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NSW Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) Nomination Criteria 2020-2021

NSW Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) Nomination Criteria 2020-2021

You must meet the all criteria in one of the following three streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:

  1. Living and working in regional NSW;
  2. recently completed study in regional NSW; or
  3. living and working outside of NSW.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria in one of these three streams may be refused unless otherwise agreed with NSW Treasury.

‘Closely related occupations’ are defined as those having the same ANZSCO unit group, i.e. sharing the same first four digits.

‘Designated regional areas’ are determined by Home Affairs. Please see their website for a list of regional NSW postcodes.

State or Territory Category Postcodes
New South Wales Cities and major regional centres 2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574
Regional centres and other regional areas 2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898

 

  1. Living and working in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
  • have been living in a designated regional area in NSW for at least the previous 12 months; and
  • have been working in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation, in a designated regional area of NSW, for at least the previous 12 months.
  1. Recently completed study in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
  • have completed study or education with an education provider, where:
    • the study was completed within the previous 24 months;
    • the education provider is located in a designated regional area in NSW;
    • the study meets the Australian study requirement (as determined by Home Affairs from time to time); and
    • the qualification obtained from this study has been assessed as closely related to your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority; and
  • have lived in a designated regional area of NSW while completing your study.
  1. Living and working outside of NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must meet all the criteria for at least one of the following categories:

a. Job offer in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this category you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
  • have an offer for ongoing employment that is:
    • in the Applicant’s nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation; and
    • for a minimum term of 12 months and 35 hours of work per week;
  • have an offer for ongoing employment from an employer that is:
    • located in a designated regional area in NSW; and
    • registered in Australia.

b. At least five years skilled employment experience (offshore Applicants)

If you reside outside of Australia, you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list; and
  • have at least five years of skilled employment in such nominated occupation or a closely related occupation.

c. Family ties in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this category you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list; and
  • have an immediate family member in a designated regional area in NSW who satisfies all of the criteria below:
    • a grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother or sister of the Applicant (including by virtue of a step or adoptive relationship);
    • at least 18 years of age;
    • either an Australian Permanent Resident, an Australian Citizen, or a NSW nominated provisional visa holder (489);
    • currently residing in a designated regional area in NSW; and
    • has been residing in a designated regional area in NSW for at least the previous 24 months,
    • and you must ensure that your family member has completed a statutory declaration to confirm that they satisfy each of the above chain migration requirements.

 

Source: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-visas/skilled-work-regional-visa-subclass-491 

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Job ready Program Applicant Guidelines

The Job Ready Program

Section 1 Program Information

1.1        Introduction to Trades Recognition Australia

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) is a business unit located within the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the Department). It is the relevant skills assessing authority for nominated occupations under the Migration Regulations 1994.

TRA skills assessments are intended to ensure that a successful applicant is able to perform at the required skill level for their nominated occupation. They also provide an assurance to government and to the individual that their training and experience is relevant and appropriate for the Australian labour market.

TRA operates several different skills assessment services, which are based on an applicant’s occupation, country of passport, where they studied and the type of visa they are seeking.

1.2        Program objective

The Job Ready Program (JRP) is for international student graduates who have studied at and received a completed qualification issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The RTO must be registered under the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to deliver the training.

It is a four‐step employment‐based skills assessment program that provides applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate skills and job readiness in an Australian workplace, relevant to a nominated occupation, before applying for migration in Australia.

The JRP aims to ensure that a skilled worker is well placed to seek employment in their nominated occupation in Australia. The four steps in the JRP are outlined in Section 2 and include:

  1. Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)
  2. Job Ready Employment (JRE)
  3. Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)
  4. Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)

1.3        Program Guidelines

These Guidelines describe the JRP and outline the requirements for applicants who wish to participate in the program. Following completion of the program, applicants may apply for temporary or permanent migration to Australia.

You must read the eligibility requirements for the JRP before starting an application. If you do not understand any part of the eligibility requirements, please contact TRA via the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au

These Guidelines do not provide specific information on visa or points requirements for migration. All enquiries relating to migration requirements must be directed to the Australian Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) (www.homeaffairs.gov.au).

TRA reserves the right to amend these Guidelines as necessary. Information about changes will be documented in the Change History Table in Section 5, and posted as a news item on the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au.

1.4        Before applying for the JRP

Before applying for the JRP, you should contact Home Affairs to ensure you have identified the appropriate visa pathway and check that TRA is listed as the assessing authority for your nominated occupation.

If you are intending to apply for Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), you should also check that your nominated occupation is on the Medium and Long‐term Strategic Skills List on the Home Affairs website www.homeaffairs.gov.au.

1.5        How to apply

To apply for the program you must register for the JRP through the TRA Online Portal via the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au. Select the Job Ready Program Registration and complete the registration details.

 

A TRA reference number and username will be generated and you will be asked to create a password. You will need your username and password to sign into your online account. Diagram 1 below provides an overview of the online application process.

 

Diagram 1: JRP application process

 

All applications submitted to TRA must be ‘decision ready’. ‘Decision ready’ means all the mandatory fields in the TRA Online Portal are completed, all documents are uploaded as required under these Guidelines, and the mandatory application fee is paid.

Please read the instructions in the TRA Online Portal carefully to make sure you have met all requirements before submitting your documents.

 

1.5.1  Document requirements

Documentation provided as part of your application or as requested by TRA must be in PDF format and uploaded through the TRA Online Portal.

Please note, TRA cannot accept documents that are sent through file sharing platforms, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, and your application must not contain documents that are locked or password protected.

1.6      Fees

Assessment Service Fee
Step 1: Provisional Skills Assessment $300
Provisional Skills Assessment Review (if required) $300
Step 2: Job Ready Employment $500
Step 3: Job Ready Workplace Assessment $2,000
Subsequent Job Ready Workplace Assessment (if required) $2,000
Step 4: Job Ready Final Assessment $150

 

Payments can only be made with a Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card through the TRA Online Portal. All fees are payable in Australian dollars, and instructions on how to pay are provided when you apply for each step of the program.

After payment, an email containing the receipt will be sent automatically to the email address you (and your agent if applicable), provided in your application. It is important to keep the email receipt as evidence of payment. This email provides confirmation that your application has been received by TRA.

1.6.1  Fee refunds

Refunds will not be provided should you choose to withdraw your application.

The circumstances in which TRA will refund a payment are detailed in the TRA Payment and Refund Policy on the TRA website www.tradesreognitionaustralia.gov.au.

 

Section 2 Program Requirements and Processes

The JRP is a four step employment‐based skills assessment program. To complete the JRP you must complete each of the steps shown in the Diagram 2.

Diagram 2: JRP steps

You should familiarise yourself with the eligibility requirements for each step of the program before you apply. Eligibility requirements must be met and these may differ slightly from Step 1 (PSA) to Step 2 (JRE). For example, TRA does not accept certain visa types for Step 2 of the program. (See section 2.2.1 of the Guidelines)

The following provides detailed information about the requirements of each step of the program.

2.1        Step 1: Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)

Under PSA, TRA will confirm your identity and verify the authenticity of your Australian qualification, and that you have had exposure to a range of tasks and duties relevant to your nominated occupation in an Australian workplace.

A successful PSA outcome can be used to apply to Home Affairs for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). A successful PSA outcome is required before you can apply for Step 2 JRE of the JRP.

2.1.1      Eligibility

To be eligible for a PSA you must have:

  • held an international student visa (as the primary visa holder) to study in Australia
  • a qualification relevant to an occupation assessed by TRA, and awarded by a CRICOS RTO as a result of study in Australia
  • evidence of a minimum of 360 hours of employment and/or a vocational placement relevant to your qualification and nominated occupation, completed in an Australian workplace, within the three years prior to submitting a PSA application

2.1.2    Online application process

To apply for the PSA you must register through the TRA Online Portal on the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au. (see section 1.5 of the Guidelines).

You should then select the Provisional Skills Assessment link and follow the guidance to complete the Provisional Skills Assessment application, pay the application fee and upload the application documents listed in section 2.1.3 of the Guidelines. Your application cannot be submitted until all required documents are uploaded on the TRA Online Portal.

2.1.3      Application documents

Your PSA application documents must be uploaded in PDF format and include the following:

  • a copy of the passport identification page of your current If the qualification you are submitting was completed under a different passport, a copy of the passport identification page of your previous passport must also be included;
  • a current passport‐size photograph of you;
  • a copy of your Australian qualification(s) relevant to your nominated occupation;
  • the full academic transcript of results for all of your qualification(s), including the commencement and completion dates of study in Australia; and
  • evidence of a minimum of 360 hours of employment and/or a vocational placement relevant to your qualification and nominated

Employment evidence requirements:

  • copies of pay evidence such as pay slips or payroll printouts to support any periods of claimed employment completed in Australia in the last three years. Pay slips must show the hours worked or the hourly rate of pay.

Subcontracting arrangements may be accepted if it was with a single contractor who can confirm in a written statement the nature of the work you have done, the hours completed, and is accompanied by copies of invoices and bank statements. Invoices must show the hours worked or the hourly rate of pay and be accompanied by bank statements that clearly show the invoiced deposits from the contractor.

  • copies of work statements from your employer/contractor to support claims of any employment undertaken in an Australian workplace in the last three years. The work statement must:
    • be on letterhead used by your employer’s business;
    • state the occupation in which you were employed;
    • state the exact dates and total hours of employment;
    • include a detailed description of the nature and content of the work undertaken, along with the machines, tools and/or equipment used; and
    • be signed and dated by the employer or a person authorised by the employer, including: the name, position and telephone contact details of the person making the statement.

Vocational placement evidence requirements:

  • copies of timesheets or log books to support any periods of claimed vocational placements completed in Australia in the last three years. Timesheets or logbooks must show the hours worked.
  • copies of work statements from the RTO to support your claims of vocational placements completed in Australia in the last three years. Work statements for vocational placements must:
    • be on letterhead used by the RTO;
    • confirm the vocational placement was undertaken as a requirement of a training course;
    • state the exact dates, hours and location of the vocational placement;
    • include a detailed description of the nature and content of the work undertaken along with the machines, tools and/or equipment used; and
    • be signed and dated by an authorised person, including the name, position and telephone contact details of the person making the statement.

All employment and/or vocational placement evidence submitted must total a minimum of 360 hours.

2.1.4      Verification process

Identity verification documents enable TRA to establish who you are and the connection to your qualifications and work experience. Once completed, TRA will then verify the legitimacy and eligibility of your qualifications. TRA will verify employment and vocational placements which may include contacting the person who signed your work statement/s. TRA must be able to link the landline or mobile telephone number/s to the business or RTO. Once a link has been established, TRA will only attempt to contact the signatory three times.

If a link to the business or RTO cannot be established, the signatory will not be contacted.

If the signatory cannot be contacted or does not respond to call back requests from TRA, your work will not be able to be verified and your application will be unsuccessful.

If additional documents are requested by TRA to support your application, these can be uploaded through the TRA Online Portal at any time.

2.1.5      Assessment outcome

You will receive notification of the outcome of your PSA application by email following the assessment and verification process. If your assessment is successful, the outcome letter can be presented to Home Affairs as part of your visa application.

Your application will be successful if TRA is able to verify that your documents provide sufficient evidence to satisfy the PSA eligibility requirements.

Your application will be unsuccessful if:

  • your documents are not relevant to your nominated occupation;
  • your documents contain insufficient detail to satisfy PSA eligibility requirements;
  • TRA cannot verify your qualification or work statement/s; and/or
  • documents are found to contain false or misleading i

PSA applications are generally processed within 90 days of receipt of the application documents. Processing times may vary and are dependent on the volume of applications received as well as the complexity of the verification process.

To support a fair process, your application will be assessed in order of receipt and TRA will not consider any requests to expedite the processing of your application.

2.1.6      Review of an unsuccessful PSA outcome

If you receive an unsuccessful outcome and you do not agree with the outcome, you can apply for a review. You must apply within 45 days from the date of the original assessment outcome letter.

Please note that a review will only reconsider the documents you provided in your original application; no new evidence can be provided. The TRA Review Request form is available on the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au.

The PSA Review fee is payable through the TRA Online Portal by selecting the PSA Review link. Your PSA review will be conducted by a different TRA officer from the one who provided the original assessment outcome. You will be advised by email of the outcome, and if the original assessment is overturned, the review fee will be refunded.

Alternatively, you can submit a new PSA application and new documents and evidence at any time.

A new application for PSA must be submitted through the TRA Online Portal along with payment of the PSA application fee. You will receive a new username, password and TRA Reference number. There is no limit to the number of times you can apply for a PSA.

 

2.2        Step 2: Job Ready Employment (JRE)

Diagram 3 – JRP Steps

The JRE step requires you to complete employment in an Australian workplace to further develop your skills. Employment must be in the occupation, or one closely related to the occupation assessed in your PSA outcome. You must still be working with your employer when you submit your JRE application online.

2.2.1      Eligibility

To be eligible for JRE you must:

  • have received a successful PSA outcome
  • have less than 4 months remaining on your student visa
  • hold or have lodged an application with Home Affairs for a visa that has full (unrestricted) work rights and provides sufficient time to complete Steps 2‐4 of the JRP (a minimum of 12 months)
  • have secured eligible employment (see section 2.9 of the Guidelines)

Please note: A student visa with more than 4 months remaining or a training visa are not accepted visas for this program.

2.2.2      Online application process

To apply for the JRE, you will need to sign in to the TRA Online Portal on the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au with the username and password created for your PSA application.

You should then select the Job Ready Employment link and follow the guidance to complete the Job Ready Employment application, pay the application fee. You will need to upload the application documents listed in section 2.2.3 of the Guidelines. Your application cannot be submitted until all required documents are uploaded on the TRA Online Portal.

Please note: Step 2 and Step 3 (Job Ready Workplace Assessment) of the JRP are employment based and require regular contact between TRA and the JRE applicant. TRA will only communicate directly with the JRE applicant during these steps.

A migration agent or representative can act on behalf of an applicant in Step 1: Provisional Skills Assessment or Step 4: Job Ready Final Assessment. (See section 3.2 of the Guidelines)

2.2.3      Application documents

Your JRE application documents include the following:

  • Employment Verification Report (EVR), signed and dated by your employer and nominated supervisor (See section 2.2.11 and 3.1.1 of the Guidelines)
  • a copy of your current Visa Grant Notification (TRA does not accept VEVO printouts). If you have pending Visa notices these should also be provided.
  • pay evidence that covers your prior employment claim period, if applicable
  • a copy of your passport identification page if you have been issued a new passport since you applied for your PSA.

2.2.4      Decision ready documents

Applications must be decision ready, which means that your application is accurate and complete before submitting to TRA. If all the required information and documentation is not provided to TRA, your application may be made unsuccessful.

If the information contained in the application documents cannot be verified to satisfy TRA requirements, your application may not be approved for JRE.

2.2.5      Additional or change of employer

If you have more than one employer, or change employers during the program, you must submit the employment details through the TRA Online Portal. You do this by selecting Add New Employer under the Job Ready Employment link and completing the online form.

Your employment hours with any additional or new employers will be calculated from the date the employer’s details were submitted online.

There is no JRE application fee payable to register any additional employers for JRE.

You must also complete an EVR for any additional or new employer. EVRs can be accessed from the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au. Please select the form relevant to your occupation. (See section 2.2.11 of the Guidelines)

You cannot exceed five (5) employers, and at least 863 paid work hours must be completed with the one employer.

2.2.6      JRE Start Date

Your JRE Start Date is generally the date you applied through the TRA Online Portal unless the date is varied by TRA. Your JRE Start Date is available in your TRA Online Portal account.

2.2.7      Claiming prior employment

You can claim up to three consecutive months of paid employment that was undertaken immediately prior to applying online for JRE. This can only be claimed at the time of submitting your JRE application online.

To make a claim, you must complete the prior employment section of your JRE online application and provide TRA with acceptable pay evidence for the period being claimed. TRA will assess your claim based on the paid work evidence submitted as part of your JRE application. No additional documentation or clarification will be requested or accepted. (See section 2.2.13 of the Guidelines for acceptable pay evidence)

Prior employment will only be considered where it was:

  • undertaken with the first employer you registered for JRE
  • in your nominated occupation
  • undertaken in the three months immediately prior to your online JRE application
  • not already used to meet the work requirements for your PSA application
  • supported with acceptable pay evidence
  • for employment arrangements approved by TRA

A revised JRE Start Date and any approved claimed work hours will be added to the Total Approved Hours table in the TRA Online Portal if your employment is approved by TRA. (See section 2.2.11 of the Guidelines for employment verification)

2.2.8      Employment requirements

You must complete at least 1725 hours of paid employment in your nominated occupation over a minimum of 12 calendar months from your JRE Start Date. Periods of leave (including paid leave) cannot be included in the 1725 hours.

If you are in part‐time employment or have periods of unemployment or extended leave, it may take you longer than 12 calendar months to complete the required 1725 hours.

If you complete 1725 hours in less than 12 calendar months, you will still be required to complete 12 months from your JRE Start Date to be eligible to apply for your Job Ready Final Assessment (Step 4).

2.2.9      Eligible employment

For your employment to be eligible, it must:

  • be with your current employer when you register the employer online
  • not have been used to meet the work component of the PSA
  • involve work at an appropriate skill level and include a range of tasks and duties relevant to your nominated occupation
  • be paid in accordance with applicable industrial awards or agreements and Australian workplace relations laws
  • be in an employer‐employee arrangement where:
  • work is assigned to you by your employer/supervisor and you complete the work under their direction
  • you work the number of hours per day/shift as agreed by your employer
  • the employer provides you with pay slips
  • the employer makes superannuation contributions on your behalf
  • you accrue annual leave and/or other leave entitlements
  • be registered and approved by TRA following validation of your

2.2.10    Subcontractor work

TRA may consider subcontractor work where your contracting arrangements meet the below requirements:

  • your contracting arrangements meet the general JRE employment eligibility requirements (see section 2.2.9 of the Guidelines)
  • you are able to complete at least 863 hours of your work with a single contractor
  • the contractor you work for is willing to sign your EVR and Skills Progress Report (See sections2.11 and 2.2.12 of the Guidelines) as if they were your supervisor.

2.2.11    Employment verification

An EVR seeks information that will assist TRA determine whether your employment arrangements provide sufficient opportunity for you to do a range of tasks and duties to demonstrate your skills, using industry‐accepted practices and tools/equipment relevant to your nominated occupation.

The employer and nominated supervisor listed in your application R must complete and sign the EVR. The EVR, must be uploaded in the TRA Online Portal with your JRE application documents.

An EVR must also be completed and uploaded in the TRA Online Portal for any additional employers details submitted. (See section 2.2.5 of the Guidelines)

EVRs can be accessed from the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au. Please select the form relevant to your occupation.

TRA will conduct a number of online verification checks to confirm the existence and authenticity of the workplace listed in your TRA Online Portal account and EVR. Your employer or supervisor may be contacted to confirm your work arrangements, and if necessary, a site visit will be arranged.

Your employment will not be suitable if:

  • it does not include tasks and duties at the skill level appropriate for your nominated occupation
  • it is unlikely to provide you with access to an appropriate range of tasks and duties for your nominated occupation
  • it does not provide you with access to industry‐accepted tools and equipment relevant to your nominated occupation
  • you are not being

If you receive advice from TRA that your employment is not suitable, that period of employment cannot be counted towards the JRP. If this occurs, you must find different employment that meets the JRP requirements.

2.2.12    Skills Progress Report

A Skills Progress Report (SPR) is a self-assessment record of the skills and activities you have undertaken in your workplace.

You must provide a SPR after 6 months from your JRE Start Date, or as required, until you have achieved a successful Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA). The SPR must be confirmed and signed by your supervisor or employer nominated for the workplace. TRA will email you when your SPR is due.

The purpose of the SPR is to confirm you are developing your skills and experience in the workplace, using the appropriate tools and equipment and doing the duties expected for your occupation in an Australian workplace.

Completed SPRs and corresponding pay evidence must be uploaded through the TRA Online Portal document uploads link in PDF format. SPRs can be accessed from the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au. Please select the form relevant to your occupation.

Once your SPR and pay evidence are verified by TRA your work hours will be updated in the Total Approved Hours table on your Home Page in the TRA Online Portal.

Completed SPRs will be provided to the TRA-appointed workplace assessor to guide the planning of your JRWA. Therefore, it is important that SPRs are an accurate record of the work you undertake in your workplace.

2.2.13    Pay evidence

You will be required to provide pay evidence for any employment approved by TRA. The table below provides information on the pay evidence accepted by TRA. TRA will email you when your pay evidence is due.

Employees Sub‐contractors ‐ Construction trades only
Copies of pay slips showing a minimum of:

·         Name of employee

·         Name of employer

·         Employer ABN, if they have one

·         Hours worked and/or hourly rate

·         Gross pay

·         Dates worked

OR

Copy of payroll printout from the employer showing a minimum of:

·         Name of employee

·         Name of employer

·         Employer ABN, if they have one

·         Dates worked

·         Hours worked

·         Gross payments

PLUS

If requested, copies of bank statements showing the deposits for the above pay slips or payroll print out.

Copies of invoices showing a minimum of:

·         Your subcontractor’s ABN

·         Dates worked

·         Hours billed

·         Total amount of hours billed

·         Business name and ABN of the other party to the subcontracting arrangements

PLUS

Copies of bank statements, which show the deposits for the above invoices. The statements must clearly identify that the deposits are from the other party to the subcontracting arrangements. The relevant deposits should be highlighted and the corresponding invoice number noted on the statement.

2.3        Step 3: Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)

Diagram 4 – JRP Steps

The purpose of the JRWA is to determine whether you are operating in the workplace at the required skill level for the occupation nominated in your application.

An assessor from a TRA‐approved RTO will conduct your JRWA and will focus on the activities you have been required to perform during your employment as recorded in your SPR.

TRA will email you when your records indicate you may be eligible for your JRWA.

2.3.1      Eligibility

To be eligible for a JRWA, the following is required:

  • your employment arrangements must have been approved by TRA
  • acceptable pay evidence (see section 2.2.13 of the Guidelines) for at least 863 hours over a minimum of six months from your JRE Start Date
  • acceptable SPRs, EVRs and any other relevant information confirming you are performing expected tasks and duties and developing the skills required for your nominated occupation

TRA will review your pay evidence and SPRs and advise you by email when you are eligible to apply for a JRWA.

2.3.2      Online application process

Once you have received confirmation that you are eligible for a JRWA, you will need to sign into the TRA Online Portal with your username and password. You should then select the Job Ready Workplace Assessment link, and follow the guidance to complete the Job Ready Workplace Assessment application and pay the JRWA application fee.

Change to employment arrangements

If you have a new employer, you must submit the employment details through the TRA Online Portal before you apply for a JRWA. You do this by selecting Add New Employer under the Job Ready Employment (JRE) link and complete the online form. There is no JRE application fee payable to register any additional employers for JRE.

An EVR must also be completed and uploaded in the TRA Online Portal for any additional employers details submitted through the TRA Online Portal. EVRs can be accessed from the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au. Please select the form relevant to your occupation. (See section 2.2.5 and 2.2.11 of the Guidelines)

Before your JRWA arrangements can proceed, new work arrangements must be approved by TRA and you must provide pay evidence for at least one month of work.

2.3.3      Assignment of TRA‐approved assessor

When your JRWA application has been registered by TRA, the following will be provided to a TRA‐approved RTO:

  • contact details for you and your employer/supervisor
  • a copy of your SPRs, EVRs and any other relevant information
  • a copy of your Australian qualification
  • a copy of your passport identification page.

The TRA-approved RTO will allocate an assessor to conduct your workplace assessment. The assessor will:

  • contact you and your employer/supervisor to organise a time and date that is suitable to conduct the assessment
  • discuss with you the work you have done and the tools and equipment that would be available for the assessment
  • review the documentation provided by TRA
  • prepare an assessment plan detailing what you will be required to do during the as The plan will be provided to you and your employer/supervisor before the scheduled date of the assessment.

2.3.4      During the JRWA

The assessor will:

  • show photographic identification to you and your employer/supervisor to verify their identity
  • verify your identity and your employer/supervisor’s identity
  • in accordance with the assessment plan, require you to demonstrate:
  • an ability to perform tasks, follow directions, and plan work at the required skill level relevant to your nominated occupation in your workplace
  • your understanding of the workplace including:
    • your role in the workplace
    • the language/terminology used in the workplace/industry sector
    • relevant Australian Standards, legislation and/or regulations
    • solving problems
    • asking directions
    • working well with others
    • using resources effectively.

The assessment will be conducted using a range of methods, which may include a technical interview and observation of your practical skills.

2.3.5      Inability to attend a scheduled JRWA

If you are unable to participate in the assessment at the time you previously agreed with the assessor, you must notify the assessor immediately. You must also provide TRA with a medical certificate or other evidence explaining why you were unable to attend. If you are unable to contact the assessor, you must notify TRA immediately via jrpenquiries@dese.gov.au.

If a medical certificate is not provided, or you cannot provide other acceptable evidence o show why you were unable to participate in the assessment, you will be required to pay for any relevant travel costs incurred by the assessor on the date of the scheduled assessment.

It is your responsibility to arrange a new assessment date and time with the assessor. The assessor will notify TRA of the new arrangements.

2.3.6      JRWA outcome

TRA will provide you with the outcome of the JRWA. TRA will email you the outcome of the assessment and include a copy of the JRWA report prepared by the assessor.

The JRWA report will advise if you have been assessed as Job Ready or Not Yet Job Ready for your nominated occupation.

A successful JRWA assessment will confirm you are Job Ready, which means during the assessment you demonstrated:

  • well‐developed job knowledge
  • an ability to suggest and initiate improvements while being able to deal with routine and complex matters relating to the occupation
  • that you were reliable and responsible
  • that you had a well‐developed ability to work to industry standard productively, and communicated effectively in the

An unsuccessful JRWA assessment means you are Not Yet Job Ready because you were unable to perform the duties required of the nominated occupation for one or more of the following reasons:

  • had limited job knowledge
  • made frequent errors
  • work output was poor compared to industry standards
  • demonstrated difficulty dealing with routine matters or communicating appropriately as required in the occupation
  • required close guidance to perform to industry stan

If the outcome was Not Yet Job Ready, you may request a JRWA Review or apply for a subsequent JRWA (See sections 2.3.7 and/or 2.3.8 of the Guidelines.)

2.3.7      Review of JRWA outcome

If you receive a Not Yet Job Ready outcome, you can seek a review of your assessment by completing a TRA Review Request Form available on the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au. You are only entitled to one review of your assessment.

A JRWA review is conducted by a different assessor, who will only review the evidence gathered during the first assessment. A JRWA review will not involve another workplace assessment.

For your application to be registered, the TRA Review Request Form must be received by TRA within 45 days from the date of the original assessment outcome email. You are not required to pay a fee for a JRWA review.

TRA will provide you with a report advising the outcome at the completion of the review.

2.3.8      Subsequent JRWA

It is recommended you do not apply for a subsequent assessment until you have addressed the reasons you were unsuccessful in the previous assessment. SPRs submitted following an unsuccessful JRWA must indicate that you are addressing the reasons you were made unsuccessful.

You must contact TRA before applying for a subsequent JRWA. TRA will provide you with a JRWA Reapplication Form.

You will need to log in to the TRA Online Portal with your username and password. Select the JRWA Reapplication link and pay the application fee.

The completed JRWA Reapplication Form should be uploaded on the TRA Online Portal by selecting the Document Uploads link.

TRA will assign a different TRA‐approved assessor to conduct the assessment.

When the assessment is finalised TRA will provide you with a report advising the outcome.

If your subsequent JRWA is unsuccessful, you may need to meet additional eligibility criteria, such as completing a further period of three months’ employment, before being eligible to apply for a another assessment.

2.4        Step 4: Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)

Diagram 5 – JRP Steps

The JRFA is the fourth and final step of the JRP. A successful JRFA outcome can be used to apply to Home Affairs for an independent skilled migration visa.

TRA will email you when your records indicate you may be eligible for your JRFA.

2.4.1    Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a JRFA you must have:

  • your employment arrangements approved by TRA
  • achieved a successful JRWA outcome
  • provided TRA with acceptable pay evidence for at least 1725 hours employment in your nominated occupation over a minimum of 12 months from your JRE Start Date

2.4.2      Online application process

Once you have received confirmation that you are eligible to apply for a JRFA, you will need to sign in to the TRA Online Portal with your username and password. You should then select the Job Ready Final Assessment link and follow the guidance to complete the application and pay the JRFA application fee.

2.4.3      JRFA outcome

Within 45 days of receipt of your JRFA application, you will receive a letter by email confirming you have completed all steps of the Job Ready Program and have attained a successful skills assessment in your nominated occupation.

This letter is not a qualification nor does it represent formal accreditation of your skills and experience. It can only be used to apply to Home Affairs for a permanent independent skilled migration visa.

You will receive an unsuccessful skills assessment outcome if it is found that documents you have provided during JRE contained false or misleading information.

2.4.4      Review of JRFA outcome

If you disagree with the outcome of your assessment, you have 45 days from the date of your assessment outcome to apply for a review of your assessment outcome.

Please note that a review will only reconsider the evidence and documents you  have already provided to TRA. No new evidence can be provided.

The TRA Review Request form is available on the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au.

Please read the TRA Assessment Review Policy on the TRA website before applying for a review.

Section 3   Program administration

3.1        Roles and responsibilities

3.1.1    Employers and supervisors

The employer/supervisor must:

  • understand that TRA may contact an employer to verify information provided in an application and an EVR, and will require a contact telephone number for every person listed on an employment statement. TRA will verify independently that the number is linked to the organisation where the applicant is employed
  • complete and sign an EVR
  • understand that TRA may contact them to arrange a visit to the workplace by either a JRP officer or a TRA nominated representative
  • have industry knowledge and experience to supervise a JRP participant and confirm their skills in the nominated occupation.
  • provide a JRP participant with the appropriate tasks and duties to enable the participant to demonstrate a broad range of skills in the nominated occupation
  • confirm and sign Job Ready Program SPRs
  • understand that any personal information provided may be used only as allowed by the Privacy Act 1988 (see Clause 3.3)
  • allow staff authorised by the Department and a TRA‐approved workplace assessors to access the workplace.

3.1.2      JRP officers

JRP officers are responsible for:

  • verifying JRP employment arrangements which may include a site visit to the work place
  • advising participants, employers and supervisors about their responsibilities with the JRP
  • validating participant work hours and progression of skill development
  • coordinating assessment arrangements with TRA‐approved workplace assessors
  • responding to enquiries from prospective applicants, participants, employer/s and other people
  • adhering to the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct.

3.1.3      TRA‐approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

TRA‐approved RTOs are responsible for:

  • meeting all the requirements identified in their service deeds with TRA
  • meeting obligations for registration as an RTO
  • ensuring the work site is safe to conduct a workplace assessment
  • conducting a workplace assessment
  • reporting workplace assessment outcomes to TRA
  • liaising with TRA, participants and employers as required.

3.1.4      Trades Recognition Australia

TRA is responsible for:

  • managing the objectives of the program
  • providing up‐to‐date information about program processes and procedures
  • contract management and monitoring of TRA‐approved RTOs
  • responding to enquiries about the program
  • budget and policy management
  • developing and maintaining an appropriate IT system to support the program
  • liaising with Home Affairs and other key stakeholders as necessary
  • managing complaints and reviews as required
  • managing evaluations of the program
  • undertaking compliance and investigative measures as

3.2        Use of agents or authorised representatives

A migration agent or representative can be appointed to act on behalf of an applicant for Step 1 and/or Step 4 of the JRP only. These steps have outcomes that require interaction with Home Affairs for visa eligibility and processing. Home Affairs provides advice about the use of migration agents in Australia.

Please note TRA will only provide information to the applicant while they are participating in Steps 2 and 3 of the JRP. TRA will not liaise with any other parties who contact TRA on behalf of an applicant. All correspondence for Steps 2 and 3 will only be sent to the applicant.

If a migration agent or representative is engaged to assist with Step 1 and/or Step 4 of the program, the agent or representative details must be provided when you submit the relevant JRP application online. (See sections 2.1.3, 2.4.3 of the Guidelines)

A Nomination of a Migration Agent or Representative form must be completed and uploaded in the TRA Online Portal each time a new migration agent or representative is appointed. Information provided on the form will replace any previous migration agent or representative details held on an applicant’s TRA file. The Nomination of a Migration Agent or Representative form is available under Forms & Policy on the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au.

TRA will not correspond with, or speak with, another person about an assessment without the applicant’s written approval.

3.3        Privacy

The collection, use and disclosure of personal information by TRA is subject to the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). Schedule 1 of the Privacy Act contains the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which prescribe the rules for handling personal information.

The Privacy Act defines ‘personal information’ as:

‘information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable:

(a) Whether the information or opinion is true or not; and

(b) Whether the information or opinion is recorded in a material form or not’.

3.3.1      Privacy information

Under the APPs, the Department is required to have a clearly expressed and up to date policy about the way the Department manages personal information. This policy contains information about how you may access the personal information the Department holds about you, and how you may correct any inaccuracies in that information. We will correct your personal information if it is inaccurate (subject to restrictions on such access/alteration of records under the applicable provisions of any law of the Commonwealth).

It also includes information as to how you may make a complaint about a breach of the APPs, and how the Department will respond to such a complaint.

A copy of the Department’s privacy policy is available on the Department’s website at www.dese.gov.au/privacy.

More information about the Privacy Act, including a copy of the full text of the APPs, can be obtained from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s website at www.oaic.gov.au

3.3.2      Collection

TRA collects personal information from you for the purposes of:

  • processing and assessing your applications for a skills assessment or review, under any of the TRA programs, as the relevant assessing authority for skilled occupations as specified in the Instruments made under the Migration Regulations 1994
  • confirming authorisation by an applicant of his or her representative or migration agent, and to provide contact details for that representative or migration agent
  • allowing you to make a payment of fees to TRA so you can lodge an application
  • allowing TRA to confirm payment and process refunds as applicable
  • conducting investigations and ensuring compliance with relevant laws, awards or standards
  • ensuring compliance with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines (2011) through the investigation of fraud and the implementation of fraud prevention strategies.

Personal information collected by TRA will only be used for the purposes outlined above. If TRA is not able to collect your personal information, your application will not be able to proceed.

In the course of assessing your application, TRA may receive unsolicited personal information about you from a third party. If TRA would normally have been able to collect that information or it forms a part of a Commonwealth record, it will be treated in accordance with the APPs. If not, TRA will destroy or de‐identify that information.

3.3.3      Disclosure

TRA may give some or all of the information it collects from you or third parties to Home Affairs, the Migration Review Tribunal, the Australian Federal Police, your employer/s, your supervisor/s, your nominated agent or representative, the organisations that issued your qualifications, TRA-approved registered training organisations, agencies providing advice to TRA on qualifications, the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the Reserve Bank of Australia, contractors, the Fair Work Ombudsman and other Australian and state/territory government agencies.

TRA may disclose your personal information to these entities for the reasons that are listed above in the collection section.

Personal information collected by TRA will not be disclosed to any other third party without your consent, except where authorised or required by law.

3.3.4      Complaints

Complaints about breaches of privacy should be referred to:

 

Privacy Officer

Legal Services

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

GPO Box 9880

CANBERRA ACT 2601

Email:  privacy@dese.gov.au

3.4        False and misleading information

You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and validity of all information provided to TRA.

TRA will take reasonable steps to verify the validity of all information supplied to TRA throughout the JRP.

However, if TRA determines at a later date that information previously supplied is false, misleading, non‐factual or simply incorrect, and that in reliance on that information TRA has incorrectly assessed an application as successful, TRA may write to you to advise the assessment is no longer considered successful. TRA will advise Home Affairs accordingly.

TRA may refer such matters to the appropriate authorities for investigation where information provided to support an application is known or believed to be false.

NOTE: Penalties apply under the Crimes Act 1914 and the Criminal Code Act 1995 may apply for making false or misleading statements and providing false or misleading information or documents.

3.5        Legislation

TRA is the designated relevant assessing authority for a range of trade and associate professional occupations under the Migration Regulations 1994.

Under Subregulation 2.26B (2) of the Migration Regulations 1994, TRA sets the standards against which a person’s skills are assessed.

Section 4   Contact details

Contact the TRA Job Ready Program on the details below:

 

Enquiries jrpenquiries@dese.gov.au

 

Website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au

Source: https://www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/sites/default/files/job_ready_program_applicant_guidelines.pdf

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Job Ready Program (JRP)

Job Ready Program (JRP)

The Job Ready Program (JRP) is for international student graduates who hold an Australian qualification issued by a Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registered training organisation based on studies in Australia.

The Job Ready Program is a four-step employment-based skills assessment program that provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that your skills and job readiness in an Australian workplace, relevant to your nominated occupation before you apply for migration in Australia.

Before applying, you should check with the Department of Home Affairs to ensure a JRP skills assessment outcome is suitable for the visa for which you are applying for.

If you are intending to apply for Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485), you should also check that your nominated occupation is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List on the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you are intending to apply for an Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) for the Child Care Centre Manager occupation you will need to select the Migration Skills Assessment Program.

Information relating to Australian employment conditions and workplace laws is available on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

How to apply

Note: As of 11 June 2020, applications for each step of the JRP are completed online through the TRA Online Portal. Documentation supporting an application is uploaded at the time of submitting an application and must be in a PDF format.

To apply for the JRP you must first complete a Job Ready Program Registration through the TRA Online Portal. A TRA reference number and username will be generated and you will be asked to create a password. You will need your TRA reference number, username, and password to sign in to the TRA online portal to submit an application and payment for each step of the JRP listed below.

  • Step 1 – Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)
  • Step 2 – Job Ready Employment (JRE)
  • Step 3 – Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)
  • Step 4 – Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)

All applications submitted to TRA must be ‘decision-ready’. ‘Decision ready’ means all the mandatory fields in the TRA Online Portal are completed, all documents are uploaded as required under the Job Ready Program Applicant Guidelines, and the mandatory application fee is paid.

Once your application is submitted you can no longer change or view the application.

Please read the instructions in the TRA Online Portal carefully to make sure you have met all requirements before submitting your documents.

Fees

The fees are payable when you apply for each step of the JRP. For further information please see Fees.

Job Ready Program Steps

For information about each step of the JRP, including eligibility requirements, click on the relevant program link below.

Step 1 – Provisional Skills Assessment

The Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) is the first step of the Job Ready Program (JRP). Under the PSA, Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) verifies the authenticity of your Australian qualification and any employment and/or vocational placement you have undertaken in an Australian workplace.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a PSA, you must have:

  • held an international student visa to study in Australia, and
  • a completed qualification relevant to an occupation assessed by TRA and awarded by a CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) registered training organisation and achieved as a result of the study in Australia, and
  • evidence of a minimum of 360 hours of employment and/or a vocational placement relevant to your qualification and nominated occupation that was completed in an Australian workplace within three years prior to submitting a PSA application online.

A successful PSA outcome can be used to apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), if the occupation assessed appears on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.

A successful PSA outcome is required before you can apply for Steps 2-4 of the JRP.

How to apply

Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA) applications are submitted through the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) Online Portal.

All applications submitted to TRA must be ‘decision ready’. Decision ready means you are required to complete all the mandatory fields in the online portal, upload all documents required under Section 2 of the Job Ready Program Applicant Guidelines, and the application fee is paid.

For the PSA, an applicant or their agent/representative will be required to register and create a password which will generate a username and TRA reference number. Once registered, the PSA application can then be completed.

The online application process requires the completion of a number of mandatory and optional fields, including:

  • Applicant details (passport details, personal details, nominated occupation, visa type)
  • Agent details (if applicable)
  • Qualification details (certificate and academic transcript)
  • Employment and/or vocational placement details
  • Additional supporting documentation if required.

Once all mandatory fields are complete, you will then be required to upload scans of your original documents (in PDF format) to support the application. You cannot proceed to submitting your application until you have uploaded all the required documents and paid the application fee.

Once your application is submitted you can no longer change or view the application.

Detailed information about the PSA, including the Application Documents you need to send to TRA, are provided under Section 2 of the Job Ready Program Applicant Guidelines. You must read the Guidelines before registering for the PSA.

Step 2 – Job Ready Employment

The purpose of the Job Ready Employment (JRE) is to enable you to gain experience in an Australian workplace to further develop the skills relevant to your nominated occupation.

You must complete at least 1725 hours of paid employment over a minimum of 12 months from your JRE start date. Your employment must be in the occupation, or one closely related to the one assessed in Step 1 – Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA).

It is your responsibility to find suitable employment, which must be approved by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).

 

Please note: You are not formally accepted into JRE until your application documents are reviewed and approved by TRA. If the information contained in the application documents cannot be verified to satisfy TRA requirements, your application will not be approved for JRE.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for JRE, you must have:

  • a successful PSA outcome
  • hold or have lodged an application with the Department of Home Affairs for a visa that has full (unrestricted) work rights and provides sufficient time for you to complete Steps 2 to 4 of the JRP (a minimum of 12 months)
  • secured eligible employment in your nominated occupation (see section 2.2.9 of the Job Ready Applicant Guidelines (Guidelines))
  • less than 4 months remaining on your student visa, if applicable.

Please note: A student visa with more than 4 months remaining, or a training visa, are not accepted visas for this program.

Eligibility employment

For your employment to be eligible, it must be with your current employer when you register the employer online. It must also meet the requirements as listed in section 2.2.9 of the Guidelines.

See section 2.2.10 for acceptable subcontractor work arrangements.

How to apply

To apply for the JRE, you will need to sign in to the TRA Online Portal with the username and password created when you first registered for the JRP. You should then select the Job Ready Employment link and complete the online application.

You will be required to upload supporting documentation for each section of the application.  Once all mandatory fields completed and required documents are uploaded, the application fee payment can be made. Your application will then be submitted to TRA.

Supporting documentation

Before you can submit your online application, you will be required to upload color PDF scans of your documents, as follows:

  • A completed and signed Employment Verification Report (EVR) (see section 2.2.11 of the Guidelines). EVRs for all occupations assessed under the JRE can be accessed from here.
  • a copy of your current Visa Grant Notification (TRA does not accept VEVO printouts). If you have pending Visa notices these should also be provided.
  • pay evidence that covers your prior employment claim period, if applicable
  • a copy of your passport identification page, if you have been issued a new passport since you applied for your PSA.

JRE start date and claiming prior employment

Your JRE start date is generally the date you submit your application for JRE through the TRA Online Portal unless otherwise varied by TRA.

You can claim up to three consecutive months of paid employment that was undertaken immediately prior to applying online for JRE. This can only be claimed at the time of submitting your JRE application.

To make a claim, you must complete the prior employment section of your JRE online application and upload acceptable pay evidence for the period being claimed. TRA will assess your claim based on the paid work evidence submitted with your application. No additional documentation or clarification will be requested or accepted.

A revised JRE Start Date and any approved claimed work hours will be added to the Total Approved Hours table in the TRA Online Portal if your employment is approved by TRA.

Employment verification

A TRA officer will conduct a number of online verification checks to confirm the existence and authenticity of the workplace listed in your application and EVR. Your employer or supervisor may be contacted to confirm your work arrangements, and if deemed necessary, a site visit will be arranged. (See section 2.2.11 of the Guidelines for employment verification)

Skills Progress Report and pay evidence

A Skills Progress Report (SPR) is a self-assessment record of the skills and activities you have undertaken in your workplace as you develop your skills in your occupation. The SPR must be confirmed and signed by the supervisor recorded in your online registration for that workplace.

You will be required to provide a completed SPR after six months from your JRE Start Date, or as required, until you have achieved a successful Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA) (Step 3 of the JRP). TRA will email you when your SPR is due.

SPRs will be provided to the TRA-appointed workplace assessor who conducts your JRWA. Therefore, it is important that your SPRs are an accurate record of the work you undertake in your workplace.

Completed SPRs and corresponding pay evidence must be uploaded in PDF format through the TRA Online Portal Document Uploads link.

SPRs can be accessed from the TRA website www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au.

Approved work hours

Once your SPR and pay evidence are verified by TRA your work hours will be updated in the Total Approved Hours table on your Home Page in the TRA Online Portal.

Detailed information about the JRE is provided in Section 2.2 of the Guidelines. You must read the Guidelines before submitting a JRE application.

 

Step 3 – Job Ready Workplace Assessment

The purpose of the Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA) is to determine whether you are working at the required skill level in an Australian workplace for your nominated occupation.

An assessor from a TRAapproved RTO will conduct your JRWA and will focus on the activities you have been required to perform during your employment as recorded in your Skills Progress Reports (SPRs) and Employment Verification Reports (EVRs).

TRA will email you when your records indicate you may be eligible for your JRWA.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a JRWA, the following is required:

  • your work arrangements must have been approved by TRA
  • acceptable pay evidence totaling at least 863 hours, over a minimum of six months from your JRE start date
  • acceptable SPRs, EVRs and any other required evidence confirming you are performing the expected tasks and duties for your nominated occupation

If you have a new employer, your work arrangements must be approved by TRA and you must provide pay evidence for at least one month of work before your JRWA arrangements can proceed. (see section 2.2.5 of the Guidelines for change of employer requirements).

Your employer must have signed an EVR and confirmed they agree to the assessment being conducted at your workplace.

How to apply

Once you have received confirmation from TRA that you are eligible for a JRWA, you need to sign into the TRA Online Portal with your username and password. You should then select the Job Ready Workplace Assessment link and complete the Job Ready Workplace Assessment application and pay the mandatory application fee.

When you have completed the online application and your application fee payment has been processed, your JRWA application will be submitted to TRA.

Next steps

When your JRWA application has been registered by TRA, the following will be provided to a TRAapproved RTO:

  • contact details for you and your employer/supervisor
  • a copy of your SPRs, EVRs and any other relevant information
  • a copy of your Australian qualification
  • a copy of your passport identification page.

A TRA-approved registered training organisation will allocate an assessor to conduct your workplace assessment. The assessor will contact you and your employer/supervisor to organise a time and date that is suitable to conduct the assessment.

Detailed information about the JRWA is provided in Section 2.3 of the Job Ready Program Applicant Guidelines (Guidelines). You must read the Guidelines before submitting a JRWA application.

Step 4 – Job Ready Final Assessment

The Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA) is the final step of the JRP.

TRA will email you when your records indicate you may be eligible for your JRFA.

A successful JRFA provides you with a skills assessment outcome, which can be used to support an application to the Department of Home Affairs for an independent skilled migration visa.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a JRFA you must have:

  • your employment arrangements approved by TRA
  • a successful Job Ready Workplace Assessment outcome (Step 3)
  • provided TRA with pay evidence totaling at least 1725 hours over a minimum of 12 months from your JRE Start Date.

How to apply

Once you have received confirmation from TRA that you are eligible for a JRFA, you need to sign in to the TRA Online Portal with your username and password. You should then select the Job Ready Final Assessment link and complete the Job Ready Final Assessment application and pay the application fee.

When you have completed the online application and your payment has been processed, your JRFA application will be submitted to TRA.

Once your JRFA application is processed by TRA, you will receive a letter by email confirming you have completed all steps of the Job Ready Program and have attained a successful skills assessment in your nominated occupation.

Detailed information about the JRFA is provided in Section 2.4 of the Job Ready Program Applicant Guidelines (Guidelines). You must read the Guidelines before submitting a JFRA application.

Key Information:

The following links provide further information for participants and their employers;

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Tasmania state nomination update Aug to Oct 2020

Tasmania Interim visa nomination allocations and priorities August – October 2020

Interim visa nomination allocations and priorities

August – October 2020

What has changed?

The Department of Home Affairs has issued an interim allocation of subclass 491, 190, 188 and 132 visa nomination places to states and territories. These allocations will be updated after the 2020-21 Federal Budget is handed down in October.

The Department of Home Affairs has directed that until this time, all nominations must be justifiable in relation to their likely contribution to Australia’s economic recovery, and follow three priorities:

  1. High quality subclass 188 and 132 (Business Innovation and Investment Program) nomination applications.
  2. Applicants critical to supporting Tasmania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services, or delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery.
  3. Applicants currently in Australia who can demonstrate their capacity to meaningfully contribute to economic recovery.

What does this mean for applicants?

All new and existing nomination applications will be considered according to these priorities, with those in critical roles being nominated first.

Existing applicants who are not in critical roles will be considered only after priority applications for critical roles have been processed.

Decisions on non-critical role applications may not be available until October or later. Only those applicants with the most compelling claims will be nominated.

Imminent visa expiry is not sufficient to give priority to an application. If your visa is about to expire you should contact the Department of Home Affairs or a Registered Migration Agent about your visa options.

What does it mean for applications lodged before 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 (Subclass 491 / Subclass 190)?

Migration Tasmania willemail all applicants who lodged their application, offering them an opportunity to either:

  • request priority consideration on the basis that they are engaged in a critical role supporting the health system or the Tasmanian economy, or
  • withdraw their application for nomination and receive a full refund of the application fee, or
  • continue with their application in respect of a requirement to demonstrate that their nomination will lead to a genuine ongoing and meaningful contribution to Tasmania’s economic recovery.

Applicants who request their application continue to be considered for nomination will not receive a refund regardless of the outcome.

Applicants who are not employed in critical roles will not be nominated unless they can strongly demonstrate that their nomination will genuinely benefit economic recovery in Tasmania.

There is no guaranteed timeframe for an outcome and applicants in non-critical roles may not receive an outcome until October or later.

Migration Tasmania will competitively assess all existing applications in accordance with priorities established by the Department of Home Affairs.

With the very limited number of nomination places available, nomination cannot be guaranteed and only those in critical roles or able to provide the most compelling claims will be supported.

 

What does it mean for applications lodged after 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 (Subclass 491 / Subclass 190)?

All new applications lodged after 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 must meet the minimum requirements of their chosen nomination category and demonstrate that the applicant is critical to supporting Tasmania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

Applicants must provide a letter of support from their employer clearly explaining how their role is critical to providing medical services, the supply of essential goods and services, or delivering services in sectors critical to Tasmania’s economic recovery. If an applicant cannot show that their role is critical, it will not be supported for nomination.

This requirement will be reviewed after the Federal Budget in October when full details of the 2020-21 nomination allocations and requirements are announced by the Department of Home Affairs.

What are critical roles?

The Department of Home Affairs provides guidance on critical roles or critical skills at https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/critical-skills-and-sectors#toc-1. For Tasmania these roles include those:

  • directly assisting in Tasmania’s COVID-19 response directly engaged by Tasmanian Government
  • providing critical or specialist medical services or delivering medical supplies potentially associated with COVID-19 response. This includes all general nursing and medical positions with the Tasmanian Health Service
  • directly involved in the supply of essential goods and services (medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry) including highly skilled and specialised roles in:
  • infrastructure engineering and maintenance such as dams, large-/high-complexity bridges, irrigation schemes, transport logistics planning and maintenance
  • agriculture such as artificial insemination technicians, wool classers, livestock pregnancy scanners
  • the supply of essential goods and services which would be in jeopardy without the applicant.

*This does not include lower level positions such as retail workers, harvest labour, delivery drivers, or warehouse staff.

  • delivering services in sectors critical to economic recovery such as financial technology, large scale manufacturing, film and television production and emerging technology which:
  • must be high-value/highly-skilled/specialised roles
  • would normally include a significant and recognised contribution to export income, significant flow-on employment and economic benefits, high-value national/ international exposure.

*This will not generally include small scale, locally-oriented operations.

In addition, Tasmania will accept new applications from people employed in:

  • health and allied health occupations, including in private and not-for-profit sectors
  • senior support workers/enrolled nurses/registered nurses in aged, disability and community care (minimum diploma qualified).

The scope of these priority areas may change as the needs of Tasmania’s economy evolves.

What is a genuine, ongoing and meaningful contribution to the Tasmanian economy?

Every nomination must be justified in terms of an applicant’s potential to contribute to economic recovery in Tasmania. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate how they meet this requirement.

Supporting claims may include:

  • employment in highly skilled, hard to fill roles
  • high value skills or experience not readily found in the local community
  • long-term high-value financial contribution to the local economy leading to additional employment outcomes for locals
  • involvement in Tasmanian business or enterprise that is significantly reliant on the applicant’s ongoing presence in Tasmania
  • a clear, plausible potential to live in Tasmania and contribute to the development of skills which are needed in Tasmania.

What does it mean for Subclass 188 and 132 visa nomination applications?

More information on interim business nomination program arrangements and priorities will be available in the near future.

Where can I find more information?

Further information about the interim program priorities and advice for applicants can be found here.

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

The rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 has necessitated temporary changes to eligibility for the Subclass 491: 3A Overseas Applicant (TSOL) nomination category.

As of 20 March 2020, applications for this category are temporarily restricted until further notice to occupations listed in the ‘High Demand’ section of the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List (TSOL). Please do not LODGE or PAY for a Category 3A application if your occupation is not in the ‘HIGH DEMAND’ on the TSOL. Your application will NOT be assessed.

Applications under Category 3A lodged prior to this date which specify other occupations will still be considered. Applicants with ‘High Demand’ occupations will, however, be given priority. This means processing times for other Category 3A applications with occupations not listed in the High Demand section will become extended (approximately 6 months from lodgement).

The updated Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List (TSOL) can be found here.

Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

Meeting the minimum nomination requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered state nomination from the Tasmanian Government. The Department of Home Affairs sets a nomination quota for the state each year, which limits the number of applicants that can be nominated.

If you are able to meet the minimum nomination requirements, your application will be competitively assessed against other eligible applications, with a focus on your ability to address a number of criteria, including:

  • your demonstrated ability and commitment to establishing yourself, and any dependents, in Tasmania with a view to your prospects for long-term settlement in the state
  • the demand for your particular skills and expertise, and your ability to find work in Tasmania
  • the suitability and transferability of your qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities – to the needs of Tasmania’s labour market
  • the skills and background of dependent family members
  • your level of English language competency

Applicants who have skills in areas of particular need within the Tasmanian economy will be held in high regard, particularly if living in an area outside of Greater Hobart. These include:

  • health
  • trades and construction
  • engineering
  • community services (including aged and disability care)

 

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act 491 / 190 nomination guidelines

ACT 491 / 190 Nomination Guidelines August 2020

ACT 491 / 190 nomination guidelines – Matrix submitted AFTER 19 August 2020.

 

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) offers Territory nomination  to Canberra Residents under the following skilled migration streams:

• Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (Permanent) subclass 190 visa.

The Canberra Matrix is closed to overseas applicants.

Before applying for ACT nomination, you must complete the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) SKILLSELECT and meet the Home Affairs points test (currently 65 points).

Applying for ACT nomination is a two-stage process:

  1. You must formally express an interest in applying for ACT nomination by completing a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’ where you are allocated points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit and/or a genuine commitment to be part of the ACT community. You can select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination.  The highest-ranked candidates in each stream will then be selected and invited to apply for the ACT nomination. There is no guarantee that your Matrix score will be ranked as the demand for ACT nomination far exceeds the number of nomination places available each year.
  2. If you are invited to apply for the ACT nomination, you must complete and submit the online application (and pay the service fee) within 14 days. You must attach the required documents to evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date of Matrix submission.

You must read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully to ensure that you are eligible to complete the Canberra Matrix for ACT 491 / 190 nomination. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, your supporting documentation must evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix.

 

Part ONE

ACT nomination priorities

The Australian Government’s priority for migration in 2020-21 is supporting Australia’s economic and public health response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes an emphasis on migrants who will make productive investments in Australia, create jobs for Australians, provide critical health and medical skills, and support economic productivity.

Under the Territory Migration Agreement, the ACT is allocated a fixed number of nominations each year. The Australian Government has directed that nominations provided to states and territories are focused on applicants critical to supporting the effort in response to COVID-19 pandemic. This includes individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services; and those who deliver services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery. See ACT Critical Skills List.

ACT Nomination Guidelines

These guidelines explain how to express interest in applying for ACT nomination by completing a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’. The Matrix allocates points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit, English proficiency, formal qualifications, length of ACT residence/study, investment activity and close family ties. All Matrix scores are then ranked with the highest-ranked candidates invited to apply for ACT nomination.

Please note: You must read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, your supporting documents must evidence your eligibility and all Matrix points claimed at the date of Matrix submission.

 

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with Home Affairs SkillSelect.

Before completing the Canberra Matrix, you must be eligible to apply for a skilled migration visa to Australia. You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to migrate to Australia through the Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect. You must:

  • Have a suitable skill assessment in your nominated occupation and meet the Home Affairs points test (currently 65 points).
  • Select the ACT as your preferred location to live in Australia. If the ACT is not selected, you will not meet the genuine commitment criteria for ACT nomination.
  • Meet the Home Affairs criteria at the date of ACT nomination decision. The ACT is unable to nominate an applicant who does not meet the age criteria, has an expired skill assessment or English test result.

If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination and your application is approved, your Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI will be confirmed and Home Affairs will automatically issue the visa invitation.

Choose an ACT nomination pathway – provisional 491 or permanent 190

The ACT offers nomination under the following State / Territory nominated skilled migration streams:

  • Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visas.
  • Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visas.

You must meet the eligibility criteria for ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination before you can complete the Canberra Matrix:

  • Canberra resident:
  • Eligibility criteria – ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination: page 6
  • Canberra Matrix 491 / 190 scoring table: page 10
  • Overseas applicant: The Canberra Matrix is currently closed to overseas applicants.

How to complete the Canberra Matrix

  • Migration agents acting on behalf of a client must register and create an ACT agents account. The Canberra Matrix can be accessed from the ACT agent portal.
  • Individual candidates not using a migration agent are not required to create an account. The Canberra Matrix can be accessed at the Canberra Your Future

Before you complete the Canberra Matrix:

  • Read the nomination guidelines carefully and make sure that you are eligible to complete the Matrix.

Completing the Canberra Matrix:

  • Enter your personal information.
  • Select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination.
  • Select Canberra resident.
  • Select Eligibility criteria
  • Select a Matrix score in each category. Remember, your supporting documentation must evidence the Matrix points claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix. Documents dated after the Matrix is submitted will not meet the criteria.

Once you submit the Matrix, you will receive an email with a summary of the Matrix score claimed. The Matrix cannot be updated or withdrawn once it is submitted. If the claimed Matrix points increase/decrease due to an error or change in circumstances, you must complete a new Matrix; noting that your submission date/time will also change.

The Matrix will automatically expire six months after date of submission if an invitation is not issued. Once a Matrix has lapsed, it cannot be reactivated.

2020-21 Ranking and selection process

The Australian Government has directed the ACT to only nominate Canberra residents with skills that are critical to supporting the ACT’s post pandemic economic recovery.

Matrix submitted before 1 July 2020:

  • Canberra residents:
  • All Matrix submissions will be sorted and only applicants with an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List will be selected and, if ranked, invited to apply for ACT nomination.
    • 457 / 482 visa holders who do not have an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List must submit a new Matrix.
    • Matrix submissions that do not nominate an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List will not be ranked and will lapse after six months.
  • Overseas applicants.
  • The Canberra Matrix is closed to overseas applicants. Matrix submitted by overseas applicants will not be ranked and will automatically lapse after six months.

Matrix submitted after 18 August 2020

  • Canberra residents:
  • Separate invitation rounds will be held for the 491 and 190 nomination streams. The highest ranked candidates in each stream will be invited to apply for ACT nomination. Please note: an invitation may not be issued if an occupation cap is met.

Invitations to apply for ACT nomination

We will issue invitations on a regular basis; pro rata against the ACT allocation of nomination places set by Home Affairs. The number of invitations issued will vary in each round. The cut‑off for selection will depend on the occupation cap and the number of Matrix submitted. If there are more candidates with the same Matrix score than the number of invitation places available, selection may be based on the date and time of the Matrix submission.

Candidates may be selected and invited if their nomination is deemed to be of significant benefit to the Territory.

Cap on Occupations

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached. See ACT Critical Skills List.

Requests for ranking information

Invitations are not guaranteed. The ACT Skilled Migration team will not respond to requests for information on ranking or the likelihood of receiving an invitation. Candidates will not be prioritised or issued invitations based on personal circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to, visa expiry dates or a change in circumstances.

 

Part TWO 

Canberra resident – ACT provisional 491 nomination

Canberra Resident 491 – you must meet the following criteria before you are eligible to submit a Canberra matrix for ACT nomination of a Skilled Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa:

  • You must be residing in Canberra for at least three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission (and continuing until date of any invitation). Residence is defined as living and settled in Canberra. Visiting Canberra for short periods does not meet the residence criteria. You are not eligible for ACT nomination if you, your spouse/partner or children are living or working in another Australian state or territory.
  • You must meet one of the following two criteria:
  1. Your nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List;

OR

  1. You are the primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:
  • You have worked in Canberra for the sponsoring ACT employer for at least three months as the holder of a 457/482 visa.
  • The 457/482 visa must have a minimum 12 months validity at date of Matrix submission.
  • You must be working for an ACT employer in Canberra for at least three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission:
  • You must be working a minimum 20 hours per week in each of the thirteen weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission. Your employment must be continuous. Paid leave (annual, personal or maternity) meets the continuous employment criteria.
  • Unpaid personal leave does not meet the continuous employment criteria unless it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate (the certificate cannot be backdated). You cannot count any period of unpaid leave towards meeting the three months ACT employment For example, if you had five days unpaid leave you cannot submit the 491 Matrix until three months plus five days.
  • You must be in paid employment. Internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for this criterion.
  • You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self- employed. Your employer must be actively operating in the ACT for at least 12 months at date of matrix submission. The terms and conditions of employment must be in accordance with Australian legislation. Your income must not be less than the relevant award or market salary rate.
  • If you are self-employed on an ABN, you must have at least 12 months ACT business activity at date of Matrix submission. Your total income must be at least $500 pw for each week of self-employment claimed.
  • If you are working in Canberra but you are employed by an interstate employer, your employer must have an office / branch located within a 30-minute commute of Canberra (a serviced office or home office does not meet this criterion).
  • If you are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must have a current English test result that meets the Home Affairs level of ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English.
  • If you are including a spouse/partner and/or child in your application and they are in Australia, they must have lived in Canberra for the three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission. If they are not living in Canberra, you must attach evidence that they are living overseas.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points for a spouse/partner, you must have evidence of the relationship: either a marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner. The document must be dated before the Matrix is submitted.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points in the spouse/partner employment category, your spouse/partner must hold a current English test result with a competent or higher level of English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.
  • You must sign a Statutory Declaration committing to living and working in Canberra while your visa is processed and for at least two years from date of visa grant (see Attachment A).

Canberra resident – ACT permanent 190 nomination

Canberra resident 190 – you must meet the following criteria before you are eligible to submit a Canberra Matrix for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa:

  • You must be residing in Canberra for at least six months immediately before the date of Matrix submission and continuing until date of any invitation. Residence is defined as living and settled in Canberra. Visiting Canberra for short periods does not meet the residence criteria. You are not eligible for ACT nomination if you, your spouse/partner or children are living or working in another Australian state or territory.
  • You must meet one of the following two criteria:
  1. Your nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List; OR
  2. You are the primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:
  • You have worked in Canberra for the sponsoring ACT employer for at least six months as the holder of a 457/482 visa.
  • The 457/482 visa must have a minimum 12 months validity at date of Matrix submission.
  • You must be working fulltime for an ACT employer in Canberra for at least six months at date of matrix submission:
  • You must be working a minimum of 35 hours per week for the 26 weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission. Your employment must be continuous. Paid leave (annual, personal or maternity) meets the continuous employment criteria.
  • Unpaid personal leave does not meet the continuous employment criteria unless it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate (the certificate cannot be backdated). You cannot count any period of unpaid leave towards meeting the three months ACT employment For example, if you had five days unpaid leave you cannot submit the 190 Matrix until six months plus five days.
  • You must be in paid employment. Internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for this criterion.
  • You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self- employed. Your employer must be actively operating in the ACT for at least 12 months at date of matrix submission. The terms and conditions of employment must be in accordance with Australian legislation. Your income must not be less than the relevant award or market salary rate.
  • If you are self-employed on an ABN, you must have at least 12 months ACT business activity at date of Matrix submission. Your total income must be at least $1000 pw for each week of the employment period claimed.
  • If you are working in Canberra but you are employed by an interstate employer, your employer must have an office / branch located within a 30-minute commute of Canberra (a serviced office or home office does not meet this criterion).
  • If you are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must have a current English test result that meets the Home Affairs level of ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English.
  • If you are including a spouse/partner and/or child in your application and they are in Australia, they must have lived in Canberra for the six months immediately before the date of Matrix submission. If they are not living in Canberra, you must attach evidence that they are living overseas.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points for a spouse/partner, you must have evidence of the relationship: either a marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner. The document must be dated before the Matrix is submitted.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points in the spouse/partner employment category, your spouse/partner must hold a current English test result with a competent or higher level of English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.
  • You must sign a Statutory Declaration committing to living and working in Canberra while your visa is processed and for at least two years from date of visa grant (see Attachment A).

 

PART THREE

Canberra Matrix scoring – Canberra residents

The Canberra Matrix is completed for both ACT 491 nomination and ACT 190 nomination.

You can only select one option in the drop-down menu for each category. Claims must be true at the date of Matrix submission. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, you must provide supporting documents to evidence any Matrix score claimed. If the supporting documents are dated after the Matrix was submitted, the Matrix score claimed will not be accepted.

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
CATEGORY OPTION POINTS
 

LENGTH OF Current ACT residence

How long have you lived in Canberra in the last eight years?

·      Your bank statements must evidence your date of arrival and the claimed period of residence in Canberra.

·      You must record any period away from Canberra (seven days or more) in the ‘Summary of ACT residence’ at
Attachment D. This time away cannot be counted towards the claimed period of ACT residence.

·      You can study interstate for one or two days a week. However, if you studied more than two days (one night) a week interstate, you will not be considered an ACT resident for that period.

·      Your claimed period of ACT residence can be cumulative.

·      You cannot claim ACT residency for any period that you lived or worked interstate or overseas.

·      You can live within a 30-minute commute to Canberra as long as you are working in the ACT.

 

 

Five years plus.

 

 

25

Four to five years. 20
Three to four years. 15
Two to three years. 10
One to two years. 5
Less than one year. 0

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
English proficiency

What is your English proficiency level as defined by Home Affairs?

 

You must have a valid English test result.

 

Superior. 15
Proficient. 10
Competent. 0
Spouse/partner English proficiency What is your spouse/partner’s English proficiency as defined by Home Affairs?

 

They must have a valid English test result to claim points.

Superior/proficient.

Competent.

Not Applicable.

5

0

0
Nominated OccupationIs your nominated occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List? Your nominated occupation is ON the ACT Critical Skills List.

Your nominated occupation is NOT on the ACT Critical Skills List.

20

 

0

Length of ACT employment

How long have you worked for an ACT employer in Canberra in the two years immediately before the date of Matrix submission?

·      You may be working in any occupation.

·      While the employment does not have to be fulltime or permanent, you must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for each week that you claim towards the period of employment.

·      You may work for more than one ACT employer. The employment does not have to be continuous.

·      You may also be self-employed on an ABN if:

o    Your gross weekly income exceeds $500 for each week of employment claimed; and

o    Your business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

 

 

Employed for 12 months plus.

 

 

10

 

Employed for six to 12 months.

 

5

 

Not applicable.

 

0

 

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
ACT employment – skill level

Are you currently working for an ACT employer in Canberra in a highly skilled position? You must meet the minimum criteria below:

·      You must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for the last three months immediately before date of Matrix submission.

·      The employment must be continuous. Unpaid leave does not meet this criterion.

·      You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self-employed if you are working in the same occupation and at the same skill level.

·      Your gross income must be no less than $50,000 per annum for fulltime employment; or $26 per hour (excluding casual loading) for part time/casual employment.

·      Your employer must provide a Statutory Declaration confirming employment.  See Attachment E.

·      If you are self-employed on an ABN:

Your gross weekly income exceeds $500 for each week of employment claimed; and

Your business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

·      You have a tertiary qualification relevant to your occupation. Your qualification must be dated before you commenced employment. A RPL certificate is not recognised as a tertiary qualification.

·      Any employment claimed must be recorded on your SkillSelect EOI.

 

 

1.      You are working in your nominated occupation which is on the current ACT Critical Skills List. Your occupation must be recorded as ‘relevant’ on your SkillSelect EOI.

 

2.      You are the primary holder of a subclass 457 / 482 visa and you are working for the ACT employer who sponsored your visa. Your occupation must be recorded as ‘relevant’ on your SkillSelect EOI.

 

3.      You are working in an occupation that is on the current ACT Critical Skills List; but it is not your nominated occupation.

 

4.      You are working in an occupation that has an ANZSCO skill level 1 to 3.

 

5.   Not applicable.

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

5

 

0

 

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
Spouse/partner employment

Is your spouse / partner currently working in the ACT or surrounding ‘commuter’ region? They must meet the minimum criteria below:

·           They must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for the three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission.

·           Their employment must be continuous. Unpaid personal leave does not meet the continuous employment criteria unless it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate

·           Unpaid leave cannot be counted towards the three months employment criteria.

·           They must have a valid English test result at a minimum level of ‘competent’ English; hold an Australian passport; or hold a valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.

·           They may work for more than one employer and / or be self-employed.

·           Their employer must provide a Statutory Declaration confirming their employment.  See Attachment E.

·           If they are self-employed on an ABN:

Their gross weekly income exceeds $500 for each week of employment claimed; and

Their business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

 

 

1.      They are working in an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. They must have a skill assessment relevant to their current employment. Their taxable income must be no less than $26 per hour (excluding casual loading).

 

 

15

2.      They have a current skill assessment and it is relevant to their current ACT employment. Their gross income must be no less than $26 per hour (excluding casual loading).

 

10
3.      They are currently working in any occupation, at any skill level, in Canberra.

 

Spouse employability

5
4.      They do not meet the 3 months employment criterion, but they have a:

·      Tertiary qualification (requiring at least 3 years full time continuous study) from an Australian or overseas institution in any occupation; and

·       A valid English test result at a minimum level of ‘competent’ English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.

 

 

 

5

5.      Not applicable. 0

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
terTiary Qualification

What tertiary qualification do you hold from an Australian or international educational institution?

Your selected qualification must be recorded on your Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI

 

Doctoral degree.

Master’s Degree

Bachelor’s degree or trade certificate

Diploma qualification/s – at least two years full time study.

Not applicable.

20

15

 

10

 

5

 

0

years of study at an ACT Tertiary Institution.

For how many years did you study fulltime to complete a CRICOS* registered course, and / or attend a Professional Year (PY) program, at an ACT institution in the last eight years?

·      You must have a letter of course completion from the ACT institution to evidence the claimed period and location of study. 

·      You must be resident in Canberra during your claimed period of study. Distance education or online attendance is not accepted.

·      A PY undertaken in the ACT meets the one-year study criteria.

·      Two or more courses, including a PY, may be counted to evidence the period of ACT study.  The courses cannot be concurrent.

·      The courses do not have to be continuous.

CRICOS* – Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. An academic year is at least a total of 46 weeks.

 

Four academic years or more of study.

 

Three academic years of study.

 

Two academic years of study.

 

One academic year of study.

 

Not applicable.

 

20

 

 

15

 

10

 

5

 

0

Close family ties

Do you have a close family member who has lived in Canberra for the last two years?

A close family member is defined as a spouse/ partner, parent, child, brother, sister or grandparent of the main applicant or their spouse/ partner.

Australian citizen/permanent resident spouse/partner, child.

Australian citizen/permanent resident parent, grandparent, brother, sister.

Not applicable.

20

 

 

10

 

0

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
Assets in Canberra

1.      You (and a spouse/partner if applicable) have invested at least $250,000 cash to purchase a residential or commercial property in Canberra (purchase of land only does not meet this criteria)? You must hold the Certificate of Title or a rates notice to evidence ownership.

2.      You have purchased/established a business in Canberra. You have majority ownership and minimum $200,000 turnover in one of the last two years.

3.      You have invested in a start-up business in the ACT that is typically technology oriented and has high growth potential.

 

 

1.      Minimum $250,000 cash investment in ACT residential or commercial property.

 

2.      Minimum $200,000 investment to purchase / establish a business.

 

3.      $200,000 third party investment in a start-up ACT business.

 

4.      Not applicable

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

 

5

 

0

 

 

PART FOUR 

Overseas applicant – ACT 491 / 190 nomination

Overseas applicant: – The ACT is not offering 491 / 190 nomination to overseas applicants in 2020-21.

 

PART FIVE

Invitation to apply for ACT nomination

If you are selected to apply for ACT nomination, you will receive an invitation email with a web link to the online application. Migration agents may access the application via their agent account.

If you do not wish to accept the invitation e.g. you submitted multiple matrix or you cannot evidence the matrix scores claimed, the invitation will lapse after 14 days.

By accepting the invitation and submitting the application for ACT nomination, you are agreeing to reside in Canberra during the nomination and visa application process. If the ACT nominated visa is approved, you agree to continue residing in Canberra for at least two years from date of visa grant.

The signed declaration ‘Nomination Obligations to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)’, must be attached to your application for ACT nomination. See Attachment A.

Completing the application for ACT nomination

An invitation does not guarantee that ACT nomination will be approved. You must complete the application for ACT nomination and provide the required supporting documents to evidence your eligibility to apply for ACT nomination and the Matrix score that the invitation was based on. Claims must be true at the date of Matrix submission.

See: Document checklist at PART SIX (page 18)

Your application for ACT nomination must be submitted (with service fee payment confirmed) within 14 days of date of invitation. If the application is not submitted within 14 days, the invitation will automatically expire and cannot be reactivated.

Once payment of the service fee is confirmed by email (within three working days), the application will be lodged and queued for processing.

Assessing the application

All applications are processed in submission date order. No requests for priority processing will be considered.

The standard processing period is 45 working days. For the current processing date click here.

Assessment of your application for ACT nomination will be based solely on the supporting documents provided at the time of lodgement. Additional documentation will not be accepted once the application is submitted. The case officer will not contact you for additional information or for clarification if your supporting documentation does not clearly demonstrate your eligibility or Matrix score claimed.

If the application is incomplete, or it does not clearly evidence the eligibility criteria or Canberra Matrix score claimed as at the date of Matrix submission, the application will be refused.

 

Offer of ACT nomination

Approval: If the application for ACT nomination is approved, your SkillSelect EOI will be confirmed and Home Affairs will simultaneously issue the visa invitation. You will be unable to update the SkillSelect EOI once ACT nomination is confirmed. You will then have 60 days to apply to Home Affairs for the ACT nominated skilled migration visa. ACT nomination does not guarantee that the skilled migration visa will be granted.

Only one ACT nomination place is offered per applicant. We will not confirm a new SkillSelect EOI if you made an error and/or are unable to apply for the visa.

Refusal: If the application for ACT nomination is refused, you will be informed of the reasons. You may only request a reconsideration of the refusal decision if you can show that your original supporting documents met the eligibility criteria and Matrix score. A request for reconsideration must be in writing. Additional documentation will not be accepted.

Applying for the ACT nominated skilled migration visa

Once the visa invitation is issued by Home affairs, you must lodge the visa application within 60 days. If the visa application is not lodged with Home Affairs within 60 days, the offer of ACT nomination will expire. This timeframe will not be extended.

Please note: If your application for an ACT nominated visa is refused by Home Affairs, the ACT Government will not, under any circumstances, appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on your behalf.

Nomination obligations – living in Canberra

As part of your application for ACT nomination, you signed a declaration agreeing that ACT nomination is exclusive to the ACT and is NOT transferable to any other state or territory in Australia.

The ACT Government expects you to meet your obligations to live in Canberra for at least two years from the date of visa grant / permanent arrival in Australia. The ACT Government will inform Home Affairs if you do not make a genuine effort to meet your obligations to live in Canberra.

Notification of Home Affairs Visa Decision

You must inform us when your visa is granted, by email and attach a copy of the visa grant notification. If you are overseas, you must let us know your expected arrival date in Canberra.

Email: welcometocanberra@act.gov.au

Welcome to Canberra Settlement Service

The ACT Skilled Migration team provides a free settlement service to help ACT-nominated overseas migrants settle in Canberra. The Welcome to Canberra team will:

  • Provide information and advice while you are waiting for your visa, and, if you have questions about living in Canberra, refer you to the relevant websites;
  • Follow up with a phone call or email eight weeks after you have arrived in Canberra.

For more information email: welcometocanberra@act.gov.au

Monitoring Program

As part of your signed nomination obligations you have agreed to:

  • Live and work in Canberra for at least two years from visa grant/arrival in Australia
  • Complete settlement surveys at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after arrival
  • Inform us of any change to your contact details for two years after visa grant/arrival.

 

Disclaimer

The Australian Migration Programme does not guarantee a migration outcome for any temporary resident / international student in Australia. Neither is ACT nomination guaranteed for ACT residents who may be eligible for nomination. The demand for ACT nomination may exceed the Home Affairs allocation of nomination places; and many candidates may not rank highly enough to be selected and invited to apply for nomination.

The ACT Government and its employees are not liable for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided to the applicant in the context of their application for ACT nomination. The ACT Government is not responsible for finding employment, accommodation or providing financial incentive or assistance to ACT nominated skilled visa holders or other migrants.

These guidelines are subject to change without notice at any time; and must be read in conjunction with the information on the Canberra Your Future website.

 

PART SIX – DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

Mandatory documents

All applications for ACT nomination must include the following supporting documents to evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed as at date of Matrix submission.

Once the application is lodged, additional documents will not be accepted or requested by the case officer.

  • Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI summary: showing personal, education, English and employment details submitted
  • Home Affairs SkillSelect points advice.
  • International Movement Record’ from the Department of Home Affairs (if applicable).
  • Current skill assessment in the nominated occupation (all pages of the assessment must be attached).
  • Passport bio-page.

·           Bank statements (Canberra residents only): must evidence your claimed date of arrival in Canberra. You must also provide a bank statement for each year claimed as a period of ACT residence; and from the date of Matrix submission until date of invitation.

  • Your bank statements must reflect that you were living and settled in Canberra. They must include your transaction history including regular shopping activity and bill payments. The bank statement must also evidence your claimed period of employment. Salary payments must be highlighted on the bank statement; and the corresponding payments recorded on the Summary of Working Hours (at Attachment C)

·           Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume: which clearly states personal details, educational qualifications and work experience.

·           Declaration of ACT nomination Obligations: a signed and witnessed declaration that you acknowledge and accept ACT nomination obligations (at Attachment A)

  • Summary of Working Hours (Canberra residents only): a clear record of the total hours worked, and net salary paid for each pay cycle in the claimed period of ACT employment at date of Matrix submission. The net salary must correspond with the bank statement. You must record every pay period: weekly (minimum 20 hrs), fortnightly (minimum 40 hrs), or monthly (minimum 86.6hrs) for the length of employment claimed. If you did not work in a particular period, you must leave that period blank.  Any period of unpaid personal leave must be evidenced by a valid medical certificate. If you are working for more than two employers in any claimed period, you can construct your own spreadsheet to clearly evidence the employment claims made (at Attachment C)
  • Summary of ACT residence (Canberra residents only): a clear record of your ACT residence and any period you were not living in Canberra for more than seven days at a time; including holidays interstate or overseas. (at Attachment D)

 

  • ACT employment (Canberra residents only):
  • Employees
  • All payslips or pay advice for the claimed period of ACT employment. If your income is consecutively paid into your bank account, you are only required to provide the first, mid and last payslips to evidence the claimed period of employment (if your bank statements evidence the regular net salary payments).
  • Employment contract or employer statement of service. The commencement date and period of employment must be specified.
  • Cash salary payments:
  • All payslips for the claimed period of ACT employment. If there are corresponding cash deposits of your net income into your bank account (for each pay period) you are only required to provide the first, mid and last payslips to evidence the claimed period of employment (as long as your bank statements evidence the regular salary payments).
  • Employment contract or employer statement of service.
  • ‘Pay As You Go (PAYG) payment summary – individual non-business’, to evidence annual salary for the relevant period. If you do not have the PAYG payment summary to evidence the payment of salary in cash, the claim for employment is unlikely to be accepted.
  • For self-employed only:
  • Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • Evidence of work undertaken e.g. tax invoices; client schedules; work sheets; partner payment summaries; working hours log sheets etc.
  • Evidence of 12 months ACT business activity: Australian Tax Office (ATO) Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments for last 12 months.
  • Bank statements to evidence that your minimum income exceeds $500 per week (or $1000 per week if fulltime) for any claimed period of employment.

Please note: The ACT will not condone the employment of intending migrants where the terms and conditions of employment do not comply with Australian legislation; including compliance with the relevant Award or Agreement. In addition, Skills Canberra must be satisfied that you are working in a genuine position. If concerns are held that the position is not genuine, or there is evidence of significant churn of employees working in the same position for the same employer, the claim for employment points will not be accepted.

 

  • English:
  • Either a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom; Canada; New Zealand; United States of America; or Republic of Ireland (to evidence competent English only); OR
  • A valid English language test result accepted by Home Affairs evidencing the claimed level of English ability.
  • Spouse/partner (if applicable):
  • Passport bio-data page.
  • Evidence of relationship: marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner.
  • Canberra residents only:
    • Evidence of ACT residence immediately before date of matrix submission;
    • Summary of ACT residence (at Attachment D).
    • Bank statements to evidence the minimum period of ACT residence; and up to the date of invitation.
    • One of the following: phone account; utility account; electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE); employment payslips; credit/store card statement.
    • If your spouse is not living in Canberra, provide evidence that they are living overseas.
  • Commitment statement: In no more than two pages, explain in your own words why you want to live in Canberra for at least two years from visa grant/permanent arrival.
  • Current Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO). Attach a copy of the visa grant notification for the last substantive visa held for main applicant; and partner/spouse if applicable.
  • Financial capacity:
  • For Canberra residents – while you are not required to provide evidence of your financial capacity, you must declare your assets available for settlement when completing the online application.

Service fee: A$300

A non-refundable service fee is charged for processing applications for ACT nomination. The service fee is an administration charge only and does not guarantee the approval of a nomination. The service fee of $300 may be paid by one of the following options:

·           Credit Card – ‘pay now’ or ‘pay later’.

Select ‘pay now’ on the online application.

Select ‘pay later’ and access ‘Pay an ACT Government Account’

·           Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) – pay later

Westpac Bank – City Walk, Canberra, 2600
Account name: ‘EDD Operating Account’
BSB: 032-777

Account Number: 000145
Reference: Application reference number

Email the EFT receipt and a copy of the ‘payment pending’ email to: migrationservices@act.gov.au

 

Additional documents to evidence the Matrix score claimed

The following documents must be attached to must evidence your Matrix claims as at date of Matrix submission. Once the application is lodged, additional documents will not be accepted or requested by the case officer.

  • ACT employment – Skill Level
    • A Statutory Declaration from your ACT employer confirming your position title, duties, salary and commencement date (at Attachment E).
  • Partner/spouse employment (Canberra residents only):
    • Summary of Working Hours: a clear record of the total hours worked, and net salary paid for each pay cycle in the thirteen weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission. (at Attachment C)
    • Minimum competent level English: current English test result, Australian passport or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.
    • Bank statement to evidence claimed period of employment; with salary payments highlighted.
    • A Statutory Declaration from their employer confirming the position, duties, salary and commencement date (at Attachment E).
    • Employment contract/statement of service; and first, middle and last pay slips for claimed period of employment.
    • Skill assessment relevant to current occupation (if applicable).
    • If not working, academic transcript and completion letter from the tertiary institution to evidence three years full time study.
  • Tertiary qualification (if applicable)
    • Academic Transcript – record of your enrolment history, including results received, courses attempted, and awards conferred.
    • Letter of course completion from tertiary institution.
  • Period of completed ACT study (if applicable)
    • Academic Transcript from ACT institution- record of your enrolment history, including results received, courses attempted, and awards conferred.
    • Letter of course completion from ACT tertiary institution.
  • Close family members living in Canberra
  • Evidence of the close familial relationship with the Canberra resident:
    • Spouse/partner: marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration; or
    • Birth certificates to evidence the familial relationship between you and the ACT family member.
  • From your Canberra relative:
    • Evidence of two years ACT residence: bank statements, rates notice, utilities bill or PAYG summary; and
    • Evidence of Australian citizenship or residency.

                   Please note: Statutory Declarations will NOT be accepted as evidence of relationship.

  • ACT assets
  • Residential or commercial property: Certificate of Title; purchase settlement statement; evidence of minimum $250,000 cash investment; letter of mortgage approval (if applicable).
  • Majority business ownership: ABN; ASIC Business Name Summary; evidence of minimum $200,000 turnover in one of the last two years; Business Activity Statements (BAS) for the last two years.
  • Evidence of $200,000 investment in a start‑up ACT business, and description of ACT business activity.

Attaching documents to your application

Supporting documents must be attached in one of the following supported formats to be accepted (MS word, Excel, JPG, GIF, TIF, Acrobat PDF).

Maximum file size for each document is 10 Megabytes (10 MB)

Only one document can be attached per field. Documents already uploaded will be overwritten by trying to attach a second document in the same field.  If you wish to attach additional supporting documents against a criterion, please use the ‘Additional Supporting Documents’ screen.

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Nomination obligations

Attachment B – Financial declaration (overseas applicants only) – Not included

Attachment C – Summary of working hours (Canberra residents only)

Attachment D – Summary of ACT residence

Attachment E – Statutory Declaration from ACT employer

Attachment A

Nomination Obligations to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

I (name)………………………………………………………………………………. (DOB)….…/..…../.……

of (address)……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

do solemnly and sincerely declare that:

  • The information contained in my application for ACT nomination of a Skilled Migration visa is true and accurate.
  • I have read and understand my obligations in relation to ACT residence as provided in the ACT Nomination Guidelines, and my commitment to reside permanently in Canberra is ongoing and genuine.
  • (For applicants who are Canberra residents): I agree to reside in Canberra during the ACT nomination and visa application process.
    • I understand that the ACT Government reserves its right to withdraw ACT nomination if, at any time until the visa is granted, they are satisfied that I do not have a genuine commitment to reside in Canberra.
    • If the ACT nominated skilled migration visa is approved, I agree to reside in Canberra for at least two years from date of visa grant.
  • (For applicants who are overseas): I have researched relevant employment opportunities in Canberra and am satisfied that there are sufficient employment opportunities in my nominated occupation relevant to my skill set and experience in Canberra. I am aware that Australian labour market conditions may vary significantly as the employment market fluctuates at different times of the year; and from year to year. I understand that I need to be realistic about employment expectations as it can take, on average, six months to secure employment. I understand that I will compete for employment vacancies with all people in the labour market as part of a normal selection process.
    • If the ACT nominated skilled migration visa is approved, I agree to reside in the ACT for at least two years following the date of my permanent arrival in Australia.
  • I will inform the ACT Skilled Migration team when the visa application is decided by Home Affairs and, if travelling from overseas, my expected arrival date in Canberra.
  • I agree that ACT nomination is exclusive to the ACT and is NOT transferable to any other Australian state or territory. I understand that the ACT Government will inform the Department of Home Affairs if I do not make a genuine effort to reside in Canberra for at least two years from date of visa grant / permanent arrival.
  • I understand that the ACT will monitor my settlement in Canberra for two years from date of visa grant / permanent arrival and I agree to complete the six monthly settlement surveys for the first two years.
  • I have access to enough financial resources to support myself (and any dependents) while securing employment in Canberra if my visa application is successful.
  • I understand that the ACT Government is not responsible for finding employment, accommodation or providing a financial incentive to ACT nominated skilled migrants.
  • I understand that the ACT Government or employees of the ACT Government are not liable for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided to the applicant in the context of their application for ACT nomination.

The information you provide with your application is collected by Skills Canberra, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development, a Directorate of the ACT Government and will be used to assess your application for an ACT nomination. For details on the collection of personal information please refer to the Canberra Create Your Future privacy notice. Information you provide in the settlement surveys will be used to monitor your settlement if you are a successful applicant. Depersonalised settlement information may be used to compile statistical reports for ACT Government internal reporting and may be published in media releases. Any information submitted by you in and/or with your application and in the settlement surveys which contains personal information will be stored, used and disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the Information Privacy Act 2014.

 

Signature of applicant: ……………………………………..…………..                         Date: ……./..…./…….

Name of Witness ………………………………………………………….

Signature of witness: ………………………………………………….…..                         Date……./……./……..

 

 

Attachment C

SUMMARY OF WORKING HOURS

 

Name: ………………………………………………………………………………. (main applicant/spouse)                                                                       

 

Date Matrix submitted: ……/……/……

You must record your employer, occupation and every pay cycle (weekly, fortnight or monthly) for the length of

employment claimed.  If you did not work, you must leave that pay cycle blank. Any period of

unpaid personal leave must be evidenced by a valid medical certificate. If you are working for more than two

employers in any claimed period, you can construct your own spreadsheet.

If the case officer is not satisfied that your ‘summary’ clearly records the total hours worked for each pay period,

your claims against the employment criteria will not be accepted. 

 

  Employer:

 

Occupation:

Employer:

 

Occupation:

Total

Hours

worked

Pay Period Hours Net salary Pay date Hours Net salary Pay date
 

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Attachment D

SUMMARY OF ACT RESIDENCE

 

Name: ………………………………………………………………………………. (main applicant / spouse)                                                                       

 

Date Matrix submitted: ……/……/……

Date of arrival in Canberra:

 

……/……/……

 

 

 

What period of ACT residence are you claiming (in the last eight years) at date of Matrix submission?

 

Visit to Canberra         

 

Less than one year      

 

One to two years        

 

Two to three years  

 

Three to four years

 

Four to five years

 

Five years plus

 

 

You must record any time that you spent away from Canberra (for seven days or more) for each year of residence claimed.  You may travel interstate for a maximum of six weeks in any year without it affecting your claim for a year of residence. The year counts back from date of Matrix submission.

You can study interstate for one or two days a week. However, if you study interstate for more than two days a week, you will not be considered an ACT resident for that period. If you worked interstate, you cannot claim ACT residence for that period.

 

Bank statements: Your bank statements must evidence your claimed date of arrival in Canberra. You must also provide a bank statement (with salary payments highlighted) for each year of residence claimed at date of matrix submission; and until date of invitation to apply for ACT nomination. You must highlight any period you spent away from Canberra for seven days or more. 

 

 

 

YEAR ONE

(the year before date of

matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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   Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year One: ………

 

 

 

 

YEAR TWO

 

(two years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Two: ………
 

YEAR THREE

 

(three years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Three ………
 

YEAR FOUR

 

(four years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Four: ………
 

YEAR FIVE

 

(five years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
…..…/…..…/…..… to …..…/..……/…..…

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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Five: ………

 

 

 

YEAR SIX

 

(six years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate  
…..…/…..…/…..… to …..…/..……/…..…

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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Six: ………
 

YEAR SEVEN

 

(seven years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
…..…/…..…/…..… to …..…/..……/…..…

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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Seven: ………
 

YEAR EIGHT

 

(eight years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
…..…/…..…/…..… to …..…/..……/…..…

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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Eight: ………

 

 

 

Commonwealth of Australia

STATUTORY DECLARATION

Statutory Declarations Act 1959

1  Insert the name, address and occupation of person making the declaration I,1

 

make the following declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959:

2  Set out matter declared to in numbered paragraphs 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I understand that a person who intentionally makes a false statement in a statutory declaration is guilty of an offence under section 11 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, and I believe that the statements in this declaration are true in every particular.

 

3  Signature of person making the declaration

 

4  [Optional: email address and/or telephone number of person making the declaration]

3

 

4

5  Place

6  Day

7  Month and year

Declared at 5                                            on 6                             of 7

Before me,

8  Signature of person before whom the declaration is made (see over) 8

 

9  Full name, qualification and address of person before whom the declaration is made (in printed letters)

10 [Optional: email address and/or telephone number of person before whom the declaration is made

 

9

 

 

10

 

 

Source: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/workspace/uploads/documents/act-nomination-guidelines-august-2020.pdf

Disclaimer:  The document is provided for general information purposes only. Your use of any of this information is at your own risk, and you should not use any of this information without first seeking legal and other professional advice. The provision of this document (and the documents themselves) do not constitute legal advice or opinions of any kind, or any advertising or solicitation. No lawyer-client, advisory, fiduciary or other relationship is created between VIVID EDUCATION and any person accessing or otherwise using any of the information. Vivid Education and its affiliates (and any of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, and employees) will not be liable for any damages, losses or causes of action of any nature arising from any use of any of this information.

 

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ACT Occupation list 2020

ACT Critical Skills List August 2020

ACT Critical Skills List August 2020

 

The ACT Critical Skills List is used to determine the eligibility for ACT nomination of the following programs:

• Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (Permanent) subclass 190 visa.

The Australian Government’s priority for migration in 2020-21 is supporting Australia’s economic and public health response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes an emphasis on migrants who will make productive investments in Australia, create jobs for Australians, provide critical health and medical skills, and support economic productivity.

Under the Territory Migration Agreement, the ACT is allocated a fixed number of nominations each year. The Australian Government has directed that the nominations provided to states and territories are to focus on applicants critical to supporting the COVID-19 response. This includes individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, those with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services, and people who deliver services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery.

New guidelines for ACT 491/190 is available here.

Cap on Occupations

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached.

 

ACT CRITICAL SKILLS LIST

26 August 2020

ANZSCO MAJOR Group Nomination places available each month ANZSCO Nominated Occupation
1311 

 

 

Less than 5 places 

 

131112 Sales & Marketing Manager
131113 Advertising Manager
131114 Public Relations Manager
1322 Less than 5 places 132211 Finance Manager
1331 Less than 15 places 133111 Construction Project Manager
1351 Less than 5 places 135112 ICT Project Manager
    135199 ICT Managers (nec)
1499 Less than 5 places 149913 Facilities Manager
 

2124 

 

 

 

Less than 5 places

 

212411 Copywriter
212412 Newspaper or Periodical Editor
212413 Print Journalist
212415 Technical Writer
212416 Television Journalist
212499 Journalist & other writers (nec)
 

2211 

 

 

Less than 10 places

 

221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
2223 Less than 5 places 222311 Financial Investment Adviser
    222312 Financial Investment Manager
2231 Less than 5 places 223112 Recruitment Consultant
2247 Less than 5 places 224711 Management Consultant
    224712 Organisation & Methods Analyst
2251 Less than 5 places 225111 Advertising Specialist
    225113 Marketing Specialist
2253 Less than 5 places 225311 Public Relations Professional

 

 

2321 Less than 5 places 232111 Architect
    232112 Landscape Architect
232411 Graphic Designer
2324  Less than 5 places 232412 Illustrator
    232414 Web Designer
 

 

2332 

 

 

 

 

Less than 5 places

 

 

233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
2339    Less than 5 places 233913 Biomedical Engineer
2411 Less than 5 places 241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
2524 Less than 5 places 252411 Occupational Therapist
2531 Less than 5 places 253111 General Practitioner
    253112 Resident Medical Officer
    254411 Nurse Practitioner
  254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  254413 Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
  254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emer.)
2544 Less than 10 places 254416 Registered Nurse (Develop. Disability)
  254417 Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehab.)
  254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
  254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
  254499 Registered Nurses (nec)

 

 

2611 Less than 20 places 261111 ICT Business Analyst
    261112 Systems Analyst
    261311 Analyst Programmer
    261312 Developer Programmer
2613  Less than 40 places 261313 Software Engineer
  261314 Software Tester
    261399 Software and Applications Prog. nec
262111 Database Administrator
2621  Less than 10 places 262112 ICT Security Specialist
    262113 Systems Administrator
263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer
 2631 Less than 5 places  263112 Network Administrator
    263113 Network Analyst
263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
 2632 Less than 10 places 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
    263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers (nec)
2713 Less than 5 places 271311 Solicitor
272311 Clinical Psychologist
  272312 Educational Psychologist
 2723 Less than 5 places 272313 Organisational Psychologist
  272314 Psychotherapist
    272399 Psychologist (nec)
2724 Less than 5 places 272412 Interpreter
    272499 Social Professionals (nec)
2725 Less than 5 places 272511 Social Worker
2726 Less than 5 places 272612 Recreation Officer
    272613 Welfare Worker

 

 

Source: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/act-critical-skill-list/

Disclaimer: The above set criteria and details about The eligibility of 485 PSW Visa have been copied from http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/act-critical-skills-list/ ‘as is’ and no alterations have been madeThe document is provided for general information purposes only. Your use of any of this information is at your own risk, and you should not use any of this information without first seeking legal and other professional advice. The provision of this document (and the documents themselves) do not constitute legal advice or opinions of any kind, or any advertising or solicitation. No lawyer-client, advisory, fiduciary or other relationship is created between VIVID EDUCATION and any person accessing or otherwise using any of the information. Vivid Education and its affiliates (and any of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, and employees) will not be liable for any damages, losses, or causes of action of any nature arising from any use of any of this information.

 

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Occupation ceilings 2019/2020

Occupation ceilings

This document is published to give the readers an idea of the occupation ceilings & the number of invitations on the previous year. You can use this data to plan your studies & training accordingly.

Click Here to Check Current Occupation Ceilings for the 2020/2021 Program year.

 

An ‘occupation ceiling’ might be applied to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be selected for skilled migration from an occupation group. This ensures that the skilled migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that program year. Invitations will then be allocated to intending migrants in other occupation groups even if they are lower ranking.

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2019-2020 program year for each occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations by the four-digit ANZSCO code unit group.

Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. Stock employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

Occupation ceilings do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Occupation ceilings for the 2019-20 program year.

 

Occupation ID

Description Occupation Ceiling Value 2019-20 Invitations to 11/04/2020
1213 Livestock Farmers 5,934 0
1331 Construction Managers 4,983 <20
1332 Engineering Managers 1,000 <20
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000 <20
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,785 0
1399 Other Specialist Managers 3,044 <20
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000 0
2112 Music Professionals 1,000 <20
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,098 0
2211 Accountants* 2,746 654
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,552 371
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000 35
2243 Economists 1,000 <20
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 <20
2247 Management consultant 5,269 28
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 2,171 284
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000 <20
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000 119
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3,772 519
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,000 319
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1,000 223
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 1,600 381
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000 62
2339 Other Engineering Professionals* 1,000 237
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000 44
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000 37
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,472 <20
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000 <20
2345 Life Scientists 1,000 87
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,505 <20
2347 Veterinarians 1,000 <20
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,000 21
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 2,294 34
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,052 61
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,111 <20
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 3,407 76
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,203 <20
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000 0
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000 0
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000 <20
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,082 <20
2525 Physiotherapists 1,784 <20
2526 Podiatrists 1,000 0
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000 <20
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 3,550 48
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000 <20
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000 <20
2535 Surgeons 1,000 <20
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,250 82
2541 Midwives 1,218 <20
2544 Registered Nurses 17,509 567
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,587 608
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000 41
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,748 1926
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,887 489
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,553 599
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 259
2711 Barristers 1,000 <20
2713 Solicitors 4,650 27
2723 Psychologists 1,832 <20
2725 Social Workers 2,128 85
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 60
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 <20
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000 <20
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000 <20
3212 Motor Mechanics 6,399 <20
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 3,983 <20
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 7,007 0
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3241 Panelbeaters 1,000 0
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,610 0
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 8,536 <20
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,330 <20
3331 Glaziers 1,000 0
3332 Plasterers 2,100 0
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,682 0
3341 Plumbers 5,060 0
3411 Electricians 8,624 <20
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,851 0
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000 0
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 1,313 <20
3513 Chefs 2,738 55​​
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,051 0
3941 Cabinetmakers 2,112 0
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000 0
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4,071 0
4524 Sportspersons 1,000 0

*Occupations that are subject to pro-rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings

Disclaimer: The above set criteria and details about The eligibility of 485 PSW Visa have been copied from https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings ‘as is’ and no alterations have been made. The document is provided for general information purposes only. Your use of any of this information is at your own risk, and you should not use any of this information without first seeking legal and other professional advice. The provision of this document (and the documents themselves) do not constitute legal advice or opinions of any kind, or any advertising or solicitation. No lawyer-client, advisory, fiduciary or other relationship is created between VIVID EDUCATION and any person accessing or otherwise using any of the information. Vivid Education and its affiliates (and any of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, and employees) will not be liable for any damages, losses, or causes of action of any nature arising from any use of any of this information.

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Northern territory subclass 491 & 190 nomination Guidelines

Eligibility

Northern territory Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa and Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Minimum requirements

To migrate to Australia under a skilled visa, you and your dependant family members on the application must satisfy the Department of Home Affairs requirements.

A summary of key minimum requirements are:

Age

You must be under aged 45 years at the time of nomination.

Skills assessments

You will need a full skills assessment from a relevant Australian skills assessment and assessing authority, for the skilled occupation that you have nominated.

A skills assessment is an independent assessment of whether you have the skills and / or experience to undertake an occupation in Australia. For information about which skills assessment body provides an assessment for your occupation, go to the Department of Home Affairs website.

English

The minimum English language requirement is an outcome of competent unless otherwise specified by assessing / licensing or registration body or on the Northern Territory (NT) Migration Occupation List. Competent means the equivalent of at least IELTS 6.0 in each band level.

NT Government accepts all English tests approved by the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs.

For a list of language tests accepted and the comparison of test scores go to the Department of Home Affairs website.

Points test

Meet the skilled migration points test of 65 or higher.

In addition to the above, you must also meet the Northern Territory (NT) Government requirements.

These requirements can be changed at any time by the NT Government. NT nominations are issued at the discretion of the NT Government, and meeting these requirements does not guarantee a nomination.

If you already live in Australia

The Northern Territory (NT) Government grants nominations under the subclass 491 and 190 visas for individuals who meet the visa eligibility criteria set by the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs and can demonstrate strong employment outcomes in the NT and a long-term commitment to the NT workforce.

The NT Government considers a range of factors to inform decisions on applications for nomination. The following guidelines are intended to assist potential applicants, and are subject to change at the discretion of the NT Government. Each application will be assessed on its own merits. NT nominations are issued at the discretion of the NT Government, and meeting these guidelines do not guarantee a nomination.

Specific guidelines are provided for applicants in the following categories:

Eligible NT graduates

International student graduates who have studied in the NT will be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination if you have:

  • successfully completed one or more qualifications after studying in the NT, at an NT-based institution for two years in a single tertiary course or a set of nested tertiary courses, and
  • lived in the NT for a period of at least six continuous months immediately after the date of completion* of your last qualification, while holding a visa that allows full-time work (this requirement does not apply to students who completed all course requirements in semester one 2020 and produce a letter of completion dated prior to 1 August 2020), and
  • demonstrated genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment** from an NT employer in your nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

 

International student graduates who are unable to live in the NT for six months after completing two years of study in the NT will only be considered for a subclass 491 nomination. You must provide evidence of making genuine efforts to obtain employment** from an NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

You will be expected to demonstrate genuine efforts and progress towards being employed in the NT in your nominated occupation both during and after your studies. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

* Date of completion is the date on which you were notified that you have met all academic course requirements. This is the date when the final exam results or notice of course completion were available or published.

** Genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment can be demonstrated through evidence of a number of applications made over a period of time for jobs in relevant occupations in the NT, and other supporting evidence such as membership in relevant professional associations, or positive feedback from industry contacts in the NT.

 

Please note the following general information:

  • if you or any of your migrating dependants are currently living interstate, you will not be eligible for the Northern Territory (NT) nomination
  • if you or any of your migrating dependants are currently on a student visa and are currently studying in an NT institution, you will not be eligible for NT nomination
  • if you have already been nominated for a subclass 489 or 491 visa by the NT, you will not be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination.

If you apply from outside Australia

If you are currently living outside Australia, you will generally only be offered a subclass 491 nomination.

Offshore applicants must have been employed in their nominated occupation for at least 12 months out of the last 24 months prior to your application, or have relevant Australian qualifications.

Offshore applicants must have an offer of full-time relevant employment in the NT, if the NT Migration Occupation List requires it.

For documents required view how to apply.

Please note, that the NT has limited places for nomination, which means that applications must be of a very high standard to be nominated. Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee a nomination.

Commitment to the NT

Accepting a nomination from Australia’s NT Government means that you are agreeing to the following conditions:

  • live and work in the NT in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for at least three years from visa grant
  • let the NT Government know the status of your visa application – you need to do this when your visa is granted and when you arrive
  • regularly provide your current contact details to the NT Government
  • participate in surveys conducted by the NT Government.

Other NT residents

An NT resident applicant includes those on temporary visas with work rights, currently residing in the NT.

NT resident applicants will be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination if you:

  • demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least two consecutive years immediately prior to application
  • demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
  • demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation continuously for at least two years immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.

 

NT resident applicants will be considered for a subclass 491 nomination if you meet the following requirements:

  • applicants who started living in the NT prior to 1 July 2020, must:
    • demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to application
    • demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
    • demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.
  • applicants who start living in the NT on or after 1 July 2020, must:
    • demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least 12 consecutive months
    • demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
    • demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate that the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.

 

An eligible occupation for this purpose is:

  • the occupation identified in the skills assessment (nominated occupation), or
  • an occupation that is related to the nominated occupation. In order to be related to the nominated occupation, the majority of time in the position must be spent on tasks that align with the skills and knowledge required to undertake the nominated occupation.

 

The employment must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • the position must be based in the NT, and the employer must have a record of trading in the NT for at least 12 months
  • positions that are based at serviced office spaces or involve hot-desking arrangements will generally not be considered favourably
  • you must be paid at market salary.

 

Applicants who have not been employed in an eligible occupation will generally not qualify for NT nomination.

Applicants who have been employed on a full-time basis for at least six consecutive months in an occupation that is not an eligible occupation may qualify for a subclass 491 nomination on an exceptional and case by case basis if you are able to demonstrate the following:

  • the employer has made genuine efforts to recruit locally and the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident – at a minimum, evidence should include copies of advertisements placed, and a statement from the employer detailing the number of applicants and reasons as to why no Australian citizens or permanent residents have not been recruited
  • there is a genuine need for the position in the business – at a minimum, evidence should include a detailed statement from the employer explaining the need for the position and how the vacancy arose
  • you have made genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment in your nominated occupation or a related occupation in the NT – at a minimum, evidence must include copies / screenshots of applications made for relevant jobs and any feedback received.

 

Applicants who are on a Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) or Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) must provide a letter of support from your current subclass 457 or subclass 482 sponsoring business stating that they:

  • support your visa application
  • understand that you will not be tied to their business once the subclass 491 / subclass 190 visa is granted.

 

The NT Government may contact your employer. There may be circumstances where the need for support from your current employer can be waived.

 

 

If you are offered an NT Government nomination, a declaration form will be issued which will outline these obligations and you will be required to acknowledge, sign, and return.

Migration NT considers a number of factors in assessing commitment to the NT, including:

  • length of residency in the NT
  • previous travel to the NT
  • connections to the NT (for example, close family members being long-term residents of the NT).

 

Occupation

You must have a skilled occupation that is on the Australian Government’s current list of eligible skilled occupations.

The Northern Territory Migration Occupation List (NTMOL) provides an indication as to which of the eligible skilled occupations are in demand in the NT. Offshore applicants must read the NTMOL to determine their eligibility.

 

Employability

You must provide strong evidence of good employment prospects in the NT either in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

You can show you have good employment prospects by providing:

  • an offer of employment letter from an NT employer
  • a statement describing how your skills and experience meet NT employer needs
  • evidence that your occupation has been advertised in the NT multiple times and detailed explanations of how your qualifications and experience match the job vacancies
  • evidence of positive feedback from potential NT employers.

 

Please see specific information on the required evidence on employability for onshore and offshore applicants.

 

Financial capacity (for applicants outside the NT)

You must provide a list of all your financial assets in Australian dollars. You must provide verifiable documents evidence of those assets. For example, clear colour copies of bank statements, share certificates, property valuations and jewellery evaluations.

The table below gives you detail on the assets you need and the summary you have to provide.

Family composition Minimum value of net assets
Individual applicant AU$35 000
Applicant and spouse AU$50 000
Applicant and spouse plus one child AU$60 000
Applicant and spouse plus two children AU$65 000

 

How to submit your Northern Territory nomination application

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted in the Northern Territory (NT) Government online application system.

Documents you must provide

All applications must provide the following documents:

  • a clear colour copy of your skills assessment from the relevant Australian skills assessment and assessing authority, for the skilled occupation you have nominated
  • a detailed current curriculum vitae or resume
  • clear colour copies of your letters of completion, academic transcripts and certificates of qualifications
  • clear colour copies of your identity page of your passport and all dependent family members included in your application
  • evidence of your visa, if you are in Australia or have previously worked or studied in Australia
  • where required, verifiable evidence of your English proficiency – the NT Government accepts all English tests approved by Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs. If you have undertaken a PTE Academic test, please ensure that you provide in your application the score report code.
  • if you are claiming points for your partner’s skills, a clear colour copy of your partner’s skills assessment
  • if you are claiming points for your partner’s English level, verifiable evidence of their English proficiency
  • a written letter about your commitment to the NTwhich needs to include:
    1. your commitment to living and working in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation in the NT for at least three years from when the visa is granted
    2. why you want to live in the NT
    3. how the NT lifestyle would suit your way of life more than that of any other city in Australia, and
    4. be no longer than two pages.

You may need to provide additional documents

If you are living in the NT you must provide:

  • bank statements for the 12 months immediately before your application that clearly shows your day-to-day spending in the NT as evidence you have been living in the NT, and
  • payslips for six months from a NT employer – this is not required for NT graduates*
  • for NT graduates – evidence of making genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment in your skilled occupation in the NT; must include copies or screenshots of job applications, membership in professional associations in the NT, contact with NT employers and other supporting evidence, such as positive feedback from industry contacts in the NT
  • evidence of residency in the NT for you and your migrating dependants for the required period, for example, tenancy agreements, utility bills.

*Please also read important information if you already live in Australia.

If you are currently living outside Australia (overseas), you must provide:

  • verifiable evidence of full-time employment in your nominated occupation for at least 12 months out of the last 24 months or evidence that you have Australian qualifications, prior to your nomination application to MigrationNT
  • evidence that you have researched into living and working in the NT showing that you understand the climate, relocation costs and living expenses (websites copied and pasted into your submission will not be not accepted)
  • when required, evidence of a full-time (at least 35 hours per week) employment offer in your nominated occupation or in a closely related skilled occupation
    • the term of employment must be for at least 12 months
    • you should provide a copy of your offer letter or contract and this must include details of your employer, their address, phone number and Australian business number
    • this offer will be verified with the business
  • evidence of job applications to relevant vacancies in the NT
  • evidence of making contact with relevant NT employers and receiving positive feedback on your employability (auto-generated responses from job websites and employer HR departments are insufficient)
  • a statement describing your understanding of the NT employment market for your occupation / industry and how your skills and experience are in line with NT employer needs (a generic statement is insufficient on its own)
  • evidence of strong connections to the NT, for example, signed letters of support from long-term residents in the NT detailing their willingness and ability to support you
  • evidence of your financial capacity to move, settle and live in Australia, as listed below:
Family composition Minimum value of net assets
Individual applicant AU$35 000
Applicant and spouse AU$50 000
Applicant and spouse plus one child AU$60 000
Applicant and spouse plus two children AU$65 000
    • you must provide a summary sheet showing the values in Australian dollars
    • you must provide verifiable documented evidence that you have access to or ownership of the required amount of net assets
    • assets can include cash; residential and commercial property; and personal property such as gold, jewellery, vehicles, etc
    • you must provide evidence of the value, for example, independent valuations and purchase receipts
    • medical insurance policies, fixed deposits, public provident funds and government savings scheme investments can be used however the maturity dates must be within a reasonable period, or alternatively the funds must be able to be withdrawn early
    • while offers of support from family members will be considered and will assist your application, you still need to evidence that you have sufficient financial capacity in your own right as outlined above.

Quality of documents

All documents submitted:

  • must be in English
  • documents in language other than English, must be accompanied by an official English language translation
  • must be in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word DOC / DOCX formats.

 

 

Source: https://theterritory.com.au/migrate/migrate-to-work/northern-territory-government-visa-nomination/eligibility#item-4

Disclaimer: The above set criteria and details about The eligibility of 485 PSW Visa have been copied from https://theterritory.com.au/migrate/migrate-to-work/northern-territory-government-visa-nomination/eligibility#item-4 ‘as is’ and no alterations have been made. This article is published on 23/06/2020 at 02.45 PM AEST on this website. The document is provided for general information purposes only. Your use of any of this information is at your own risk, and you should not use any of this information without first seeking legal and other professional advice. The provision of this document (and the documents themselves) do not constitute legal advice or opinions of any kind, or any advertising or solicitation. No lawyer-client, advisory, fiduciary or other relationship is created between VIVID EDUCATION and any person accessing or otherwise using any of the information. Vivid Education and its affiliates (and any of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, and employees) will not be liable for any damages, losses, or causes of action of any nature arising from any use of any of this information.

Northern territory

Northern Territory Migration Occupation List

Northern Territory Migration Occupation List

Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) Migration Occupation List includes occupations that are in demand in the NT.

Offshore applicants must read the NT Migration Occupation List to determine their eligibility.

How to understand the NT Migration Occupation List

Occupations marked with an * require:

  • mandatory licensing or registration requirement, and
  • demonstrated English level either sufficient to meet licensing / registration or a minimum IELTS 6.0 score in each band or equivalent (whichever is higher).

Occupations marked with !! require you to have high-level communication skills.

All other occupations not marked require a level of English of at least IELTS 6.0 in each band or equivalent from one of the English testing systems accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.

Northern Territory Migration Occupation List (A-F)

ANZSCO code Occupation Comments
141999 Accommodation and hospitality managers (nec)
221111 Accountant (general) Offshore applicants must  provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
All offshore applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
231111* Aeroplane pilot Subclass 491 only
234112 Agricultural scientist
342111* Airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic
323111 Aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)
323112* Aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical)
253211 Anaesthetist Subclass 491 only
261311 Analyst programmer
121111 Aquaculture farmer Subclass 491 only
362212 Arborist
312111 Architectural draftsperson
139911 Arts administrator or manager
252711 Audiologist
321111 Automotive electrician
351111 Baker
121312 Beef cattle farmer Subclass 491 only
351211 Butcher or small goods maker
394111 Cabinetmaker
342411* Cabler (data and telecommunications)
141111 Cafe or restaurant manager
399512 Camera operator (film, television or video)
141211 Caravan park and camping ground manager Subclass 491 only
253312 Cardiologist
331212 Carpenter
331211 Carpenter and joiner
351311 Chef
134111 Child care centre manager
252111 Chiropractor
233211 Civil engineer
312211 Civil engineering draftsperson
599915 Clinical coder Subclass 491 only
272311 Clinical psychologist All offshore applicants must have an IELTS test result with no component / band less than 7.0 (or equivalent)
272611 Community arts worker Subclass 491 only
411711 Community worker
263111 Computer network and system engineer Offshore applicants must  provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
149311 Conference and event organiser
312114 Construction estimator Subclass 491 only
133111 Construction project manager
511111 Contract administrator
351411 Cook
132111 Corporate services manager
272199 Counsellors (nec) All offshore applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
149212 Customer service manager All offshore applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
252311 Dental specialist
411213 Dental technician
411214 Dental therapist Subclass 491 only
252312 Dentist Subclass 491 only
253911 Dermatologist
261312 Developer programmer Offshore applicants must  provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
253917 Diagnostic and interventional radiologist
321212 Diesel motor mechanic
411712 Disabilities services officer
411311 Diversional therapist
451211 Driving instructor Subclass 491 only
272112 Drug and alcohol counsellor
241111 Early childhood (pre‑primary school) teacher
249111 Education adviser
134499 Education managers (nec)
272312 Educational psychologist All offshore applicants must have an IELTS test result with no component / band less than 7.0 (or equivalent)
233311 Electrical engineer
312312 Electrical engineering technician
342211 Electrical linesworker Subclass 491 only
341111* Electrician (general)
342314* Electronic instrument trades worker (general)
342315* Electronic instrument trades worker (special class)
233411 Electronics engineer
253912 Emergency medicine specialist
133211 Engineering manager
233999 Engineering professionals (nec)
411411* Enrolled nurse
234312 Environmental consultant
251311 Environmental health officer Subclass 491 only
234313 Environmental research scientist
149913 Facilities manager
272113 Family and marriage counsellor
411713 Family support worker
451815 First aid trainer Subclass 491 only
323211 Fitter (general)
323212 Fitter and turner
323213 Fitter-welder
121213 Fruit or nut grower

 

Northern Territory Migration Occupation List (G-O)

ANZSCO code Occupation Comments
399212 Gas or petroleum operator Subclass 491 only
334114* Gasfitter
253111* General practitioner All offshore applicants must have an IELTS test result with no component / band less than 7.0 (or equivalent)
234411 Geologist
234412 Geophysicist
233212 Geotechnical engineer
333111 Glazier
232411 Graphic designer
391111 Hairdresser
313111 Hardware technician Offshore applicants must  provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
134299!! Health and welfare services managers (nec) All applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
251911 Health promotion officer
251511 Hospital pharmacist
141311 Hotel or motel manager
223111!! Human resource advisor Subclass 491 only

All applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent

132311 Human resource manager
261111 ICT business analyst Offshore applicants must provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
135199 ICT managers (nec)
135112 ICT project manager Offshore applicants must  provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
262112 ICT security specialist Offshore applicants must  provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
263212 ICT support engineer
263213 ICT systems test engineer
611211 Insurance agent
253317 Intensive care specialist
232511 Interior designer
272412 Interpreter
331213 Joiner
362213 Landscape gardener
224611* Librarian
221112 Management accountant All offshore applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
225113 Marketing specialist Offshore applicants must  provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
233512 Mechanical engineer Offshore applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
312511 Mechanical engineering draftsperson Subclass 491 only
251211 Medical diagnostic radiographer
253314 Medical oncologist
322311 Metal fabricator
312912 Metallurgical or materials technician
234912 Metallurgist
241311 Middle school teacher (AUS) / intermediate school teacher (NZ)
254111 Midwife
312913 Mine deputy
233611 Mining engineer (excluding petroleum)
121216 Mixed crop farmer Subclass 491 only
321211 Motor mechanic (general)
321213 Motorcycle mechanic
253318 Neurologist
253513 Neurosurgeon
254311* Nurse manager All offshore applicants must have an IELTS test result with no component / band less than 7.0 (or equivalent)
254411* Nurse practitioner All offshore applicants must have an IELTS test result with no component / band less than 7.0 (or equivalent)
253913 Obstetrician and gynaecologist
251312 Occupational health and safety adviser
252411* Occupational therapist All offshore applicants must have an IELTS test result with no component / band less than 7.0 (or equivalent)
253914 Ophthalmologist
251411 Optometrist
224712 Organisation and methods analyst
253514 Orthopaedic surgeon
232214 Other spatial scientist
253515 Otorhinolaryngologist

 

Northern Territory Migration Occupation List (P-Z)

ANZSCO code Occupation Comments
253321 Paediatrician
324111 Panelbeater
351112 Pastrycook
253915 Pathologist
233612 Petroleum engineer
311215 Pharmacy technician All offshore applicants must have an IELTS test result with no component / band less than 7.0 (or equivalent)
252511* Physiotherapist
334111* Plumber (general)
322312 Pressure welder
241213 Primary school teacher
133511 Production manager (forestry)
133513 Production manager (mining)
511112 Program or project administrator
612112 Property manager Subclass 491 only
253411 Psychiatrist
272399 Psychologists (nec)
139914 Quality assurance manager
223112 Recruitment consultant
254412* Registered nurse (aged care)
254413* Registered nurse (child and family health)
254414* Registered nurse (community health)
254415* Registered nurse (critical care and emergency)
254416* Registered nurse (developmental disability)
254417* Registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)
254421* Registered nurse (medical practice)
254418* Registered nurse (medical)
254422* Registered nurse (mental health)
254425* Registered nurse (paediatrics)
254423* Registered nurse (perioperative)
254424* Registered nurse (surgical)
254499* Registered nurses (nec)
253322 Renal medicine specialist
253112 Resident medical officer
251513* Retail pharmacist All offshore applicants must have an IELTS test result with no component / band less than 7.0 (or equivalent)
131112 Sales and marketing manager All offshore applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
241411 Secondary school teacher
322211 Sheetmetal trades worker
231213* Ship’s master Subclass 491 only
321214 Small engine mechanic
272499 Social professionals (nec)
272511 Social worker
261313 Software engineer Offshore applicants must provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
271311 Solicitor
251214 Sonographer
399516 Sound technician
241599 Special education teachers (nec)
139999 Specialist managers (nec) except:
(a) ambassador; or
(b) archbishop; or
(c) bishop
253311 Specialist physician (general medicine)
253399 Specialist physicians (nec)
252712 Speech pathologist All offshore applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent, no component less than 7.0
All applicants must have the minimum test score required for registration (ie OET 3As 1B minimum)
272115 Student counsellor
133611 Supply and distribution manager All offshore applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
253511 Surgeon (general)
312116 Surveying or spatial science technician Subclass 491 only
232212 Surveyor
452315 Swimming coach or instructor
262113 Systems administrator Offshore applicants must provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
261112 Systems analyst Offshore applicants must provide evidence of having received an offer of employment by a NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related occupation
249311 Teacher of English to speakers of other languages
241512* Teacher of the hearing impaired
212317 Technical director
263311 Telecommunications engineer
342413* Telecommunications linesworker
263312 Telecommunications network engineer
253324 Thoracic medicine specialist
272413 Translator Subclass 491 only
224512 Valuer
121221 Vegetable grower (AUS) / market gardener (NZ)
324311 Vehicle painter Subclass 491 only
234711* Veterinarian
361311 Veterinary nurse
212318 Video producer
242211 Vocational education teacher Subclass 491 only
All offshore applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
322313 Welder (first class)
134214!! Welfare centre manager All applicants must have a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall or equivalent
272613 Welfare worker
223113 Workplace relations adviser Subclass 491 only
411716 Youth worker

Source: https://theterritory.com.au/migrate/migrate-to-work/northern-territory-government-visa-nomination/northern-territory-migration-occupation-list

Disclaimer: The above set criteria and details about The eligibility of 485 PSW Visa have been copied from https://theterritory.com.au/migrate/migrate-to-work/northern-territory-government-visa-nomination/northern-territory-migration-occupation-list  ‘as is’ and no alterations have been made. This article is published on 23/06/2020 at 02.35 PM AEST on this website. The document is provided for general information purposes only. Your use of any of this information is at your own risk, and you should not use any of this information without first seeking legal and other professional advice. The provision of this document (and the documents themselves) do not constitute legal advice or opinions of any kind, or any advertising or solicitation. No lawyer-client, advisory, fiduciary or other relationship is created between VIVID EDUCATION and any person accessing or otherwise using any of the information. Vivid Education and its affiliates (and any of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, and employees) will not be liable for any damages, losses, or causes of action of any nature arising from any use of any of this information.

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NSW 491 visa NSW 491 visa nomination criteria

NSW Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491)

Applications open

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm Friday, 26 June 2020.

Who can apply?

You can only apply for NSW nomination if you are eligible for this visa subclass AND:

If you do not meet all of these requirements you are not able to apply for NSW nomination. Applications that do not meet these requirements will be declined. The NSW nomination fee is not refundable.

Please carefully review the full list of requirements and instructions on how to apply below.

For further information, we strongly encourage you to read  Frequently Asked Questions.

The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) is a provisional points-tested visa that allows skilled workers and their families to live, study and work in designated regional areas of Australia for a period of 5 years.

NSW Treasury nominates eligible highly skilled workers for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) to drive economic growth in regional NSW.

Eligibility

You can apply for NSW nomination if you meet all of following requirements outlined below:

Nomination requirements

You must:

  1. have an occupation on the NSW Stream 1 Regional Skilled Occupation List, and;
  2. be living in a designated regional area of NSW.

There is no minimum time-frame for how long you have been residing in regional NSW, however you must be able to demonstrate your place of residence through evidence. Information on what evidence is required is included in our application form.

Age

You must be aged under 45 when we nominate you to apply for the visa.

Points claim

When you submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect you will be given a points score based on the claims you have made. If you do not obtain a score of at least 65 points, you are not eligible to be invited to apply for NSW nomination.

You must provide evidence supporting your points claims with your application to NSW.

To see how points are awarded, please refer to the points calculator.

English language

At the time of applying to NSW, you must have at least competent English.

If you are a citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you are not required to complete an English language test.

Occupation

You must hold a valid skills assessment in an occupation that exactly matches one that appears on the NSW Regional Skilled Occupation List.

Your commitment to regional NSW

You must commit to living and working in a designated regional area of NSW for the duration of your visa.

How to apply

Step 1 – Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect, the Home Affairs’ online registration system

Before applying for NSW nomination, you must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect, the Home Affairs’ online registration system, nominating NSW as your preferred state.

The date that your EOI was submitted has no impact on your application. Read more about SkillSelect.

You will be provided with a unique number after submitting your EOI in SkillSelect. You must include this number with your application to NSW.

All claims made in your EOI must be accurate and current. You are required to provide evidence for all claims in your EOI with your application to NSW. This includes where you currently reside and your skilled employment history (if applicable).

Step 2 – Prepare your documents and complete the NSW nomination application form

Complete the following application form:

When you lodge your application to NSW, you must provide:

  • A detailed resume or CV,
  • Your valid skills assessment,
  • English language test results, or a copy of your passport bio page if you are exempt,
  • Evidence of your employment and residency in a designated regional area in NSW and
  • Supporting documents for your EOI points claims

If you are asked for further documentation relating to your application, you will need to provide it within 14 calendar days to enable our assessment team to consider it. Otherwise, your application may be refused.

Step 3 – Complete your application fee payment

NSW nomination fees are payable via the link below using Visa or MasterCard. Application fees are non-refundable.

After completing your online payment, you will be sent your receipt by email to the address entered during the payment step. You must provide a copy of this receipt with your application.

Pay your A$330 NSW nomination fee here.

Step 4 – Submit your application to NSW Treasury

Submit your application via email to regional.migration@treasury.nsw.gov.au. Along with your completed NSW nomination application form, you must include all supporting documents, and your application payment receipt.

This must be sent in one email only, with the subject line for your email in the following format:

  • Application – EOI number – SURNAME Given name – DOB
  • For example: Application – E0123456789 – SMITH John – 01/01/1990

When attaching your support documents, you must:

  • Use PDF format for all your documents,
  • Ensure your email does not exceed 50MB,
  • If the size of your supporting documents is greater than 50MB, only attach your most important documents. A case officer will contact you if they require further information when assessing your application.

Step 5 – After you have submitted your application

After you have submitted your application to NSW, you will receive an email from NSW Treasury acknowledging your application has been received.

Please do not contact us for an update on your application.

Please do not write to regional.migration@treasury.nsw.gov.au. Emails that are not applications to this address will be deleted.

Step 6 –  Wait for your application outcome

Our standard processing time is four weeks; however, this can vary.

You may request we expedite your application only if the following situations apply to you:

  • your current visa is expiring within six weeks of submitting your application, or;
  • your skills assessment or English language test result will expire within four weeks of submitting your application, or;
  • you are losing points, which will reduce your total score to below 65 points, within four weeks of submitting your application. If you will lose points, and this does not reduce your total score below 65 points, you cannot request we expedite your application.

 

Source: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-work-regional-visa-subclass-491

Disclaimer: The above set criteria and details about The eligibility of 485 PSW Visa have been copied from https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-work-regional-visa-subclass-491  ‘as is’ and no alterations have been made. This article is published on 19/06/2020 at 10.26 AM on this website. The document is provided for general information purposes only. Your use of any of this information is at your own risk, and you should not use any of this information without first seeking legal and other professional advice. The provision of this document (and the documents themselves) do not constitute legal advice or opinions of any kind, or any advertising or solicitation. No lawyer-client, advisory, fiduciary or other relationship is created between VIVID EDUCATION and any person accessing or otherwise using any of the information. Vivid Education and its affiliates (and any of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, and employees) will not be liable for any damages, losses, or causes of action of any nature arising from any use of any of this information.

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