Smaller Government – Immigration and Border Protection efficiencies
From 1 July 2016, a simple framework will be introduced for the skilled and temporary activity visa programmes.
Description of the measure
Currently there are 25 types of temporary, provisional and permanent skilled visas. This will be reduced to 9 new types of visas.
Eligibility for welfare payments and Medicare will not change. Migrants who are granted one of the new permanent visas will have access to payments as long as they meet individual payment and residency requirements.
Questions and answers
Who is affected by this measure
People entering Australia through the skilled migration programme. This includes migrants who enter on permanent visas as well as temporary skilled visa applicants.
For more information visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Who is eligible for this measure
Some people entering Australia through the skilled migration programme may be eligible for welfare payments and Medicare services. Migrants must meet specific requirements to be eligible.
For more information visit the Payments for visa holders webpage.
The date this measure will start and finish
This measure will commence on 1 July 2016 and is ongoing.