and whether or not the employer will provide visa support. This is a really helpful tool, which will save time during your job search.
• Seek.com.au: When looking for employment in Australia, Seek is the first website you should go to. Bookmark this page and refer to it often. There are thousands of jobs in all different fields.
• Australian Government Job Search Site: Again, this is a great site to bookmark. It is recognised as the second most effective resource for those seeking employment in Australia.
• Career One: Career One has an easy-to-use interface, helpful blog articles on employment in Australia, and features vacancies for larger companies, like Uber.
• Recruit.net: Another larger website for Australian vacancies be sure to adjust your country on the homepage to “Australia” before searching.

3. Find Information on Australian Government Department Websites
The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment. They maintain a regularly updated site with a list of most employment websites Students can also use the Graduate Careers site, established by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia.

How to find work in Australia: Search the Job Classifieds

4. Get Networking
A simple business and professional concept, but a good one! Network through any means you have. If you have a professional qualification where the equivalent is recognised in Australia, try emailing the governing Australian organisation for specific advice on membership and job opportunities.
Do you have friends or family members, professional contacts or acquaintances that have already moved to Australia? Perhaps you are in Australia under a Visitor Visa or Student Visa, and have made friends along the way. Often word of mouth is one of the best ways to create contacts and make your intentions for permanent work and immigration known. Networking is also very effective, if you are looking for a business or organisation to sponsor you on an Employer Sponsored Visa.

If you don’t already have one, a LinkedIn profile is a great tool to add to your portfolio. This professional social network is a fabulous resource for building contacts in many fields, networking with other professionals, and maintaining a professional online presence.

How to find work in Australia: Check Out the Government of Australia Website

5. Contact a Migration Specialist
If you have exhausted all of your personal searching options, and find you are meeting a “dead-end” of sorts, it may be worth to contact a migration specialist for some further advice. Our Migration Specialists at Auspire Immigration Australia work daily within the field and it allows us to network on your behalf, know of opportunities that are perhaps not advertised, or we can simply point you in the right direction for your skills and expertise.

In our personal experience, moving to Australia and finding work as a migrant can be a wonderful opportunity, opening doors to many new probabilities. We wish you the best of luck on your job seeking; remember to check job and Government sites every day and don’t forget to set-up your LinkedIn profile! Keep applying for jobs and never give up! You only need one person to say yes. Keep going. All the best!

How to find work in Australia: Contact a Migration Specialist
January 17, 2018

Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a good start to 2018. We are back from our break and ready for an interesting and exciting year ahead! We kick off our blog for 2018 with an overview of the newest changes in Immigration.

I) Immigration Department’s change of name and structure

Most of you would have already noticed that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) changed its name to Department of Home Affairs (DOHA).  The establishment of the Home Affairs Portfolio brings together Australia’s federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border protection related functions and agencies, working together to keep Australia safe.

All information previously found at www.border.gov.au can now be found at www.homeaffairs.gov.au

The Department of Home Affairs, remains responsible for Immigration and Border Protection, and the following functions:
• National security and law enforcement policy
• Emergency management, including crisis management and disaster recovery
• Countering terrorism policy and coordination
• Cyber security policy and coordination
• Countering foreign interference
• Critical infrastructure protection
• Multicultural affairs
• Countering violent extremism programs
• Transport Security

II) Occupation List changes – 17 January 2018

Since 1 July 2017 there two major lists: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL). The Immigration Department advised that the occupation lists will be reviewed and updated every 6 months.

Please find below a summary of the changes effective from 17 January 2018:

-Building Associate
-Hair or Beauty Salon Manager

-Property Manager
-Real Estate Representative

-Horse Breeder
-Management Consultant


Caveat Changes on the following (6) occupations:


1) Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
• excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia
2) Management Accountant
Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees


3) Massage Therapist
Excludes any of the following positions:
• are non full-time
• are not based in a therapeutic setting
• involve the provision of non-medical relaxation massage; or
• are in a retail setting.
4) Recruitment Consultant
– Base salary requirement raised to $90,000
– Excludes any of the following positions:
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
5) Supply and Distribution Manager
Annual turnover requirement does not apply where international trade obligations apply
6) Taxation Accountant
– Size of business requirements added
– Excludes any of the following positions:
• clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
• positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than AUD$1M
• positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.

2018 will be bringing many changes in Australia’s Immigration and Visa System. The next major changes will be introduced in March 2018. We recommend to lodge your visa application as soon as possible. Please contact us if you require our assistance. You can book a consultation, and/or use our service to have your visa application completed by a Registered Migration Agent. We are happy to help and work with both, employers and individual clients. We look forward to hearing from you!!

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