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Migration Conference

2017 Reforms, Abolition of 457, Reforms to ENS, the new Citizenship framework, and the new TSS visa streams (CN66)

Legal Training Australia and Migration Alliance have designed an affordable and innovative Migration Conference to be held in Sydney on 24 May 2017 and Melbourne on 29 May 2017. The conference will be a one day, 6 hour, 3 CPD point opportunity for migration professionals across Australia.



Time Speaker Topic
8:30am Registration opens
Welcome from Legal Training Australia and Migration Alliance
9:00am Christopher Levingston & Alan Chanesman The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (Subclass 457)

  • Latest Legislative Changes - discussing immediate impact / abolition
  • STSOL and MLTSSL - What this means for current and future applications
  • Existing 457 visa holders - Implications of the legislative changes
  • Labour Agreements
Morning tea break
11:15am Christopher Levingston Employer Nomination Scheme

  • Transitional Arrangements - existing 457 visa holders
  • TRTS Stream Requirements
  • Direct Entry Applicants - Requirement for occupation to be on STSOL and MLTSSL
  • Further changes - the permanent residence eligibility period will be extended from two years to three years
Lunch Break
1:15pm Christopher Levingston & Alan Chanesman TSS Visa

  • Two visa streams - two years and four years
  • New, more targeted occupation lists which bette align with skills needed in the Australia labour market requirement for visa applicants to have at least two years' work experience in their skilled occupation
  • a minimum market salary rate which ensures that overseas workers cannot be engaged to undercut Australian workers
  • mandatory labour market testing, unless an international obligation applies
  • capacity for visa renewal onshore and a permanent residence pathway after three years under the Medium-Term stream
  • a non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers to training Australian workers
  • the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will collect Tax File Numbers and data
  • mandatory penal clearance certificates to be provided
2:45pm Christopher Levingston & Alan Chanesman Australian Citizenship Requirements

  • Increasing the general residence requirement, which means an applicant for Australian citizenship will need to demonstrate a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship
  • Introducing an English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being able to sit the citizenship test
  • Strengthening the Australian Values States to include reference to allegiance to Australia and require applicants to make an undertaking to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community
  • Strengthening the test for Australian citizenship through the addition of new test questions about Australian values, and the privileges and responsibilities of Australian Citizenship
  • Introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community
  • Strengthening the Pledge of commitment as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to refer to allegiance to Australia; and extending the requirement for individuals aged 16 years and over to make the Pledge to all streams of citizenship by application, including citizenship by descent, adoption and resumption.
Closing comments from MA


$220.00 for MA members or $264.00 for Non-MA members




Melbourne29 May 2017

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf VIC 3006

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