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Australia could be considering big changes for skilled migration

Australia might soon be considering a number of changes to the entry requirements of their Skilled Migration Visa.

Australia Could Be Considering Big Changes For Skilled Migration

Educated couples could hike the primary applicant’s score - easing access into the country and interestingly the application age limit of 50 years old might be lowered in a bid to attract younger applicants by awarding them the maximum points in this category.


Changes that are being recommended is especially exciting for couples where both partners are skilled and educated as proposals for awarding more points to such couples are proposed. The proposal also included rewarding applicants based on their partner and children’s command of the English language.

This detailed report titled, ‘Migrant Intake into Australia’, outlines a number of recommendations that would re-calibrate permanent skilled migrants coming to Australia should it be accepted by the Australian Government.

Some of the proposed major recommendations are:

Reduce the age limit

The commission has recommended that the Australian Government should consider reducing the age limit of 50 years for permanent migration under the skill stream and provide greater weight in the points‑based system for younger immigrants.

Use Skilled Occupations List as a benchmark

The commission has suggested that the Australian Government use the Skilled Occupations List as the sole basis for determining skill requirements for the different streams of the permanent skilled immigration program, including for those using the Temporary Residence Transition visa.

Supplementing the Current Skilled Occupations List

The Commission’s report also proposed that applicants with a very specific skill set not specified under the list of Skilled Occupations should be added. This will in effect award more points to applicants who are very specialized in the occupation or has a unique skill set that will make them more valuable than an applicant without those skills.
The Commission recommend a pilot programme that would tests the merit of each applicant by:

• a more granular treatment of some occupations that cannot be easily allocated between the different skill levels
• the inclusion of particular, well‑defined, skill sets that are not occupationally‑specific.

‘Single’ applicants should get maximum points

In the report the Commission also surmised that applicants without dependents should be awarded the maximum level of extra points. This move will attract single qualified applicants who will not add any strain to the economy as they would cost the country nothing extra in education etc.

Primary applicant should get more points for secondary applicant’s skills/traits

Exciting news for couples who are both skilled, educated and experienced is that the Commission recommended that the Australian Government should significantly increase, up to a given maximum, the contributing points to a primary applicant based on the skill and other traits of the adult secondary applicant. This, the Commission believes, will ensure that the applicant’s partner will also positively contribute to Australian society.

Streamline ‘points-system’ for all permanent skilled migrant applications

Commission recommends that the Australian Government adopt a common points system for the entire permanent skill stream, but in doing so should add points to a visa application by a primary applicant who has been nominated by an employer.

Currently, the selection criteria is different for skilled migrant intake and 'employer-sponsored' applicants.

Assess partners and adult children for their English-competency

Under the commission’s plan, partners and adult children would be assessed on their English ability, work skills, age and education in addition to the assessments currently made of the primary visa applicants.

According to the commission, almost half of visas issued under the skilled migration stream are for secondary applicants. The Productivity Commission says there’s significant scope to use those applicants to raise the overall calibre of the intake.


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection told SBS the government was considering the Productivity Commission’s recommendations and would respond “in due course.”

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