Temporary Work (Skilled) visa subclass 457 scrapped

This week, the Prime Minister announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

The TSS visa program will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses ‘in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.’

There is a steady exchange of researchers and related occupations between Australia and overseas countries. While 457 visas are not the only visa class used to being researchers to Australia, it has been an important part of the exchange of ideas, skills and knowledge. Some of the occupations that have been removed from the 457 visa class are:

  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Life Scientist (General)
  • Life Scientist (Not elsewhere classified)
  • Nurse researcher
  • Research and Development Manager

Are you affected in recruiting scientific workers from overseas? Or will this impact existing collaborations with overseas researchers? Alternatively, do you think this will encourage new on-shore opportunities for Australian early and mid-career scientists?

Research Australia is keen to hear from you about what effect this could have on you and your organisation. Please contact Head of Policy, Greg Mullins via email greg.mullins@researchaustralia.org or phone (03) 9662 9420.

More information is available here.

Health and medical researchers welcome appointment of Hon Brad Hazzard MP to Health portfolio

30 January 2017

Australia’s peak body for health and medical research has welcomed the appointment of the
Hon Brad Hazzard MP as Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research.

“Bringing health and medical research back under one senior minister presents new opportunities to better integrate health and medical research with clinical care. This will mean better outcomes for patients and opportunities to achieve sustainable spending within the NSW health budget,” Research Australia CEO Nadia Levin said. Continue reading “Health and medical researchers welcome appointment of Hon Brad Hazzard MP to Health portfolio”

INSPIRE Magazine

Summer 2016 Issue Out Now!

We are delighted to share with you the Summer Issue of Research Australia’s quarterly publication – INSPIRE.

It is has been such a busy year in the health and medical research industry and what a better way to celebrate the contribution our Members have had than through Research Australia’s annual Awards; GSK Award for Research Excellence; Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award and Sax Institute’s annual Research Action Awards. Enjoy reading about the recipients of these awards and lives they are changing. Continue reading “INSPIRE Magazine”

$500 million fund will help build Australia’s biomedical industry of the future

The Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) is to be funded with $250 million over financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17, diverted from contributions originally earmarked for the MRFF.

The BTF will use existing commercial Fund Managers for co-investment on a 50/50 basis, with the investment managers to source the other co-investors. Continue reading “$500 million fund will help build Australia’s biomedical industry of the future”

2016 The Peter Wills Medal Winner: Professor Ian Gust AO

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2016 The Peter Wills Medal

Created in honour of the great leader whose work led to the inception of Research Australia. The Peter Wills Medal recognises an Australian who has made an outstanding contribution to building Australia’s international reputation in the area of health and medical research, and fostering collaboration for better health.

Congratulations to Award Winner: Professor Ian Gust AO

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2016 Data Innovation in Health & Medical Research Award Winner: Capital Markets CRC

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2016 Data Innovation in Health & Medical Research Award

Presented to an individual or team that has developed the most innovative method of gathering, making available, processing or interpreting data in a way that advances health and medical research. This new Award is being presented for the first time in 2016.

Congratulations to Award Winner: Capital Markets CRC, Health Market Quality Team

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2016 Leadership in Corporate Giving Award Winner: Volvo Car Australia

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2016 Leadership in Corporate Giving

Recognises outstanding leadership by a corporation or business in giving to and supporting health and medical research. This is not necessarily about the actual amounts donated, rather it’s the relationship or partnership and commitment over time that is an important dimension of effective corporate giving.

Congratulations to Award Winner: Volvo Car Australia

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2016 Advocacy Award Winner: Brenda King

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2016 Advocacy Award

Recognises an Australian from a member of the community, the media, or a celebrity who has raised community awareness about the benefits of health and medical research.

Congratulations to Award Winner: Brenda King

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2016 Health Services Research Award Winner: Prof Michael Barton OAM

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2016 NSW Health Health Services Award

This Award is for an individual who has provided leadership and made an outstanding contribution to health services research; driven research that has led to a significant improvement in healthcare; and/or has championed the development of the health services research field.

Congratulations to Award Winner: Prof Michael Barton OAM

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2016 Great Australian Philanthropy Award Winner: McCusker Charitable Foundation

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2016 Great Australian Philanthropy Award

Recognises and encourages personal philanthropic donations over a period of time by
an individual or family to Australian health and medical research.

Congratulations to Award Winner: McCusker Charitable Foundation

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