Possible changes to the Australian Migration program- Employer Sponsored, GTI, Skilled and Business visas

Joint Standing Committee on Migration

There is an inquiry into Australia’s skilled migration program. Currently, there are 12 recommendations, and some of them include:


Assessing authorities for 186 ENS visa

Migration (Specification of Occupations and Assessing Authorities—Subclass 186 Visa) Amendment Instrument (LIN 21/009) 2021 updates the assessing authorities for certain occupations for 186 visa.

Occupation Assessing Authority
Chief Executive

Managing Director

Corporate General Manager

Engineering Manager


Institute of Managers and Leaders Limited (IML)
Childcare Centre Manager Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)


Podiatry Board of Australia

Global Talent Sectors

The GTI program target sectors have been updated recently. The new target sectors are:

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health industries
  • Defence, advanced manufacturing and space
  • Circular economy
  • Digitech
  • Infrastructure and tourism
  • Financial services and FinTech
  • Education


Bio-Security Act 2015

Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Overseas Travel Ban Emergency Requirements) Amendment (No. 1) Determination 2021 – F2021L00268 was lifted to allow Australian citizens and permanent residents to travel to New Zealand.

At this point, 14 days of mandatory quarantine in NZ is still required. This could change with a travel bubble in the coming weeks.

Travel to Papua New Guinea

There is a serious health risk to the Australian community to travel to PNG due to the COVID-19 outbreak. People seeking to travel to PNG will only be approved in minimal circumstances.

  • For critical workers providing assisting to PNG’s COVID-19 response,
  • People undertaking critical safety roles.

Ministerial Direction 90

The Ministerial Direction 90 will commence on 15 April 2021. It introduces a new primary consideration when the case officer considers visa refusal and cancellation under section 501. Case officers are required to consider family violence as a very serious offence when deciding on the application.

Latest News

Ending ‘visa hopping’ – 600 and 485 visas to student

35 Years or Under Age Limit for 485 Visa (50 for Masters by research and PhD)

Core Skills Occupations List (CSOL)

Bridging Visa R

Genuine Student (GS)

Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES)