Great opportunity to relief labour shortages for rural employers. It is also an opprtunity for the migrants who are qualified in the occupations listed here. Commences in early 2020. The overseas workers can be nominated under subclass 482 or 494.
31 occupations available which is more than in any other industry labour agreement.
There are further substantil concessions and a pathway to a permanent residency. They include:
- Reduction of up to 10 per cent of the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT), which is currently $53,900 per annum, when it can be demonstrated that equivalent Australian workers earn under that ammount;
- A range of monetary and non-monetary benefits might be acceptable, such as regular overtime and accommodation, to meet the TSMIT and Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) requirements. For nominations under a standard business sponsorship, non-monetary benefits are excluded when determining whether the nominee’s salary is above the TSMIT and is at least the AMSR;
- The English language threshold is reduced. The main applicants need to achieve at least 5.0 in the overall band score of an IELTS test with no less than 4.5 in each individual component or equivalents for other approved English language tests;
- Workers can be up to 50 years of age when applying for either a 186 visa or a 494 visa;
- For Skill Level 1-3 occupations, workers can transition to a 186 visa after working for three years with their sponsor. For Skill Level 4-5 occupations, workers will need to have worked for at least four years
This labour agreement adds a substantial program to aid the horticultural industry
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