Changes have been made to immigration instructions to implement sector agreements in Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV), Foreign Crew of Fishing Vessels, and Skilled Migrant Residence immigration instructions. Some of the change highlights are as follows:
Instructions have been amended to specify the wage threshold for five sectors – Care Workforce, Construction & Infrastructure, Meat Processing, Seafood and Seasonal Snow and Adventure Tourism.
Annual caps apply to meat and seafood processing roles.
Currency and conditions of Accredited Employer work visa
The applicable stand-down periods for work as part of a sector agreement have been defined. An amendment has also been made to provide a limited exception to the rule that the remuneration approved as part of the Job Check must be the same as the remuneration offered to an AEWV applicant.
Applications for work visas for foreign crew of fishing vessels
The wage threshold for foreign fishing crew workers has been established in instructions, and an annual cap has been placed on foreign fishing crew workers.
Immigration instructions have been created to establish a work to residence pathway for care workers.
Exemptions to the median wage threshold
The list of eligible occupations has been expanded to include more roles.
All amendments take effect on and after 31 October 2022