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Government Jobs and Skilled Summit was held 1-2 of September.

Within Summit Many of the migration rules related to skilled stream and labour shortage, international students and graduates in Australia were discussed.

As a result, some immediate changes were announced:

1 Increase the permanent Migration Program planning level to 195,000 in 2022-23 to help ease widespread, critical skills shortages.

2 There will be a significant increase in the number of quotas for skilled stream visas: +9,000 places for regional visas subclass 491 and 494, +20,000 places for state/territory sponsored visas subclass 190.

3Increase the duration of post-study work rights by allowing two additional years of stay for recent graduates with select degrees in areas of verified skills shortages.

Graduate visa will be extended:

  • For bachelors from 2 to 4 years
  • For masters from 3 to 5 years
  • For PhD (graduate students) from 4 to 6 years

4 Extend the relaxation of work restrictions for student and training visa holders until 30 June 2023 to help ease skills and labour shortages.

5 Provide $36.1 million in additional funding to accelerate visa processing and resolve the visa backlog.

The Government also announced changes planned for further migration program improvements and to eliminate existing problems:

  • Increasing the migration program numbers
  • Development of transition pathways from temporary migration to permanent migration and citizenship
  • Moving away from temporary migration to permanency and citizenship, by developing these pathways
  • Reassessing the occupation lists to ensure they are fit for the purpose
  • Raising Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold
  • Examining industry sponsorship
  • Addressing regional labour shortages.

All details are awaiting shortly. Stay tuned for the latest migration news!

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