ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Nov 2012In November 2012, the government of Australia announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Summary of changes:
On 1 November 2012, Chris Bowen, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, and David Bradbury, the Assistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation, made a media release announcing the simplification of the specialist temporary work visa framework. New rules simplify the application process by halving the the number of visa subclasses to 8 from 17 by merging several subclasses into more general ones or getting rid of highly redundant ones.
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It is expected that such changes will make migration easier by reducing the complexity of the visa application process and reducing the costs incurred.
The new rules will take effect on 24 November 2012.