Australia: 482 skill shortage visa in effect, global talent visa pilot announced

Australia has a new skill shortage visa after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unexpectedly announced plans to replace the former scheme in April 2017. Meanwhile, plans for a pilot “global talent” visa have also been unveiled.

The 482 visa places slightly more stringent English language requirements than the 457 visa. Photo: Seb Zurcher

The 482 visa places slightly more stringent English language requirements than the 457 visa. Photo: Seb Zurcher

 

The visa change, which came into effect on March 19, will see the former 457 temporary skilled worker visa replaced with the more stringent 482 temporary skill shortage visa. The change comes after complaints from trade unions that the previous visa unfairly took jobs from Australians came to a head in 2017.

“Australians, wherever possible, where vacancies are there, where job opportunities are there, Australians will be able to fill them,” Turnbull said at the time.

Under the new visa scheme, three streams are available: a short-term stream for two or four years for occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation list; medium-term for up to four years for occupations on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List or the Regional Occupation List; and a Labour Agreement stream for an unspecified duration for workers whose employer has an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs.

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Australia’s education system has been ranked the best in the world by a new report into global prosperity.

Out of the 142 nations, the Legatum Prosperity Index ranked Australia 7th in the overall prosperity ranking but was awarded top marks for education. The index ranks countries according to wealth and wellbeing.australia_exam

The education ranking was determined through analysing data around class size, girls to boys enrolment ratio, secondary and tertiary enrolment, perceptions that children learn and satisfaction with educational quality.

For the third year in a row, Australia has occupied the #7 spot. For the full copy of the report, view here.

The top positions were, dominated by Scandinavian nations. Norway topped the list, followed by Switzerland and Denmark, but our trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand now occupy fourth spot on the global prosperity index.