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Annual update of Skilled Occupation List effective 1 July 2011 – 2 June 2011 The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will change from 1 July 2011. There will be 13 occupations added and four occupations removed. See: Annual Update of Skilled Occupation List – 1 July 2011 (111KB PDF file) :biggrin::notworthy:
Hi all Diac has released some information about state migration plans, this give us a good clarification about the impact of Smp’s on existing and new visas applications. Have a look on this What's New? Recent Changes in General Skilled Migration :hug:
Jo_uktooz posted a topic in Aussie ChatA friend sent me this in an email-very funny I reckon. For All Female IT Users - New Software Releases INSTALLING A HUSBAND Dear Tech Support, Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewellery applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as Football 6.0, Cricket 5.1 and Golf Clubs 4.1. Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system. Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail, in fact Husband 1.0 seemed to slow even further. What can I do? Signed, Desperate. DEAR DESPERATE, First, keep in mind, Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system. Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html and try to download< /FONT> Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update. If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewellery 2.0 and Flowers 3.5. However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to< U> Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 12.1. Please note that Beer 12.1 is a very bad program that will download the Snoring program as well as disable spell checker and voice recognition Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will try to seize control of all your operating system resources.) In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0-program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0. In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. You might consider new software to improve performance. We recommend Cooking 3.0 and* Hot Lingerie 7.7. Tech Support
Guest posted a topic in Visa ChatGot this in an email this morning,makes interesting reading,especially the comment about 457 visa holders needing to pay for private health cover. Government releases draft employer obligations for overseas workers Thursday, 12 February 2009 The Rudd Government today released draft regulations outlining new sponsorship obligations for employers of temporary skilled overseas workers on Subclass 457 visas. A panel of industry, union and state government representatives will now begin assessing the proposed new regulations to provide feedback to government. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said advice from the Skilled Migration Consultative Panel will assist the Government to finalise the sponsorship obligations that will apply to all employers of Subclass 457 visa holders. The employer obligations were drafted following the Visa Subclass 457 Integrity Review conducted by industrial relations expert Barbara Deegan last year. Proposed employer obligations to be considered by the panel include: Payment of a minimum salary to Subclass 457 visa holders Payment of return travel costs for visa holders and their spouses Cooperating with inspectors exercising powers under the Worker Protection Act. Senator Evans said the Government is considering basing the minimum wage for Subclass 457 visa holders on the market rate paid to Australian workers employed in similar positions. 'Paying market rates for Subclass 457 visa holders will effectively make them a more expensive option for employers,' Senator Evans said. 'This will ensure that temporary skilled overseas workers are not employed ahead of local workers or used to undermine Australian wages and conditions. 'The principle of the Subclass 457 visa scheme is to supplement – not replace – the local workforce when there are serious skills shortages. 'The scheme is not to be used to employ overseas workers at the expense of local labour.' Senator Evans said that application rates for Subclass 457 visas in January 2009 were 31 per cent lower than in September 2008, reflecting the change in economic conditions. The declines were most pronounced in the construction, mining and manufacturing sectors. 'The 457 visa program is a demand driven scheme and it is showing that it is responding to the changes in the labour market,' Senator Evans said. The draft regulations also propose removing the requirement for employers to cover health care costs for temporary overseas workers. Instead, Subclass 457 visa holders will be required to take out private health insurance at their own expense and cover any school expenses for their children. Under the Worker Protection Act passed late last year, employers who fail to satisfy a sponsorship obligation may face administrative sanctions and/or pecuniary penalties of up to $33 000 from September 2009. The Subclass 457 visa program is an uncapped scheme driven by labour market demand for employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers in Australia for up to four years.