South Australia: 2 new DAMAs

The South Australia’s Designated Area Migration Agreements are the the Adelaide Technology and Innovation Advancement Agreement and the South Australian Regional Workforce Agreement

PR after 3 years in Regional Areas

'Skilled workers will be able to apply for permanent residency if they live and work in regional areas for three years, in a bid to lure migrants from cities'

‘Morrison set to announce 30,000 cut to migration’

'The number of permanent migrants accepted into Australia each year is expected to be capped at 160,000, 30,000 fewer than previous targets'

Tonga Joins the Pacific Labour Scheme

'Tonga's entry into the Scheme will provide more Tongan workers access to skills development opportunities, while also helping fill labour shortages in rural and regional Australia'

Changes to the Minister of Religion Labour Agreement

"Changes to the Minister of Religion Labour Agreement settings will allow religious institutions to sponsor overseas workers under the additional occupation of 'Religious Assistant'"

New aged care Labour Agreements

'Aged care providers are now able to hire overseas workers with specialised skills that will support older Australians from multicultural backgrounds'

Expansion of the Accredited Sponsor Scheme

'The Accredited Sponsor Scheme, which allows rapid processing of skilled visas, is to be substantially expanded... employers that have invested in the past five years at least $50 million into their Australian business will now be eligible for the Scheme'

Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

On 4 March 2019, Australia and Indonesia sign the IA-CEPA, a Free Trade Agreement which, once implemented in Australia through domestic law, might create an exception to the Labour Market Testing requirement for Indonesian workers

New 5-year subclass 870 sponsored parent visa

'Sponsorship applications can be lodged from 17 April 2019... Once a sponsorship application has been approved, a sponsored parent will be able to apply for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. Applications for the visa are intended to open from 1 July 2019'

Media release on RMAs & others

'A parliamentary inquiry has found ... unlawful RMAs ... are exploiting visa applicants'

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