Assurance of Support (AoS) requirements will be removed from skilled, emergency and carer visa categories from 1 January 2008. Migrants who apply to enter Australia under these visa categories will no longer need to find an Australian resident willing to provide an AoS.
An additional $13.1 million over four years from 2007-08 will be provided to ensure effective and efficient and timely administration of the AoS programme for these people entering Australia who will still be required to provide an AoS.
An AoS is a form of guarantee given by the assurer (or assurers in the case of a joint assurance) to the Government whereby the assurer promises to repay any income support payments accessed by the assuree for up to two years, or up to ten years for contributory parent visas.
The AoS Programme allows migrants who are considered at higher risk of claiming social security to come to Australia, while at the same time protecting the Government from potential financial risk.
Legislative changes, including those to remove AoS requirements for skilled, carer and emergency visa types, will take effect from 1 January 2008.
Total Government Funding:
$13.1 million over four years.