Selected Legislation Changes July - December 2024

Change Details In effect from
LMT time limit increase to 6 months, TSMIT to be replaced with SSIT & CSIT, annual indexation of income thresholds, SBS publications

 Migration Amendment (Strengthening Sponsorship and Nomination Processes) Bill 2024

Consistent with the Government’s Migration Strategy (released on 11 December 2023), the TSMIT will be replaced under the new Skills in Demand visa with a Core Skills Income Threshold (CSIT), set in alignment with the TSMIT and a Specialist Skills Income Threshold (SSIT), set at a higher amount to reflect specialist skills required by those occupations.

The Bill will also make amendments to the Migration Act to:

·          provide that labour market testing be completed within 6 months (increased from 4 months) prior to the sponsor of a skilled migrant worker lodging a nomination;

·          for the proposed temporary Skills in Demand visa, legislate income thresholds of:

   a SSIT of $135,000 for highly skilled specialists, to ensure Australia can quickly recruit top talent; and

   a CSIT of $73,150 for persons that are nominated for occupations that are in national shortage or where Australia has committed to providing access to our labour market in relation to that occupation through international trade agreements;

·          provide the annual indexation of the income thresholds which would be implemented on 1 July each year. The indexation will reflect changes in the trend figure for Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings;

·          provide that the income threshold for an applicant with essential skills will be worked out in accordance with the Migration Regulations, unless the Minister has specified an amount in writing that an employer must pay in relation to the applicant;

·          provide for the publication of a register of approved standard business sponsors and accredited sponsors who have nominated skilled workers for entry to Australia, including the sponsor’s business name, and Australian Business Number, postcode, the number of individuals nominated under the sponsorship approval process and the occupations of the nominated workers.

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