Many of the changes will affect not only new applications you intend to lodge, but also applications already lodged but not finalised by the Immigration Department.
This Migration Newsflash includes further details of the changes and implications for employers.
- Higher fees when lodging applications and additional charges have been introduced. Fees now apply to each family member included in the application or where making a subsequent visa application in Australia, on top of the base application charges.
- There are no longer any occupation based exemptions from the English language requirements.
- The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold is now $53,900. The increase will apply to all nomination applications decided on or after 1 July 2013, regardless of lodgement date.
- Market rate salary exemption has increased from $180,000 to $250,000.
- From 1 July 2013, the Superannuation Guarantee contribution payable by employers increases from 9 percent to 9.25 percent of ordinary time earnings. An increase to 12 percent will be introduced in stages between now and 1 July 2019.