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It’s safe to say that the Jobs In Australia sections of our website have proved quite popular since we launched it in February this year however some of our visitors have been left disappointed after searching opportunities in Australia as a Labourer using search terms such as “Labourer – Full Time” or Labourers – Start ASAP”. We thought we’d write this article to provide some context as to why!

The term labourer is a pretty broad one when you think about it. Doing a google search for the word brings up the definition: Labourer – a person doing unskilled manual work for wages.

Googles Definition For The Term Labourer Are Labourers In Demand In Australia?

Therein lies our problem. You see, the Australian Skilled Occupations Lists govern the occupations in Australia that qualify for migration to Australia. The trades that appear on this list are frequently referred to as “Skills in Demand”. The skills are considered in demand as the local Australian population doesn’t contain enough people with the skills in question resulting in the Australian Government listing these occupations within the Australian Occupations List.

As there isn’t a shortage in the number of labourers in Australia to meet the needs of the Australian economy (e.g. construction of new roads etc.), there isn’t a driver for the Australian government to add labourers to the Australian Skills Occupations List. This is why you won’t find any Labourer Jobs in Australia listed amongst the pages of our website.

With that said, be careful not to mix up labourers with tradies. At the time of typing (July 2019), there are multiple trades on the Australian Occupations List that enable people with these occupations to qualify for permanent residency. If you’re a qualified bricklayer or plasterer, for example, you’ll have an excellent chance of getting an Australian Visa.

If you are a general labourer lacking “formal skills” but have a willingness to do manual labour, your chances are quite limited. It’s perhaps not the fairest approach, but it’s an approach I don’t anticipate changing in the foreseeable future, unfortunately.

Any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

All the best

Mark

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While we patiently wait for the 2019 – 2020 Australian Occupations List to be published. The South Australian government has Announced that the list of State Nominated Occupations for the 2019 – 2020 program year is now available.

It’s a big update too! There have been 116 new occupations added to the State Nominated Occupations List (SNOL) with only 16 being removed, but still available on the Supplementary Skilled List (SSL).

This brings the total number of occupations available on the SNOL to 275, and 223 available on the SSL, making it the broadest state nomination list in Australia.

For those unfamiliar with the lists, South Australia operates both a State Nominated Occupation List (SNOL) that is basically open to all applicants, and a Supplementary Skilled List (SSL) which is only available for SA international graduates, those working in SA, family chain migration and high points candidates.

These changes are only relevant to the state nomination component of the following skilled visas:

  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa (From 16 November 2019)
  • Skilled Nominated (Permanent) subclass 190 visa

State nomination does not guarantee employment in South Australia and applicants must compete in the local job market.

Please remember to research your employment opportunities thoroughly. It is your responsibility to determine if your occupation requires further training, or if it has a registration, licencing, residency or other requirements before you can work in South Australia.

Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)

South Australian employers looking to sponsor overseas workers in skilled and semi-skilled positions that they are unable to fill with local workers have access to the DAMA occupation lists. This is an employer-sponsored program and individuals are not able to apply directly (ie a job needs to be made available offering sponsorship under the DAMA list first.

How To Apply For State Sponsorship?

Applications for State nominations are now being accepted by the South Australian government. Applications can be submitted via the migration.sa website available here.

South Australia 2019 – 2020 State Nominated Occupations List (SNOL)

Below you can view the full list of occupations made available under the 2019 – 2020 State Nominated Occupations List (SNOL)

ANZSCO Code Occupation Availability Additional Requirements Skills Assessment Authority
Farmers and Farm Managers
121212 Flower Grower Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121213 Fruit or Nut Grower Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121214 Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121215 Grape Grower Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only; Opportunities stronger in wine regions further from Adelaide (i.e. beyond Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley) VETASSESS
121216 Mixed Crop Farmer Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121221 Vegetable Grower Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121299 Crop Farmers nec Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121312 Beef Cattle Farmer Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121313 Dairy Cattle Farmer Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121317 Mixed Livestock Farmer Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121318 Pig Farmer Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121321 Poultry Farmer Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121322 Sheep Farmer Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
121411 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
Specialist Managers
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only AIM
131113 Advertising Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only AIM
131114 Public Relations Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only AIM
132111 Corporate Services Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS
132211 Finance Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months CPA / CA / IPA
132311 Human Resource Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) AIM
132511 Research and Development Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS
133111 Construction Project Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS
133112 Project Builder Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
133211 Engineering Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia / AIM
133411 Manufacturer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation VETASSESS
133511 Production Manager (Forestry) Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Opportunities may be stronger in forestry regions (i.e. Limestone Coast) VETASSESS
133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing) Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation VETASSESS
133513 Production Manager (Mining) Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
133611 Supply and Distribution Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only AIM
133612 Procurement Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only AIM
134211 Medical Administrator Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
134212 Nursing Clinical Director Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ANMAC
134213 Primary Health Organisation Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS
134214 Welfare Centre Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) ACWA
134299 Health and Welfare Services Managers nec Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall) VETASSESS
135112 ICT Project Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; See additional instructions; 75 points required ACS
135199 ICT Managers nec Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; See additional instructions; 75 points required ACS
139911 Art Administrator or Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
139914 Quality Assurance Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
139999 Specialist Managers nec Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Research job opportunities for your particular specialisation; Excludes Ambassador, Archbishop and Bishop VETASSESS
Hospitality, Retail & Service Managers
141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
141999 Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
149212 Customer Service Manager Available Proficient Plus English (or Superior overall); Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
149311 Conference and Event Organiser Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
149913 Facilities Manager Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
149914 Financial Institution Branch Manager Special Conditions Apply Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
Arts & Media Professionals
211311 Photographer Available Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Preparedness to self-employ VETASSESS
212314 Film and Video Editor Available Competent English VETASSESS
Business, Human Resource & Marketing Professionals
222112 Finance Broker Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
222113 Insurance Broker Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
223112 Recruitment Consultant Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
224112 Mathematician Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
224113 Statistician Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
224214 Records Manager Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
224311 Economist Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
224711 Management Consultant Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
224912 Liaison Officer Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
224999 Information and Organisation Professionals nec Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
225111 Advertising Specialist Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
225211 ICT Account Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
225212 ICT Business Development Manager Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
225213 ICT Sales Representative Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
225311 Public Relations Professional Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
225499 Technical Sales Representatives nec Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
Design, Engineering, Science & Transport Professionals
232111 Architect Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); 3 years’ work experience in field AACA
232212 Surveyor Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall) SSSI
232312 Industrial Designer Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Preparedness to self-employ VETASSESS
232411 Graphic Designer Available Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
232412 Illustrator Available Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
232413 Multimedia Designer Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
232414 Web Designer Available Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
232611 Urban And Regional Planner Available Competent English VETASSESS
233111 Chemical Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233211 Civil Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233212 Geotechnical Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233213 Quantity Surveyor Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only AIQS
233214 Structural Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233215 Transport Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233311 Electrical Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233411 Electronics Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233511 Industrial Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233512 Mechanical Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233513 Production or Plant Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233612 Petroleum Engineer Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
233999 Engineering Professionals nec Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field Engineers Australia
234111 Agricultural Consultant Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
234112 Agricultural Scientist Available Competent Plus English (or Proficient overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
234113 Forester Available Competent English; Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; Opportunities may be stronger in forestry regions (i.e. Limestone Coast) VETASSESS
234211 Chemist Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
234212 Food Technologist Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
234213 Wine Maker Available Competent English; Provisional 489 visa only; Opportunities stronger in wine regions further from Adelaide (i.e. beyond Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley) VETASSESS
234411 Geologist Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only; 3 years’ work experience in field; South Australian graduates must be currently working in their field in South Australia for the last 12 months VETASSESS
234412 Geophysicist Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
234413 Hydrogeologist Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa only VETASSESS
234511 Life Scientist (General) Available Proficient English (or Proficient Plus overall); Offshore applicants Provisional 489 visa..
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The Australia government has released the results of the last SkillsSelect invitation round for 2018 – 2019 migration year. Similar to Mays invitation rounds, the number of invitations issued is extremely low with only 110 invitations issued throughout the whole month!

Unlike Mays result, the minimum number of points required to receive an invitation increased with 85 points being required in June vs the 80 points needed in May. For the Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) 90 points were needed in June vs.the 85 points last month.

Visa subclass Minimum points score Latest date of effect
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 85 10/06/2019 3:56pm
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) 90 05/06/2019 3:27pm
Point scores and the dates of effect cut off for the pro rata occupations in the 9 May 2019 invitation round.

Due to high levels of demand, and in keeping with previous years, the below occupation groups are subject to pro-rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the program year.

SkillSelect first allocates available places to Skilled – Independent visas (subclass 189) and then the remaining to Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visas (subclass 489). I

If all places are taken up by subclass 189 visas, then there will be no invitations issued for subclass 489 visas in these occupations.

Occupation ID Description Minimum points score Latest date of effect
2211 Accountants 95 10/06/2019 10:14pm
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 90 28/05/2019 5:08pm
2334 Electronics Engineer 90 10/06/2019 2:06pm
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 85 20/05/2019 10:18pm
2339 Other Engineering Professionals 85 23/05/2019 4:08pm
2611 ICT Business and System Analysts 85 10/05/2019 3:16pm
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 85 7/06/2019 11:32am
2631 Computer Network Professionals 85 31/05/2019 12:32am

As in previous months, Accountants require the most points  (95 points) which are an increase of 5 points over last month, This would suggest that competition for places under this particular occupation remain high.

Invitations issued during the 2018-19 program year
Visa subclass Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Total
Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) 1,000 2,490 2,490 4,340 4,340 2,490 2,490 1,490 1,490 100 100 100 22,920
Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 120
Total 1,010 2,500 2,500 4,350 4,350 2,500 2,500 1,500 1,500 110 110 110  23,040

The above figures do not include invitations issued for State, and Territory Governments nominated visa subclasses.

State and Territory Governments nominate throughout the month for specific points tested skilled migration and business innovation and investment visas.

That’s a Wrap!

So that’s a wrap for the 2018 – 2019 Migration year as we wait with bated breath for any updates that might benefit wannabe Aussies in the 2019 – 2020 Australian Migration year.

As a minimum, I’m expecting to see some changes to the Australian Skills Occupations list which may benefit people who currently do not qualify due to not having an occupation considered in demand.

What occupations are going to be added? Only time will tell but please be rest assured that we will share the updated 2019 – 2020 Australian Skilled occupations list as soon as it becomes available. 

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The local government of Warrnambool on Victoria’s south-western coast has announced details and an occupation list of the Great South Coast region’s Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA).

What is DAMA?
  • Dama stands for Designated Area Migration Agreement
  • DAMA provides a framework for employers, in a designated area, experiencing skills and labour shortages to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled Overseas Workers.
  • Utilises the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482).
  • DAMA program is an employer-sponsored program and individual workers cannot apply independently.
  • Provides a pathway to permanent residency (for skill level 1 to 4 occupations)

According to the factsheet published in Warrnambool City Council’s website, the GSC region’s DAMA is currently available for 27 approved occupations, mainly in agriculture and hospitality sectors.

GSC region includes the municipalities of Glenelg, Moyne, Warrnambool, Corangamite, Colac Otway and Southern Grampians.

From livestock farmers, agricultural technicians, variety of farm workers, slaughterer and meat process workers to hotel, motel and restaurant managers, cook, chef, mechanics and truck drivers are included in the 27 occupations list.

13 occupations included in the list offer English language and Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) concessions. View the full list below.

Warrnambool, Victoria DAMA Occupation List

Warrnambool, Victoria DAMA Occupation List with concessions

DAMA uses the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa stream (subclass 482) to offer a pathway to permanent residency for workers and help businesses to address their labour shortages.

Businesses located in the designated area that faces labour shortages and are not able to fill the positions with local Australian workers can sponsor foreign workers under the agreement.

And, sponsored workers can apply for Australian permanent residency after three years work for their sponsors.

Does this open doors previously considered closed?

Does this new DAMA list open opportunities that may previously be considered closed? Let us know in our comments below.

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We briefly wrote about the planned changes to the Australian Points test back in early April, however, following the publication of the legislative documents supporting the changes we can now go into a little more detail about what these changes may mean for overseas candidates looking to emigrate to Australia.

The changes are relevant to existing Subclass 489,189 and 190 and the new Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Subclass 491 visa, which will also commence on 16 November 2019.

Thankfully, the changes appear to be mostly positive, with an increase in points across several areas. The most dramatic improvement is associated with an additional 15 points for applicants who are nominated by a State or Territory government.

Let’s dig into all of the planned changes to the Australian Points scheme below.

Changes to the Australian Points Test from 16 November 2019

Ten points for Specialist Educational qualifications. Currently 5 points.

Ten points for applicants with a skilled spouse or de facto partner (under 45 with Competent English, suitable skills assessment and with an occupation on the same skilled occupation list). Currently 5 points.

Ten points for applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto partner or who have a spouse or de facto partner who is an Australian citizen or a Permanent resident (New)

Five points for applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who has competent English (New)

Fifteen points for applicants who are nominated by a State or Territory government, or who are sponsored by a suitable family member. These points are relevant to applicants for a Subclass 489 visa or the new Subclass 491 visa. Currently 10 points.

How will Australian applications be ranked based on their points score?

When all points except partner qualifications are equal, invitations will be ranked in the below order:

First: Applicants with a skilled spouse or de facto partner.

Equal First: Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner.

Second: Applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who demonstrates Competent English but who do not have the skills to obtain skilled partner points.

Third: Applicants with a spouse or de facto partner who is ineligible for either competent English or Skilled partner points.

Will this help your chances of a new life down under?

Will these additional points help you increase your overall points score? Let us know in our comments below.

References:

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L00578
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2019L00578/Explanatory Statement/Text

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The South Australian government has announced that to complete system updates for the new program year they will be closing the General Skilled Migration (GSM) state nomination 190/489 application system from 9 am on Monday 24 June.

The full announcement is below:

To complete system updates for the new program year Immigration SA will be closing the General Skilled Migration (GSM) state nomination 190/489 application system from 9 am on Monday 24 June and will re-open in the first week of July (the date and time will be confirmed at the start of July).

If you have commenced a 190/489 application, you will need to submit & pay for the application prior to the system being closed.
From 9am on 24 June, incomplete applications will be deleted, this includes applications that have been “saved but not submitted” and applications that have been “submitted but are still awaiting payment”.

Processing times for submitted applications are available here.

This isn’t a surprising announcement, and the downtime will enable the South Australian government to make the necessary adjustments to their systems in preparation for the new migration year which commences 1st July 2019.

With the new migration year, we’re also expecting an update the Australian Skilled Occupations lists. We’ll publish this updated list as soon as we have it.

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The Western Australian government has recently published a number of online orientation videos to help newly arrived skilled migrants and their families establish their new lives in Western Australia. These videos provide a range of useful information from schooling, playgroups, finances and transportation. We’ve included the current videos below for your viewing pleasure.

Welcome and Essentials

In this video, we welcome you to Western Australia and explore topics such as what to do in an emergency, proof of identity cards, housing including connecting you up with a service to assist with renting a house and setting up utilities for your home.

Getting around Perth, Western Australia

This video provides information about the different modes of transport around Perth, such as buses, trains and ferries, taxis, cycling and driving.

Finances in Western Australia

In this video, we discuss banking, setting up a tax file number with the Australian Tax Office and superannuation.

Entitlements and health in Western Australia

In this video, we explore and provide information on the Commonwealth Government service called ‘My Gov’, which is where you can use one login to access a number of Government services such as Centrelink and Medicare. We touch on the public and private health systems and insurance and connect you to a health service.

Playgroup, childcare and schooling in Western Australia

This video will provide you with information related to the early childhood and childcare system, kindergarten, primary and secondary schooling in Western Australia.

I think this is a great initiative from the Western Australian government and it would be great if some of the other states got on board with a similar video series. Please remember that all the information provided in these videos was accurate at the time of publishing, and may be subject to change.

Questions about living in Western Australia?

If you have any questions about any of these videos, then please feel free to post in our comments below. I’ve lived in Western Australia for over 13 years now so I should be able to answer most questions :)

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Being a native English speaker, I was extremely fortunate that I didn’t have to sit down and take a test to prove my English Speaking capabilities as part of my Australian migration process. For many others, however, this is not the case, and showing that you have competent English is often one of the greatest struggles.

Though there are now many English examination organisations that are recognised by the Australian Government, IELTS continues to be the most widely taken exam.

Introducing Our IELTS Preparation Videos

As part of our research for this series, it transpires that Youtube serves as an excellent source for IELTS related training material with many of the videos below filmed in such a way that they are extremely suitable for those looking for classroom-based training in the comfort of their own home!

For ease of navigation, we have categorised the videos to align with the primary IELTS examination categories, namely; Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

We will continue to build on this video series; however if there are any specific areas, you would like us to focus on, please let us know in our comments section below, and we’ll look to assist where we can.

IELTS Listening Videos

The following IELTS listening videos will help you prepare for the IELTS Listening test and includes mini mock IELTS listening tests and tips for listening to different phrases and words.

IELTS Reading Videos

The following IELTS Reading Videos will help you prepare for the IELTS Reading test and includes mini mock tests for reading, coverage of both the general and academic tests, sentence completion and other top tips to help you pass your IELTS reading test with ease.

IELTS Speaking Videos

The following IELTS Speaking Videos will help you prepare for the IELTS Speaking test and includes mini mock tests for IELTS speaking, tips on how to start your talk, how to greet the examiner and sample questions to help you pass your IELTS speaking test.

IELTS Writing Videos

The following IELTS Writing Videos will help you prepare for the IELTS Writing test and includes mini mock tests for IELTS writing and tips for listening to different phrases and words. These videos also include tips on words to avoid using must know synonyms to help you smash your IELTS writing test

Did you find what you were looking for?

Remember we are here to help and if you are still left looking for additional IELTS resources not covered by any of the videos above, please let us know in our comments below and we will look to assist where we can.

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Income tax in Australia is the most critical revenue stream within the Australian taxation system and like it or not, as a resident of Australia, you’re liable to pay income tax on income from all sources.

Thankfully, one exception to this rule is the funds that you bring into Australia when you originally emigrate, and for most of us, Australia has a number of Double Taxation Agreements with some other countries.

These agreements mean that, in most cases, tax is imposed only by the country of residence of the taxpayer so if you’ve already paid tax on your income (such as, on your savings), then you won’t be taxed on this income again when you bring these funds into Australia.

Despite their name, double-taxation agreements are designed to prevent you from paying taxes twice! Under double-taxation agreements, specific categories of foreign residents are exempt from paying Australian tax.

List of countries with whom Australia has Double Taxation Agreements

Australia has double-taxation agreements with many countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Singapore, the Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK, the US and Vietnam. If part of your income is taxed overseas in a country with a double-taxation treaty with Australia, you won’t be required to pay Australian tax on that income.

Foreign employees

Foreign employees working in Australia for Australian companies or organisations are subject to Australian tax on their earnings. However, if your stay is less than six months, you’re usually taxed at the (higher) rates applicable to non-residents, although double-taxation agreements contain particular articles dealing with directors, entertainers, government services, professors and teachers, which may alter this position. Salary and wage income earned by residents from services performed overseas is exempt if you’ve been employed outside Australia for a continuous period of at least 91 days, provided the income has been taxed abroad.

So am I an Australian Resident for tax purposes?

There are four tests to determine whether a person is a resident for income tax purposes. An individual can be classified as a resident for taxation purposes if they are

  • making contributions to a Commonwealth superannuation fund,
  • in Australia for more than half the year,
  • have their domicile or permanent place of abode in Australia or finally
  • if they dwell permanently or for a considerable time in Australia.

A company will be considered an Australian resident for taxation purposes if it falls under any of the following three criteria:

  • incorporated in Australia,
  • carries on business in Australia and central management and control is in Australia or
  • carries on business in Australian and Australian resident shareholders control it.
Personal Income Tax in Australia

Income tax on personal income is a progressive tax, which means the more you earn, the more tax you pay. The current tax-free threshold (as of the date of this post) is $18,200, and the highest marginal rate for individuals is 45%.

In addition, most Australians are liable to pay the Medicare levy, of which the standard is 1.5% of taxable income.

As with many other countries, income tax is withheld from wages and salaries in Australia, often resulting in refunds payable to taxpayers. A nine-digit Tax File Number (TFN) must be quoted to employers for employees to have withholdings calculated using the various tax brackets.

While it is not an offence to fail to give a bank or financial institution with a TFN, in the absence of this number, employers are required to withhold tax at the rate of 46.5% (the highest marginal rate plus Medicare levy) from the first dollar. Likewise, banks must also withhold the highest marginal rate of income tax on interest earned on bank accounts if the person does not provide their TFN to the bank.

The below table details the Individual income tax rates for Australian residents for the financial year 2018-2019

Australian Resident tax rates 2018–19
Taxable income Tax on this income
0 – $18,200 Nil
$18,201 – $37,000 19c for each $1 over $18,200
$37,001 – $90,000 $3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
$90,001 – $180,000 $20,797 plus 37c for each $1 over $90,000
$180,001 and over $54,097 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000

The above rates do not include the Medicare levy of 2%.

Low-Income Tax Offset

The Low Income Tax Offset (LITO) is a tax rebate for individuals on lower incomes. From 1 July 2010, it provides individuals earning less than $30,000 with a tax rebate of $1,500. The full offset is reduced by 4c for every dollar of taxable income above $30,000, meaning incomes higher than $67,500 do not receive any benefit. The LITO creates an effective tax-free threshold of $16,000 for low-income earners. For the 2011-2012 tax year, 70% of the LITO entitlement is received as reduced withholding tax; the balance is received when a tax return is lodged.

Collection of Income Tax

Income tax in Australia is collected by means of a withholding tax system known as Pay-as-you-go (PAYG).

For employees with only a single job, the level of taxation at the end of the year is close to the amount due, before deductions are applied. Discrepancies and deduction amounts are declared in the annual income tax return and will be part of the refund which follows after yearly assessment or alternatively reduce the tax debt that may be payable after assessment.

So there we have it. I hope you found the guide useful and as always feel free to ask any questions using the comments option below.

As a final comment, please remember that rates change. In Australia, the financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June of the following year, so this article will be current until 30th June 2019. If you’re viewing this document after this date, then check out the website of the Australian tax office for the latest rates. The Australian Tax office’s site can be viewed by clicking here  (opens in a new window).

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