The government of Australia has announced two new labor agreements in the hope of supporting the country’s communities with diverse cultures. The aged care sector and religious institutions labor agreements were unveiled on Thursday, 7 March, by David Coleman – Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Multicultural Affairs.
Under the aged care sector agreement, aged care facilities will be able to sponsor carers that have the skills required to take care of communities’ elderly despite the fact that the list of eligible occupations does not include the occupation of the aged care workers.
Mr. Coleman revealed that the importance of bilingual carers has been highlighted by aged care providers given the tendency to lose the ability to relate in a second language or revert to native language seeing in elderly people or those with dementia. He said the new agreement would help them to handpick the right workers for these purposes.
Also, providers of aged care can now sponsor workers from other countries for an Employer Nomination Scheme Visa or a Temporary Skills Shortage visa, given that evidence of the lack of such skill in Australia can be provided by the employer.
The second agreement gives religious institutions the opportunity to broaden the scope for sponsoring workers of different nationalities as the scope of work for the current occupation of Minister of Religion gets expanded.
Under the new agreement, flexibility will be afforded visa nominee to work in any senior position, a development to the existing arrangement.
The new agreements, which will continue to make way for permanent residency, will become effective from 11 March 2019. These new arrangements do not affect existing salary concessions and age requirements.
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