Australia immigration key updates 2023

Australia immigration key updates March 2023

Australia Immigration March 2023 Updates

Top 7 Key Australia Immigration Updates 

  1. Twenty top occupations in demand in Australia

Jobs and Skills Australia has undertaken preliminary analysis of the underlying drivers of skills shortage for the top 20 occupations in demand – in particular, whether the shortage is primarily driven by a lack of people with the essential technical skills, or by other factors (such as non-technical qualities considered important by employers, or by willingness to apply for the vacancies under current conditions).

This preliminary analysis has found that of the top 20 occupations in demand, seven occupations have a shortage that is primarily driven by a lack of people with the essential technical skills, reinforcing the importance of the domestic skills system in addressing these shortages.

The latest Labour Market update report February 2023 from Jobs and Skills Australia has provided the list of the top 20 occupations in demand nationally.

This information is derived from a range of Jobs and Skills Australia and Australian Bureau of Statistics data sources to analyse the state of the Australian labour market in the December quarter of 2022.

The top occupations in demand nationally in that quarter, based on internet vacancies were:

1 Registered Nurses
2 Software and Applications Programmers
3 Aged and Disabled Carers
4 Child Carers
5 Construction Managers
6 Motor Mechanics
7 Retail Managers
8 Chefs
9 Generalist Medical Practitioners
10 Metal Fitters and Machinists
11 ICT Business and Systems Analysts
12 Civil Engineering Professionals
13 Electricians
14 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers
15 Contract, Program and Project Administrators
16 Advertising and Marketing Professionals
17 Physiotherapists
18 Gardeners
19 Mining Engineers
20 Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists

The full list and other useful labour market information is available for download at Jobs and Skills Australia website.

2. ANZSCO classification update

ANZSCO is conducting a comprehensive review of its classification to reflect the contemporary labour market and better meet stakeholders’ needs. Public consultation is invited until 28 April 2023.

This consultation process is an opportunity for users of the classification to provide feedback on occupations that fall within the selected focus areas for each round of consultation.

Round 1 seeks feedback on occupations in the following areas:

Accounting services
Administrative services
Aged care and disability services
Childcare services
Computer system and related services
Education and training
Financial and insurance services
Library and other information services
Management and related consulting services
Market research and advertising services
Scientific research services
Statistical services
Welfare and social assistance services

The ANZSCO classification update is expected to have a significant impact on Australia immigration. A list of occupations grouped by focus area is provided for reference here

3. Police Checks – Third party checks not acceptable

Police checks undertaken by third party companies are not acceptable for Australia immigration and citizenship purposes.

All police checks should be requested directly from the relevant character checking body in the relevant country (including the AFP in Australia).

4. Temporary Graduate Visas – SC 485 – CRICOS provider

Migration – Specification under clause 485.231 – Educational Institution Instrument 2023 (LIN 23/021) – F2023L00340 continues the requirement for an applicant for a Temporary Graduate Visa Sc 485 to have completed a course at a CRICOS registered educational provider.

Primary applicants for a Sc 485 visa in the Post-Study Work stream must hold a qualification that was conferred or awarded by an educational institution that is an Australian university or non-university educational provider that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and offer courses at bachelor’s degree level and above.

This Instrument repeals IMMI 13/031.

5. Temporary Graduate Visas – SC 485 – Level of qualification

Instrument Migration (Qualifications) Instrument 2023 – LIN 23/023 – F2023L00335, continues the requirement that an applicant for a Temporary Graduate Visa Sc 485 must complete a qualification at the specified level.

The specified qualifications must be undertaken at the Australian Qualification Framework Level 7 or higher:

The full list and other useful labour market information is available for download at Jobs and Skills Australia website.

The specified qualifications must be undertaken at the Australian Qualification Framework Level 7 or higher:

  • bachelor degree
  • bachelor (honours) degree
  • masters by coursework degree
  • masters by research degree
  • masters (extended) degree
  • doctoral degree.

This Instrument repeals IMMI 13/013.

6. Australia – UK Free Trade Agreement

The Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement has moved a step forward with Royal Assent being given in the UK to the Agreement.

The Australia-UK FTA will enter into force after UK processes are complete and Australia and the UK exchange diplomatic notes identifying a commencement date.

The Agreement will provide Australian professionals access to UK jobs market on par with EU nationals and offer more opportunities for intra-company transfers and working holidaymakers.

The commencement date is yet to be released. This new trade agreement is expected with great enthusiasm by many UK nationals and it will have a major impact on Australia immigration.

7. Far North Queensland FNQ DAMA Update

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce has provided updated information in the FNQ DAMA including:

  • Simplification of Employer Labour Agreement Variation Process
  • Labour Agreement Processing Times
  • FNQ DAMA Endorsement Requests
  • Deed of Variation
  • FNQ DAMA Jobs Forum

Further information on Australia immigration under the FNQ DAMA is available on the Chamber’s website.

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