Skilled Regional Visas (Consequential Amendments) Bill July 2019

Good news for those going on a regional provisional visa. If the Bill goes through Parliament and becomes law, then those on the provisional visa will get the same benefits as those on PR. The notice from MIA is copied below. It has not gone through, yet, but it looks like it will. More incentive for applicants to go to regional areas.

Could affect (but not limited to):

Medicare

School Fees for the public school system

Benefit Entitlements

Which have been reasons why some clients would not go on the provisional visa.

MIA Notice 79 – 31 July 2019

Skilled Regional Visas (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019

The Skilled Regional Visas (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 proposes to amend the following Acts to ensure that holders of the new skilled regional visa will have access to government services in line with the current arrangements applicable to permanent residence visa holders.

The Bill will amend the following Acts:

·         A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999

·         Disability Services Act 1986

·         Fair Entitlements Guarantee Act 2012

·         Higher Education Support Act 2003

·         National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013

·         Paid Parental Leave Act 2010

·         Social Security Act 1991

The Bill applies to both Subclass 494 and the Subclass 491 visa holders.

The amendments in this Bill give effect to the policy intent that holders of these provisional skilled regional visas have the same access to welfare payments and government services as permanent visa holders. This recognises that the visas provide a pathway to permanent residence.

These arrangements also ensure that provisional skilled regional visa holders are not disadvantaged compared to holders of permanent skilled visas available for people to work in metropolitan areas.