Fact Sheet 01: Migration Program Working with states and regions to meet their skilled migration needs
By working with state and territory governments and regional authorities, DIMIA seeks to help each state/region access the particular skills they need. To supplement the range of mechanisms already in place, the Australian Government will be taking a range of further measures described below.
Skilled Designated Area Sponsored Visa
From mid 2006 the Skilled Designated Area Sponsored Visa will be modified to improve its effectiveness in helping participating areas of Australia to access the skilled migrants they need. Skilled migrants sponsored by families living in designated areas will from mid-2006 enter on a three year temporary visa. They will be eligible to apply for a permanent visa after living in the same designated area as their family sponsor for a minimum of two years and working in the designated area for at least one year. These two stage visa arrangements will give states and territories greater assurance that people sponsored under these arrangements will settle in the same area as their sponsor, in line with the objectives of the visa.
Skilled Independent Regional (SIR) visa access for Working Holiday Makers
Working Holiday Makers and Occupational Trainee will be allowed from 1 November 2005 to apply for and obtain a Skilled Independent Regional (SIR) visa without leaving Australia. The applicant must be sponsored by a state government agency or regional authority and meet the current passmark of 110 points. This measure will significantly expand the pool of people available for sponsorship by state governments and regional authorities under the SIR visa and have the additional advantage of attracting people who already have work experience in Australia.
More points awarded to Skilled Independent Regional (SIR) visa applicants
From 1 July 2005, people who apply for the SIR visa will be granted 10 additional points. This means state governments and regional authorities will have access to a wider range of potential skilled migrants. The current passmark is 110 points.
Skills Recognition and Licensing web portal
DIMIA will work with DEST, DEWR and the states to develop a web portal which will provide simple, comprehensive and up-to-date information for migrants who are seeking recognition and licensing for their occupations in Australia.
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