1.Free employability assessments for migrants living in Australia

July 2023 – VETASSESS is offering a free employability assessment for further occupations under an Australian Government program to help settlers living in Australia gain employment at their skill position.

The 43 occupations now being assessed by VETASSESS cover a wide range of diligence, including husbandry, engineering, marketing, sports places, dental places, insurance, finance and construction.

The employability assessment will identify gaps in areas similar as knowledge, digital chops and communication chops. VETASSESS will give a referral to a training association that will help the aspirant with these chops and the Australian Government will pay utmost of the cost.

Migrants who have entered a successful chops assessment from VETASSESS in any of 43 occupations can apply for this program if their assessment is dated from 1 January 2012 – with the date now extended back from 2019.

2.     Australian Institute of Landscape Architects support VETASSESS criteria

Australian Institute of Landscape Engineers support VETASSESS criteria
In June 2023, the Australian Institute of Landscape Engineers( AILA) approved the VETASSESS chops assessment criteria for Landscape Engineers who want to move to Australia.
This countersign ensures that the assessment criteria are suitable for Australian employers and the assiduity’s conditions. AILA’s CEO, Ben Stockwin, mentioned that there’s a high demand for registered geography engineers in Australia, and the assiduity is laboriously trying to fill skill gaps by considering good campaigners from overseas.
The employe offering the   jobs to geography engineers range from small companies to large architectural enterprises.


Also, state and original governments and public sector agencies are decreasingly hiring geography engineers to include green spaces in municipalities and metropolises.
By uniting with AILA, VETASSESS stays streamlined on the chops demanded for the profession. This cooperation ensures that the assessment criteria are regularly streamlined to remain applicable to the changing job request.
VETASSESS is the main authority in Australia for professed migration assessments, covering 360 professional and general occupations and 28 trade occupations. They work nearly with assiduity associations to insure that the assessments meet the assiduity’s conditions.


3.     Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visas

June 2023 – VETASSESS has resumed conducting skills assessments for students applying for a Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa.
This is a temporary visa that allows international students to live, study and work in Australia once they have finished their studies.

In July 2022 the Australian Government suspended the requirement for international students to submit a skills assessment for a Subclass 485 visa.

The Government has reinstated this requirement from July 1, 2023.

If you lodged an application with the Department of Home Affairs for the Graduate Work stream between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023 you do not need a skills assessment.


4.     Australian Property Institute endorses VETASSESS criteria

Effective July 01, 2023, the Australian Government has announced that visa application charges (VACs) are increased. A new fee table for the main visa types appear below:


Visa Subclass Base
aged 18 or
under 18
Subclass 417 (working Holiday)/Subclass 462 (work and holiday) Application 635 N/A N/A
Subclass 400 (Temporary work- short stay specialist Application 405 405 105
Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Nomination 330 N/A N/A
Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Short term Application# 1,455 1,455 365
Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) Medium and Long Term Application# 3,035 3,035 760
Standard (and Overseas) Business Sponsorship 420 N/A N/A
Subclass 186 (ENS) Nomination 540 N/A N/A
Subclass 186 Application# 4,640 2,320 1,160
Subclass 100 (Partner)/Subclass 820 (Partner) Application 8,850 4,430 2,215
Subclass 407 (Training) Nomination 170 N/A N/A
Subclass 407 Training visa Application 405 405 105
Subclass 408 – Temporary Activity – All Streams 405 405 105
Temporary Activities Sponsorship 420 N/A N/A
Subclass 155/157 Resident Return Application – Each Application 465 N/A N/A
Subclass 189/190/489 (Skilled) Application 4,640 2,320 1,160
Subclass 600 Visitor Application – Each application 190 N/A N/A
Subclass 485 Graduate (Temporary Employment) Application 1,895 950 475
Subclass 500 Student Application 710 530 175
Subclass 858 Global Talent Application 4,710 2,360 1,180
Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa Application 4,640 2,320 1,160
Subclass 191 Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa 4,640 2,320 1,160
Subclass 864 Aged Parent (Contributory) 4,765 2,380 1,195
Subclass 103 Parent 4,990 2,495 1,250
Subclass 870 – Temporary Sponsored parent visa 1,145 N/A N/A
Australian Citizenship 540 540 330
Subclass 461 (New Zealand Family Relationship) 420 215 105
Subclass 020 Bridging Visa 180 N/A N/A
The subsequent Temporary Visa Application Charge (STAC) of $700 is levied per person when certain temporary visas are lodged for a second or subsequent time while the applicant is in Australia 700 N/A N/A
#-charge for the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) applies to these visas.
Length of Visa Sponsoring Company Turnover
< AUD 10 Million
Sponsoring Company Turnover
> AUD 10 Million
One Year 1,200 1,800
Two Years 2,400 3,600
Three years 3,600 5,400
Four Years 4,800 7,200
For subclass 186 visa
3,000 5,000

In addition to the announcement of an increase to the Government Application fees there is a change to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT):

  • The TSMIT will increase from its current rate of $53,900 to $70,000 on 1 July 2023 (all dollar figures expressed are Australian dollars).
  • The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that any nomination applications submitted prior to 1 July 2023, will not be impacted by the increase in the TSMIT (even if the nomination and associated visa application are not finalised by 1 July).
  • The increased TSMIT will apply to nominations filed from 1 July 2023.

5.      AUSTRALIA – Immigration System Overhaul/ Services

Key takeaways from the announcements are as follows:

·         Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) Increase

From 1 July 2023, the TSMIT is set to increase from AUD 53,900 to AUD 70,000. With 90 of full- time jobs in Australia now paying further than the limit that was set since 2013, this new threshold of AUD 70,000 takes into consideration indexation over the last 10 times and addresses undermining of the Australian professed migration system.

·         Pathway to Permanent Residency for Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa Holders

It was also announced that by end of 2023, TSS short term occupation stream visa holders will have access to pathways for endless occupancy within the current endless migration program. This brings a welcome relief to settlers as it gives them certainty for continued hearthstone in Australia and address labor dearths for employers.

  • Changes to Skilled Migration Program

A new professed pathway will be developed with aqueducts to address cores chops dearths grounded on proper substantiation- grounded assessment, including professed settlers who are earning above the increased TSMIT position and those working in essential diligence. This will involve redoing of the points- tested migration system.

  • Simplification of Visa System

In order to streamline the process of earning the chops demanded for the Australian migration system and complement the jobs and chops request, the Government has displayed that it’ll simplify the visa system by reducing the number of visa orders. This will help in getting the right outgrowth for settlers and for Australia with a briskly reversal.


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