Subclass 489 – Extended Validity Conditions:
The requests for clarification of the status of those who held or had previously held a Subclass 489 when that visa class validity was automatically extended. The Department has updated its website with further information for this cohort and those on bridging visas.
Compliance with subclass 489 visa conditions 8539 and 8549
If you are a subclass 489 visa holder whose visa was extended on 18 February 2022, see how the extension affects your need to comply with visa conditions 8539 and 8549 after lodging a Skilled Regional (subclass 887) visa application:
- If you have lodged or lodged a subclass 887 visa application before the original expiry date of your subclass 489 visa, you must comply with conditions 8539 or 8549 up until the original expiry date of your subclass 489 visa, unless your subclass 887 visa is granted before then.
- If you have lodged or lodged a subclass 887 visa application after the original expiry date of your subclass 489 visa, you must comply with conditions 8539 or 8549 up until the extended expiry date of your subclass 489 visa, unless your subclass 887 visa is granted before then.
March Skilled Visa Newsletter:
The Department has released the March Skilled Visa Newsletter on its website.
The contents of the page include:
- Ukraine visa support
- Reopening to international travel
- Global Talent Program
- Subclass 408 COVID pandemic event visa changes
- Business Innovation and Investment Program
- Employer-Sponsored Visa Program – TSS visa changes
- Labour Agreements
- GSM points – defacto relationships
- Regional area definitions
State and Territory Update:
The ACT has made some minor changes to its processes and webpage, including that applicants for the ACT nomination pathway must be working and living in the ACT. Members are advised to check they are using the most recent information when lodging client’s applications. Further information is available on the ACT Migration webpage.
The reports of poor behaviour include attempts to intimidate officers in the various states and territories and the lodging of vexatious FOI applications by ‘agents’. Members have not specifically been identified as engaging in these behaviours but will be aware that this type of behaviour only results in further delays for all those seeking to use the state and territories migration services. Communications and other engagements with stakeholders should be professional and respectful.
FWO – Horticultural Industry Resources:
Members may find the following resources useful in advising clients or distributing to clients operating in the horticultural industry.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has now published three new education resources to assist growers to comply with the forthcoming changes to piecework rules in the Horticulture Award:
- Piecework timesheet template (WORD) (PDF) to help employers record their pieceworkers’ hours of work, outputs and piece rates.
- Piecework reconciliation template (WORD) (PDF) to help employers check that the amount they’re paying their pieceworkers meets the minimum hourly wage guarantee.
- Piecework rules are changing information sheets (WORD) (PDF) to help employers explain the changes to their employees.