Selected Legislation Changes January - June 2024

Change Details In Effect From
 408 Covid Visa End

Migration (COVID-19 Pandemic event for Temporary Activity (Subclass 408) visa) Repeal Instrument (LIN 24/003) 2024:

The Government announced on 31 August 2023 that the Pandemic event visa will close to all applicants from February 2024.

 01 February 2024
MATES scheme (Australia - India)

Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) - On 23 May 2023, Australia and India entered into a Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA). The MMPA is a bilateral framework that supports and promotes two-way migration and mobility between our two countries while addressing issues pertaining to illegal and irregular migration.  

MATES will be open to Indian nationals who:

- are aged 30 or younger (inclusive) at the time of application;
- have not previously participated in MATES;
- have proficient English language skills (overall IELTS or equivalent score of at least 6, with a minimum score of 5 for each of the four parts);
- have graduated within 2 years from an eligible educational institution at the time of application; and
- hold a qualification (Bachelor’s degree or higher) in one of the following: renewable energy, mining , engineering, Information Communications Technology (ICT), artificial intelligence (AI) , financial technology (FinTech), agricultural technology (AgriTech).

Info sheet:Mates-fact-sheet-2024


Critical Technology Study

LIN 24/009: Migration (Designated Migration Law—Visa Condition 8208) Determination (LIN 24/009) 2024

The purpose of this Instrument is to allow for the use of computerised decision-making in certain circumstances. Specifically, by determining that condition 8208 is part of the designated migration law, this allows the Minister to arrange for the use of computer programs to make a decision, exercise a power or comply with an obligation, or do anything else relating to a decision, power or obligation, in relation to critical technology related study under condition 8208.

LIN 24/010: Migration (Critical Technology⸺Kinds of Technology) Specification (LIN 24/010) 2024

This instrument is made to specify the kinds of technology for the purposes of the definition of critical technology in regulation 1.03 of the Migration Regulations.
The definition of critical technology in regulation 1.03 underpins the meaning of unwanted transfer of critical technology provided by subregulation 1.15Q(1) for the purposes of PIC 4003B and the Migration Regulations more broadly.

1 April 2024
Strengthening Employer Compliance

Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Act 2024

- amends the Migration Act to improve employer compliance and protect temporary migrant workers from exploitation

 1 July 2024
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