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R&CA welcomes new visa programme

On 18 April 2017, the Federal Government announced the replacement of the subclass 457 visa with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa to be introduced by March 2018.

The TSS visa will be comprised of two separate streams –

  • A Short-Term stream of up to two years; and
  • A Medium-Term stream of up to four years.

As part of the Government’s changes, 216 occupations were removed from the existing Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) which has been renamed as the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL).

The other occupations list for skilled migration, the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been renamed as the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

The key hospitality occupations of chefs, cooks and café and restaurant managers have each been retained as skilled occupations. Cooks and café and restaurant managers have been included as part of the STSOL whilst chefs have been included on the MLTSSL.

R&CA has announced its support of the Government’s changes, stressing the importance of maintaining sufficient streams of skilled migration to alleviate the chronic skills shortages affecting the hospitality sector.

R&CA’s media release regarding the Government’s changes to Australia’s skilled visa programme can be read in full here.

R&CA has put together a fact sheet for members, outlining what the changes are and how they will be implemented. Members can read the fact sheet here  in the members area.