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15 Jan 2021

New travel rules to come to Australia

The Government has announced new rules for international travellers, which will take effect no later than 15 January 2021.  The changes were agreed by the National Cabinet on 8 January 2021 in response to the new COVID-19 strain that is more infectious.  Here’s a summary:  International passenger caps in NSW, QLD and WA will be halved by 50% until 15…

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22 Dec 2020

Australia’s International Quarantine Requirements

As part of Australia’s international travel restrictions, all travellers to Australia need to quarantine for 14-days, except for:   Travellers who have been in New Zealand for 14 days prior to travel (although this may differ between Australian States and Territories).   People who meet a Quarantine Exemption category.   To separate passengers from ‘quarantine-free’ flights and those who must enter…

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22 Dec 2020

Business Visa Changes for July 2021

Business owners, entrepreneurs and investors will gain access to a longer visa period in Australia and a direct Permanent Residence (PR) pathway following changes to the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) from 1 July 2021. The BIIP program targets migrants with a demonstrated history of success or talent in innovation, investment and business and who make…

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22 Dec 2020

Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble for 2021

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has flagged the possibility of an Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble to commence in early 2021. The travel bubble will allow travel between the two countries without quarantine. Currently, people in Australia can travel to New Zealand but a quarantine period must be met on arrival. Several Australian states have…

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22 Dec 2020

Australia Travel Declarations when arriving in Australia

The Government has introduced Australia Travel Declarations to better manage contact tracing and quarantine plans.  All international travellers should complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departing for Australia. This includes: Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents People who are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions People who have been granted a travel exemption The declarations collect each traveller’s:…

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22 Dec 2020

Update on Travel Exemptions and Priority Skilled List

We are continuing to see Travel Exemption categories gradually expand and occupations added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) while Australia seeks to ensure it has the critical skills needed to boost the economy during the pandemic. Travel Exemptions to come to Australia The Government has added two new Travel Exemption categories. Individuals…

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9 Oct 2020

Federal Budget and Australia’s Migration Program

The 2020-21 Federal Budget has confirmed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be felt in Australia’s migration program for years to come.  While Australia’s migration program has historically been a significant economic driver, it will be severely limited by international border restrictions in coming years.  The Budget revealed several 5 key assumptions about the future of migration…

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9 Oct 2020

New LMT Requirement for 482 & 494 Visas & New Priority Skills List

Visa sponsors will need to meet an additional Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement before nominating an overseas skilled worker on a Subclass 457 / 482 TSS Visa or a Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa. Currently, employers must make two national advertisements to test skills availability in the local market. The change will mean employers must also advertise…

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