Changes to Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme as of 18 March 2018 - Direct Entry Stream
What has changed?
New occupation list
- The occupations available for RSMS did not change on 18 March 2018. A new list of eligible occupations was, however, published – see Migration (IMMI 18/043: Specification of Occupations—Subclass 187 Visa) Instrument 2018
Occupations listed in the new instrument are included either on the ‘Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List’ (MLTSSL) or the ‘Regional Occupations List’ (ROL).
These occupation lists are being reviewed again by the Department of Jobs and Small Business (DJSB) with further changes expected during the second half of 2018. For further information see: Skilled Migration Occupation Lists
New market salary rate framework
A new market salary rate framework is in place for the RSMS program, which mirrors changed introduced for the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program. As a result, where the overseas worker will be paid less than $250,000 AUD, nominators need to demonstrate the following:
- They have determined the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) using the specified method
- The overseas worker will not be paid less than this amount (i.e. less than what an Australian worker would be paid)
- Both the AMSR and what the overseas worker will be paid, excluding any non-monetary benefits in both cases, must be no less than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) – e.g. currently $53,900 AUD.
Further information on salary and employment condition requirements for sponsored skilled visas, including determining the AMSR, is available at Salary and employment condition requirements for sponsored skilled visas
New RCB's and Regional Postcodes instrument
A new list of approved RCB's and Regional Postcodes was published – see: Migration (IMMI 18/037: Regional Certifying Bodies and Regional Postcodes) Instrument 2018
The Regional Postcodes for QLD remain unchanged.
How does this affect RCB's?
While the regulations have changed quite substantially, the above changes do not impact RCB's significantly directly. RCB's will continue to provide advice on the basis of the occupation details provided by the nominating business in their request for assessment.
Where can I get more information?
Additional information on the recent changes is available on the Department’s website. Relevant pages can be accessed from the Department’s skilled visa home page at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/work/skilledvisas
These pages will be regularly updated to keep the community informed of the March 2018 changes, and any subsequent changes made to the skilled visa framework.