PLAYFAIR is proud to announce that its CEO, Petra Playfair, has been elected as National Vice President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). Petra said: “I’m delighted to take up this position. Now more than ever we need to ensure that we maintain the highest standards in the migration profession and advocacy. The MIA is the ideal platform to do this.”
LaunchVic, an independent body established by the Victorian Government to oversee Victoria's innovation fund, has announced that they will encourage particularly first generation migrants and current refugees in developing tech companies and support them through their next round of grants.
On Sunday, 21 May 2017 the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced that unauthorized maritime arrivals (UMAs) must lodge their Temporary Protection visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) application by 1 October 2017. Those who do not lodge an application by 1 October 2017 are expected to leave Australia and will be banned from applying for any type of temporary or permanent visa in Australia.
A new temporary visa for migrant parents is being planned by the Australian Government. Under this new scheme parents could stay in Australia for up to 10 years but would never be allowed to settle. Additionally, this new temporary visa would require children to pay for their parents' private health cover.
On Tuesday 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced significant reforms to the current employer (skilled) immigration framework. In progressive stages, the ‘Temporary Skills Shortage’ (TSS) visa will be introduced and will be comprised of 2 streams the Short Term Visa (2 year visa) and the Medium Term Visa (4 year visa).
'Australians must have priority for Australian jobs – so we’re abolishing the 457 visas, the visas that bring temporary foreign workers into our country' - Malcolm Turnbull.