Event report

WA | Tax & Visa: 2019 Change Implications

Lost with all the changes in Taxes? Having trouble keeping track of all the new immigration policies?

The government announcement of the most significant changes seen in the recent years set the perfect opportunity for FACCI to organise the Visa & Tax Industry Forum on the changes to visas and taxation in Australia on the 29th of August at EY offices. We had the privilege to count with experts in the field that provided with valuable information. Nicole Low and Bryan McFadzean both Senior Managers at EY and Hélène Rodari, from Rodari Migration specialised in visas and immigration. Alexandra Farny, from Axyn Solutions specialised in the various Australian visas.


Our four experts presented and clarified the changes in terms of tax and visa. Changes announced last year have determined how companies work on getting the labour force to require developing their projects. 2019 has seen those changes continuing and moving towards a strengthening of the conditions needed to apply for most visas. 

Nicole Low began the presentation by saying that tax and visa are current topics. The Australian government would like to attract global talents with migration policies that support Australian growth. 

Hélène Rodari introduced the changes on the Working Holiday and the General Skilled Migration programs. The upcoming changes on the 187 and 489 visas were discussed, to conclude with the new pathway to permanent residence starting from 2022 (visa 191) — new features required to succeed in getting your visa or get your taxes done correctly.


Alexandra Farny started with a question that is in the mind of many employers in Australia, how to sponsor an employee? There are three answers that should respond to the question, only the answers for each change depending the case. The common elements to answer the question are eligible occupation, minimum English level, and minimum experience. The process of getting a visa is different if it is a temporary or permanent. For a temporary visa, there are three steps (Sponsorship, Nomination and Visa), while for the permanent is a two-step process. In the end, Alexandra used a quote from Jules Verne "There are no impossible obstacles: there are just stronger and weaker wills, that's all".

To close the night, Bryan McFadzean moved to the reporting implications on having an international employee, and the Single Touch Payroll (STP). STP is a new way of reporting tax and superannuation information to the ATO. Companies report their employees' payroll information, such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and super information to the ATO each time they get pay. 

The evening concluded with a very informal session of questions over a glass of wine and cheese. The FACCI team would like to thank our sponsors and EY for hosting our event on their premises.

 For more information or to have access to the PowerPoint presentation, please contact FACCI's office emailing wa(@)FACCI.com.au

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