Australia’s migration year starts on 1 July, and with it comes a lot of anticipation! Commonly, this is when we see major changes to Australia’s visa system. This includes price increases, changes to visa criterion and more.
Below, we outline the main Australian visa changes from 1 July 2023.
UK working holiday age increased
Perhaps the most anticipated change, more UK passport holders are eligible to apply for a working holiday visa. Eligible applicants can apply between the ages of 18-35 inclusive.
Full details are on the Department website.
Visa application charges increase in line with inflation each year. Most fees have increased by 6% this year. Some popular visa categories outlines below:
|Skilled visas (189,190,491)||$4,240||$4,640|
|Partner visas (309/100,820/801)||$8,085||$8,850|
|TSS short-term (482)||$1,330||$1,455|
|TSS long-term (482)||$2,770||$3,035|
|Employer Nominated Scheme (186)||$4,240||$4,640|
|Working Holiday (417,462)||$510||$635|
Refer to the Department website for a full list of current visa application charges.
Increased income threshold for skilled applicants
The Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) has increased to $70,000. The TSMIT is the minimum wage a 482 visa holder must receive. Previously, the TSMIT was $53, 900 and
had not been updated since 2013.
By raising the income threshold, it’s hoped that international workers are paid a liveable salary and locals will not be undercut for jobs. However, this increase in salary will make it difficult for smaller businesses as the cost of employer sponsorship continues to rise. Time will tell how this will affect the willingness of Australian businesses to sponsor overseas workers.
If you need visa advice, you can book a consultation with our Migration agent here: Australian Visa Consultation – MARA Registered Agent – Visa Go Australia (visa-go.com)