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  1. Karstedt

    Regional areas for new 491?

    If they are legislating a new definition, it probably won't happen until 1 month prior. I read somewhere that they were promising further legislation defining 'minimum income requirement' for the new regional visas by Oct 17... probably get lumped in with that last minute stuff. Another question is, will the redefined regional areas and/or expansion of regions to 'any state' effect current 489 holders, e.g. will the 489's be able to move to any newly defined regional area in or out of the state that nominated them. Also, will states even be interested in nominating people under the 491 since it would appear there is no criteria or incentive for people to actually goto that state. Why wouldn't everyone just apply for whatever state is foolish enough to nominate, and then bee-line to the very edge of one of the capitals where job prospects are the best? They have increased the allocation to regional nominated, thereby decreasing the 189... if the states say f-that, we're not nominating people to goto the outskirts of Syd/Mel, will it just flop and result in a net drop?
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    Regional areas for new 491?

    My understanding is anywhere currently defined as 'regional' in any state.
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    NSW 190 Secondary school teacher

    I will gain points and priority relative to a significant number people over the partner points change. I don't know exactly how many, but 50% of accepted applicants have partners, and 'most' do not seems likely to get the full 10 points for english/skilled partner. Plus the extra points for 'certain STEM degrees' does not appear to have been defined yet, and could potentially be a big boost for me as a science teacher with a Nanoscience degree. Depending on how it looks and what info is available I will consider regional prior to Nov or just head to Canada. Canada doesn't have the Nanoscience research I'm interested in pursuing in a few years, but it seems like AU's is more interested in Uber drivers than science nowadays. They are rapidly and disappointingly following in the US footprints... when the Donald loves your PM and is first in line to call after the win, you gotta know you messed up.
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    NSW 190 Secondary school teacher

    Looks that way. 3 more years of pro-rata nonsense.
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    489 work requirements before PR?

    I wasn't complaining. I was pointing out that most of the responses were targeting a single out of context sentence and provided no real relevance to the post. It was a criticism, and I was trying to avoid being unhelpfully combative with a statement like, "LEARN HOW TO READ!". I would not have even presented the scenario and left it to merely the pointed questions, but I was certain that I would just get a bunch of people asking "why do you want to know" instead of providing any insight.
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    489 work requirements before PR?

    That is not so bad, you provided those answers earlier and I gave you a trophy . The whole dodgy thing stemmed from not knowing the dirty details of what is accepted as 'full-time'. The early respondents jumped on the 'seems dodgy' part at the very end and ignored all the questions. From the perspective of not knowing the exact details and playing it safe to presume it meant a 'single job at 35+ hrs per week for a contiguous 52 weeks', that is a dodgy requirement considering being forced into a place on the economic decline. It wasn't until you, the 12th post and 4th person, that a single one of my questions was addressed.
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    489 work requirements before PR?

    I was using SOL as a generic term for the current list of eligible occupations for a particular visa category. There are definitely 'secret' requirements, as in ridiculously obfuscated (perhaps unintentionally, perhaps not). An agent on this forum even once commented that there can be over a thousand legislated requirements in a given year and only 5-10 may appear in the information published by Home Affairs. Try calling the department of immigration and asking if they require a skills assessment, when the assessing authority has said it does not offer one in your case and you should ask the department of immigration. It's so secret even their their own people don't know.
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    489 work requirements before PR?

    Uncalled for and unhelpful. Not necessarily, there are lots of crappy agents as anyone in the know is well aware of. It is always best to find out for yourself as well. The only rule that would make it not dodgy, is a safety net clause for those unable to find a decent job. The government is saying, 'Pay us to fix our regional economic problem that you can't actually fix because there is no government or corporate investment. Furthermore, if you should fail to meet certain criteria that might be out of your control, we kick you out. Thanks for your investment.' It may not be dodgy for certain individuals based on their likelihood of fulfilling the fine print of said criteria. As I said, I can guarantee finding work. My problem arises merely from whether or not that work will meet the secret requirements. The point about occupations on the SOL not actually being in demand is exactly where my whole line of questioning and assertion of the dodgy nature of the work requirement comes from. Over 70% of skilled migrants are coming into severely oversupplied occupations and must resort to service jobs... which accounts for most of the real problems they are having with migration. They didn't need to cut the intake by 20k, they only needed to cut the 3 most oversupplied occupational categories and it would have dropped over 40k on its own, possibly a LOT more than that after a few years. I do not think it unlikely that upwards of 85% of all applicants would be cleared from the table if those occupations were cut.
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    489 work requirements before PR?

    I actually don't care about living in a regional location, I'm happy too, indefinitely even. I only care about the work. But yeah, I don't need an overview, I need the devilish details that can screw you over. Yes, and my questions are all about that '1 year'. Is it anytime in those 4 years, must it be contiguous, must it be from a single source, does remote work (for entities outside the region) from a home business (in the region) count? I am basically able to guarantee myself 12 months of full-time equivalent work within the first 2 years and then proceed to PR... but does my way of piecing together the 'full-time' count? Taking a job pumping gas for the sake of fulfilling a rigid definition of, '1 year full-time', would be a substantial pay cut for me and I will not peruse the 489 if there is a possibility I would be reduced to that; and ethically speaking, I don't want to be taking a job from a young local who already has limited options in a poor labor market.
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    489 work requirements before PR?

    Yes, nobody is forcing me, that's why I'm asking my questions. Because I don't want to put myself in a position to fail due to forces beyond my control. You are free to believe that paying $1000 to toss a coin to determine if you get to keep your $1000 dollars is a good deal. Arguing that I should be grateful for the opportunity to waste my money has nothing to do with the questions I asked. In fact, if I can work my way, then I wouldn't be tossing a coin at all, and it is a good deal. I am trying to determine how much of coin toss it is, and you are telling me to worship at the altar of coin tossing.
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    489 work requirements before PR?

    Ok, so that answers 1 of my questions... it doesn't have to be a related occupation. I can guarantee that I find suitable work for ME anywhere in the world... i just don't know if it will meet the gov reqs. And being denied PR because you are forced into dodgy labor market circumstances is the very definition of dodgy. The regions are dying not from lack of people, it's from lack of jobs. It's like investing in a farm that you will be grated ownership after 2 years if you can produce a certain yield of crops per annum; but the land is bad and there isn't much water so that may or may not be possible... and if you fail, you lose your investment.
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    489 work requirements before PR?

    The rules are dodgy, specifically the work requirement. It is not a cast iron pledge that you will find 1 year of suitable full-time work there... thus, is not a cast iron pledge to offer PR. I have read many stories about people going to regional AU and not finding suitable work.
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    489 work requirements before PR?

    Are you saying an agent can do this but an individual cannot? I do not have an agent because I haven't even applied. I think the 489 provisionals are dodgy and I'm trying to determine if it is worth a second look.
  14. I've got some 489 employment question for an expert.... Fulfilling the work requirement on the 489 appears to be 12 months at 35+ hours per week in your region. Does it have to be 35+ hours each week, or can it average out to that over a year and what is considered a working '12 months' (e.g. assuming 6 weeks vacation, 46x35 = 1610 hrs in a year). Does it have to be contiguous and or to the time you apply for PR? E.g. you have to be there for at least 2 years, so say you work full time 6 months, then have 4 months not working full time, then full time again for 6 more months, then part-time or nothing for 2 months, then apply for PR. These 3 are kind of combined as a question about the following scenario: Does the work have to be for a single employer? Does the work have to be in a related occupation to the occupation you filed under? (I've read plenty of stories of people not finding relevant work in regional AU) As long as your place of business is in the region, are you allowed and does it count to do work for people outside that region? Scenario: I am applying as a teacher. I can establish a home business on arrival trading on my previous occupation and do IT work remotely for an easy 20+ hours per week, so in theory I only need to pick up another 15 from relief teaching or tutoring to be 'full time'. I can also do online English tutoring for people in China. Even if I can't find a suitable teaching position at all, I have ways to effectively work full-time. So I could potentially have up to 3 sources of employment (self/school/Chinese company, who knows what else), be working remotely for people outside the region (domestic and international), and worse case scenario not work in my desired occupation at all. Basically fulfilling the work requirement in a timely fashion seems like a dodgy proposition and I don't want to screw around for 12+ months seeking a cookie cutter job to fulfill the criteria.
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    New rules for partner points

    Considering they made the changes, I think they will. They might even cut further. I think any further reform is out the window though, it's 3 more years of accountants/engineers/ICT pro's with 80 pts.
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