COVID-19 Update Australia

Australia closes the borders

Update: 20-03-2020

Australia is now banning all non-citizens and non-residents from entering the country. The travel ban is in force from of Friday 20 March, 9 pm. Australians, Australian permanent residents and their direct family members and New Zealand citizens resident in Australia will be allowed to return to Australia from overseas, but must self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

Measures will continously be reviewed. We will keep our website up-to-date.

Changes to Australia’s occupation list

Changes have been made to the occupation list on Monday 11 March 2019,  Especially the sports- and arts sector will be stimulated by these changes.

In total, 36 occupations have been added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). Eight of these occupations belong to the sports- and arts sector.

The following occupations are added to the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List:

  1. Artistic Director
  2. Arts administrator or manager
  3. Enviromental manager
  4. Dancer or choreographer
  5. Music director
  6. Musician (instrumental)
  7. Artistic director
  8. Statistician
  9. Economist
  10. Mining engineer
  11. Petroleum engineer
  12. Engineering professionals (nec)
  13. Chemist
  14. Food technologist
  15. Environmental consultant
  16. Environmental research scientist
  17. Environmental scientist (nec)
  18. Geophysicist
  19. Hydrogeologist
  20. Life scientist (general)
  21. Biochemist
  22. Biotechnologist
  23. Botanist
  24. Marine biologist
  25. Microbiologist
  26. Zoologist
  27. Life scientist (nec)
  28. Conservator
  29. Metallurgist
  30. Meteorologist
  31. Natural and physical science professionals (nec)
  32. University lecturer
  33. Software and applications programmers (nec)
  34. Horse trainer
  35. Tennis coach
  36. Footballer

Are you educated or working in one of the occupations mentioned above? Then your chances to apply for a visa for Australia might significantly increase.

Do you wish to receive a free and non-binding assessment of your eligibility? Please fill out the online visa check.


Australian Capital Territory nomination program reopened

Australian Capital Territory
nomination program reopened

Over the last few months, the Australian Capital Territory took its time to review the Skilled Nominated (190) visa nomination program. On 29 November 2018, the nomination program was reopened to all applications with a new system for determining nominated applicants.

The new nomination process

From of 29 November 2018, the nomination process is a two-stage process. Herein clients firstly need to formally express their interest in applying for nomination by the Australian Capital Territory. Candidates now need to complete a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’. In this matrix, points are allocated against economic contribution or benefit and their genuine commitment to be a part of the Australian Capital Territory community.

The highest raked candidates will be selected and invited to apply for nomination. Scores of 20 points and above will be ranked.

Australian Capital Territory occupation list

Besides the new nomination process, a new occupation list has come to effect as well.

Do you wish for a free and non-binding assessment of your visa options for Australia? Please fill out our online visa check.




Increase of maximum age Australian Working Holiday for Canadian and Irish citizens

Maximum age Working Holiday visa Australia
increased to 35 years of age

From 1 November 2018, the maximum age of 30 years has been increased for Canadian and Irish citizens. From now on Canadian and Irish citizens will be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday visa up to and including 35 years of age. This is an increase of the current maximum age of 30 years. For all other eligible countries, the maximum age remains 30 years.

What is a Working Holiday visa

A Working Holiday visa offers young people an option to go to Australia for a holiday and work. This visa lets you stay in Australia for up to twelve months and encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

What lets this visa you do

As stated, this visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to twelve months. During this period you are eligible to work. In most cases, you are allowed to work with an employer for up to six months. Thereby, you can study up to four months.

This visa offers you a unique chance to explore the country and it’s labour.

Would you like to find out whether you are eligible to apply for a Working Holiday visa? Please refer to the following page, or send us an email.