DIBP changes as from 18th Nov 2017


DIBP changes as from 18th Nov 2017

We have received the following updates from the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA).

Partner & PMV visas – changes to applications arrangements 

The MIA has received confirmation from the Department of changes to Partner (SC 309/100 & 820/801) and Prospective Marriage (SC 300) visa application arrangements mooted at the MIA National Conference.

On or after 18 November 2017 the following changes will occur to Partner and Prospective Marriage Visa (PMV) application arrangements:

• Partner and PMV visas must be lodged online.

• Paper applications received after COB on 17 November 2017 at any office of the Department, Service Delivery Partner, overseas embassy or High Commission will be invalid.

The following policy will be applied to applications lodged before and after 18 November 2017 and not finally decided:

• For applications lodged prior to 18 November 2017, the Department will provide only ONE opportunity to submit additional information and/or documents or respond to a natural justice letter.

These measures have been implemented by the Department because of the high level of incomplete and undocumented applications lodged and are aimed at freeing Departmental resources to address the second stage processing backlog.

The Department has also indicated that it will prioritise well documented and low-risk applications in 2017 – 2018.  AAT applications will also be remitted to one central office to speed up processing.

Parent visas – changes to visa application arrangements 

  • You no longer have the option of lodging applications for Parent Visas in person at any office of the Department.  
  • All Parent Visa applications must now be posted or couriered.

Skilled Migration List Consultation – Request for comment

The Department of Employment is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the new Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). These occupation lists are used for skilled migration to meet short and medium/long-term needs for the Australian economy.

The Department has developed a Traffic Light system to flag possible changes occupations currently listed on the STSOL and the MLTSSL.

Because there were substantial changes to the skilled migration occupation lists in April and July 2017, the Government has prioritised continuity and stability. There are no proposed changes to the MLTSSL strategic skills list at this time.

This current Traffic Light Bulletin is for consultation purposes only. 

If you have any questions regarding the above changes, you can speak to our team on +61 8 9221 4888 or email


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