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Australia Visa Update: Western Australia State Migration Plan released

by Lauren 12/10/2010 3:11:00 PM

The Western Australian State
Migration Plan has been announced.

The Western Australian Government has released their State Migration Plan, which focuses largely on trade skill occupations, resource sector workers and health professionals.

Applicants who have a skill listed on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List may be eligible to apply for Western Australian State Sponsorship. Applications from prospective migrants will be accepted from 20 December 2010.

Occupations on the list include a range of resource and mining sector professions such as engineers, surveyors, geologists, as well as health professionals like nurses and dentists, and tradespeople such as electricians, mechanics and plumbers.

The full list of occupations that the Western Australian Government is willing to sponsor can be viewed here.

Western Australia has become the fifth state / territory to announce their approved State Migration Plan, following the announcements made by Victoria, the ACT, Northern Territory and Queensland. 

State Migration Plans (or SMPs) are set to play a critical part in the future of the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, as they have been developed by State/Territory governments to determine the occupations in which applicants will be eligible for state sponsored visas.

What will the benefits be to being sponsored under a State Migration Plan?

One of the main benefits of being sponsored under a State Migration Plan is how it will affect Australian visa processing timeframes, as visa applicants who appear on the Western Australia list of occupations will be moved to Priority Group 2, according to the current processing directive. This means that these applicants should see their applications finalised within 12 months.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Australian Visa Update: Queensland State Migration Plan announced

by Tom 12/8/2010 5:39:00 PM

Queensland has announced its state
migration plan and sponsorship
occupation list.

This week, Queensland  released their State Migration Plan. Their website has been updated with a page outlining the SMP, along with PDFs listing the occupations they are willing to sponsor -  click here for the subclass 176 eligible occupations and click here for the subclass 475 eligible occupations.

Queensland has become the fourth state / territory to announce their approved State Migration Plan, following the announcements made by Victoria, the ACT and the Northern Territory. 

What are State Migration Plans?

State Migration Plans (or SMPs) are set to play a critical part in the future of the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, as they have been developed by State/Territory governments to determine the occupations in which applicants will be eligible for state sponsored visas.

What will the benefits be to being sponsored under a State Migration Plan?

One of the main benefits of being sponsored under a State Migration Plan is how it will affect Australian visa processing timeframes. Applicants who appear on the NT new list of occupations will be moved to Priority Group 2, according to the current processing directive. This means that these applicants should see their applications finalised within 12 months.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Update to Australian skills assessment process for tradespeople - VETASSESS / TRA

by Lauren 12/6/2010 5:00:00 PM

There have been a number of changes made to the skills assessment process for Australian visa applicants in certain trades occupations, stemming from the announcement last week that VETASSESS have been removed as a Trade Assessing Authority.

However, while TRA (Trades Recognition Australia) remain the assessing body for tradespeople, they will be delegating assessing responsibilities to other bodies as a Registered Training Organisations (RTO) for certain occupations.

As a result, VETASSESS has since been appointed as an RTO for particular occupations in particular countries, as has Victoria University.

A full list of which occupations in which countries will be assessed by VETASSESS or Victoria University can be found here. However, see below for a quick summary of some of the most important details:

Occupations Removed from VETASSESS

The following occupations will now be assessed by TRA under the Skilled Worker Program criteria.

  • Cable Jointer
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Small Engine Mechanic

Occupations Added to VETASSESS / Victoria University

The following occupations will now be assessed by either VETASSESS or Victoria University.

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • Electronic Equipment Trade Worker
  • Electrician (Special Class)
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Sheetmetal Trades Worker
  • Vehicle Painter
  • Welder (First Class)

New Countries

Applicants from the following countries must now use either VETASSESS or Victoria University when completing their skills assessment, if they have an occupation featured here.

  • Ireland
  • China
  • Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Iran

Important Notes

  • Only VETASSESS can assess Diesel Mechanics.
  • Only Victoria University can assess Electricians (Special Class) and Aircraft Maintennace Engineers. 

What other changes do applicants need to be aware of? 

Self-assessment changes

The VETASSESS self-assessment process has been renamed TradeSET and is now accessible online here, with the new requirement that all applicants will be asked to print off their completed self-assessment and submit it as part of their application.

On first appearances, it doesn't appear to be too different to the current self-assessment process. However, there are still a few issues with it; for example, a number of occupations are missing (such as Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) and Sheetmetal Trades Worker).

New processes / fees

At the moment, there's some confusion as to what the process will be for when applicants come to complete a practical assessment. The FAQ on this page states that there will be the option of either completing a technical interview (at a cost of AU$1,400) or an interview and practical demonstration (at a cost of AU$1,500).  However, it's still not clear whether UK applicants will be able to choose between which assessment method they proceed under or whether the country of residence will dictate the process.

- Lauren Mennie is Casework Department Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.