July 31st, 2019

491/494 to have the same access to welfare and government services as PRs

Skilled Regional Visas (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019B00150/Download

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.
The Bill was read for the second time today.

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