Was just on the DIAC website and saw their notice on the proposed skilled migration selection model.
As far as I can see State sponsorship is going out the window. Anyone who wants to apply will have to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the DIAC and then wait, with crossed fingers, to find out if they are invited to apply for a visa.
On top of this bombshell it doesn't come into effect until July 2012. There is no mention of the new points system for July 2011 that was in a previous notice.
Does anyone know what is happening in July 2011? Is the state sponsorship going to reopen? Will those of us who haven't applied yet or missed the quotas be able to apply for sponsorships and visas between July 2011 and July 2012?
I am totally confused and getting really peed off.