457 Visa Changes for Universities

The government enacts several changes, which were issues raised by Universities Australia:

  • ‘University Lecturer’ has been restored to 4-year Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), with a pathway to permanent residency;
  • ‘Chief Executive or Managing Director’ and ‘Faculty Head’ have also been restored to the MLTSSL;
  • A wide range of scientific, technical and professional occupations have been added to both the MLTSSL and the Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL); and
  • The time spent studying towards a PhD will be counted as work experience when applying for new skilled visas.

However, ‘University Tutor’ has been removed from all lists. Also, concerns are raised with the proposal to have universities pay a new trades training levy when they bring researchers into Australia.

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