Selected Legislation Changes - Feb/Mar 2020

Change Detail Effective from
COVID-19 Pandemic event for Subclass 408

LIN 20/122: COVID-19 Pandemic event for Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) visa and visa application charge for Temporary Activity (Class GG) visa) Instrument 2020

The purpose of the instrument is also to implement a measure to respond to workforce shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to areas including, but not limited to, agriculture, aged care and public health. The instrument is designed to allow holders of temporary visas who are engaged in or have the relevant skills to undertake critical work relating to supply of essential goods and services, provided the applicant falls within the class of persons specified by the instrument.

4 April 2020
LMT -International trading obligations

LIN 20/029: Determination of International Trade Obligations Relating to Labour Market Testing

Section 6 of the instrument includes three new free trade agreements made under the Customs Amendment (Growing Australian Export Opportunities Across the Asia-Pacific) Act 2019 (Customs Amendment Act), namely the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA), the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), and the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong, China (A-HKFTA).

Corona Virus and Australian Visas

COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) and Australian visas - Departmental Infomation

Corona Virus- Detention centre

Biosecurity (Human Health Response Zone) (North West Point Immigration Detention Centre) Determination 2020

The purpose  is to determine the North West Point Immigration Detention Centre (North West Point IDC) on Christmas Island as a zone, to control entry into the zone.

3 Feb 2020
Corona virus - NIL VAC for reapplying student

LIN 20/099: Classes of Persons for Student (Temporary) (Class TU) Visa Applications

LIN 20/102: Arrangements for Student (Temporary) (Class TU) visa applications

25 Feb 2020
Corona virus - NIL VAC for reapplying visitors

LIN 20/045: Class of persons for Visitor (Class FA) visa applications

LIN 20/046: Arrangements for Visitor (Class FA) Visa Applications

25 Feb 2020
Corona virus - travel ban for Australian residents

Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Declaration 2020

Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Overseas Travel Ban Emergency Requirements) Determination 2020

25 Mar 2020
WHV visas - bushfire recovery work

LIN 20/103: Subclass 417 (Working Holiday) Visa—Regional Australia and Specified Work Instrument 2020

LIN 20/104: Subclass 462 (Work and Holiday) Visa – Specified Areas of Australia and Kinds of Work Instrument 2020

These instruments specify areas of Australia affected by bushfires occurring after 31 July 2019 and before 1 March 2020 as regional Australia. The instrument also specifies bushfire recovery work carried out after 31 July 2019, either as paid employment or voluntary work, as specified work.

5 Mar 2020
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Recent News



    Amending Regulations have been published to introduce the previously announced third WHV 417 and 462 visa.

    A person is required to complete 6 months specified work in order to be eligible for a third 417/462 visa.

    The specified work must be undertaken:
    - after 1 July 2019 AND
    - while holding a second 417/462 or while the applicant held a bridging visa that was in effect and was granted on the basis of the application for the second 417/462 visa.



    Canadian and Irish applicants for the Subclass 417 (Working Holiday) visa have an upper age limit increased from 30 to 35. More info here



    From 17 November 2018, holders or former holders of 405 and 410 temporary retirement visas (retirees) are able to obtain permanent residence by meeting criteria in specified permanent visas.

    More info and further changes here

  • 18 March 2018 TSS is here


    A new TSS visa replacing 457 visa came in effect on 18 March 2018. More information here.

  • 17 January 2018 Occupation Lists


    17 January 2018 - New occupation lists for Australian skilled visa were published. For complete lists click here

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