News from CPA Australia

Global Research Perspectives Program 2018

CPA Australia has revised the Focus Areas and Hot Topics for the 2018 round of the Global Research Perspectives Program (GRPP).  Proposals which seek to address these topics will be given priority consideration.

Expanded information about the GRPP, eligibility for funding, general guidelines and the application assessment process is also available.  Please see the updated How to Apply webpage for additional details. The deadline for Stage One expression of interest applications is 31 July. Please ensure you have the most current version of the application form; a field for Hot Topics (if applicable) is at the bottom of the first page.  

Skilled Migration-Australia

The Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business has published a Traffic Light Bulletin on proposed changes to occupations listed on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Regional Occupation List (ROL). These lists underpin a range of employer-sponsored, points-tested and state-nominated visa programs.

The Department has flagged Management Accountant (ANZSCO 221112) for possible movement from the MTLSSL to the STSOL.  Public consultation on the proposed changes is now open and continues until 20 June 2018. More information is available on the Department’s website.

In other skilled migration news, the Australian Department of Home Affairs halted all invitations to Accountants (Occupation ID 2211) to apply for points-based skilled migration visas from January to mid-April 2018.  As of May 9, only 2723 invitations have been made to Accountants out of a possible 2017-2018 Occupation ceiling of 4785.  In part, this reduction is due to the introduction of a new skilled permanent residency visa open to New Zealanders already living and working in Australia.  10,000 skilled migration places have been diverted from the exiting skilled visa program with no increase in the overall total that may be offered.  

Most other professional occupations have also seen a reduction in points-based skilled migration invitations. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has indicated that the total number of permanent visas granted in the 2017-2018 financial year will very likely fall below the 190,000 ceiling set by government for the second year in a row.

CPA Australia is closely monitoring the situation and will be submitting feedback to the Department of Jobs and Small Business consultation on changes to the skilled occupation lists.