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News & Knowledge

MSI Australia & New Zealand: Monthly news-round up

11th April 2018

Pauline Rottstock

Each month MSI publishes a selection of articles written by MSI member firms in Australia & New Zealand highlighting important topical issues in the region.

The new Temporary Skills Shortage visa is here
by Emma Swenson, Migration Consultant – Patterson Houen Commins, Lawyers, Sydney

Last month the government announced the “implementation date” for the final round of changes to the temporary and permanent employer sponsored visa programs. The changes have been introduced progressively, since April 2017. From 18 March 2018 the subclass 457 visa has been abolished and replaced with the new TSS visa. This does not affect existing 457 visa holders – their visas are still valid. Read the article


Recent changes to medical decision making laws
by Rachael Hocking & Tasha Eliassen – Aitken Partners, Lawyers, Melbourne

Changes to the legislative framework around medical decision making and advance care planning came in to operation in Victoria on 12 March 2018. The Act introduces the ability to implement a binding Advance Care Directive and the appointment of a Medical Treatment Decision Maker or Support Person. Read the article


Business Migrant and Investor visas for New Zealand
by Michael Woodward – Mackay Bailey, Accountants, Christchurch, NZ

This article looks at the investment-driven options available to foreigners wanting to migrate to New Zealand, using one of the country’s easy-to-understand ‘investor’ visas. Read the article


In Australia and New Zealand, the MSI membership comprises legal and accounting firms located in the key business centres of Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney and North Sydney.

Should you require assistance in Australia and New Zealand and to find out more about our law and accounting member firms in the region, please visit the MSI ANZ website.