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Legislative Update: Australian 2024/2025 Federal Budget Migration Changes

At People2.0, keeping our partners informed about legislative developments that impact workforce management is a top priority. The recently released 2024/2025 Australian Federal Budget includes several major changes to migration laws that could significantly affect how businesses attract and retain overseas talent. 

Understanding the Legislation 

Overview: The Budget introduces reforms aimed at driving economic growth, enhancing visa integrity, and addressing workforce shortages through adjustments to permanent and temporary visa programs. 

Objectives: The key goals are to better manage migration flows, prioritize skilled workers for permanent migration, provide new pathways for young international talent, and streamline visa processing. 

Key Provisions: 

  • Reduction of the work experience requirement for the Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa from 2 years to 1 year. 
  • Planning levels for the 2024/2025 permanent Migration Program are set at 185,000 places, with around 70% (132,200 places) allocated to the Skill stream. 
  • A new pre-application ballot process for the capped Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa from China, Vietnam, and India to manage demand. 
  • Extension of the Visitor visa (subclass 600) Business Visitor stream validity from 3 years to 5 years for Indian nationals. 
  • Introduction of a new National Innovation visa to replace the current Global Talent visa in late 2024. 

What It Means for You 

Impact Analysis: These changes present significant opportunities for businesses to access a larger pool of skilled workers through permanent and temporary visa pathways. However, managing increased visa application volumes may pose challenges. 

Requirements: Employers looking to sponsor skilled overseas workers may need to adapt to new visa criteria and application processes like the pre-application ballots. 

Opportunities: The extension of visa validities, lower work experience thresholds, and dedicated visa streams for younger professionals can help employers attract and retain in-demand talent more effectively. 

People2.0’s Support and Solutions 

Strategies: Our mobility consultants will work closely with you to navigate the new visa landscape and optimise your overseas talent acquisition strategies in light of the changes. 

Benefits: By partnering with People2.0, you gain access to experts who are well versed with migration rules and can assist you in capitalising on emerging opportunities introduced by the reforms. 

Next Steps and Action Plan

Immediate Actions: Review your current business needs and identify talent gaps not locally met and suitable for overseas candidates under the new visa provisions.  

Long-Term Strategies: Develop a multi-year overseas talent strategy aligned with the government’s four-year migration program planning horizon. 

Personalised Assistance: Reach out to People2.0’s Migration Services team to discuss tailored solutions for adapting to these legislative shifts. 

Navigating Compliance Together 

Keeping your workforce strategy compliant and optimised in the face of rapidly evolving regulations is challenging. People2.0 is your trusted partner through these transitions. Together, we can leverage the 2024/2025 budget’s migration reforms to build an agile, globally competitive workforce, responsibly and sustainably. Contact us today to get started. 

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