Finally, a long-awaited decision, which advocates for migrant communities in Australia, has been taken. Immigration services have finally set up elderly care contracts to support migrant communities. IACI was present with the Deputy Minister of Immigration and the Italian Ambassador to Australia, but this did not result in a solution. Hammond Taylor was contacted because one of the IACI employees had been helped by us in their permanent stay. We recommended the working agreement because the Minister of Immigration recently announced a way for senior care providers to access the Class 482 visa – Temporary Shortage of Skilled Labour (482 TSS) for BCPs. We discussed the employment contract and the benefits it would bring to the organization, and we started preparing the application. Although IACI is in Perth and Hammond Taylor in Melbourne, we were able to prepare the application by phone and email. Hammond Taylor was also able to visit iACI during the preparation to understand the problem first-hand. However, some more attentive observers recall that Fronditha Care has already concluded successive company-specific employment agreements allowing bilingual facilitators (of Greek origin) to work in Australia and with a permanent residence option under the “Ens” Nomination Scheme). Therefore, if this mechanism has always existed, what does this announcement really mean for elderly care providers? Further questions were directed to the Minister`s media office and since then we have received confirmation from the Ministry that the following concessions should now be more easily accessible to elderly care providers who wish to obtain a CSLA: prior to Hammond Taylor`s hiring, IACI mainly held Italian-speaking BCP positions with a combination of Australian residents, working holidays and student visa holders. However, working holiday visa holders could only work 6 months for a single employer and student visa holders are limited to 20 hours of work per week.
This has posed challenges for management in terms of recruitment, training and retention of staff. IACI recognized that it was preferable for residents to keep staff on a long-term basis for consistent and high service, so that staff could become familiar with IACI operations and the residents who cared for them.. . .