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Unannounced RSMS Policy Change

There has been an unannounced change of policy in PAM3 since 15 May 2013:


Schedule 2 of Subclass 187 states [187.234(c)] that [if an applicant has an Australian qualification]:

“the applicant had the qualifications listed in ANZSCO as being necessary to perform the tasks of the occupation.”

For the occupation of Cook, for example, ANZSCO says:

Unit Group 3514 Cooks

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

DIAC policy [PAM3 Subclass 187] now says that an applicant with a Certificate IV can only count that if the Certificate IV had two years work experience embedded, or if the person has two years post qualification experience. [30.2  AQF Certificate III, IV and Diploma qualifications]

This would seem to be above and beyond the legislative requirements, and above and beyond TRA skills assessment requirements.

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) is raising this matter with DIAC at a meeting this week.


Source: Migration Institute of Australia

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