13th February 2022

Feb 20, 2022 | AUS, SA, VIC | 0 comments

13th February 2022

South Australian Immigration update

South Australia has posted an update for offshore applicants as following:South Australia will open Registrations of Interest (RoIs) to applicants currently residing offshore in a further 259 occupations on the States Skilled Occupation List from 2pm, ACST, Wednesday 16 February 2022.
The requirements for state nomination, including the subclasses offered, will vary depending on the occupation. Full requirements will be shown on South Australia’s Skilled Occupation List from 2pm, ACST, Wednesday 16 February 2022.
For South Australian state nomination, prospective applicants must meet the Department of Home Affairs requirements, state-specific occupation requirements and have skills in an occupation that is available on our Skilled Occupation List. Offshore applicants meeting the minimum published requirements can lodge an RoI from 2pm, ACST, Wednesday 16 February 2022.
Source: https://lnkd.in/gvx3q5aE

News for Architects

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia had previously informed about the fees increase applicable from 1 March 2022
In addition to that they have updated the submission requirement as follows: 
Submission requirements: 
The new submission requirements will be published on 1 March 2022 but the AACA will allow a grace period of 3 months when applicants can continue to submit their application following the current guidance. Applications submitted after 11:59pm 31 May 2022 must follow the 2022 OQA requirements.
Source: https://lnkd.in/geEZsaCx

VIC State Nomination Updates

Skilled nominated visa (subclass 190) – State nomination program3,500 places have been allocated to Victoria. As at 31 January 2022, for the 2021-22 program 9,682 ROIs have been received and 1,640 applications have been submitted for Victorian visa nomination.
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) – State nomination program500 places have been allocated to Victoria. As at 31 January 2022, for the 2021-22 program 1,503 ROIs have been received and 307 applications have been submitted for Victorian visa nomination.
The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa provides opportunities for skilled professionals to gain further work experience in Regional Victoria. Subclass 491 visa holders may be eligible to then apply for the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191)

Updated Working Arrangements for Student Visa Holders

Change to Work Hours of Student Visa Holders

Those who hold Student visas in Australia would be aware that they are restricted to 40 hours of work per fortnight while their course is in session (during the study semester).
When their course is not in session (such as during scheduled course breaks) they may work unlimited hours. This limitation does not apply Students who have commenced a masters by research or a doctorate. They may work unlimited hours after commencing their postgraduate research course.

What are the changes?

On the 13th of January 2022, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced temporary relaxation of the work limitation that is usually imposed on Student visa holders.
The legislation is yet to be amended to reflect this easing of work restrictions which was decided in response to the impact of shortages caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The changes will allow Student visa holders to work over 40 hours a fortnight. There is no further information at this point regarding which sectors the change applies to, however it appears that the Commonwealth Government has eased restrictions for all Student visa holders

What does this mean for you (as a student)?

Until further announcements are made, you will be able to work over 40 hours per fortnight. We understand that these arrangements are temporary and we will provide further details as they arise.

What does this mean for you (as an employer)?

We recommend that you keep records of the hours of work performed by employees who hold Student visas. As this is a temporary arrangement, announcements may be made, and the situation may revert back to the 40 hour limit per fortnight.


If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with our office using contact details below.