VAC increase for all visas  (MIA Notice 26: 9 May 2017)

  • All current VACs will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index and rounded to the nearest $5
  • Indexation applies only to the 1st instalment component of the VAC, for both primary and secondary applicants
  • Indexation does not apply to 2nd instalment VACs
  • VAC prices from 1 July 2017


Skilled Migration Visas

Subclass 189 – maximum age lowered   (Notice 31: 19 May 2017)

Legislative Amendment – F2017L00549 – Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 2) Regulations 2017

  • Lowers the upper age limit at invitation for Subclass 189 Skilled Independent, Points Tested stream applicants to 45 years old

Subclass 190 & 489 

  • The MIA has confirmed with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that the age limit for Subclasses 190 and 489 will be lowered to 45 years of age on 1 July 2017.


189 NZ visa stream    (MIA Notice 31: 19 May 2017)

Legislative Amendment – F2017L00549 – Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 2) Regulations 2017

  • Creates a new permanent visa stream for specified New Zealand citizens who meet the regulatory requirements, to be granted Australian permanent residency
  • 45 year old age limit does not apply to NZ stream applicants


NZ Citizens Income Threshold and Exemptions for subclass 189  (MIA Notice 41: 22 June 2017)

Legislative Instrument – F2017L00723 – IMMI 17/035  

  • Provides income thresholds for 2011-2017 and exemption categories


Employer Nominated and Regional Sponosored Migration Schemes  (MIA Skilled occupation lists and other changes)

  • Occupations lists: The STSOL will be further reviewed based on advice from the Department of Employment. The MLTSSL will be revised based on outcomes from the Department of Education and Training’s 2017-18 SOL review
  • English language requirements: All applicants require Competent English score of IELTS  score of 6 (or equivalent) in each component for both Temporary Residence Transition and Direct Entry
  • Age: A maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application will apply to Direct Entry stream applicants. A maximum age requirement of 50 at the time of application will continue to apply to Temporary Residence Transition stream applicants