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Australian government is improving its immigration system to speed up accepting skilled workers

Australian home affairs minister, Clare O’Neil, has announced key reforms in Australia’s immigration system at the National Press Club on Thursday. The government will thoroughly streamline Australia’s migration system by employing a three-tiered assessment designed to cut red tape and decrease delays to permanent residency.

As per the minister, the government would move to scrap labour market testing to help new skills assessments and assured fairer pay thresholds for incoming workers, as a consequence of a migration review.

Australia to Streamline the immigration System

The new reforms in Australia’s Migration System will focus on refining the integrity of the visa system, shifting foreign student visas away from a de facto work visa towards more skilled graduates and revamping the points system for permanent migration to benefit people who make the greatest contribution to Australia.

Here are key statements/points revealed by the minister Clare O’Neil regarding upcoming enhancements to migration system of Australia:

  • By the end of 2023 – after another round of discussion and the application of the government’s final strategy – “all temporary skilled workers will have a pathway to permanent residency”.
  • He further added, the focus was the “quality of our migration program”, at first seeking to avoid debate about whether the policy would result in a “big Australia or small Australia”.
  • Answering a question, O’Neil said “if we applied all the things I’ve discussed, the consequence of that would be a smaller migration program for the country”.
  • New temporary skilled migration income threshold for the second tier would be $70,000, up from $53,900.
  • For the third tier, the government would create a “proper, capped, safe, tripartite pathways for workers in key sectors, such as care”.
  • In place of occupation lists, “proper, evidence-based assessments of skills needs” will be conducted by the department and Jobs and Skills Australia.
  • It will replace “the present out-of-date approaches that everyone agrees are not working” she said, indicating that labour market testing – the obligation for employers to advertise jobs domestically before bringing in workers – will likely be eliminated.

Speaking on this occasion, Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, said “the migration system that we inherited was broken”, citing the fact that more than 1 million people were waiting for visas.

He further added, “What we need to do is to make sure that we identify the skills we need, identify the regions where we need additional workforce, and tailor our migration system so that it benefits those people who come to Australia, but more importantly as well, so that it benefits our national interests,”.

At Visas Avenue, we will post more details about the upcoming changes upon getting more clarity on the same. To explore the same, do visit the news section on VA website regularly.

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To confirm further details and apply for immigration to Australia this year on relevant Australian visa, you may get in touch with vastly experienced Australia migration expert at Visas Avenue. You may call VA migration expert on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or you can drop us an e-mail at

- Rajneesh Kumar

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