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Important GSM Decision Ready Checklist Update

The contents of this article are correct as at 28 October 2010.

In July 2010 DIAC’s  Brisbane Skilled Processing Centre for GSM applications introduced a ‘Decision Ready Checklist’ (DRC) on a trial basis. The DRC gives priority to onshore GSM applications which have been lodged online (eLodged) by Registered Migration Agents and which are ‘Decision Ready’. Currently, only GSM applications which are classified as ‘Priority 3’, where the applicant has nominated an occupation from the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL), and applications which are not subject to the Minister’s Processing priority Direction are eligible for the DRC trial.

DRC applications must include all documents and information required to make a valid application, including payment of the correct Visa Application Charge.

Recently, DIAC announced extending the DRC trial to State Migration Plans (SMPs). SMPs are developed by State and Territory governments and include occupations that are in demand in each individual State and Territory. Once SMPs are introduced, DIAC has indicated that priority will be given to applications which are not subject to the Minister’s Processing priority Direction and GSM applications classified as ‘Priority 2’, that is, applications from people who are nominated by a State or Territory government agency.

Once the SMPs are released, any Priority 3 DRC applications which have not been allocated to DIAC case officers, will receive no priority processing. At present, all Priority 3 onshore GSM applications lodged prior to 1 May 2009 have been allocated to DIAC case officers. However, the outcome of applications lodged following 1 May 2009 remains uncertain.

Persons seeking to lodge onshore GSM applications with nominated occupations from the SOL should take the above into consideration and should also note that there is a possibility that their health and character clearances may expire before their application is allocated and decided.  

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