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Changes to Occupation lists in 2018

Changes to Occupation lists in 2018

A number of changes were made to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) in April and July 2017.


The Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL) is likely to remain the same

The STSOL which is a list of occupations nominated for temporary and short-term visas is likely to see some changes.

Some of the occupations flagged for removal from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List are:

  • Accommodation and Hospitality manager
  • Hair or Beauty Salon Manager
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Building Associate

The following occupations MAY be added to the list:

  • University Tutor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Property Manager
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Representative

It is also likely that Skilled Occupations List will include Airline Pilots in 2018 to address the shortage of pilots in Australia.

Following lobbying from the peak body for regional airlines, it’s been reported that the Skilled Occupations List will be revised to allow foreign pilots to come to the country on a 2 year work visa.

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Parent Visas for Australia

Are your children / grand-children in Australia and you’d like to join them?

Our Parent Visa topic for Australia now has over 15,000 posts. Join the discussion today, get your parent visa questions answered and network with other parents/grandparents who are moving to Australia.

There are some important changes to Parent Visas which are due to be implemented this year.

In the 2017-18 federal budget, a new temporary sponsored parent visa was announced – to be available from November 2017. However, the new visa which will allow migrants’ parents to stay in the country for extended periods has been delayed.

The Bill enabling the new visa to come into effect has not yet been approved by the Senate.

Here are the six must know facts about the new long stay visa for parents:

  1. 3-year-visa will cost $5000, a 5-year-visa will cost $10,000 and a 10-year-visa will cost $20,000, with the opportunity of a single renewal for another five years at the same price.
  2. 15,000 people each year will be granted this long stay parent visa.
  3. Children/Sponsors will be required to pay for their parents’ private health insurance. The children will also need to act as financial guarantor on any extra healthcare costs their parents rack up in Australia.
  4. Those on the new visa will not be allowed to work, however, the government hopes they will take on family roles which would see “reduced pressure on childcare facilities.”
  5. Those sponsoring their parents for the new visa need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or “eligible New Zealand citizens”.
  6. The visa-holders would not be allowed to reapply beyond the 10 years and would have no pathway to permanent residency.
Moving Money To or From Australia?

Benefits of using a foreign exchange specialist

Local bank vs currency specialist 

If you’re sending money overseas, you may think using your local bank is the most convenient and efficient option, but working with a currency exchange specialist can give you access to great value rates and services that your bank may not be willing to provide.

In addition, a specialist can offer expert guidance to help you navigate the fluctuating currency market.

As an ex-pat, you could have a number of reasons why you need to convert currency, and accessing great rates and avoiding high fees could have a significant impact on the money you receive for any of the following:

• Buying a home in Australia;
• Converting UK rental income into Australian dollars;
• Repatriating Australian dollars back to the UK;
• Receiving your pension payments;
• Transferring money to friends and family overseas.

As well as great rates and lower fees than most high street banks, a specialist can also offer a range of product solutions to help you manage all your foreign exchange requirements

• Spot contracts for urgent payments which allow for same-day exchange and transfer;
• Stop-loss orders to prevent against precipitous drops in the exchange rate;
• Rate targeting and tracking to help you make the most of your money ;
• Regular payment plans to fix rates and collect funds from a UK account by direct debit for overseas payments;
• Easy-access online account management, supported by an expert team available on the phone.

Get started with moneycorp

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Medical Criteria for Australian Visa Applications

Medical Criteria for Visa Applications to Australia

By Richard Gregan, Registered Migration Agent 9905168

Owner and proprietor;

OE Visas Ltd

Ian Harrop & Associates Ltd


All visas, whether temporary or permanent carry health conditions. 

As a practising migration agent, I’m often asked whether it is even worthwhile applying for a visa if one of the applicants has a medical condition.    I can only answer these questions based on my past 21 years’ experience in dealing with these applications.  This is a difficult and complex area of migration law.  Answers are not always black and white.  There are often subtle shades of grey.

Part of my work will sometimes involve reviewing the potential visa applicant’s medical file with a doctor with a view to being able to say whether it is reasonable to proceed with an application.  This usually involves getting an idea of “costs to the Australian Community” before weighing these against policy and law.

I also often suggest the potential migrant consults their own GP and asks the question: Am I being unrealistic to even consider migrating to Australia with my medical condition?  A green light from your own primary health care giver is a good start and confidence booster.

Migrants who are permanent residents will be treated under the same health care arrangements as Australians who have paid into the Medicare scheme all their working lives.  The Migration Act and Regulations are designed to ensure that Australians are not disadvantaged by an incoming migrant taking up resources from their health care funds.

The most common conditions I come across where I would expect the applicant to eventually proceed with a visa grant are those with the following diagnoses:

Asthma, eczema, minor high blood pressure, well controlled epilepsy, type 1 diabetes, amputated limbs, applicants on long term thyroxine.  These conditions are relatively inexpensive to treat.

I am frank with any enquirer that the following conditions which will likely cause a visa refusal would include the following medical conditions:

active cancer, out of control type 2 diabetes, morbid obesity, waiting on or having received a transplanted organ, cardiac disease, history of strokes, dialysis patients and major psychiatric history.

Neither of these lists of examples are definitive red or green lights for a likely successful application. There are other conditions, too numerous to mention here that will result in both grants and refusals.   

It is important to understand that costs likely to be incurred by non-medical issues by people who have special needs such as major learning difficulties or require ongoing social care will also be considered by the case officer.

The criteria for deciding whether to grant a visa to an applicant with significant medical or social issues is “how much will it cost to treat or care for this new migrant”?  If the amount is $40,000 AUD per year the case will almost certainly fail.  These costs include such things as medication, hospital admissions, surgery etc.  They also include such things as special learning school needs, social or residential care.

There are exceptions for some visas where a “medical waiver” and a “health undertaking” is available.  Your application is way past the “DIY” stage if this applies to you.  You should speak to a professional MARA registered agent or specialist lawyer.

Further information can be found at;

Schedule 4, Criteria 4005

Procedure Advice Manual (PAM)

Public Interest Criteria (PIC) – Significant Costs and Prejudice access to healthcare and community services.

Medical Officer of The Commonwealth (MOC)

If you have concerns speak to a reputable MARA agent.


Richard Gregan

MARA 9905168