Wednesday the 14th May 2014
Volume 302

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Today, we bring to you updates regarding last nights budget concerning the DIBP.


Ministers comments on the Budget                                        
The growth in business visas programs will become the priority according to last nights budget. Minister Scott Morison said last night that "this Budget allocates almost 68 per cent of Australia's migration places to skilled migration, and reprioritises employer-sponsored visas."


In explaining the governments spin on the benefit of the budget Morrison went on to say,


"This Budget allocates almost 68 per cent of Australia's migration places to skilled migration, and reprioritises employer-sponsored visas.


With the reprioritisation towards employer-sponsored visas, employers will be assisted in finding workers to fill vital positions where they have been unable to find local workers. This also protects Australian workers, who will have less direct competition from independent migrants who arrive without a guaranteed job.

The 2014-15 migration program provides a total of 190 000 places including 128 550 for skilled migration, 60 885 places for family migration and 565 places for migration under the special eligibility stream.


The family stream will see more places being allocated for partners and children which together increase by 335 places, in recognition of the strong social and economic benefits of close family reunion, while the number of places in the contributory parent category has also been increased by 500 places.

The additional 4 000 places in the family stream which the previous government allocated to illegal maritime arrivals have been removed, resulting in a saving of around $267 million."


Points of interest in the Budget details   
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Department of Immigration and Border Protection


As outlined in last nights edition, the DIBP is set to be merged with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to form one consolidated department. This merger is planned to be complete by the 1st July 2016.


The Migration Review Tribunal to be merged


One of the unexpected details contained in last nights budget is the merging of the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal with other merit agencies. According to the details contained in the budget material released last night the MRT will soon "work with other key Commonwealth external merits review agencies and relevant departments to implement the Government's decision to amalgamate the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Migration Review Tribunal, Refugee Review Tribunal, Social Security Appeals Tribunal and Classification Review Board with effect from 1 July 2015."


Some of the Outcome Strategies for the DIBP

  • a targeted deregulation agenda that reduces impost to industry, business and clients
  • effective skills-targeting within the permanent migration and temporary entry
  • programme to support industry and businesses
  • continued enhancement of the student programme
  • ongoing development of the working holiday, visitor and specialist entry programmes
  • a robust and sustainable family reunion programme
  • the student visa programme supports sustainable growth in the international
  • education sector in line with government priorities
  • registered migration agents are monitored to ensure the integrity of their conduct and quality of the immigration assistance provided to consumers
  • Skill Select moves to becoming the main source of independent skilled migrants
  • The permanent Migration Program is delivered within target of less than 190,000 people
  • identification and response to suspected breaches of immigration and citizenship law in Australia

And a curious one

  • ensure less than 0.015% of total passenger and crew arrivals are refused immigration clearance at airports and seaports.

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We can see that the staff in the DIBP are going to be pulling their hair out over the next two years either by deciding on redundancy packages on offer or having to put up with the macho Customs officers sharing their desks.


I would also love to be a fly on the wall at the MRT/RRT offices this morning as staff would be wondering which ones will be getting the chop. Plenty of dead wood to choose from.


As far as skilled migration is concerned the news is predominantly positive with less regulation and red tape to wade through.


Currently the complexity of the laws surrounding 457, ENS and RSMS visas is ridiculous.


Lets also give a thought for those still waiting for their GSM visas after years of waiting patiently for their 885 and 886 files. 


Hope may be in sight.


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