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Visa update: Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa regime

Backgound: Profound changes to the business visa regime were announced in April 2017, some with immediate effect and some to take effect in 2018. The Government has discontinued the sub-class 457 visa that had been in operation since 1996, and replaced it with a “Temporary Skills Shortage” (TSS) visa from March 2018. On [...]

2018-05-10T09:05:58+00:00May 10th, 2018|

Risk Management: A 400 visa is not a preliminary 457 visa

A case study Sally comes to Australia on a 400 visa [Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa] to train local staff on a new system being rolled out across the world. While Sally is here it becomes clear she is best qualified to take on the project of implementing other modules of the system, a [...]

2018-02-21T04:06:06+00:00February 21st, 2018|

Signing a Property Lease Before the Visa Comes Through

A case study Picture the scene: Geoff and Sally are on a “look-see” visit to Melbourne ahead of their planned relocation. Geoff’s new job is due to start in six weeks. They decide they like Australia and Melbourne, and fall in love with a family home costing $1,500 per week. However they aren’t the only ones [...]

2018-02-21T03:43:52+00:00February 21st, 2018|

Rising Short-term Accommodation Costs

Continuing growth in demand for short-term accommodation has resulted in upward pressure on prices. We have seen increases in recent times averaging at least 10% per year and in some cases considerably more. As a consequence budgets may need revision. Some Budgets Cannot Meet Expectations We are seeing some employers struggling to achieve acceptable standards of accommodation [...]

2018-02-21T03:00:19+00:00February 21st, 2018|

Australian Housing Costs – Unaffordable Interstate Relocation?

Volatility in sales prices in Sydney and Melbourne and greater stability in other State Capitals. Rental stability across the country except for Perth. What does this mean for employers relocating staff interstate to Sydney and Melbourne? In our August Client Alert we commented that Sydney and Melbourne rents have shown stability in recent years  despite [...]

2017-10-31T23:34:27+00:00October 30th, 2017|

Sydney & Melbourne Housing Costs

Stability in rents, volatility in sales prices. What does this mean for those relocating to Sydney and Melbourne? Sydney and Melbourne rents have shown continuing stability over the last twelve months. Sydney houses have averaged approximately 2% increase, with some areas e.g. Lower North Shore increasing by up to 5%. Melbourne houses have averaged approximately [...]

2017-09-04T05:18:31+00:00September 4th, 2017|

Changes to Australia & China Visa Regimes – Webinar

The Governments of Australia and China have introduced major changes to business visa regulations in 2017. In this webinar, visa professionals from Reloc8 Asia Pacific partners in Australia (Sue Stinson from Woodhams Relocation Centre) and China (Shelley Warner from Asia Pacific Access) provided expert commentary on these important changes. They also covered the implications and risk [...]

2017-09-04T06:19:49+00:00September 1st, 2017|

Reintroducing Visas for Senior Management Roles

In April 2017 the Federal Government announced major changes to the business visa regime. These changes are being introduced over time, through to 2018. The immediate restrictions on senior management roles caused consternation for many businesses. Under the new rules these were mostly restricted to 2-year visas, with one renewal, and no option of a [...]

2017-07-17T06:17:25+00:00July 17th, 2017|

Major Changes to the 457 Visa Category

On April 18, 2017 the Australian Government announced major changes to the main business visa category (the “457 visa”) – describing them as the biggest changes since 1996. Below is a brief summary of the changes announced. Clearly a lot of the detail is missing at this stage and there is likely to be [...]

2017-04-21T02:17:51+00:00April 21st, 2017|