At the Jobs and Skills Summit, the Australian Government expanded Australia’s permanent Migration Program from 160,000 to 195,000 places. This includes 31,000 in state and territory nominated visa categories and 34,000 places for regional visas, which can be allocated according to jurisdictions’ priorities. Teachers are currently on the priority skilled occupation list.
Targeted communications and marketing materials are being developed to inform potential skilled migrants and employers, including in the education sector, of visa options and encourage skilled migration to Australia. This sits alongside the Department of Home Affairs’ enhanced outreach and engagement capabilities to inform industries of skilled migration opportunities.
The Australian Government will work with state and territory governments to make sure this information points to opportunities in their sectors.
The Department of Home Affairs continues to provide priority processing for skilled visa applications in the education sector. Processing times to complete applications for Temporary Skill Shortage visas in the education sector remain at two business days (as at 25 November 2022), a reduction of 33 business days since June 2022.
States and territories will also work with relevant regulators to streamline overseas skills recognition and consider how to expedite permanent visas for teachers already in Australia. For example, Victoria is funding incentives of up to $50,000 for international teachers to work in Victoria, supported by the teacher registration authority (the Victorian Institute of Teaching) to process additional international teacher registrations, and a commitment that they are processed within a week of applying for registration.
Timing and key next steps
The Australian Government Minister for Education is working with states and territories, sectors, and the Minister for Home Affairs from late 2022 on facilitating swift skilled migration options and report progress to Education Ministers in mid-2023.