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Department of Home Affairs: We demand fairness and transparency in Skillselect

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Department of Home Affairs: We request for fairness, transparency and equality in Skillselect system.

On 20 June 2017 2016-2017 SOL list was released and Accountants were given 4777 places in 189 visas But On 27-June 2017 Department of Immigration and Border Protection posted an update saying that there are only 2,500 places available in the 2016-17 program year for accountants (rather than the 4,777 as originally published).

20 September 2017 round: 239 invitation were issued to applicant under unit group of 2211 Accounts with the minimum EOI points of 85. It was evident from the results that majority of these invites were issued to fake expression of interests lodged by an individual or a group of people. Department only acknowledged this issue after various stakeholders include Migration Institute of Australia requested for a response.

In August 2017 Occupation ceilings for 189 visas were released by Department of Immigration and Border Protection. But when the results were published for skillselect invitation round conducted on 03-01-2018 (6 months after releasing the initial ceiling), department posted an update (in the way of a footnote) saying that the original number given 6 months ago had all the skilled visas included. This had an effect of finishing the Accounting quota halfway through the program year which is unfair.

On 03-January-2018 Round department issued an invitation to individual with 105 points, which makes it evident that the issue of fake EOI’s getting invited has still not been fixed.

  • Department has stopped disclosing the invitation numbers for upcoming rounds.
  • The results for invitation rounds are not sometimes disclosed even after the next rounds has been conducted.
  • The invitation rounds are skipped or not conducted on given dates.
  • Invitations to some occupations like Accounting are being skipped with no transparency of when and if the invites will be resume.
  • Department treating one pro-rata occupation different from other occupations is unfair.

We request the department to be transparent and fair in Skillselect system and give a fair go to prospective skilled migrants.

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