|Application fees for Temporary Work (Skilled) – Subclass 457 visas are nearly doubling.
As of 1 July this year, fees will increase to $900, earning the Government an extra 47 million dollars for the coming financial year.
The permanent Australian Migration Program is being maintained at 190,000 in 2013-14.
“This shows the government recognises the genuine skills shortages in Australia and the critical gaps the Migration Program fills,” said MIA CEO Maurene Horder.
While the Skilled Migration Program will be reduced by 700 places, those places will be added to the annual Family Migration Program.
“The MIA has long agitated for a more robust Family Program recognising its importance to social connectivity and healthy communities,” said Ms Horder.
The Government also intends to heavily invest in a number of measures to strengthen regional and international cooperation on Irregular Maritime Arrivals, with $8.1 billion projected to be spent over the next four years.