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Australia to extend streamlined visa processing to diploma level courses
July 3, 2014 – Announced on 26 May 2014, streamlined visa processing arrangements will be available to international students enrolled in advanced diploma level courses at low immigration risk education providers.
Coalition eases visa rules for three occupations
June 20, 2014 – To address Australia’s labour shortages, the Coalition government has added occupations to the Skilled Occupation List, allowing three occupations in the hospitality and building industries to apply now for independent permanent visas.
DIBP closes Non-Contributory and Other Family visas
June 10, 2014 – The Department of Immigration has closed applications for Non-Contributory Parent and Other Family visas since 2 June 2014.
Australia to share asylum seeker burden with Indonesia
June 6, 2014 – So far this year, no asylum seekers have arrived by boat in Australian borders, showing the Coalition’s effective Operation Sovereign Borders policy. But this strict policy has caused overcrowding in offshore detention centres, particularly in Indonesia, whose director general for multilateral affairs Hasan Kleib raised a concern to the Australian government regarding “shared responsibility.”
DIPB conducts progressive work on fraud checks
June 3, 2014 – The Department of Immigration and Border Protection conducts checks to ensure that all approved visas are backed by genuine documents and information. Since December 2009, this protocol has transformed into a new Department arm called the Risk, Fraud and Integrity Division (RFID).
DIBP prioritises skilled migrants for migration program 2014-2015
May 22, 2014 – Recognising the need for skilled migrants to cover Australia’s skills shortages, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection allotted almost 70 percent of all visa places for the coming migration year for skilled migration visas.
Secret blacklist of migration agents and lawyers sparks outrage
May 21, 2014 – A secret blacklist of migration agents and lawyers has been discovered, putting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on the defensive to answer inquiries and remove the “clandestine” and “vindictive” tags subsequently attached to its name.
Northern Territory Proposes Hiring 2500 Migrants Per Year To Address Labour Gaps
May 15, 2014 – The Northern Territory government has proposed to the Australian federal government the admission of 2500 Asian migrant workers every year in order to close its regional labour force gaps.
DIBP presents visa and migration information to businesses and skilled workers in Bunbury
May 13, 2014 – Participating in the education and employment service sessions arranged by the Department of Employment, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) outreach officers in Western Australia presented visa options and migration information to employers and overseas workers in Bunbury on May 8.
Modern Family Season 5-Episode 20 boosts international interest in Australia
May 12, 2014 – As announced in January 2014, Modern Family’s vacation episode was shot in Australia, thereby highlighting Australia’s natural and architectural wonders to millions of viewers worldwide.
Migration agent jailed for fraud and illegal activities
May 7, 2014 – Immigration fraud and illegal behaviour will not be tolerated. This is the essential message the Department of Immigration and Border Protection wants to send to the Australian migration community after the sentence of a Sydney migration agent who was proved to have committed the crime.
Royal family visits Australia for nine days
May 6, 2014 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, together with their infant son Prince George, visited Australia from April 16 to 25 as part of their scheduled royal tour.
Thousands of Australians rally in major cities for asylum seekers
April 28, 2014 United in one cause, thousands of Australians hit the streets on Palm Sunday (April 13) to protest the federal government’s policies on asylum seekers.
Greater Asian migration to benefit Australia in the future
April 25, 2014 – With Australian baby boomers retiring from their jobs, Australia could be increasingly exposed to worker and skill shortages unless this segment of the working population is replaced.
Migration Alliance urges DIBP to investigate skilled visa rorts
April 22, 2014 – Migration Alliance, one of the peak professional associations of registered migration agents and solicitors in Australia, released anecdotal reports from anonymous registered migration agents about existing hocus pocus in the Temporary Work Visa Scheme and the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS).
Migrants are better educated than the Australian-born population
April 21, 2014 – Combined statistics from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that migrants possess better education and skill sets than the general Australian-born population.
Migration Council Australia praises organisations that help migrants settle in Australia
April 16, 2014 – Migration Council Australia recognises the assistance of individuals and organisations that make it easier and faster for migrants to settle in Australia.
Australia cuts free migration advice service for illegal entrants
April 11, 2014 – Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced that asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat or plane without proper visas are no longer eligible for the Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS) beginning April 2014.
DIBP to visit Berri in SA to assist bridging visa holders
April 10, 2014 – Department of Immigration and Border Protection officials are scheduled to visit the town of Berri in South Australia’s Riverland region in order to provide visa advice to overstaying migrants and bridging visa holders.
Minister Morrison reveals the extension of Subclass 417 visa to 13 more countries
April 7, 2014 – In a March 19 speech at the Transport and Tourism Forum in Canberra, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison revealed that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is in the process of forging arrangements with countries willing to become a partner in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker visa program.
Foreign workers needed to fill workforce gap in regional Australia
April 3, 2014 – The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) reported that a shortage of around 56,000 hospitality and tourism workers is imminent in 2015.
Student visa sector catches up after a three-year popularity slump
April 2, 2014 – The Department of Immigration reported a significant increase in the number of international student visa applicants from a decline in the last three years.
Australia needs growth in its younger population
April 1, 2014 – In order to secure the economic future of Australia, the Federal government continues to issue policies to mitigate the effects of the country’s ageing population.
Australian government removes 457 visa red tape
March 26, 2014 – Acting on an election promise in 2013, the Coalition government in Australia has removed the cap on the number of nominations that can be named in sponsorship applications on the temporary skilled work visa.
Australia adds more education providers in SVP arrangement
March 25, 2014 – In an October 2013 statement at the Australian International Education Conference, Education Minister Christopher Pyne said that the Abbott government, based from suggestions of the Chaney Report, would prioritise “the list of non-university providers to be offered the streamlined visa arrangement.”
March 21, 2014 – The Australian significant investor stream of the Business Innovation and Investment visas is up for a review, announced the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.This follows after Minister Scott Morrison hinted at the Migration Institute of Australia National Conference in October 2013 that the Coalition was devising approaches to attract more foreign investors to Australia.
Australia and New Zealand need more skilled migrant workers
March 17, 2014 – Australia and New Zeland continue to need more skilled migrant workers who can fill the skills gaps in their growing industries.
Migration Council Australia says 457 visa program has evolved
March 13, 2014 – A report released by the Migration Council Australia (MCA) showed that Australia’s temporary skilled migration program has grown more responsive and more demand-driven.
March 13, 2014 – Recent price plunge of gold in the global market has forced mining companies to produce higher-grade ores in order to maintain the same level of profits.
Australian government to review 457 visa program
March 7, 2014 – As part of its pre-election commitment to make the 457 visa program more beneficial for Australia, the Abbott government is reviewing the temporary skilled visa scheme in order to increase productivity and cut red tape.
March 07, 2014 – To sustain Australia’s tourism GDP growth of 3.7 percent from the previous year, Tourism Australia (TA) is set again for a new campaign to boost the world’s interest for Australia.
February 28, 2014 – The 2014 Group of 20 Summit in Australia commenced with a meeting in Sydney from 22 to 23 February. With Australia as host for the year’s biggest gathering of global economic leaders, Treasurer Joe Hockey was able to propose world-wide changes to the body that would impact the Australian economy.
More Indians come to Australia to study
February 28, 2014 – With a growth rate of 8.3% in 2010, India shows a continually rising economy that puts more people in the middle-class category, which in turn empowers them to acquire further education in other countries like Australia.
DIBP explains part-time work condition to international students
February 27, 2014 – In its recent education campaign release on the migration blog, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection explained to international students the importance of complying with the condition restricting work on their Australian student visa.
February 27, 2014 – The Property Council of Australia released a new migration strategy for South Australia in order to attract more overseas professionals and international students.
February 24, 2014 – Australia and New Zealand have finalised the visa requirements for a single visa for Cricket World Cup 2015.
DIBP clarifies content of letters to international students
February 21, 2014 – The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has allayed the unexpected anxiety among international students who were informed in writing of their possible breach of their streamlined student visa.
February 21, 2014 – The ministers for trade and immigration have announced on 07 February the extension of entry visas for Chinese investors in Australia from 12 months to three years.
February 20, 2014 – The Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia (CAPAA) has requested the Productivity Commission on the first week of February 2014 to consider a United States-style au pair system for foreign carers to work in Australia on a special class of au pair working holiday visa.
Australia uses a softer approach for illegals
February 20, 2014 – The Australian government uses the Community Status Resolution Service with the aim of allowing unlawful non-citizens to voluntarily depart Australia for a specific period before they are sent back to their home country.
Queensland supports economic future of migrants through grants
February 19, 2014 – Part of strengthening its four pillar economy, Queensland has announced on 05 February its $250,000 project to help migrants with culturally diverse backgrounds to find employment or start businesses.
Cooks lead the numbers in Australia’s skilled migration 2012-13
February 18, 2014 – A recent report from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection showed an interesting trend in the skilled migration program of Australia.
February 14, 2014 – The Australian Government, by recommendation of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and by appointment of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will have a new Governor-General in March 2014.
February 13, 2014 – By the end of March 2014, Australia’s peak tourism agency Tourism Australia shall have highly experienced John O’Sullivan as its new managing director.
Victoria leads in number of new citizens on 65th Australian citizenship day
February 13, 2014 – More than six decades after the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 provided for the first group of Australian citizens, Australia again celebrated the conferment of the citizen status to thousands of migrants on Australia Day 2014.
Experts list top considerations when looking to work in Australia
February 12, 2014 – Experts in the migration industry are aware of the complexities of obtaining work visas in Australia, so they have come up with a list of the basic considerations to take when planning to work in Australia.
February 10, 2014 – Australia has been identified as the 13th country most capable to innovate, according to a study conducted by data and media company Bloomberg.
New South Wales: Australia’s new top destination
February 7, 2014 – Following Sydney’s recognition in 2011 as most favoured by tourists, New South Wales owned the same recognition region-wide as September 2013 year-end report from the Department of Immigration identified the state as Australia’s premier destination for domestic and international visitors.
February 4, 2014 – Following two controversial cases involving migrants with criminal records, Department of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has asked that review of all Australian visa cancellations and refusals based on character grounds be referred to him.
More Indian students come to Australia to study
February 3, 2014 – The Department of Immigration and Border Protection now considers India as the second largest source of international students in Australia.
International student enrollment rose in Australian universities
January 30, 2014 – The Department of Immigration and Border Protection recorded a surge in the number of international student enrollees in the September 2013 quarter.
January 30, 2014 – The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) launched a social media campaign mid-January to educate international students on the several issues concerning their community.
ABS proves Australia’s popularity among international tourists
January 24, 2014 – Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on December 2013 supports Australia’s popularity among migrants as a desirable country for holidays.
January 20, 2014 – An increase in the intake of skilled migrants in the 2014-15 financial year will be beneficial for Australia’s economy, says multiple industry groups.
Changing education provider on streamlined student visas
January 17, 2014 – The Department of Immigration and Border Protection advises that international students carefully consider all ramifications of changing their education provider while holding a streamlined Australian student visa.
January 14, 2013 – January 26, a special day for Australia, is fast approaching. Many Australians are again excited to think of ways to show their appreciation of being a citizen, and several migrants will receive their official title as Australian citizens. As in all previous celebrations of the founding of the nation, Australia Day 2014 comes with nation-wide festivities enjoyed by everyone down to the smallest communities.
New South Wales expects tourism boom in 2014
January 14, 2014 – The recent National Visitor Survey from Tourism Research Australia has revealed an encouraging trend in tourism outcomes in 2013.
December 19, 2013 – A combined vote from Labor and Greens against the reintroduction of Temporary Protections Visas (TPVs) would delay the Abbott government’s mission for at least six months to prevent asylum seekers in Australia to gain permanent protection.
DIBP releases numbers for 2014-15 skilled migration program
December 17, 2013 – Department of Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison released the breakdown for the 2014-2015 migration program to the convened body of migration experts at the 27 November consultation held in Sydney.
December 12, 2013 – Following on-going roadblock operations in Western Australia, Department of Immigration and Border Protection officials have apprehended 17 visa overstayers and shall be performing the arrangements to remove them from Australia.
Australia to rebuild overseas student market
December 12, 2013 – The Abbott government is on track to re-activating the overseas student market in the country by streamlining Australian student visas and introducing post-study work visas.
Australian government releases rules for labour market testing
December 9, 2013 – The Abbott government has released the initial rules for the labour market testing policy for the temporary sponsored visas. Despite the expected negative feedback regarding the enactment of the policy, the government has assured employee and employer groups of a sensible approach to the implementation of the new rules.
December 09, 2013 – In recent news obtained from an Australian television network, it was revealed that people smugglers in Malaysia are selling travel documents to people for entry to Australia by plane.
November 22, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Border Protection released the Migration Amendment Act 2013 on 08 November to enact the implementation of Labour Market Testing for Temporary Sponsored Visas.
Strategic Dialogue to strengthen Australia-Switzerland ties
November 20, 2013 – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced on 28 October 2013 the forging of stronger bilateral ties with Switzerland through a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries.
November 19, 2013 – In line with the Abbott administration’s plan of boosting Australia’s economy, Department of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has disclosed plans for fast-tracking the processing of significant investor visas.
Migration Institute of Australia encourages support to the Philippines
November 19, 2013 – The Migration Institute of Australia released an appeal on 11 November to encourage members of the migration community to donate to the typhoon-struck Philippines.
Immigration Minister Morrison touts use of correct term for asylum-seekers
November 18, 2013 – Citing international laws in defense of calling asylum-seekers “illegal”, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison issued no apologies regarding the use of the term in his speech at the Migration Institute of Australia 2013 Conference in Canberra. Asylum-seekers are people who come to Australia without going through an Australian visa application, and thus come without a valid permit for entry. Below are the essential details of this battle of terminologies and other issues the Immigration minister has been seeking to address.
Australia continues to attract foreign investors
November 14, 2013 – The new Australian government headed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott has started signaling foreign investors that the country is “open for business.” This declaration is in line with the government’s goal of attracting foreign investors to further enrich the country’s investment and trade industry.
Victoria’s Government Launches Second Trade Mission in China
November 11, 2013 – Following the success of the 2012 Super Trade Mission in China, Victoria Premier Denis Napthine announced that the state government will continue to leverage on the healthy trading relations with areas in China by undertaking a sequel event, which occurred from 21 to 25 October 2013.
Australia needs digital marketing professionals
October 30, 2013 – International recruitment experts predict that Australia will have serious skill shortage in digital marketing technology jobs in about a decade due to the rapid evolution in the digital marketing industry.
October 30, 2013 – Expatriates in Australia who want to possess their own home or property can do so without facing discouraging bureaucratic hassles. Purchasing property in Australia, compared with those in other countries, is simple and inexpensive. It gives people who are legally staying in Australia access to property through several options depending on their circumstances. The less complicated methods of ownership of property in Australia also promotes national pride, giving people the idea of being able to possess a part of the country they are willing to protect.
October 25, 2013 – The National Library of Australia in Canberra has a new exciting display to offer Australians and history enthusiasts in general: a rare map of the Australian continent crafted in mid-17th century.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium excites with Mega Croc attraction
October 23, 2013 – After five months of $8-million-worth renovation, Merlin Entertainments unveiled the new Melbourne Aquarium with several new facilities and attractions. Now officially named SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, this prime attraction in the Victorian capital’s CBD takes conservation of marine life to the next level by incorporating SEA LIFE values into its core operations. Below are the major details of the great reveal.
October 23, 2013 – Amid constant pressure from businesses on the improvement of the 457 visa scheme, Department of Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to cut union red tape to hasten temporary work visa procedures.
October 22, 2013 – Three decades after Australia II won the America’s Cup in 1983, a new team represented by Hamilton Island Yacht Club issued a challenge to dethrone current record-holder Oracle Team USA from the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco.
Australian Citizenship 65th anniversary celebrated at Parramasala festival
October 18, 2013 – In celebration of the 65-year mark since the passage of the Citizenship Act 1948, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), now headed by Minister Scott Morrison, awarded Australian citizenship on 10 October to a diverse group of 85 people from 65 different countries.
October 16, 2013 – Recent research by an Australian university revealed that high salary expectations among the local Western Australian workforce have been forcing employers to rely on skilled migration more.
Visa fraud victimises Estonian family
October 16, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) warns migrants again of visa fraud after a family in Estonia fell victim into such a ploy.
Asylum seeker transfers at a rapid rate
October 10, 2013 – The Australia-Papua New Guinea Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) has been successful so far according to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, who cited that out of the total number of asylum seekers who arrived in the country without Australian visas since the federal election, about half have already been transferred to processing centres in Manus Island or Nauru.
October 10, 2013 – Focused on its goal of creating a wealthy Australia, National ICT Australia (NICTA) continues educating minds and researching initiatives in order to help Australia become an active part of the global information, communication, and technology chain.
October 1, 2013 – Despite the dipping Australian dollar, the Australian share market remains to gain positively from significant returns in several industries, such as banking, materials, retail, and media.
Ballarat welcomes new Australian citizens
October 1, 2013 – As part of the 2013 celebration of Australian Citizenship Day, the City of Ballarat awarded citizenship to 18 individuals from different countries.
September 25, 2013 – Upon consideration of the results of an international research discovering the importance of food and wine experiences as a major tourism driver, Tourism Australia has come up with a campaign that will showcase Australia’s culinary credentials to international travellers.
Tourism Australia signs three-year deal with STA
September 25, 2013 – Tourism Australia has signed a long-term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with STA Travel in order to attract more youth travellers to visit and study in Australia.
September 23, 2013 – Luxury cruise line Silversea Cruise has announced that the Australian north will have a new expedition ship to scour its beautiful marine life and wildlife in March 2014.
Education cost for 457 visa holders to be announced
September 20, 2013 – After continuous state-departmental deliberations about the 457 visa fee for children’s education, Education Minister Peter Collier has finally come out with an introductory announcement.
Officials intercept asylum seeker boat with two journalists
September 18, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has confirmed the arrival in Australia of an asylum seeker boat carrying two journalists and other passengers.
September 17, 2013 – After a solid victory in the 2013 federal elections, Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott started his term with two distinct promises: to reboot the country’s stalled mining boom and to revive an appetite for investment.
September 16, 2013 – Financial year 2012-2013 proves to be propitious for Australia’s working holiday visa program, as revealed in visa grant records from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. The current data show that 210,360 first working holiday visas were issued, with 38,862 second working holiday visas granted.
Australian travel habits remain vigorous despite falling dollar
September 16, 2013 – Amid the continuous descent of the Australian dollar, overall international tourism outcomes in Australia remain “very encouraging.”
September 13, 2013 – The Australia Capital Territory government has announced its need for foreign workers to fill certain positions available in the diverse range of industries in the capital city of Canberra.
Migration policies help decrease Christmas Island population
September 13, 2013 – Former Immigration Minister Tony Burke has revealed that there has been a significant decrease in the population of asylum seekers on Christmas Island due to effective government policies.
Number of working holiday visa holders in Australia on the rise
September 9, 2013 – Recent data from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship reveals that more backpackers were granted working holiday visas since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008-2009.
September 09, 2013 – Official migration figures from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship reveal that more Irish people are moving to Australia to find employment or settle permanently.
September 06, 2013 – Despite the positive effect of the recent visa fee increase to Australia’s treasury, business and migration experts remain critical of the revenue generation due to the negative effects on both employers and skilled migrants.
September 04, 2013 – Chinese travellers today prefer independent travel rather than organised group tours, and the Australian government could benefit from increased tourism numbers from China if easier Australian visa processes are developed.
DIAC sends Torres Strait asylum seekers to PNG
September 4, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship transferred a group of 40 asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea on August 22 as part of the new Regional Settlement Agreement.
September 02, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship, in its Agency Multicultural Plan 2013-2015, has shared its plan for creating multicultural access and equality in the department and across all government agencies in the country.
Prince George to travel to Australia next year
August 30, 2013 – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in a conversation with two Australian tourists, disclosed that they may be bringing Prince George to Australia next year as part of his first royal tour.
Western Australia charges 457 visa holders to educate schoolchildren
August 28, 2013 – Western Australia has announced that 457 visa holders will be charged an annual amount in order to fund the education of their children attending government-funded schools.
August 28, 2013 – Department of Immigration and Citizenship officials have confirmed the extension of the scope of the country’s Seasonal Worker Visa Program, a visa scheme that permits registered employers to sponsor people from eligible countries to work for their business as seasonal workers.
August 27, 2013 – Following the successful bid for jointly hosting the 2015 Cricket World Cup (CWC), Australia and New Zealand are both considering the creation of a special event visitor visa for the tournament.
Changes to SA migration scheme for easier skilled worker recruitment
August 27, 2013 – The South Australian State Government has made significant changes to its procedures for recruiting skilled migrant workers. The new rules allow South Australian employers more streamlined administrative processes in recruiting foreign workers when local labour does not suffice.
Australia-PNG regional resettlement agreement carried out
August 14, 2013 – Under the regional resettlement agreement signed between Australia and Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby in May 2013, the former continues to send batches of asylum seekers to the latter, prior to the unauthorised arrivals being assessed for their refugee status.
August 14, 2013 – As Australia prepares for the 2013 general election on September 14, officials are also becoming more enthusiastic in discussing improvements on the country’s migration policies, particularly the 457 visa program, which is to become a major subject at the 2013 Migration Forums in Brisbane and Perth.
TTF expresses need for AU-NZ tourist visa for CWC 2015
August 13, 2013 – In order to save the hassle for international cricket fans in applying for multiple tourist visas for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the Australian and New Zealand governments are being encouraged to create one tourist visa that will allow entry to both countries.
August 12, 2013 – In recent weeks, Australian employers have been in search for workers with experience in agriculture positions, such as sheep-shearers, tree surgeons, butchers, and bakers.
August 8, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has started its biometric data collection for all visa applications in Nigeria.
Skilled worker shortage in NSW identified
August 7, 2013 – The Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Development held a public hearing on July 29 to gather evidence in skill shortages in New South Wales.
August 6, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), together with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), is warning temporary visa holders in Australia to be cautious about the scam involving con men impersonating government officials.
Restaurant owner charged for hiring illegal workers
August 2, 2013 – Following the stricter rules on foreign worker recruitment, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship arrested a restaurant owner in Melbourne for employing foreign students in breach of their Australian working visa conditions.
August 1, 2013 – The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has expressed a need to increase the number of skilled female workers in Australia in order to maintain gender equality in technical and trade industries.
ABC discovers visa scam involving Indians
July 31, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has confirmed that a significant number of student and 457 holders from India were involved in a 457 visa from 2008 to 2010. The report was released by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) after requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act from the immigration department.
July 30, 2013 – The Fair Works Ombudsman informs young people and student migrants of Australia’s new minimum wage that has come into effect beginning the financial year July 1, 2013.
Visa checking encouraged by Australian immigration officials
July 30, 2013 – Department of Immigration and Citizenship officials are encouraging skilled foreign workers to check the correctness of their Australia visas if they are going to work in Australia.
July 26, 2013 – Latest research conducted by the AMMA Pit Crew Labour Market reveals that, although it is not the home of the majority of investment projects, the Northern Territory will have the greatest labour shortages in 2014.
Australia introduces new laws to restrict skilled immigration
July 26, 2013 – Following the July 1 implementation of tighter Australian overseas-worker recruitment, Indian IT companies exporting services or operating in the country find the new rules cost-ineffective.
July 22, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as its partner, has reached a 100-country milestone with its eMedical initiative.
July 19, 2013 – The Australian Department of Immigration has implemented a new rule that employers need to follow when hiring skilled foreign workers.
Tourism Australia names ‘Best Jobs’ winners
July 19, 2013 – After a total of six months of rigorous tests, Tourism Australia’s “Best Jobs in the World” competition has announced the six winners this July 3.
457 visa and temporary migration: Then and now
July 17, 2013 – The 457 visa program is a central part of the skilled worker program in Australia. The 457 visa has gone through numerous changes to improve the program for employees, overseas skilled workers and Australia in general.
July 16, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has released its permanent migration plan for 2013-2014. The announcement, which was made in May this year, reveals the number of places available for permanent migration and the number of people who may receive the legal right to stay in Australia for good.
Australia’s Immigration Policies: Through the Decades
July 16, 2013 – Over 200 years after The First Fleet arrived in Australia in 1787, the country has significantly grown in terms of population size and composition. To date, due to the responsive Australia Immigration Policy, the country’s migration policies and border management have contributed much in improving its economy and foreign relations. After British colonisation, it is interesting to see the history that Australia has gone through in order to become the country it is today.
July 15, 2013 – While the Australian economy may be slowing down, recent figures in the past twelve months have still shown overall growth of 2.5%, only two points short of the expected turnout.
July 10, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is encouraging Australian visa applicants to lodge their applications online now that the new pricing arrangements have been implemented live.
ALP proposes labour market testing to clear 457 visa issues
July 9, 2013 – The Australian Labor Party keeps its negative view on the 457 visa program, saying that the said visa scheme does not fully serve Australia’s best interests.
July 8, 2013 – A new series of videos has been launched by the Australian Immigration to discuss government work with refugees who have gone through the processes of UNHCR.
Australia considers gaming industry as a luring factor for Chinese tourists
July 5, 2013 – The coastal Wyong region of Australia, located in the outskirts of Sydney, has a definite stretch of beautiful beaches and wetlands, but it is not the top priority of Chinese tourists.
July 3, 2013 – The rate of migrant workers settling in Australia has reached over 20% in the past year, based on the new data gathered by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Australia brings major changes to the Skilled Occupation List for 2013
July 3, 2013 – Migrants wanting to work in Australia should prepare for the major changes in the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), as announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
June 24, 2013 – Australia has changed the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by removing five jobs without affecting the high demand for overseas workers.
20 per cent more Australian immigrant skilled workers in 2013
June 24, 2013 – Australian employers are benefiting from the monumental 20-per cent increase in the number of migrant workers who are coming to the country through the Subclass 457 Visa.
Australian migrant intake stays at 190,000 per year
June 19, 2013 – Australia’s migration program will remain at its present status, with the overall migrant intake capped at 190,000 people each year.
Australia to extend immigration law scope beyond land borders
June 13, 2013 – The Australian Government has considered people working in the high seas without paperwork as a potential threat to Australian immigration and national security.
OECD declares Australia as the world’s happiest nation
June 10, 2013 – Australia, for the third straight year, has been hailed as the world’s happiest nation by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
June 10, 2013 – Foreigners holding 457 Australian working visa can be more aware of their workplace rights and obligations with the new online resource launched by DIAC.
UAE and Australia discuss easing of visa requirements
June 5, 2013 – For the sake of better trade with United Arab Emirates, the Australian Government is considering to put some wiggle room to visa requirements for UAE citizens. This consideration also seeks to encourage more Emirati students to pursue education in Australian universities.
Australia recruits Asian celebrities for tourism promotion
May 29, 2013 – Tourism Australia has made a bold promotional step by calling on Ekin Cheng, a popular Hong Kong actor, to present Cairns and Sydney to the Asian market.
Chinese accept improved Australian visa processing system
May 28, 2013 – With the streamlined Australian visa processing system, Chinese students are enjoying the leeway the changes provide in their student visa applications.
May 27, 2013 – Tourism Australia’s international contest called The Best Jobs in the World is drawing to a close and winners are ready to be announced on June 21, 2013.
MCA report indicates Australian 457 visa program working well
May 27, 2013 – After being a subject of controversy, Australia’s 457 visa program receives a new and positive light for giving foreign workers quality and fair work, as stated by a comprehensive report published by the Migration Council Australia (MCA).
May 24, 2013 – By the year 2050, Australia’s population is expected to reach the 42-million milestone, with the greater number of the populace living in popular urban centres.
May 22, 2013 – In order to improve national security, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has started its initial move to overhaul its systems for capturing and cross-checking fingerprints and facial scans of tourists entering the country.
PNG PM asks for easier Australian visa processing system
May 20, 2013 – Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has expressed his desire for his country’s citizens to have an easier application system for Australian visas during the state dinner with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Port Moresby, May 09.
Significant Investor Visa available for millionaires
May 15, 2013 – Focusing on goals directed towards national economic change, the Australian government launched a new stream of the business visa called the ‘significant investor visa’ in November 2012. The program has so far attracted 170 applicants.
May 15, 2013 – The Australian Department of Immigration invites students to take a short survey regarding their aptitude in the English language and the efficiency of English tests.
457 visa rort claim based on estimate—O’Connor
May 14, 2013 – The allegations regarding 457 visa rorting are now being tested as Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor claims that the numbers of schemes he provided was just an ‘estimate.’
May 14, 2013 – Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has decided to appeal for easier visa processing during the visit of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to Port Moresby.
May 8, 2013 – Holders of Australian holiday visas with work rights can now look for temporary jobs while enjoying their vacation in Australia. With the newly released jobs board launched by Tourism Australia, tourism businesses can fill positions quickly by advertising on the site.
Australia’s tourism industry continues to grow
May 8, 2013 – The tourism industry of Australia continues to show significant growth due to the constant influx of international tourists and travellers. This happens despite the high rate of the Australian dollar, which does not hinder foreigners from exploring the country’s attractions all throughout the year.
May 7, 2013 – In light of the new agreement regarding enhanced health examinations entered into by New Zealand and Australia, Australian visa applicants will now benefit from a better network of panel physicians who can conduct required medical check-ups before applicants can be granted a visa for Australia.
May 6, 2013 – In line with the Australian government’s strict efforts to resolve visa-rorting schemes, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) will conduct data-matching operations in order to track down fraud among holders of 27 different types of Australian visas.
Western Australia still in need of skilled workers
May 6, 2013 – The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia has revealed its need of a projected 9,000 more skilled overseas workers in the region’s resources sector, according to its own 2013 State Growth Outlook Study. The said need is still in place despite the fact that the resources sector of Western Australia is moving from construction to operational phase.
Napthine calls for faster student visa processing
May 2, 2013 – Victorian Premier Denis Napthine sends a call to the government to make the processing of student immigration visas for Australia speedier, emphasising the point that foreign students should not have a hard time entering the country.
May 2, 2013 – According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian immigration has been very active of late, citing Australia’s 1.7-per cent growth rate that makes it the fastest-growing country in terms of population in the developed world. Among the noted factors that led to this increase is the constant influx of Kiwis entering Australia using temporary immigration visas.
April 25, 2013 – Following the April 11 closing of Skilled Subclass 190 nomination applications in New South Wales, applicants for the relevant Australian skilled visa should be aware that applications will again be accepted from July 2013.
“Illegal” versus “Asylum Seekers”—Words are important
April 24, 2013 – The Press Council of Australia, in their April-released advisory guidelines, suggests that journalists should not use the term “illegal” to refer to people arriving by boat to Australia because, for one reason, it may not be true.
Illegal workers apprehended in New South Wales
April 23, 2013 – Australian immigration compliance officers, in a series of compliance operations, have caught 14 illegal workers and over-stayers in two regions in the New South Wales.
270 new Australians pledge in Darwin
April 22, 2013 – A huge crowd of 270 people from different countries gathered on April 15th at the Darwin Entertainment Centre as they waited to be conferred their Australian citizenship in Darwin by Ms. Katrina Fong Lim, Darwin City Council Lord Mayor.
O’Connor justifies 457 amendment
April 18, 2013 – Australian Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor justifies the reforms intended by the Gillard government on temporary skilled 457 immigration visas. In an interview with ABC 774, O’Connor said that the government needs to implement “stronger laws, greater levels of oversight, and protection.”
People from Uruguay can now work and spend holiday in Australia
April 11, 2013 – Another country has been added to the list of work and holiday partner countries of Australia.
April 10, 2013 – Figures reveal that the number of holders on the temporary employer-sponsored visa, or the 457 visa, continue to rise.
Australia Leads in Asylum Applications
April 10, 2013 – Recently released figures show that Australia leads in terms of the increases in numbers of asylum seeker applications in the world. This is evident in the 37-percent increase in applications, which is very high as compared with the average global rise of only 8 percent. Additionally, it was noted that while Canada has seen a 44-percent drop in its asylum seeker applications since 2008, a 230-percent rise was seen in Australia.
April 4, 2013 – Good news for international students who hold an Australian student visa and for those who are completing the student visa requirements for Australia! Beginning on April 13, 2013, automatic and mandatory student visa cancellations will be abolished. Instead, a new discretionary framework will come into effect wherein the department will look into an individual’s situation or circumstances when a student visa holder breaches their visa conditions.
April 2, 2013 – With Dr. Richard Hu and his team’s research, it has been found out that migration could be the ‘x factor’ that Sydney has which will help it belong to the global elite and become a global powerhouse itself.
New Post-Study Work Arrangements for International Students
April 2, 2013 – Here is great news for international students who are graduating from, or have graduated, a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree in Australia as new post-study work arrangements have now been introduced through the changes made to the Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 visa.
March 27, 2013 – It has been predicted that immigration visas are going to drive Australia’s population to 23 million by April this year. This is according to McCrindle Research.
Extra Powers Granted to Ombudsman for 457 Visas
March 27, 2013 – With the Labor government announcing its crackdown on the so called ‘abuses’ of the 457 visa in line with the government’s aim to put Australian workers as the top priority of 457 employers, the Fair Work Ombudsman has been granted extra powers to investigate the “rorts” in the said visa subclass. “Rort” is a term used in Australia and New Zealand pertaining to a scam or fraud.
Visa Reform Being Introduced by O’Connor
March 25, 2013 – A new visa to cater for short stay business activities has been introduced by Brendan O’Connor, Immigration Minister, which is not related to the 457 program. He also stressed that there are differences between the new short stay visa option and the 457, with the former making up a part of the government’s move to stop and reduce the apparent exploitation of the system.
March 25, 2013 – “There is clear evidence that in some growing sectors, importing workers on 457 visas is a substitute for spreading important economic opportunity to Australian working people,” is what Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said during her speech at an Australian Council of Trade Unions summit aimed at the IT sector of Australia.
IHAG to Start Operations This Week
March 22, 2013 – The Immigration Health Advisory Group (IHAG) will start its operations this week, according to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The IHAG will be replacing the Detention Health Advisory Group (DeHAG). The DeHAG played a huge part in the improvement of the health care program for those people in detention.
March 22, 2013 – Pending final approval from the Governor-General, a new visitor visa framework is slated to be implemented from the 23rd of March.
March 19, 2013 – Two authority figures in the area of employment and immigration have spoken out on their views on immigration and skilled migration.
Debate on Temporary Immigration Visas Continues
March 18, 2013 – Heated debates continue regarding the proposed reforms to the 457 visa scheme.
March 18, 2013 – Employer sponsored visa holders are getting the support of Western Australia Premier, Colin Barnett, as he deems them as the “modern day heroes”. The mining industry is what he considers a sector that provides great wealth to the state and which admits a lot of 457 visa holders. He also said that such foreign labor contributes much to the economy of Australia.
Visitor Numbers to Australia a Record Interest
March 15, 2013 – Records are showing that Australia continues to gain very high interest among international visitors and working holiday makers in 2012. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship or DIAC has released information saying that Australia is the preferred destination for visitors.
March 15, 2013 – It has been reported that the 457 immigration visa scheme is being manipulated by skilled workers especially by those who are in the hospitality area. It is said that foreign cooks and hotel bosses, among others, are those who use the employer sponsored visa to come to Australia. Other individuals also include management consultants, accountants, and recruitment consultants.
Changes to tighten the 457 Visa Program
March 11, 2013 – It has been announced by the new Immigration Minister, Brendan O’Connor, that in the aim of responding to the changing trends of the economy of Australia, as well as to its domestic employment market, the temporary skilled work subclass 457 program will be reformed. As a result, the 457 visa requirements will also consequently change from July 1st 2013.
Abbott Says Freezing Visas for Asylum is not Racist
March 8, 2013 – Australian visas may be farther from the reach of asylum seekers in Australia today.
March 8, 2013 – With the new data released by the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, there is all the more reason for you to study in Australia. So complete your student visa requirements for Australia now.
Surf Photographer To Take an Australian Road Trip
March 7, 2013 – Sometimes, people get so engrossed with wanting to take a tour abroad that they miss out on a lot of things that their home countries can offer. Despite the many who want to have a tourist visitor visa Australia, many Australians are not noticing how much there is to see in the country. Such is the realization of surf photographer, Aquabumps, which was started by Eugene Tan in 1999. He wants Australians to explore what is in their own backyard.
March 7, 2013 – The employer sponsored visa for Australia will be subject to some changes from July 1st 2013.
Travelers Planning Their Trips are Going Online
February 26, 2013 – With the internet consistently becoming the primary portal for people doing all sorts of research, it has also become the new favourite tool for people wanting to search for places they will travel to.
February 25, 2013 – As Australia is determined to fight Australia visa fraud. Its government officials are working on its national identity fraud campaign which involves tracking down illegal workers and fraudulent visas. Its campaign is in cooperation with state, Commonwealth and international agencies through the use of data matching activities.
Immigration one of the subject of discussion between Australian and NZ PMs
February 22, 2013 – In recent news, it was revealed that Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand wants to include in discussions with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard the treatment being given to New Zealanders who are in Australia in relation to visa conditions and Australian immigration. Mr Key believes that New Zealanders need to know their rights and obligations while they live in other countries.
February 22, 2013 – At the moment the Australian working holiday visa allows the visa holder stay in the country for up to 12 months while holding their ‘initial’ working holiday visa. However, there are plans to possibly open up the Australian holiday visa, lift the upper age limit, and allow the visa holders a two-year stay if they work in regional tourism jobs.
Australian Tourism Targets Chinese Travelers
February 21, 2013 – Chinese travelers to Australia are increasing by the day because of their national desire to visit many parts of the world. In fact, by 2020, Chinese tourists will reach a whopping 100 million. According to the statement of Shao Qiwei, Tourism Minister of China, the 100 million tourists from China may be arriving as soon as 2015. With this, Australia is trying to attract these Chinese tourists to travel to Australia on a tourist visitor visa.
February 20, 2013 – “Thanks to SkillSelect, skilled visa processing has never been faster, which is great news if you’re interested in working in Australia,” is what a spokesman of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has to say about the streamlined SkillSelect system which was launched in July last year.
Visa 457 Delivers Well to Needs of Australian Economy
February 18, 2013 – It has been recently confirmed by a statistics report that there is already an easing in the demand for employers for temporary skilled migration visa or Subclass 457 during the past 6 months. This has been the trend since middle of last year as seen by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration (DIAC).
February 15, 2013 – A new trend is emerging in Australia as the numbers of Chinese business owners in Australia rises. This is quite different from the usual British nationals and New Zealand citizens who are more numerous in business ownership. While the stories of how these Chinese business owners began in business are diverse, many of these business holders may hold an Australia business visa.
New Zealand and Australian Prime Ministers meet to discuss Australian Visa rules for New Zealanders
February 11, 2013 – Based on a joint productivity commission report last year, about 100,000 New Zealanders who hold a temporary Australia visa are prevented from obtaining permanent residence due to Australia’s current selection and quotas system. This has caught the attention of John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand. As a result, his meeting with Julia Gillard will include discussions on the treatment of New Zealanders in Australia. This will be occur this Friday the 9th of February in Queenstown, where the two nation heads will meet for the annual trans-Tasman prime ministerial talks.
February 8, 2013 – Prime Minister Julia Gillard has acted immediately on the resignation of two of her cabinet members, Attorney General Nicola Roxon and Senate Leader Chris Evans. With the federal election being set on the 14th of September this year, the Prime Minister has acted on the need to reshuffle her cabinet, in particular because not all will be extending their terms in her cabinet after this administration. This reshuffle has affected the Australian immigration sector.
February 6, 2013 – Australia is not just the place for people who want to migrate and people on tourist visitor visa Australia who want a holiday. With the government’s plan to create a new marine park at Western Australia’s Eighty Mile Beach, it will soon become a haven and sanctuary for shorebirds and marine animals as well.
Skilled Migration Sparks Debate Among Politicians
February 6, 2013 – With many individuals, groups and politicians hailing the merits of skilled migration, there are also those who are against it.
February 1, 2013 – The tourism industry of Australia, particularly in Sydney, continues to grow, putting continued pressure on the infrastructure supporting the number of people arriving by air into Sydney. The growth of tourists who are coming to the country is contributing to renewed calls for a second airport in Sydney.
A Closer Look at Australia’s Jobs Growth
February 1, 2013 – It is said that jobs in Australia are steadily growing, allowing the government to claim that jobs growth is occurring in the country. In fact, the figures appear so good that Australia is able to say that it is a “world leader in employment participation”.
Real Property in Perth to Lure Investors to Australia
January 31, 2013 – Believing strongly in the thought that Australia’s economy will surely benefit from the influx of investors to the country, the Australian immigration Department recently introduced the Significant Investor Visa.
January 30, 2013 – It is ordinary to have waves as high as 4 meters in Australia—a scene that has typically enticed a lot of surfers all over the world to come to Australia on Australian holiday visas. However, when the waves are getting higher than that, will it bring forth the same effect?
International Students May Benefit From New Post-study Work Arrangements
January 29, 2013 – Thanks to the Strategic review of the student visa program 2011 which was conducted by Hon. Michael Knight AO, new post-study work arrangements are being introduced this year that will benefit those who hold a student visa for Australia.
January 28, 2013 – A new multi-million partnership has been recently forged between Etihad Airways, which is owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates, and the Sydney Opera House which will be in place for the next three years. Though the specific amount was not revealed, this partnership is seen to be a very effective way to include Sydney in the list of the world’s greatest tourist and cultural destinations and provide another airline option for those with a visa to Australia.
How to Apply for a Temporary Work Visa
January 25, 2013 – If our current work is no longer making you happy or if your job is no longer working for you and is making you less effective, then a change in environment and career may be just what you are looking for. Consider your chances at working in Australia, the Land Down Under.
January 24, 2013 – A new exciting development will be created in Sydney. As part of the Harbor Convention Centre site redevelopment, Australia will be having its own “Times Square” and a “red carpet rolling out” zone which will lead to the grand Ballroom of the City.
January 22, 2013 – There are a lot of reasons as to why people want to have an Australian visa and visit the Land Down Under. Among these reasons we find its multicultural society, the fair and equal treatment between locals and immigrants, as well as the amazing scenery and landscapes.
Australia’s International Tourism Arrivals increased last year
January 22, 2013 – As stated by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) on its latest media release, Australia experienced a 6.9 percent growth in international tourism arrivals during November 2012 year, which is a 3.7 percent increase on of the same month in 2011.
January 18, 2013 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will provide another Australia visa in 2013 that may assist some international students stay in Australia after their graduation.
Australian demand for Filipino skilled abattoir workers
January 14, 2013 – More Filipinos have received their Australian skilled visa and are due to work in an Australian meat processing company this month. This was after Dr. Jesus Edullantes, Tagum City veterinarian, had released the names of the latest batch of graduates of the butcher’s training program sponsored by the government.
January 14, 2013 – Australians have been reported to have flocked to the beaches and air conditioned places as its temperatures soared.
January 10, 2013 – Reports and figures in the past years show that Australians are the happiest people on earth and Australia as has some of the most livable cities in the world. Just recently, these have been further confirmed as Australia has emerged the second best country to be born in for 2013. This is a huge leap for the country as it was named 11 slots lower back in 1988 when a similar research of 50 countries was done.
Tourism links between Japan and Northern Queensland strengthen
January 10, 2013 – Japan and Northern Queensland are set to put their ties to a higher level. Thanks to the Australia-Japan Tourism Exchange Year 2013, there is an expected rise to over 200,000 Japanese tourists coming to Far North Queensland, Australia on tourist visitor visa Australia each year. This is also expected to result to Japanese people also visiting other cities of Queensland in Australia.
January 4, 2013 – Some fees relating to Australian immigration have been increased effective 1 January 2013. With the Australian government moving towards a user pays system of charging for visas, the visa fees for many Australian visas will increase on 01 January 2013.
December 21, 2012 – By early 2013, community groups across Australia will already be able to sponsor people in humanitarian need, said Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen. With the said move, Australia will open its arms as a safety refuge to those who are suffering in other countries and hope that they will start new and better lives.
Funds diverted from foreign aid to assisting asylum seekers in Australia
December 21, 2012 – Australian immigration faces a new challenge as a change in the budget of the Federal Government for its foreign aid programs has been made. Hundreds of millions will now be diverted towards the processing of onshore asylum seekers. It was revealed by Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr that $375 million from the foreign aid budget will be used for the processing of asylum seekers. This move has gained the Federal Government criticisms from the public, particularly from acting Opposition Leader, Julie Bishop.
Regional Transport Cooperation re-affirmed between Australian and Indonesia
December 20, 2012 – Believing that making the skies, roads, and water ways within their region safer and more secure is important, the Australian government and the Indonesian government have penned their commitment through the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Transport Sector in Jakarta.
Phone scam targeting visa holders
December 19, 2012 – Be wary if you receive any phone call from someone pretending to be a DIAC official. When you are not sure, then you should just hang up the phone.
December 19, 2012 – With the increasing and growing inbound tourism market of Australia, Tourism Australia and Virgin Australia will be doubling the value of their current marketing partnership in order to support the said growth.
How environmental change may affect the Migration program
December 18, 2012 – According to research by Dr. Khalid Koser, Deputy Director of the Geneva Center for Security Policy and a Non-Resident Fellow of the Lowly Institute for International Policy, there is a very high possibility that environmental change and migration have a direct cause and effect relationship.
December 17, 2012 – More and more international travelers are considering coming to Australia, and among the places they love to go to is Central Queensland. The laidback and natural state of Central Queensland has enticed international visitors who are out looking for a unique experience, notes Mary Caroll, CEO of Capricorn Enterprise.
Sydney Adventure Expo
December 17, 2012 – The latest Sydney Adventure Expo has just come to an end, according to data, only a slight drop in numbers was recorded in comparison to the previous year.
December 14, 2012 – In an effort to revive the economy of Australia, a new plan has been created by the Australian Property Council to attract 12,000 new migrants from Europe to South Australia. A policy has been produced that shows the role that migration can have in reviving the economy of the country.
December 13, 2012 – Parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents may be allowed to stay longer to visit their children in Australia. This has been made possible through the new visa guidelines which were announced by Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen. These new developments aim to recognise the role of parents in their children’s lives and grandchildren who are in Australia.
December 12, 2012 – With the current shortage for highly-skilled workers in Australia, local councils in Pilbara in Western Australia are considering applying for a Regional Migration Agreement that will allow business owners that are outside the resource industries to also bring in foreign workers. These plans have come about with the information that the Federal Government’s Enterprise Migration Agreements allow mining companies to get their workers from overseas.
MP Calls for Work for Refugees
December 6, 2012 – Though the ALP backbenchers had been quiet as the government is making its latest crackdown on boat arrivals, Ms. Melissa Parke, a LABOR backbencher and former human rights lawyer, has personally contacted the office of Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, to urge the government to allow refugees to work in regional areas to help fill skills shortages while they are on bridging visas.
December 4, 2012 – For over some time now, workers’ unions in Australia have always been against the visa 457 programs. This is due primarily to the reason that foreign workers believe that they are being hired so that companies can pay them lower wages and give them lesser benefits compared to how much they would pay an Australian worker. This is particularly so in the mining projects in Western Australia. However, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union or (AMWU) is feeling the opposite as it shows its support to this trend.
What You Can Do Upon Arriving In Australia
December 03, 2012 – As soon as you get your Australia visa, the next thing to do is to know the things you can do when you get there. And no, this does not just mean knowing the places to visit and the sites to see. There are more important things that you have to prepare for.
December 3, 2012 – Skilled migrants are deemed very valuable to Australia as they fill the skills shortage in the country. As revealed by a new research from Central Queensland University, skilled migrants play a crucial and invaluable role to the community.
November 23, 2012 – On the 1st of November, figures were released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship that confirmed the number of Australian working holiday visa approvals.
Protection Visa granted to a Pakistani Cricketer after helping Australia
November 22, 2012 – A permanent visa has been granted to Fawad Ahmed, a Pakistani who left his home to come to Australia to play cricket in 2010 through a short stay visa. With the intervention of Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, Ahmed will be able to stay in Australia and play cricket.
November 22, 2012 – New arrivals to Australia are having more success at finding employment.
November 19, 2012 – According to a recent survey by KPMG, the demand for skilled overseas workers in Australia will continue for many more years. Additionally, it was also concluded that the said shortage needs a more long-term approach.
Sri Lankan people smugglers get warning from Australia
November 19, 2012 – The Australian immigration Department has given a tough warning to Sri Lankans who smuggle people and give false promises to asylum seekers of visa opportunities for them in Australia.
People with disabilities or health problems to migrate to Australia
November 16, 2012 – The federal government will now ease Australian immigration restrictions on people with disabilities and health problems who wish to immigrate to Australia.
Celebrate the End of 2012 with Fellow MIA Members
November 14, 2012 – The year that was 2012 is quickly drawing to a close.
Australian Working Holiday Visa most popular of its kind
November 14, 2012 – One of the many ways of obtaining entry to Australia is by utilising the Australian working holiday visa. The demand for this visa is higher than for any other visa of its kind anywhere in the world. Over the last year alone 220,000 working holiday visas were approved.
Special Purpose Visa (SPV) for Foreign Air Crew to be Reviewed
November 13, 2012 – Australian visa arrangements for international airline crews operating on flights entering and leaving Australia are to be reviewed by the federal government.
How does a Labour Agreement Work?
November 13, 2012 – Labor Agreements have become somewhat controversial recently.
Move to Excise Mainland from Migration Zone
November 8, 2012 – In an attempt to deter asylum seekers from trying to reach the Australian mainland by boat, the Labour government has proposed that the entire Australian mainland from the migration zone. This will effectively strip all rights from asylum seekers who reach the continent by boat.
November 8, 2012 – As part of Australia’s bid to create a more skilled, educated and productive workforce the Australian government has revealed its plans of changing Australian visa and immigration requirements. This is in the hype that it will enable more skilled workers to work in Australia and boost our economy.
November 6, 2012 – The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, has announced that there will be a review into the application of the Migration Act to offshore resource industry workers. Specifically the review will look at how the Migration Act can better protect the workers in offshore Maritime zones with a view to exploring options for legislative change.
Australian Visa Application Charges to increase – 1st January 2013
November 6, 2012 – As part of the Australian Governments Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), it was announced that there will be a substantial increase across a range of Australian Visa Applications Charges (VACs). These changes are expected to take effect from the 1st of January 2013.
Partner Visa fees to increase
October 31, 2012 – Are you considering lodge a Partner Visa application? If you meet the various eligibility requirements before January 2013 it would be in your best interest to submit your Australian Partner Visa this year.
October 29, 2012 – The Visa Application Charges for a number of visas for Australia are expected to increase in January 2013.
Safety Issues Preys on Students’ Minds
October 25, 2012 – The number of Indian students enrolled in Australia’s colleges and universities has seen a decreasing trend over the past three years. The number of Indian Student Visa holders has dropped from 121,000 in 2009 down to 48,000 by August this year. The overall estimated cost to the national Australian economy is more than $2 billion.
Labor Agreement Processing Times Shortened
October 25, 2012 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has announced that the processing timeframes for Labor Agreements are getting faster. This is somewhat attributed to them growing increasingly popular.
October 23, 2012 – Centacare Migrant Services may lose its migrant employment service program, aimed at helping migrants gain the appropriate skills to find work after Juy 2013.
Australian to clarify offshore resource workers
October 22, 2012 – In a move to close the loophole that allowed cheaper foreign workers to work in Australia on Chevron’s $43 billion Gorgon project, the Australian Federal Government is now set to clarify the visa status of offshore resource workers.
Changes to Student Visa to provide more flexibility
October 18, 2012 – The Australian Federal Government has responded to the Hon. Michael Knights review of the Student Visa Program 2011. The Senate is set to pass amendments regarding the automatic cancellation of Australian student visas for students who do not attend class or fail subjects.
October 18, 2012 – An increasing number of travelers are overstaying their immigration visas in Australia. It has been reported in the last financial year that 20,000 visa holders are failing to leave Australia before the expiry of their visa.
October 16, 2012 – A recent report from Tourism Australia has indicated that 50 % of visitors to Australia from the United Kingdom are repeat visitors.
International Visitors to Australia Top Six Million
October 12, 2012 – Australia’s tourist visa for Australia has reached a new high!
October 12, 2012 – More than 10,000 Australia student visas were cancelled by the Australian Immigration Department in the past financial year, with many students failing to fulfill the course requirements.
Migration to Australia Increased
October 11, 2012 – There has been an increase in Australia’s population, as a result of the 22% increase of immigration to Australia in the March quarter of 2012.
Thousands More of Kiwis on Australian Migration
October 4, 2012 – More and more New Zealanders are continuing to migrate and work in Australia as the Land Down Under offers better income opportunities to migrants.
October 04, 2012 – Labor’s promised budget surplus is being threatened by the increasing boat people arrivals.
October 03, 2012 – It was just announced that there would be a 10 point CPD seminar and workshop for registered migration agents and lawyers set this November, 2012.
Australian Immigration Department Warned On Visa Failings
October 2, 2012 – The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship was recently criticized by a China expert on its failure to announce the rules regarding post study work rights.
September 27, 2012 – The Tasmanian government is urged by the accommodation industry to assist with making sure that additional air access to the state becomes a success, ensuring that airlines will continue to provide extra seats for travelers on tourist visa for Australia to the state.
New Immigration Reforms Crackdown on Illegal Workers
September 27, 2012 – A new bill will be introduced into Federal Parliament aimed at cracking down illegal workers in Australia.
September 25, 2012 – Migration Institute of Australia, Australia’s peak body for the migration advice professions, representing more than 2000 Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) across Australia and overseas, has now just recently released its 2011-2012 Annual Report.
2013 Updating of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) Starts
September 24, 2012 – Planning to apply for work in Australia? The annual update of Australia’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has now commenced.
New Office Opened in Thailand to Deal with Boat People
September 21, 2012 – There is now a new office opened in Thailand that can deal with issues on people smuggling.
Accelerated Citizenship for Families of Lateral Recruits Welcomed by the Government
September 20, 2012 – The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, has welcomed the federal government’s amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 which benefits Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.
September 18, 2012 – There will be a new theme park in Western Sydney.
A Hardline Approach to Send Children Alone to Nauru
September 17, 2012 – sIn an attempt to curb the usage of unaccompanied minors as “anchors” by people smugglers as a means for bringing over family members illegally to Australia, the Australian Immigration Department is now implementing a hardline approach, sending unaccompanied minors to Nauru and Manus Island for processing.
September 13, 2012 – Just recently at the 7th Regional Conference of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) in Sydney, Australia Immigration Minister Chris Bowen MP delivered a speech, addressing bilateral cooperation between Australia and Nepal, the importance of the Nepali-Australian community, as well as his recent announcement of the Sub-Continent Ministerial Consultative Committee, which was chaired by Michelle Rowland MP and Senator Lisa Singh, as well as had included 17 community leader members.
September 12, 2012 – Southeast Asian tourists are set to drive Australia’s Tourism industry.
Tourist Visas for Parents of Australians to be Extended
September 11, 2012 – Australian tourist visa for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents to be extended!
Mike Tyson’s Tour In Jeopardy Due To Visa Status
September 6, 2012 – Mike Tyson’s 1992 rape conviction puts his visit to Australia in doubt.
September 6, 2012 – It is anticipated that the next rounds of invitations to apply for skilled migration through SkillSelect will occur during this month of September.
News Update On Australian Settlement Policy
September 5, 2012 – Australia’s settlement services are the backbone of the nation’s migration program, says the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, in her speech during the launch of a new settlement publication in Canberra last August 23.
Agent Arrested for Australian Visa Fraud
September 5, 2012 – In an alleged human trafficking case, while in the process of obtaining an Australian visa, an agent discovered to be submitting fake documents with the Australian visa application at the Australian High Commission was arrested.
Indians Studying in Australia Increases
September 3, 2012 – After a slump in the number of Australian visa application grants to Indian students, for the first time in three years, the number of Australian visas granted to Indian students has shown an increase, with 33,764 Australian student visa grants issued between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012, according to the latest Australian visa figures that was released last week.
New Online Skill Select Service for Professionals Launched
August 31, 2012 – On the 1st day of August 2012, the first automated round of invitations to apply to work in Australia under both skilled independent and skilled family sponsored Australian skilled visa options was completed under SkillSelect, with the first round of offers is said to have gone to skilled professionals.
August 29, 2012 – Just recently, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has finally responded to issues of “misleading information”.
AFMIA Applications Still Open
August 28, 2012 – Want to become an Associate fellow for Australia’s peak professional body for migration agents?
August 23, 2012 – The announcement of the finalized details later this month of the new Significant Investor Visa by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship is said to be “on track”, according to Australia Immigration Minister Chris Bowen MP.
Australia and Greece Reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement Under Evaluation
August 22, 2012 – Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Mr. Chris Bowen, had just announced recently that a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement is currently being negotiated between the Australian government and Greece.
August 16, 2012 – Skilled overseas workers on Australian 457 visas who work in Australia are not “stealing” jobs from Australians.
Australia visa for backpackers are now being cancelled
August 15, 2012 – With young travelers being discovered lying to immigration officials and paying off bogus “employers” in an attempt to extend their stay in Australia, Australia visa for backpackers are now being cancelled at a reported rate of one a day.
August 15, 2012 – In a speech in the recently concluded Australian Mines and Metals Association Migration (AMMA) and Labour sourcing conference last August 2, 2012, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, asserted that there is a need for Australia’s skilled migration program, both permanent and temporary, to tackle the short-term demand for laborers to work in Australia in its the construction sector.
Draft Legislation Targets Employers Hiring Illegal Workers
August 13, 2012 – Newly-proposed laws for consultation designed to crack down on employers who hire illegal workers to work in Australia without a visa were just recently released by the government, announced last August 3, 2012 by Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP.
August 10, 2012 – South and South East Asia regions of Singapore, Malaysia and India, three of Australia’s largest markets in Asia, are soon to learn why there’s nothing like Australia.
Failed English Test Caused Chinese Families’ Deportation
August 6, 2012 – Due to failure of passing the immigration to Australia requirement of English test for some of its members, six Chinese families who have been living in Victoria for the past six years are now being faced with deportation.
August 02, 2012 – As Emirates Airline & Group, encompassing Emirates airlines, prepares to open a service centre in Adelaide, the number of Australian employees employed to work in Australia by the Emirates Group is set to top 5,000.
World’s Biggest Travel Spenders Highlighted
August 1, 2012 – A boom in Muslim travel over the next decade is being expected by the global tourism industry, with them now gearing up for it, now providing halal spas, prayer rooms and others at airport terminals.
Australia Visa Application Centres Now Open in Beijing and Shanghai
July 31, 2012 Australia – Last July 26, 2012, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) had announced the changes to the Australia visa delivery in China, which includes the introduction of Australian Visa Application Centers (AVACs) and changes to its Australia visa processing locations.
July 31, 2012 – As part of its efforts to boost its tourism skills, the Australian government will be offering direct support to its tourism businesses that are facing labor and skills pressures from the resources boom, via a new $8.5 million workforce development project.
Australian Tourism Skills Shortage Identified by Gov’t
July 26, 2012 – As Australia’s resources sector swallows up workers enticed by high wages, the country’s tourism industry struggling to alleviate its skills shortage as a result of this resources boom is now crying out for people to work in Australia to fill the shortfall in staff, which is estimated to be about 36,000 positions.
July 25, 2012 – With the South & South East Asian countries holding key tourism roles in Australia’s tourism market, Tourism Australia is now focusing its activities in Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam in the South and South East Asia region.
Indians Now Australia’s Top Migrants
July 23, 2012 – India is now currently Australia’s biggest source of permanent migrants for the first time, with six other Asian nations in the top 10, according to a report.
July 19, 2012 – As opposed to unemployed locals, low-paid migrant workers are now being considered to be the answer to filling job shortage such as cooks, waiters and kitchen-hands.
Priority Processing for Australian Skilled Visas
July 18, 2012 – Recently, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has introduced new priority processing arrangements for certain Australian migration visas, which should help streamline the finalization process for the Australia immigration department.
July 18, 2012 – In an effort to help grow its tourism industry, Australians are finding themselves being encouraged to holiday at home and explore the nation’s unique range of travel experiences.
Australia To Address Labour Shortages With Working Holiday Visas
July 16, 2012 – The Australian federal government is said to be in talks to bringing more overseas workers on Australian working holiday visa to work in Australia (WHV) to address labor shortages in the tourism industry.
July 12, 2012 – Australia was ‘showcased’ at this year’s annual Australian Tourism Exchange.
More IT workers Needed in Australia
July 11, 2012 – Australia is looking to import more IT workers to work in Australia as recruiters say there are gaps in the market.
July 11, 2012 – Apply now for an Australia visa and be able to explore and experience the real Australia.
July 5, 2012 – As part of Australia’s global Tourism Australia marketing campaign, Minister for Resources and Energy and Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, had traveled to the United States to the attend the annual G’Day USA event and a series of meetings with key policy makers and industry representatives to promote Australia as a premium investment and tourism destination.
Extending public transport concessions to international students
July 5, 2012 – The New South Wales Government is urged along with Victoria to ‘see sense’ and provide transport concessions for international students on Australia visa.
July 3, 2012 – As the value of Australia’s digital economy continues to boom, driven by the increase in mining investment in IT infrastructure and expansion in the telecommunications arena, Australia’s IT sector is set to create nearly 35,000 new jobs this year.
Cooks’ Trade Assessment for Australian visas Can Now Be Completed in the UK
July 2, 2012 – Cooks planning for immigration to Australia can now be assessed by VETASSESS in the UK.
June 28, 2012 – Get hold of an Australia business visa as Australian tourism is now opening its door for investment.
ASIO Struggles with Increase Rate in Refugee Arrivals
June 27, 2012 – Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) is found struggling with the sharp increase in refugee arrivals.
June 27, 2012 – Are you planning for temporary immigration to Australia for your holiday vacation?
Mining Workers on Online Auctions
June 25, 2012 – Inspired by Australia’s skilled labor shortage, resources companies are seen bidding online for workers like eBay bargains.
Australian Skilled Migration Seminars Hosted To Expound on Changes
June 21, 2012 – Australia’s skilled migration program and its new skilled migration selection model, SkillSelect, are set to undergo changes once again.
June 21, 2012 – Just recently, Tourism Australia’s latest phase of its global marketing campaign, There’s nothing like Australia, has just been launched in China.
June 20, 2012 – Despite of the poor state of the Eurozone and the slowing of Chinese growth, the Australian Economy still continues to remain strong.
Failed Migrants Cheat to Live in Australia
June 18, 2012 – An official report revealed that failed asylum seekers, foreign students overstaying their Australian student visa, and others facing deportation have admitted of defrauding the immigration system to stay in Australia.
June 14, 2012 – Western Australia has seen increased in overseas workers on immigration to Australia under 457 Australian skilled visa.
Northern Territory through inspirational photography
June 14, 2012 – Just recently, Tourism NT has made an announcement that it has undertaken an exclusive partnership with world-leading technology brand, Canon Australia, in a project that is designed to promote the Northern Territory through inspirational photography.
June 13, 2012 – Chinese visitors on Australia visa numbers have reported a climb in the first quarter of 2012.
Indonesia Demands Answers Over Smuggling Kingpin’s Visa
June 12, 2012 – Indonesia’s reaction on the revelations that people smuggling kingpin have been given an Australia visa has escalated, causing a flurry of diplomatic inquiries between Canberra and Jakarta.
June 7, 2012 – With Australia’s job growth all set to look up, driven by the surge of mega mining and resources projects, Australian employers are now looking overseas to fill skill shortages as skilled workers are increasingly becoming harder to find, according to a recent research.
Hundreds of Indian Workers Eyed for Employment by Australia’s Largest Beef Producer
June 6, 2012 – Good news to Indian skilled workers who are interested to work in Australia! In anticipation of the hardships in finding skilled workers onshore, Australia’s largest beef producer is now eyeing to recruit Indian workers in the hundreds for its new abattoir in Darwin, Northern Territory.
Hospitalizations Of Older People Increased Due to Fall
June 6, 2012 – The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report recently that there is an increasing trend in the number of older Australians hospitalized after a fall.
The Facts on Roy Hill Deal Revealed
June 4, 2012 – Controversies have abounded the Enterprise Migration Agreement between the government and Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project as only few facts about the agreement were revealed to the public.
Updates On Enterprise Migration Agreement Program
May 31, 2012 – Last 25 May 2012, the Minister for Australian immigration & Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP and the Minister for Resources & Energy, Martin Ferguson AO MP, have announced in a joint media release the approval of the Australian Government’s first Enterprise Migration Agreement (EMA).
New visa aims to attract wealthy foreigners
May 30, 2012 – As part of its efforts to attract more people to invest in Australia, the federal government is planning to introduce a new Australian immigration scheme, providing preferential Australia visa treatment to wealthy businesspeople.
May 29, 2012 – Another two more asylum seeker boats, the 36th and 37th, have arrived since Tony Abbott ended talks to allow for offshore Australian immigration processing and again chose negativity and his personal political interest over the national interest. These 2 vessels have been carrying 255 asylum seekers on immigration to Australia.
May 24, 2012 – Do your clients on Subclass 457 visa require training organization options?
Australia Benefitting as Indians Avoids UK Visa Curbs
May 23, 2012 – With the Cameron government” recent tightening on its student visa policies, Australian universities have reported a surge in Australia student visa applications from Indian students, with an increase of about 16 per cent which is still expected to rise further.
May 22, 2012 – Applying for work visa for Australia?
Employer Takeover Of Australia’s Immigration Policy
May 21, 2012 – Currently, Australia’s Immigration policy is more open to skilled migrants looking to work in Australia.
May 17, 2012 – More young travelers on Australian working holiday visa have been visiting Australia in 2011.
Australia’s High-Skilled Jobs Taken by Outsiders
May 16, 2012 – As Australia’s job growth continues to soar, the flipside of these job booms have also caused an industry-wide high demand for skilled workers to work in Australia.
May 15, 2012 – Good news for those applying for immigration to Australia under the 2012 – 2013 Migration Program.
Foreign Student Numbers in Australia on the Rise Again
May 14, 2012 – Despite the series of incidents of violence against Indian students as well as the major changes to Australia’s migration laws and the growing strength of the Australian dollar, Australia is once again facing a rising boom in international student enrollments.
Australia Eases Up on Indonesia Travel Warning
May 11, 2012 – The ban on Aussies’ Indonesia travel has finally been lowered. For the first time in a decade, Australia’s “reconsider your need to travel” travel warning for Indonesia has finally been dropped last week to its lowest level since before the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 88 Australians.
May 10, 2012 – India has surpassed China and the UK as it soared to be the top source country exporter of skilled migrants on immigration to Australia.
Australia’s Desperate Demand Provides New Visa Opportunities for Nurses
May 8, 2012 – Want to work in Australia? Nowadays, Australia is a popular destination of skilled migrants all over the world with its vast Australia visa opportunities for skilled workers.
May 8, 2012 – As part of the effort to boost Australia’s economy as it becomes endangered of having a crisis due to its local workforce shortage, Australia is set to implement a new immigration Australia policy that will give a big boost to skilled immigration in the country.
Favourite Spots in Australia as Revealed by Aussie Travel Experts
May 7, 2012 – Applying for an Australian tourist visa and planning to have a holiday Down Under? If you are, here are some advices from experts in Australian travel.
News on Labor Shortage in the Agricultural Sector
May 4, 2012 – With the looming exodus of baby boomer Australian farmers who are in all likelihood to retire over the next decade, leaving a significant shortage of experienced farmers who can train young farmers in the future, Australia is now facing a chronic labor shortage and a knowledge-drain.
More Skilled Labor From Overseas Pushed By Abbott
May 2, 2012 – In defiance of union concerns and accusing the Gillard government of not having the best immigration policy for Australia, Tony Abbott calls for the lifting on the limits on 457 Australia working visa granted to skilled migrant workers for temporary work in Australia for up to four years.
May 2, 2012 – The Australian Immigration is set to increase the size of its Migration Program during the Government’s Federal Budget.
Australian Student Visa Arrangements Relaxed for Vocational Education And Training Providers
April 27, 2012 – Australia now has much more streamlined Australian student visa arrangements for vocational training courses.
April 26, 2012 – The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) had finally released last month the National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy Discussion Paper along with a website and online survey to kick start the national discussion about addressing racism through consultation with the community, following the February 2011 Australian Government’s announcement of Australia’s new Australia immigration multicultural policy, The People of Australia, a policy that reaffirms the importance of a culturally diverse and socially cohesive nation.
April 25, 2012 – No more visa labels for Chinese
Refugee Flood Brings Millions to Island Resort Owner
April 25, 2012 – One of Australia’s island resort owners has benefited millions-worth from the never-ending flood of refugees seeking Australia travel visa to be able to stay legally in Australia.
Migration Reforms Causes Student Backlog
April 19, 2012 – Australia’s international education sector that offers over 12,000 courses that are recognized internationally and are of world class standards has been one of the country’s largest export industries, amounting in billions worth in the nation’s economy.
April 19, 2012 – With Australia needing almost twice the engineers it currently has trained if it wants to keep construction projects across Australia progressing on track, according to Australia’s national engineering body, Engineers Australia (EA), Australia should have better training program, along with better skilled immigration Australia and better government infrastructure planning to address the nation’s critical engineering skills shortage.
April 17, 2012 – In an effort to attract more American workers to fill its skills gap in key sectors, Australia had made changes to its Australian immigration policy.
44,000 Jobs Continues to Keep Australia’s Unemployment Steady
April 16, 2012 – As Australia’s share market continues to be on the up, the country’s unemployment rate also remains steady. Australia’s unemployment rate continues to remain steady, thanks to the surprising surge in the number of people finding work. This is good news for those processing their Australian working visa.
April 12, 2012 – As of 24 March 2012, the Australia Immigration department had enacted its latest streamlined Australian visa application processing arrangements for Australian Universities to be made available for prospective international students with a Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) from a participating university at Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degree level.
Irish Migrants to Australia Keeps Growing
April 11, 2012 – Australian migration has been on the rise as an influx of Irish immigrants arrived.
Fast-Tracking of Australian Visas Planned for US Tradies
April 4, 2012 – Just recently, the Australian Federal Government has announced its plans to change how US skilled trade workers’ skills are assessed.
April 3, 2012 – In its effort to make it easier for Australian employers to fill the current critical skills shortages driven by booming mining and resources industries, Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen has recently announced the Australian government’s plan of cutting the red tape for the 457 Australia business visa, simplifying the permanent employer-sponsored visa to Australia program to assist skilled immigrants and their employers as well as fast-track the pathway to residency for skilled migrants under the employer-sponsored visa Australia program.
New Migration Opportunities
April 2, 2012 – As part of the Australian government’s effort to attract more foreign nationals to migrate and work in Australia, the Employer Sponsored subclass 457 Australian work visa is set to undergo several significant changes this 2012.
Australia Now Ready for the 4-Day Weekend Break
March 28, 2012 – Do you have an Australian tourist visa? If you do, join the many Australians who are going on a 4-day weekend holiday, enjoying Australia’s famous tropical sandy beaches and charming big cities.
March 27, 2012 – Worth a massive $10 billion to Australia, Asian tourism is now Australia’s top tourism spender.
March 22, 2012 – Are you a Filipino and interested to apply for an Australia visa and be able to work in Australia?
March 20, 2012 – Interested to apply for work visas to Australia and be able to work in Australia, particularly in Western Australia?
Queensland’s Returning Backpackers, a Good Sign for State’s Tourism
March 19, 2012 – Backpackers have once again saved the day for the Sunshine State’s ailing tourist industry! In the first positive signs of a rebound in the youth market, latest figures revealed that there is a rise in the number of young British, Irish, French and German travelers that were coming to Australia on Australian tourist visa, particularly working holiday visas.
March 15, 2012 – Just recently, Australia Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has revealed the Australian government’s updates on its permanent employer-sponsored Australian visa program.
Immigration Visa Changes Favors Australian Skilled Labourers
March 15, 2012 – Good news to Australian skilled migrants applying for work in Australia on Australian skilled visa as it would now be much easier to become permanent Australian residents.
March 13, 2012 – Australia immigration policy has often been controversial.
Chinese New Year Boost Australian Tourism
March 12, 2012 – International tourist arrivals in Australia jumped 4.8 percent in January, driven by a significant increase in Asian holidaymakers coming to the country to celebrate the Lunar New Year, top national industry body Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) said on Tuesday.
March 8, 2012 – UK Royal Navy Personnel eyed by Australian Defense Force!
Job Threat Betrayal Jeopardize Aussie and their Jobs
March 7, 2012 – With big financial institutions planning to shift employment to Asia in an attempt to reduce costs, a new job threat is currently jeopardizing Australian workers and their jobs.
March 6, 2012 – Are you applying for working Australia visa? Then be warned.
Hames says Jobs Crisis could be Solve by Backpackers
March 5, 2012 – Are backpackers the answer to Australia’s jobs and tourism crisis?
March 1, 2012 – Planning to apply for a work visa to Australia? Now is the best time to apply for a working visa for Australia.
February 28, 2012 – Just recently, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Working Group on Resettlement (WGR) meeting was held in Melbourne, Australia.
Indian Students’ Australian Student Visa Applications on the Rise
February 27, 2012 – Australia is once again seeing a rise in Australian visa application for students from India!
February 23, 2012 – Healthcare professionals, apply visa to Australia!
Brazilian and Argentinian citizens can now apply for an Australian tourist visa online
February 22, 2012 – Tourists from Brazil and Argentina can now apply online for the e676 electronic Australian tourist visa to visit Australia.
February 21, 2012 – Appeals against orders to leave by foreign citizens desperate to be granted with a visa in Australia thereby allowing them to live legally in Australia are currently clogging up Australia’s refugee and immigration tribunals.
Many Says I Do in Queensland: Triggering a Booming Wedding Tourism
February 20, 2012 – Wedding tourism is flourishing in Australia’s Sunshine State! Despite the strong Australian dollar, the wedding business is booming in Australia’s north, revealing an increase of 30 per cent in the number of overseas couples on Australia travel visa choosing to getting married in North Queensland in the past five years.
February 16, 2012 – As Australia toughens the norms on acquiring visa from Australia, one could not help wonder what now entails Australia and visa applicants.
Changes to Working Holiday Visa Could Positively Impact Australia
February 15, 2012 – In the six months to December 31, 2011, the first Australia Working Holiday Visa program grew by 11.4 per cent, which revealed a mark of continued return to positive growth from the decline experienced in 2009-10.
February 14, 2012 – With the thousands of work visa for Australia applicants each year, along with the many constant visa and Australia immigration regulations and policies changes, it is not a surprise that there are countless visa from Australia third-party providers that abound the web.
Foreign Students Faces Better Job Prospects in Australia
February 14, 2012 – A substantial increase in the number of Australian employers recruiting international graduates in 2011has been revealed!
February 9, 2012 – Calling all Teachers, Accountants and Engineers, apply visa to Australia now!
Australians Backed by Government for Resources Sector Jobs
February 8, 2012 – Australian Federal Government provides support to Australians for resources sector jobs amidst calls from the Australian entrepreneurs particularly in the mining states for more flexibility with Australian working visa. The country’s worsening skills shortage driven by the country’s massive resources boom has caused the nation’s employers to recruit offshore for those who want to work in Australia, and driving up reliance on 457 Australia working visa holders.
February 7, 2012 – Last 30 June 2011, the Hon. Michael Knight AO, who was appointed by the Australian Government to conduct the first strategic review of the student visa Australia program to help enhance the quality, integrity and competitiveness of the student visa program in December 2010, reported to the government the Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011 with 41 recommendations.
92,000 Workers Needed in Australia
February 6, 2012 – Good news for overseas workers interested to work in Australia and apply for working visa Australia!
February 2, 2012 – Good news for accountants! Apply now for work visa to Australia and comply immediately your Australian visa requirements to be able to work in Australia.
Eight Australian Hotels Named Among World’s Best
February 1, 2012 – Apply now for an >Australia tourist visa and stay in one of the world’s best hotels!
January 31, 2012 – Interested in a work visa in Australia or a tourist visa in Australia? Apply now for either of the visas to Australia, and take advantage and explore Queensland as it opens its door to immigrants.
A new stalemate on asylum seeker policy
January 30, 2012 – A new stalemate on asylum Australia migration seeker policy!
January 26, 2012 – Interested in a working visa for Australia? Great news!
Tony Abbott will Turn Back Every Boat
January 25, 2012 – Australia will no longer be accepting passively the arrival of asylum-seeker boats for migration to Australia from Indonesia if Tony Abbott has his way.
Australia’s Tourism Industry: Is It Up To Scratch?
January 24, 2012 – Australia’s Tourism industry has been a major key industry for the Australian economy. In the financial year 2010/11 alone, Australia’s tourism industry was valued at approximately AU$35 billion to the national economy, representing 2.5% of Australia’s GDP.
January 24, 2012 – Interested in applying for a work visa in Australia? Apply now as Australia is a great place to live and work.
January 19, 2012 – The Maldives is now planning for mass migration to Australia as a solution to rising sea levels.
Australian Visa: The Australian Businesses Solution To the Current Skills Shortage
January 18, 2012 – As Australia struggles to cope with the current chronic skills shortages driven by the booming resource and mining industries, many Australian trade-based companies who are finding themselves in deep holes, struggling to maintain a skilled labor force are now seen taking advantage of the 457 Australian skilled visa program.
January 17, 2012 – Good news for those interested in applying for work visas for Australia!
Australian Five-Star Hotels’ Customer Satisfaction On the Rise
January 16, 2012 – More and more guests are more satisfied with Australia’s luxury hotels With 5.9 million visitor arrivals on Australia travel visa during the year that ended in November 2011, an increase of 0.4 per cent relative to the previous year was recorded.
January 12, 2012 – For many years, Australia has been struggling with problems on illegal immigrants.
Indonesia Promise New Visa Rules Will Not Increase People Smuggling
January 12, 2012 – As Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd met his Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natalegawa, in Jakarta recently, Mr. Rudd was assured that Indonesia’s relaxation of visa rules for citizens from countries that are a source of boat people coming to Australia will not provide these people smugglers carte blanche to smuggle more people to Australia.
Traveling Coast-To-Coast on Australia’s Longest Train Ride
January 10, 2012 – Do you have a tourist visa for Australia? If you have an Australian tourist visa, then you will be free to travel on Australia’s longest train journey!
January 10, 2012 – Are you a business owner, investor, or a senior executive employee of a major business? Are you interested to get any of the business visas to Australia?
January 5, 2012 – As Greece currently experiences economic turmoil, more and more Greeks have been observed to be relocating to Australia in search for a better life.
Nurses In High Demand in Australia
January 5, 2012 – Good news for nurses planning to apply for Australian working visa and work in Australia.
Shipwrecked Asylum Seekers Found Alive On an Island
December 28, 2011 – In their attempt for immigration to Australia seeking asylum, at least fifteen asylum seekers have been found alive, two days after the Australia-bound boat crammed full of asylum seekers suddenly capsized in the rough Indonesian seas.
December 28, 2011 – According to a new report entitled, “The Means to Compete: Benchmarking IT industry Competitiveness”, released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), along with Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, the island country continent of Australia provides the most positive competitive conditions for IT firms in the Asia-Pacific region, ranking third.
December 27, 2011 – Planning to apply visa to Australia in order to work there? Time to act now!
Celebrate New Year in Australia
December 27, 2011 – Planning to get visas to travel to Australia? Apply now for Australia holiday visa and join the Aussies and its many tourists who are also on Australia tourist visa in celebrating New Year Aussie style.
Australia as the Top Holiday Destination
December 21, 2011 – Attention travelers! Apply now for an Australia tourist visa and indulge in the Australia holiday experience similar to those travelers under Australia holiday visa who rated Australia as their top holiday destination.
December 21, 2011 – Are you interested to apply for a work visa for Australia? Or are you currently applying for work visa of Australia? Are you now complying with your Australian visa requirements? Good news!
Australia Welcomes Students
December 19, 2011 – Are you a Latin American student wishing to apply for an Australia student visa? If you are processing your Australia visa application for students, this is good news!
December 15, 2011 – As Australia’s aging health workforce begins to retire, the country is facing a worsening shortage of health professionals over the next 15 years.
NSW And Victoria Against Australian Bridging Visa Grants For Refugees
December 14, 2011 – Following the recent Australia immigration announcement by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) Minister, Chris Bowen MP, of the move to place in the community and out of detention centers the thousands of irregular maritime arrivals (IMAs) known as “asylum-seekers” who will be granted a bridging Australian visa, a war with the two largest states, with New South Wales and Victorian governments attacking the Immigration Minister for the move, has been triggered.
Australia Top Record High
December 13, 2011 – According to the latest International Visitor Survey, the number of visitors on Australian visas, nights spent, and expenditure are all up the year to September. This proves that Australia’s tourism industry is resilient amidst the international and local economic climate.
December 13, 2011 – Attention to those who are applying for working visa for Australia or for a working tourist visa Australia!
December 8, 2011 – Starting on 2013, the post-study work visa in Australia arrangements will be extended.
Apply Now for Passports to Avoid Delay
December 7, 2011 – Planning to apply for >visas to travel to Australia? Travelers intending to apply for Australia holiday visa or are processing their Australia travel visa and are needing new passports before Christmas are being advised to apply today as a 12-hour strike is expected to happen in a printing facility.
Australian Visa Fee Hike Could Hit Jobs
December 5, 2011 – A new Australian visa fee system was just recently announced to take effect from 1 January 2012 by Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.
1200 Jobs in Australia On Offer for Job Seekers
December 2, 2011 – Good news for those planning to apply for work visa to Australia!
Australia visa fee for students is expected to lessen
December 1, 2011 – Attention Australia student visa applicants? Australia visa fee for students is expected to lessen; however, other Australia immigration fees are set to increase.
November 29, 2011 – Chris Bowen MP, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, just announced recently that Australia’s APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) eligibility criteria were updated. The new move was done in order to make certain that more Australian businesspeople will be supported in their trade and investment activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Skilled Workers Targeted by Australian Employers
November 28, 2011 – Good news for Irish skilled workers who want to work in Australia! Irish skilled workers on Australian work visa are now in demand in Australia. The Australian federal government is now looking to Ireland’s horde of unemployed skilled workforce as a means to help solve Australia’s threatening shortage of skilled workers.
November 24, 2011 – In a move to find hundreds of experienced underground coalminers, a Central Queensland company has eyed Poland as a source for these needs.
Australia’s Peace Offering to Indonesia
November 23, 2011 – As part of the agreement to co-sponsor a plan with Indonesia to coordinate regional responses to natural disasters, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, has pledged that Australia will donate four C-130 Hercules to Indonesia. The said aircrafts are worth an estimated $30 million.
November 22, 2011 – Attention UK skilled workers interested to apply for work visa to Australia!
Tiger Airways Cleared To Add More Flights to Australia over Christmas
November 21, 2011 – Good news for people getting visas to travel to Australia for the Christmas season! Singapore’s budget carrier, Tiger Airways, has now recently been cleared to increase its flights to Australia over the Christmas season.
November 17, 2011 – Many Australians have been seen abandoning their UK jobs for better jobs back home!
Skilled Migrants Needed In Australia
November 16, 2011 – Good news for those who are planning to apply for Australia skilled visa. Now is the time to apply for an Australian skilled visa!
November 15, 2011 – The Australian government has now been alarmed of different reports about a nationwide skill shortage. Recently, the recruitment agency Clarius also made its own report of making an assessment of the skill shortage that is happening in the country and in the next 15 years. The study conducted by Clarius claims that the industry such as construction, engineering, and trade that are the most alarming in terms of skill shortage or scarcity due to the fact that these areas are the ones most needed for the country’s infrastructure projects.
Australian Student Visa Now Requires Confirmation of Enrolment
November 14, 2011 – Foreign student applicants for an Australian student visa are now required to submit proof of enrolment!
Canberra Cuts Visa Red Tape for Skilled Workers
November 10, 2011, Canberra, AU. — An obstacle preventing many skilled migrants from getting jobs in Australia is very close to being removed. Previously, the State Government’s efforts to lure workers to WA from Britain are being hampered by Federal immigration red tape. But last week, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announced the changes to the 457 visa scheme to expedite the hiring of overseas workers in Australia.
November 9, 2011 - According to Australia’s the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Annual Report 2010-11, a greater number of visitors to Australia on ETA Australia visas are abiding by visa conditions. Visitors to Australia on working holiday and ETA visas have recorded a higher rate of visa compliance in 2010-11.
Deloitte Study Warns of Skilled Worker Shortage in Australia
November 8, 2011 – Deloitte’s new report urges Australia to make immediate response and appropriate actions upon the country’s skilled worker shortage. The aforesaid study is a major discussion paper which first appears in the publication Building the Lucky Country – Business Imperatives for a Prosperous Australia, which is a long term initiative by Deloitte to drive a debate and action on issues critical to Australia’s future. Deloitte is a leading professional service firm and one of the Big Four accountancy firms in the world.
Tourism Australia Ties Up With Jetstar To Invade Asia
November 4, 2011 – Tourism Australia ends up a promotion deal of $10 million with Jetstar to advertise the magnificence of Australia to the Asia Pacific. The two will combine forces to realize cheaper air travel with the utmost aim of convincing tourists from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand. Agreement also includes achieving Australian tourism’s year 2012 goal of multiplying overnight visitors’ costs at $ 140 billion.
November 4, 2011 – The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued a statement on Sunday morning giving a warning for travelers to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling in Thailand. Thailand’s Prime Minister declared the country in crisis as “massive amount of floodwater” enters Bangkok. The flood is due to increasing water level at Chao Phraya river which affects other parts of the city.
November 2, 2011 – As demand for seasoned IT professionals stepping up as large public sector upgrades gather steam and Australia’s IT industry braces itself for a serious skills shortage, with more than a 1000 IT new positions to fill in Canberra alone, the number of overseas IT workers on 457 work visa to Australia spikes up.
More Skilled Workers Needed In the West
November 2, 2011 – More opportunities to work in Australia! Woodside Petroleum chief executive Peter Coleman calls for more skilled workers to come to the west. According to Mr. Coleman, if Australia is to meet Asia’s ever growing demand for minerals and energy, a substantial chunk of Australia’s skilled workforce needs to move to the west.
October 27, 2011 – Hoping to cash in on the growing middle-class Asian market, Australia Government Tourism marketing agency, Tourism Australia, is set to unveil a new campaign that is planned to drive more business from India’s wealthy middle class.
Blind Indian woman Finally allowed to Stay in Australia
October 26, 2011 – A legally blind woman has just recently been granted permanent residency in Australia.
October 25, 2011 – Good news for travel visas to Australia applicants. Another breakthrough mobile technology for Western Australia Tourists is here!
Impact studies Not Done on the Latest Australian Visa Arrangements
October 24, 2011 – No impact studies done on latest Australian migration visa for students’ arrangement!
October 20, 2011 – PTE Academic Scores will soon be accepted by the Australian Government for application for Australian visa.
October 18, 2011 – The Australian federal government is considering the possibility of giving travel visas Australia extensions for Egyptians affected by the fresh outbreak of violence targeting Coptic Christians in their homeland.
NSW’s New List of State Sponsored Occupations
Australia, October 17, 2011 – Good news for people who want to work in Australia! New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, government has just announced that is has just updated and released its new version of its State Migration Plan (SMP) that includes a new list of occupations eligible for state sponsorship.
October 13, 2011 – Asian tourists visiting Australia have escalated!
Chefs and Cooks Back Australia’s SOL
October 12, 2011 – The Australia immigration department has relisted the chef and cook occupations! This is good news for chefs and cooks!
October 11, 2011 – With the intention to inform Greek students who want to migrate to Australia on what they need to do to study Down Under, two Australian education institutes are currently visiting Greece.
Australian Workers To be Prioritized Over Migrants
October 10, 2011 – Prioritize the Aussie workers first! According to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Australian workers, not migrants, should be given priority in filling up work in Australia requirements, even if they still need to be trained or relocated.
October 7, 2011 – Good news for backpackers! Apply now for Australian visa online and enjoy Australia.
Migrant Opens Migration Business to Help Other Migrants
October 5, 2011 – The Australia migration policy does not discriminate on racial, cultural, or religious basis. This means that anyone from any country is allowed to apply for immigration to Australia, regardless of ethnic origin, gender or color, provided that the criteria are met as set out in Australia’s Migration Act and Regulations.
October 4, 2011 – With more than 400,000 students under student visa Australia from around 200 countries who receive an Australian education each year as well as with over 12,000 internationally recognized and world class standards courses offered, Australia is widely recognized as a world leader in the field of international education and English language training.
National Visas’ Launched a New and Improved Student Visa Online Assessment
October 3, 2011 – National Visas, the top leading Australian immigration advices and visa services provider, with thousands of people having used National Visas in their Australian visa application and have been granted with their Australia visa application and received their Australian visa in the last year alone, has recently launched its new and updated Australian student visa Online Assessment.
September 30, 2011 – In an effort to draw more people to apply for travel visas to Australia, especially international students applying for student visa, the Australian Federal Government has recently announced that it will ease up on its international students’ restrictions.
Strategic Review of Australia’s Student Visa Program 2011 Released
Australia September 28, 2011 – Just recently, the Knight’s Strategic Review of the Australian Student Visa Program 2011 was released. Last September 22, 2011, Minister Chris Bowen MP, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, and Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, has released Mr. Knight’s report — the Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011.
September 28, 2011 – Good news for potential applicants for work >visas for Australia!
Victoria’s State Migration Plan Updated with New Occupations
Australia September 26, 2011 – Australia second most populous state, Victoria, has recently updated its State Migration Plan (SMP).
September 22, 2011 – The Australia Government agency responsible for the international and domestic marketing of Australia as a destination for leisure and business travel, Tourism Australia, has recently launched the second phase of the ‘There’s nothing like Australia’ (TNLA) domestic marketing campaign – the Dream Team promotion last September 16, 2011.
Spend Retirement Years Down Under with Australian Retirement Visa
September 22, 2011 – Since July 1, 2009, retirees and their partner who want to spend some of their retirement years in Australia are able to apply for Australia immigration retirement visa.
September 20, 2011 – Nurses are currently in high demand Down Under.
Australian Visa Centre Opens in Fiji
Australia, Sept 19, 2011 – Good news for people applying for Australian visas and are planning an Australia migration.
September 15, 2011 – The Canberra International Student Roundtable was held last month — where overseas students submitted nine proposals for the improvement of the student visa Australia flexibility and consistency.
Onerous Australian Students Visa Requirements
Australia September 14, 2011 – Overseas students call for Australian student visa flexibility and consistency.
Skills Australia Needs Events To Be In Berlin and Athens
September 12, 2011 – Australian immigration will host skilled immigration to Australia event in Germany and Greece. Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) announced just recently in a press release that it will host its Skills Australia Needs information sessions in Berlin, Germany on 6 October and in Athens, Greece on 8 and 9 October this year.
September 7, 2011 – Just recently, Chris Bowen MP, Australian Minister for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), has announced that the Cambridge English: Advanced also known as Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) is now recognized by the Australian Government’s DIAC as part of its Australian visa requirements for its Australian student visas and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) towards its new tier 4 visa requirements.
The Controversial New Australian EMA
September 7, 2011 – As Queensland and Western Australia’s booming resources industry, with its billions of dollars worth of new LNG and mining projects continuing to come online, Australia has now continued to suffer a critical skills crisis.
Qantas’ New Frequent Flyer Point Scheme
September 6, 2011 – Good news for Australian visa holders for people planning migration to Australia!
Ailing 96-year-old Woman Wins Right to Stay in Australia
September 3, 2011- Australia’s strong economy, business growth and Aussie lifestyle have continued to make the country attractive to people who want migration to Australia.
September 2, 2011 – As part of Tourism Australia’s new marketing strategic approach — 2020 Tourism Industry Potential — a Victorian delegation made up of Victoria’s hoteliers and tourism officials went on a three-day visit to India in order to promote to Indian tourists Victoria and Australia as the incentive travel and business events destination as well as attract these Indians to apply for travel visas to Australia.
September 1, 2011 – As the need for more skilled workers worsens driven by the booming resource industry, the Australian States and Territories government has put forward just recently to the Council of Australian Governments meeting its plan to allow international students in Australia under student visa Australia who are graduates with skills to offer in a range of specialties to stay in the country and be allowed to work.
Australia Premiere Destination For International Students
August 31, 2011 – Australia’s international education sector is the country’s third largest source of export income, with over more than hundred thousands of international students granted with Australian student visa entering the country every year.
3-Year Working Visa for Int’l Graduates Advocated
Australia, August 24, 2011 – Australia’ Sunshine State Premier of Queensland, Premier Anna Bligh, has recently been successful in her move to secure support for international education from Australia’s states and territories.
August 23, 2011 – With Western Australia’s resources boom boosting jobs for 457 travel visa Australia holders and with more than the doubling over of construction jobs for temporary workers in WA over the past 11 months to 2,160 from 1,060, as well as mining jobs for 457 visa holders also on the rise from 1,390 to 1,890, many overseas skilled workers are applying for either an online Australian visa or offline via courier.
More People Continue to Relocate to Australia
Australia, August 22, 2011 – As Australia’s economy continues to stabilize and grow, driven by its resource and infrastructure boom, more and more people are found migrating and relocating to Australia.
August 18, 2011 – Recently, Australian travel is being promoted as a good alternative to university years.
Australian Employers Eye UK Skilled Workers
Australia August 17, 2011 – As Australia’s chronic skills shortages kick in, driven by the country’s resource and construction boom, Australian employers are now looking for UK skilled migrant workers to fill the local workforce gap and work in Australia.
August 16, 2011 – China, currently ranked fourth behind New Zealand, Britain and the United States, is now becoming Australia’s fastest growing inbound tourism market.
Despite Global Economic Uncertainty, Jobs Still Available in Australia
August 15, 2011 – Amidst global economic uncertainty, Queensland, Australia’s second largest state has led record levels of the nation’s employment growth.
August 12, 2011 – Tourism Australia, a statutory authority of the Government of Australia, with responsibility for tourism marketing within Australia and internationally, as well as research and forecasting of domestic and global tourism trends, has recently launched its latest advocacy campaign, 30 days in Oz.
New Advocacy Campaign Targets Youth
Australia August 11, 2011 – Tourism Australia has recently launched its latest advocacy campaign that targets youth.
August 10, 2011 – With up to 100,000 immigrants working without proper travel visas to Australia, the Australian federal government is planning to deepen its crackdown on illegal workers.
National Visas Free unlimited questions to Expert migration agents
National Visas, August 9, 2011 – National Visas, an Australian based topnotch leader in Australian immigration advices and Australia visa services provider, has just recently launched its latest Australian immigration and visa promo, the “Pay with a tweet for Free Immigration and Visa Advice for 3 days” promo.
August 4, 2011 - As Australia’s businesses just recently began its new financial year last July 1, a lot of changes have come into effect at the start of a new financial year.
An Appeal to Tighten Australian Work Rules
Australia August 3, 2011 – As Australia’s skills shortage threatens the growth of the country’s resource industry, driving up salaries and forcing Australian companies to look offshore for labor, many people are now applying work in Australia.
Free for 3 Days Australian Immigration and Visa Advice
National Visas August 1, 2011 – Just recently, National Visas has launched its “Pay with a tweet for Free Immigration and Visa Advice for 3 days” promo!
July 28, 2011 – The award winning international airline operator, Emirates Airline, has once again launched a pleasing and economical special offer for Indian travelers who want a taste of the Australian Outback.
Australia Skilled Migrant Visas for Overseas Students
Australia July 27, 2011 – After Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has made a series of changes on its immigration Australia policies, the number of Australian skilled visa applicants has declined for the past few months.
July 26, 2011 – As Western Australia is expected to face the prospect of a shortage of about 150,000 skilled workers in the resources and infrastructure sectors by 2017, the Australian federal government has undertaken measures to address the impending shortage.
Perth Employers Will Now Find it Easier to Recruit Needed Skilled Migrants
Perth July 25, 2011 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) Minister Chris Bowen has recently announced that Perth, Western Australia will be under a sponsored migration scheme which will make it easier for Perth’s employers to hire overseas workers.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Opens WA Door to Skilled Foreign Workers
Australia July 20, 2011 – With more than A$225 billion of new resource and infrastructure projects in the pipeline, Western Australia is facing the prospect of a shortage of about 150,000 skilled workers in the resources and infrastructure sectors by 2017.
July 19, 2011 – Just recently, the federal government of Australia has passed the proposed immigration law that would refuse convicted detainees from getting any visas for Australia.
Gladstone’s Initiative Help Skilled Migrants Get Jobs
Australia July 18, 2011 – As the ongoing skills shortage felt all across regional Australia strongly impacts Gladstone, Queensland, Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Limited (GAGAL) is teaming up with the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE (CQIT) and Energy Skills Queensland in order to provide the skilled migrants in Gladstone a specialized training for the Australian workplace.
July 14, 2011 – Australia’s booming resources industry, with its multi-billion dollar projects underway of roughly $400 billion in new projects, is still on the drawing board and has opened employment opportunities for mining jobs.
New Australian immigration rules will benefit Indians
Australia July 13, 2011 – As Australia’s economy returns to its pre-global financial crisis levels of growth as well as the country’s booming resources, mining industries have necessitated in hiring an additional 260,000 workers over the next five years to staff new projects and to replace the country’s ageing workforce.
Hainan Tourism First Official Visit to Australia
Australia July 11, 2011 – As the 2011 Hainan Travel Convention is set to be held this July 12 at Sydney’s Marriott Hotel and on July 13 at the Hilton in Melbourne, Australians are preparing to meet the Hainan Tourism delegation.
July 8, 2011 – The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has recently announced the expansion of the electronic tourist visa program to the Maldives and Croatia.
Online Application for Australia Visa Now available to Croatians
Australia, July 6, 2011 – Just recently, the Australia immigration department has announced another expansion of its Electronic Tourist Visa program to citizens of Croatia and the Maldives.
July 5, 2011 – The Australian Government has made recent major reforms on its Australia migration visa policies. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has decided on a major reform in the way Australia selects skilled migrants that is set to undergo a reform in the middle of next year, the Skilled Migrant Selection Register (SkillSelect).
A Hike in Australian Student Visa Requests Seen in India
Australia July 4, 2011 – In the milieu of stricter Australia visa policies and security concerns of international students in Australia, a hike in international students who want to study in Australia is being seen.
July 1, 2011 – Sunshine Coasts’ natural and breathtaking natural resources have attracted the interest of Chinese investors.
Many people from UK are attracted to migrate to Australia
Australia June 29, 2011 – Recent figures in Australia migration reveal that more people have migrated to Australia and New Zealand in the recent years.
June 27, 2011 – The opening salvo of the set of new and updated immigration rules that the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has proposed will take effect this coming July 1, 2011. These new immigration visas Australian rules will create changes on the visas for Australia eligibility requirements.
Australia is the Top Emigration Choice for Brits
June 27, 2011 Australia – Last May, currency broker Foreign Currency Direct has made a survey of 2,000 bosses of small to medium-sized firms in the UK.
Australia Targets Highly Skilled Workers
Australia June 23, 2011 – As an answer to Australia’s labor market shortage, the Australia immigration set this updated migration rules in order to filter the best skilled workers who can contribute a lot to the country’s economy and help build and stabilize the country.
June 22, 2011 – As Australia’s mining industry has started to boom again, a labor shortage in its skilled workers is also being observed.
Over 2 million Asians are now residing in Australia
Australia June 21, 2011 – Australia Migration Program which does not discriminate on the basis of race or religion, which means that anyone from any country can apply to migrate to Australia regardless of their ethnic origin, gender or color provided that they meet the criteria set out in law, has practically opened the country to all people who wish to migrate to Australia.
June 16, 2011 – According to France’s de facto ambassador in Taiwan, the European country is very close to signing a working-holiday agreement with Taiwan as France and Taiwan are in the final stages of completing the negotiations.
An Appeal for Australian Student Visa Flexibility Called
Australia June 15, 2011 – As a drop was being noticed in the enrolments of international students, a call for student visa flexibility arises.
June 14, 2011 – As the Australian government has tried to undertake steps to attract more people to its breathtaking tourist’s destinations, Australia has again gained more popularity among youth travelers.
The 2011 Update of the Skilled Occupation List
Australia June 13, 2011 – The Australian Government has always been known to be particularly committed to have a successful skilled migration program that will solve the labor shortages the economy is currently facing.
New Changes in Australian Immigration Policies Undertaken
Australia June 8, 2011 – Recent changes undertaken by the Australian federal with regards to its Skilled Migration Program has wrought further complications to the Australia immigration laws and policies.
The Outback Has Become More Attractive to Tourists
Australia June 6, 2011 – Aside from being known as the flattest continent, Australia is also known for its oldest and least fertile soils and desert commonly known as the Outback, which makes up by far the largest portion of the continent.
Migration of Trade Workers to Australia up by 70%
Australia June 1, 2011 – Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has recently announced that its 457 Australia Visa Program is on track as it records its strongest year since the global financial crisis.
June 1, 2011 – Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is said to be swarming with marine wildlife.
Tougher Australian Immigration Policy Inundated with Criticisms
Australia May 30, 2011 – The new and tougher Australian immigration policy announced by Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen of deporting asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea and Malaysia has undergone criticisms from all sides.
May 27, 2011 – A rewarding transformation was seen among the backpackers in Australia as they display their enterprising habits.
May 26, 2011 – May Travelers, tourists and job-seekers alike, need a visa to enter a country. Almost all countries of the world require its visitors to get a visa as a prerequisite to entering their domain.
Australian Immigration Issues Shouldn’t Be Ignored
Australia May 26, 2011 – Tony Burke, the Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has recently released a report on Sustainable Australia – Sustainable Communities, A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia at the Housing Industry Association Conference 2011.
Student visa applicants can use their TOEFL score to satisfy visa requirements
Australia, May 23, 2011 – Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has recently announced that TOEFL test scores will now be art of the student’s visa application requirement.
Australia Still Tops Backpackers’ Bucket List
Australia May 18, 2011 – A major tourism conference has been told that regardless of how strong the Aussie dollar is and competition from other destinations, Australia is still rated at the top of backpackers’ “bucket list”.
May 17, 2011 – With the Gillard government assuring to provide potential job seekers and Australians alike an extra half a million jobs over the next two years, and devising and implementing a plan to make more permanent visas Australian available, the migration of Kiwis to Australia looks set to continue.
Australia announces Its Regional Migration Agreements
Australia May 16, 2011 – An increase in the number of skilled migrants is to be allowed to Australia has been announced by Chris Bowen, the Minister for Australian Immigration and Citizenship.
May 13, 2011 – Australians have been clamoring for a while for a makeover; however, it does not need more casinos in its area.
May 12, 2011 – Australia’s peak body for tourism exports says that in order for Australia to have the competitive edge that it needs to be a global tourist destination; it needs to make simpler its current visa conditions.
Kensingtons Sis Sealey Nominated for her Second Pride of Australia Medal
Australia May 11, 2011 – At 78, Sister Pat Sealey recognized that when six Afghani men turned up at her doorstep at the early hours of six am, it was necessary for her to separate her life from her work.
Indian Immigration to Fill Labour Gaps in Australia
Australia, May 9, 2011 – As the business owners clamored for an increase in Australian immigration of skilled workers, business group are now also urging Australia to allow more skilled immigration.
May 05, 2011 – As a huge boost for the local economy, a horde of backpackers will meet on the Coast in the coming weeks as strawberry season is looming.
Countries that need Visa for Entry
Australia May 5, 2011 – Diane Kakoz, Manager of B&K Express in Southfield, Mich., a passport-visa expediting service, commented that a lot of people do not know that visas exist, or that they think U.S. citizens don’t need one.
May 03, 2011 – Didier Agonvonon, an African refugee, found work in Information Technology, at Citywide in East Melbourne, just within six months of arriving in Australia.
Tougher Laws for Australian Asylum Seekers Planned
Australia, May 2, 2011 – Stricter laws for asylum seekers who are involved in violent protests while in immigration detention is planned to be introduced by Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.
New Laws For Asylum Rioters Proposed
Australia April 29, 2011 – After the recent rioting in Australian detention centers, the Federal Government seems ready to introduce the use of temporary visas and harden the “character test” for prospective asylum seekers.
A British Citizen to be Deported after 40 years in Australia
April 27, 2011 Australia – Clifford Tucker, a British citizen who has lived in Australia for more than 40 years, has lost his bid of being deported on character grounds.
Australian Visitor Visa and Other Visa Requirements Simplified
Australia, April 25, 2011 – As Australia has announced last first week of April that it has lowered barrier for entry for foreign students, Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, together with Minister for Small Business, Nick Sherry, has also announced a discussion paper inquiring for views regarding on the simplification of Australian visitor visa.
April 20, 2011 – Prepaid travel money cards are now increasingly becoming popular to travelers. It has become the next best thing to carrying cash.
Western Australia Resources Industry Urged for an Increase in Skilled Migration Intake
Western Australia, April 19, 2011 – By the end of next year, Australia urgently needs skilled migrants to fill up an additional 40-thousand jobs according to the West Australian resources industry.
Immigration Issue of Multiculturalism Incite ‘Fear And Anger’ in Australia
Australia, april 14, 2011 – The issue of a high rate of immigration to Australia has split and upset 21st century Australians, though historically speaking Australia was a country built by immigrants. So why does this issue upset them?
April 12, 2011 – Beginning next month, a Tourism Australia campaign targeting young British and Irish holidaymakers will be launched. The Tourism Australia campaign will be using Facebook Connect technology and a fictional backpacker called Barry to start its campaign. This is to encourage more applicants to apply visa to Australia.
International Student Australian Visa Assessment Levels Lowered
MELBOURNE, April 11, 2011 – The Australian visa assessment levels for International students from 38 countries, including India, were lowered by the Australian government. In order to support their claims for the grant of Australian visa, they would now be required instead to provide less documentary evidence.
April 8, 2011 – Two more countries namely Australia and Montenegro will give Taiwan a visa-free treatment, according to President Ma Ying-jeou.
Asylum Seekers to be taken in Tasmania
Tasmania, April 7, 2011 – Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, defending the opening of a new detection centre in Tasmania, stated that its opening is not a sign of the Government’s asylum seeker policy failing.
April 6, 2011 – Under the new rules that will be imposed from July 1, third-level graduates and professionals who speak a second language will find it easier to get a working Australia visa when they want to immigrate to Australia.
Australia Experiences a Sharp Decline in Indian Student Immigration
Australia, April 5, 2011 – Peter Varghese, Australian Higher Commissioner to India, said that Australia has observed a sharp decline in student immigration from India. He stated that this is due to Australian authorities having a tougher student immigration qualification for Indian students. He also mentioned that the sharp drop in student immigration is not due to poor publicity and the ensuing assaults on Indian college students.
April 1, 2011 – Queensland tried to attract people to visit Australia again. As a result, there is an increasing number of international visitors. Most visitors are Chinese visitors who visit their families and friends. They are always ready with their travel visas to Australia. Some would get ETA Australia in order to get themselves to Australia fast and easy.
Western Australia calling for more immigrants
Australia March 31, 2011 – Western Australia is now seeking for new skilled workers from abroad to fill the labor shortages happening in the state. This would be an opportunity for people who want to find work in Australia.
March 29, 2011 – The Crusaders’ are now eager to bring themselves up in the game list in the Super league after they have received the news that their three key players stranded in Australia are allowed to join their team in the next few days.
Queen’s visit made some clash
Australia, March 28, 2011 – The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, will visit Australia as part of an official visit even after Prince William visited months ago. Their last visit was for the opening of the Commonwealth games in 2006.
March 24, 2011 – Anyone and everyone can get visas for Australia. Work visa for Australia is one of the visas usually obtained by most people. One of these types of visas is the working holiday visa which is enjoyed by most Irish people.
Australia’s cultural diversity celebrated on Harmony Day
Australia March 23, 2011 – Australia is a vast country, full of different people from different walks of life. It is a destination for most people coming from different parts of the world. It is a place for tourists as it offers scenic views and adventures of land and sea. It is a place for skilled workers where they can land the best jobs with sufficient wages. It is a place where people would like to settle in for the long haul. It is a place for immigration.
WA premier backs relaxing Visa test
March 22, 2011 – Australia has a growing economy and it is one of the world’s well developed countries. It is but important for Australia to keep it that way or even improve more to make their country more prosperous than ever.
New experiences for Australian tourism
Australia, March 21, 2011 – Australia is the place to be for tourists and locals just to have a relaxing vacation. It is a place where people can unwind and distress themselves from their busy and hectic world. Thus, Australia is one of those places people would frequently go to but it has to keep up with its reputation. It should try to give people new and interesting things to do once people will plan to spend their break here.
March 17, 2011 – Recently, Taiwanese people were granted to enjoy visa-free travel or visa on arrival privileges to two more countries. The number of countries they are allowed to enter rose up to 99 countries. Taiwanese people can enter those countries if they are holders of the Republic of China (ROC) passport. This good news was announced by President Ma Ying-jeou.
Japanese nationals in Australia no worries regarding visa assistance
Australia, March 16, 2011 – National disasters in a region just happen unexpectedly. It always happens in the most unexpected place and time. These disasters make us shattered and hopeless. In these present times, a lot of disasters, natural or not, have come about. It all made us stronger as we try to survive such turmoil.
March 15, 2011 – After several years of studying, it is always in the back of the minds of graduating students to have time to relax and enjoy before trying to face reality. Students still want to have a time off before trying to start a career or before trying to find a job. Some students already have jobs waiting for them. Some others may have businesses handed down by their parents. But despite these obligations and responsibilities that wait, every student is eager to take a break. A break to know one’s inclination and one’s ideal life that they want to have in the future. This break will help them realize what they would want to do and achieve in their life. Thus, for some students, they would prefer to enjoy a gap year before they will embrace all their responsibilities.
Australians in affected areas in Japan
Australia, March 14, 2011 – It has been reported recently in almost all news networks the recent tragedy which struck Japan these past few days. It can never be denied how much suffering this calamity has given to these people. Thus, everybody called upon other people around the world to help survive this madness of the land and sea.
March 10, 2011 Australia – The Australian High Commission located in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei will stop receiving and processing of all over-the-counter visa applications beginning March 1of this year.
Call center positions to be sent overseas
Australia, March 9, 2011 – The call center industry is among the strongest and most reliable employment provider today. All over the world, there are millions of call center jobs occupied by people. In fact, it has become an answer to the very high unemployment rates of the different countries worldwide. Since the job offers are overwhelming, these companies expand to countries especially in Asia.
Australian government to provide homeless people with detention centers
March 8, 2011 in Canberra, Australia – Australia has become a favorite destination for tourists as well as modern nomads who end up becoming refugees. Refugees tend to crowd the places everywhere. Thus, as an answer to this growing number of dwellers, the Australian government opted to provide these homeless people with detention centers.
March 7, 2011 – The World Travel and Tourism Council should allow Chinese travelers to tour or work in Australia. Since as predicted, Chinese travelers are a great number and would be of help in overcoming calamities such as the unexpected flood in Queensland. The council projected that this sector will help increase the GDP.
Allowing more skilled immigration in Australia
Australia, March 3, 2011 – The government of Australia was forced by the Business Council of Australia to increase and give more temporary immigration to skilled workers. These workers are needed by the different sectors negotiating and planning to have new and larger projects in the country. This means approving more visas for workers from other countries. Thus, it is an opportunity that should not be missed especially for those workers who are not well compensated in the countries where they come from.
March 1, 2011 – The Commonwealth Ombudsman advised the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to follow appropriate processes when challenging a Court or tribunal decision that follow a case in which its refusal to grant a partner visa to a woman was overturned. This may also include the strict compliance on following the and the process for other visa types such as Australia visitor visa, travel visas to Australia, work visa for Australia.
A New Legislation to Protect Refugee Applicants
Australia February 28, 2011 – A legislation to eliminate unnecessary visa processes for people at risk of torture has announced by the Australia Immigration Minister. This also covers any inhumane treatment or likely death if they are returned to their home country. It also means that lengthy Australian Visa processes will be eliminated for protection visa applicants.
February 23, 2011 – Mining companies are being forced with Mackay’s skills shortage to look abroad to bring in overseas workers into the region. Leighton Contractors are believed to bring plans as many as 1100 foreign workers into regions like Mackay does as the skills shortage was affecting many businesses in the region.
Announcing Australian Multicultural Council
Australia, February 23, 2011 – The Gillard Government claimed Australia as the best form of multiculturalism in the entire world.
February 22, 2011 – Despite of some visa problems such as on dealing Australian visa requirements in work visa for Australia or the visitor visa to Australia, Sean Taylor, the husband of Jacki Weaver still find it gratifying as he might have to miss Los Angeles and instead don his tux and check on the ceremony in a pub in inner Sydney’s Redfern. He is a South African national granted with full residency in Australia but had dealt with some serious paperwork.
Increasing Creative Travel into Aussie market
Australia February 21, 2011 – Randall Marketing has signed by the family owned India based Destination Management Company (DMC). It was signed to oversee its Australian and New Zealand representation and was announced at AIME few days ago. The said company is representing at AIME for the fourth consecutive year with its full service DMC covers India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Tibet.
February 18, 2011 – Traveling to Australia has been made easier for Taiwan passport holders. They are expected to face simpler procedures in applying for certain types of visas for Australia such as working holiday or tourist visas. The changes in procedures also include traveling for Malaysia and will be effective by the end of the first half of this year according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
February 15, 2011 – There are always two sides to every story when you’re working at the heart of the highly charged illegal migration debate and is a gross understatement.
Devastating Queensland Holiday for People and Its Assured Resilience
Queensland February 14, 2011 – John Lee, the chief executive of Tourism and Transport Forum said that every Australian has a responsibility to aid the state’s tourism recovery with so many jobs and businesses on the line. While Martin Ferguson, the federal Tourism Minister has called Queensland a huge perception problem at home and overseas in which the state is out of action.
Visa Centre in Colombo are Now Shared by UK and Australia
Australia February 9, 2011 – The current visa application centre in Colombo will now be shared by UK Border Agency and Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship. This was according to media release from February 8 by the British High Commission.
February 9, 2011 – Facilitators in India have been hopeful with the proposal to relax the norms of Australia migration visa for students from April. This is to benefit those seeking for higher education in Australia. The company hopes seeing more students going there and reversing a two-year decline.
February 7, 2011 – According to Statistics New Zealand (SNZ), the arrivals of permanent and long-term outnumbered departures in December by 300 down from 1400 a year earlier. Its main factor was the 900 more NZ citizens’ departures to Australia with the net outflow of 2,000 migrants applied for Australia visitors visa up from 1,100. It was the same month when a net migration gained 750 up from 600 in November and above the monthly average of 700 since February.
NZ Tourism Boost against Aussie and Chinese
February 7, 2011 Australia – According to statistics in New Zealand, tourist arrivals hit a high record in December with 1.3% to 345, 700 from the same month a year earlier. Chinese tourist rose 21% to 14, 200 on that same month while Australians jumping across the Tasma rose 3% to 151, 400. On the contrary, British tourists dropped down at 9.1% to 36, 000 and American tourists sank 8.3% to 24, 200.
February 3, 2011 – The name of County Bondi has been a fast earning due to the tens of thousands Irish that set up home in and around one of the world’s most famous beaches. It used to be a big backpacker haunt. But the recession in Ireland made the Irish no longer coming here to travel. Instead, it was the place where they set up their homes and the surrounding suburbs of Bondi Junction, Bronte and Randwick. Here, they seek work in an economy that is at full employment.
Queensland still ranks high with Tourists
February 2, 2011 Queensland – In the latest survey done by online accommodation website, the Wotif.com, Queensland has chosen eight of the top 20 tourist destinations in Australia. These figures were done at the time when Queensland destinations struggle to draw tourist visitors after the devastating floods in the state. 2010 state’s haul of eight is a big increase compared from 6 in 2009.
February 1, 2011 – The massive Queensland flood rebuilding program will target to overtake overseas workers and unemployed ones. It is reported that visa Australian approval will be sped up to just five days. It will be benefited also by temporary overseas workers in which if employers are unable to find skilled local workers to do the job.
January 28, 2011 – There is a lot of improvement in bilateral relations between Indian Immigrants and Australia itself. This was observed by an Indian immigrant named Shams and said that there is comparatively lot of improvement in the relations between two countries. Many white customers are now coming to his shop and buying various items which are an obvious proof of improvement in the relationship of the two countries.
Changes on Student Visa to attract more Foreign Students
Australia January 27, 2011 – On 16 December 2010, Chris Bowen, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, and, Chris Evans, the Minister for Tertiary Education have formally announced a strategic review of the student visa programs and package of measures to ease the pressure on the international education sector and to attract foreign students to enter Australia.
January 25, 2011 – A new online consumer protection resource has been launched by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The launched protection aims to educate prospective migrants and visa applicants about migration scams and how to prevent them.
Urgency on Seeking Higher Skilled Immigration in Australia
January 24, 2010 Australia – It is expected that the reconstruction efforts in flood-stricken Queensland would make it more difficult to recruit skilled labor for the Australian building industry. With this current happening, the industry stakeholders are calling for skilled immigration from other countries. Finding resolution to this issue, the country has introduced few changes in the Australian immigration policy to help Australia focus on allowing the needed high-skilled professionals in the country.
January 20, 2010 – The research commissioned by the Australian Government about the latest overseas student satisfaction survey reveals international students feel safer in Australia than they did four years ago. On the contrary, foreign students are less satisfied with job opportunities and cost of living in the country.
Immigration Agreement with Afghanistan has been signed by Australia
Australia January 19, 2011 – An agreement between the Australian government, the Afghan government and the UnitedNations High Commissioner for Refugees on migration and humanitarian assistance has been announced few days ago. It was led by the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship of Australia, Chris Bowen.
January 18, 2011 – A recent report shows 60% jump in Ireland-Australia visa application for permanent Australian working visas. The number of 12 month Australian working holiday Australia visa applications made has shown significant decrease however the figures speak for themselves as more and more people are finding it tougher to get employment in this country. But still, many believe that this will be the state of play for years to come.
A Suggestion to Digitize Visa System in U.S.
January 17, 2011 US – According to a new policy brief issued by the Brookings Institution, the United State’s of immigration policy should make revisions to give priority to people with education backgrounds in innovative technologies.
January 13, 2010 – Simon Brockman has been appointed by OMD as business director at its Sydney office. He will be working across the Allianz, Weight Watchers, Visa and Hasbro accounts. He had started to work and report to the General Manager of OMD last January 4.
Backlogs Cause Shortages of Skilled Migrants in Australia
Australia January 12, 2010 – Australia is now being pressured to speed up skilled migrant applications as these results backlogs on immigration. It is reported that more than 140, 000 skilled workers coming from different countries who hope to migrate in Australia are caught up under this departmental backlog since two years ago.
January 11, 2011 – Nowadays, the Australian employers have to wait more than five months for the Department of Immigration to process sponsored visa application for Australian visa. It resulted into hold ups being experienced by many employers. It is reported that there were 140 thousand waiting to have their applications processed last September 2010.
The Need to Speed Up Australia’s Process Backlog of Skilled Migrant Visas
Australia January 10, 2011 – To better allocate its resources, the Australian business sector and migration employment advocates are calling on the Immigration Department to better allocate its resources. They want to point out a backlog of applications from skilled wanting to migrate in Australia. It is said that about 140 thousand people are waiting to have their skilled visa applications processed. They also urge the Federal Government to be more consultative on deciding which workers should come to Australia.
January 7, 2010 – A work and holiday agreement took effect last December 31 which let young people from both Australia and Bangladesh to have the opportunity to be employed in each other’s country. This agreement is possible for university-educated Australian and Bangladesh travelers who are aged between 18 and 30. Nationalities from both countries will now be able to work at the same time enjoy holiday for up 12 months.
New Processing Arrangements and State Migration Plan Announced
January 6, 2011 Australia – The South Australian Government’s State Migration plan has been signed and announced. The signed agreement covers state sponsorship of skilled migrants to South Australia under the Skilled – Sponsored (176 and 886) and Skilled – Regional Sponsored (475 and 487) visas. It was announced that there is an overall cap on the total number of grants each year which was signed under the said agreement. For 2010 and 2011 Australian government had given out 4,650 visa grants that include primary and secondary applicants.
January 5, 2010 – Asian Cup for 2011 which will be held in Doha has been made possible for those people overseas wishing to attend this football competition as Qatar offered a new entry visa. Foreigners visiting the country during the tournament will have the opportunity to grab this visa available on arrival at the airports and other ports of entry on January 7. Not just that, football fans can now apply through the comforts of their home through applying online which can be found in the e-Government portal and the websites of the AFC Asian Cup and the Qatar Football Association. There are also special links available on the AFC Asian Cup website, www.afcasiancup.com, the QFA website, www.qfa.com.qa and Hukoomi website, www.gov.qa.
Introduction of New Australian Immigration Points Test in July 2011
Australia January 4, 2011 – A new Australian Skilled Migration Points Test will take effect for General Skilled Visas (GSV) from 1 July 2011. This point test for immigrants in Australia has been criticized for preferring hairdressers over Harvard scientists but it will be changed significantly in 2011, specifically by July of the said year. These changes will point out to high skills levels and employee sponsorship which makes it more difficult for overseas students with low quality Australian qualifications to secure permanent residency.
December 30, 2010 - SYDNEY – Growing numbers of US citizens are now heading to Australia to search for jobs Down Under. It has been reported that around 10% of US immigrants move to Australia, applied for visas Australian and try their luck there.
Economic Downturn Takes Toll in the Surge of Emigration
Australia December 29, 2010 – Over the past years, the number of people moving to live in Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand and UK has increased enormously which caused a major surge in emigration due to economic downturn.
December 27, 2010 – New Federal Government review of student visa program has been announced yesterday. The said review obtained a warm response from Educators. This move is intended to push the competitiveness of the international education sector in Australia. Application for Australian visa for student has now made easier because of the impact of the global financial crisis abroad. This review will also affect travel visas to Australia because the country observes the value of Australian dollar.
Requirements Revision for Students who want to Study in Australia
Australia December 22, 2010 – Federal government has decided to lower down the entry requirements for overseas students who want to study in Australia and Australian universities welcomed this decision. This is in response to the buckling demand in the international education market.
December 21, 2010 – As part of her fully-paid 8-day trip to Australia, Oprah surprised her American studio audience in its 25th and final season as they filmed her “Ultimate Australian Adventure” episodes in Uluru.
Announcing Student Visa Review by the Australia Immigration Minister
Australia December 21, 2010 – A review of student visa program have been announced by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans. A new Student Visa measures have been announced by the Australian immigration minister.
Oprah expresses good remarks for Sydney
Australia December 15, 2010 – Jody McKay, NSW Tourism Minister states it is excellent that Oprah chooses the lighting of an “O” on the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the main feature of her trip.
December 14, 2010 – Safety issues are just one of the major considerations in planning international business meeting and conference by business events specialist. It is followed by making sure of the destination’s appeal, flight availability, cost and accessibility of the airport wherein special systems are used for hassle-free processing.
The Disagreeing Changes of Australian Student Visa policy
December 13, 2010 Australia – The Australia Immigration has introduced new changes in Australian Student Visa Policy. The new policy sounds unreachable making it difficult for international students to enter Australia. The changes have been said to bring a lot of jobs as what Australian government believes.
457 Work Visas
Australia December 7, 2010 – Reports on the Australia’s recovery from the global financial crisis have been circulating around the news lately and economists have yet to explain this complete turnaround. Currently, Australia has recovered from the unemployment struggle after a period of decrease in the rates of skilled labor.
Australia December 6, 2010 – Getting a work visa in Australia nowadays becomes a little bit harder and more complicated. This is because of increasing number of people planning to work in Australia.
Skilled Immigration is Needed by Australia – Finance Minister
Australia December 2, 2010 – Penny Wong, Finance Minister of Australia stated that Australia is in need of more skilled workers immigrating into the country to be able to meet the higher demand for skilled labor.
Revised Australian policy to attract students
Australia November 30, 2010 – After a meeting between Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and other key bodies, an overhaul with the country’s student visa policy is perceived to be imminent.
November 25, 2010 – With the boom in Australia’s job market, more and more skilled workers are heading to the country with hopes of finding a better career opportunity that will not only offer them a growth in their career but get good compensation for it as well. All of these are possible in Australia which is why a larger number of skilled workers are applying for a visa from Australia.
Qualified migrants having difficulties in Australian job market
Australia November 25, 2010 – Recently, there has been an increased in the number of skilled workers form other countries trooping to Australia to find a job. With the positive development in the country’s job market, more people, both locals and foreign migrants alike have been given opportunities to have the jobs that befit their qualifications. However, a recent study shows that there is some problem that some qualified migrants are now facing challenges.
Australia November 23, 2010 – In an article written by Philip Wolgen entitled “Five Ways to Move Forward on Immigration”, he stated that there is a diminishing in the prospects for achieving a comprehensive immigration reform, or the CIR. He stated that there is no clear possibility for the Administration to achieve CIR with a majority in the two houses. However, he believes that there are small fixes that could be made in the meantime and for this, he had five possibilities to suggest.
Majority of offshore visa applicants to undergo biometric scans
Australia November 23, 2010 – The trial biometric checks of the Immigration Department of Australia will be including foreign students in an effort to eliminate the possibilities of terrorists entering the country.
Lovesick employee keeps job
Australia November 18, 2010 – Love is literally in the air, at least this was so in the Department of Immigration.
New Visa criteria for better skill migrants
Australia November 15, 2010 – News has it that applicants for an Australian visa is to face an array of new eligibility criteria.
Australian employers reliant on skilled migration according to survey
Australia November 10, 2010 – Global business consultancy firm, KPMG states that the boom that Australia is experiencing right now has given way to low unemployment and a high demand for skilled workers form other countries to be able to fill the shortage. This is something that is seen to likely increase in the future.
Australia November 9, 2010 –With the coming of the holiday season, people have already been making bookings and reservations to their chosen destination. A holiday travel in Australia requires careful planning. There are many websites which offer cheap packages but you have to be careful in making a decision. Make sure that your flight will include meals and transfers for it to be convenient.
Victoria lays out state migration plan for immigration to Australia
Australia November 8, 2010 – Reports stated that there were new changes that the Australian Government has introduced regarding the skilled state sponsored visa scheme.
Australia, November 4, 2010 – There has been a reported delay in the introduction of the generic visa portal by the Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship. The said delay, which is the second time, is said to last until 2011 and will be hampering the department’s desire to fortify the country’s border protection. The first delay was in July and it was said to have been caused by the first hiccup in the Federal election, this according to DIAC chief information officer Bob Correll.
Skilled workers in IT, Accountancy, and Nurses sectors flock to Australia due to skilled immigration
November 3, 2010 Australia – The permanent skilled immigration visa programs for 2009-10 was topped by three occupations and these are Accountants, IT workers, and nurses.
Business confidence moved down to pre-financial crisis levels
October 27, 2010 – Survey indicated that the business confidence in the quarter of September rose to its highest levels ever since the pre-global financial crisis (GFC) days of the year 2007. However, this condition eased a little bit in the same period.
Asylum seekers moved to Weipa
October 25, 2010 Australia – In Queensland, a large group of asylum seekers were being transferred to an air force base as the country’s immigration detention encounters additional strains.
Australia balances immigration future
October 25, 2010 Australia – The recent results of the elections in Sweden prompted German chancellor Angela Merkel to state that multiculturalism has failed Germany. The said elections ended with as many as 20 Sweden Democrats winning parliamentary seats. The recent results have put a significant dent for the first time ever in mainstream Swedish politics. These unfolding of events have once again put the limelight to how hot the topic of immigration is in most western democracies. This brings the question then to how Australia is doing in terms of immigration.
National Party leader supports immigration to Australia
October 21, 2010 Australia – Immigration is a factor that helps a country grow, flourish, and evolve. Immigrating people help in shaping the country. In a country like Australia where the population growth is declining, there is a possibility for its labour market to be less competitive. With the current boom in their job market, they are now facing shortage in skilled workers to supply the demands.
Sponsorship application in South Australia
October 21, 2010 – South Australia will be accepting new applicants for sponsorship to live and work in the South of Australia. With the new Sponsorship Occupation list, the South Australian Government will be welcoming more skilled applicants to join their work force.
Last minute trips are now more expensive
October 18, 2010 – With the arrival of the holiday season, more and more people are into traveling to take advantage of the season. There are also many people form the business world who are constantly on the go to fix some business in preparation for the coming holidays. Indeed, everyone has become busy and mobile. However, Australians have found out that same-day travel fares are now on the rise to its highest level recorded in the past three years.
Australia and Indonesia talks further on Timor asylum center
October 18, 2010 – Plans of putting up a refugee center in East Timor for those who are looking for an asylum all throughout Southeast Asia as they make their way to Australia is to be further discussed by Jakarta and Australia. This both countries have agreed upon on Wednesday.
High demand for workers in Australia
Australia, October 14, 2010 – Australia’s job market is in a boom resulting to the demand for more workers in the country. People are now beginning to wonder if the restrictions employed in order to decrease the immigration to Australia is a good decision.
Skilled Brits to migrate to Australia
Australia, October 12, 2010 – Records show that the number of skilled Brits migrating to other countries has been increasing year by year. Based on the number of tickets for Opportunities expos pre-sold by the organizers, more Brits looking for a better lifestyle may possibly move to another country this year.
More looking forward to emigrating
Australia October 6, 2010 -Thousands of people, including students and young families, have attended the “Working Abroad Expo” held over the weekend in RDS in Dublin. These people, all struggling under the pressure of recession are prospective emigrants wanting to get advice about moving abroad.
Australia, October 4, 2010 – News show that different companies and business players have recorded increase in their gains in stocks.
Dollars high rate attracted investors trust
Australia, October 1, 2010 – As the dollar value continues to rise, investors have started coming in, showing confidence to the fairly high local interest which is foreseen to increase more in the coming month.
sending Britons off emigrating to Australia and other countries
September 27, 2010 Australia – uSwith.com published an index today indicating that more and more Britons are emigrating to other countries, with Australia as their primary destination, due to the worsening living condition that they are currently experiencing in their country.
New Australian Government
September 13, 2010 Australia – Australian Prime Minister Julian Gillard secured power for her center-left Labor Party by the winning the support of two independent ministers – giving the ruling party a tiny, one seat majority in Parliament. By holding a public summit on the proposed tax reforms, Labor Party has revealed that they did it to win the support of the two independent ministers and another one which actually finalized the decisions that was made on which is to choose the major party that they would support, which is the Australian Labour Party. It has held onto its majority of seats, and would continue then as Australia’s Government for another term.
Demand for Workers Within Australia may be Push Due to Immigration Cuts
September 8, 2010 Australia – Immigration Cap, which was signed as the Migration Act since 1958, allows the Minister to ‘cap’ – this means that they will be able to limit the number of visas which can be granted each year in a particular visa subclass.
State Migration Plans Delayed
Sept 6, 2010 Victoria, AU – Recalling from the month of July when the state of Victoria had announced that it would not release its State Migration Plans until after the 1st of August. State Migration Plans were supposed to be updated and released following the new Skilled Occupation List was even promoted last July. By stopping of State Migration Plans since Labor has called the Australian Election in August, this has lead to such confusion from the migrants.
Travelling to Australia is Going to be a lot Easier
Australia, September 1, 2010 – Australia, one of the best travel destinations around the world aside from Europe and UK and other parts of the world will now be very easy to travel to. Australia’s second largest airline company Virgin Blue has announced its partnership with Middle Eastern Carrier Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airlines, as it tries to match its flag-carrier Qantas in global reach.
Immigration Affects Australian Votes
Aug 25, 2010, CANBERRA – Today’s Australian election campaign has been closely influenced by Australia’s Immigration Policy, particularly affecting bigger cities like Sydney Population is becoming Australia’s one of the most perceived issues today and two of the major parties vying for upcoming election have already moved in to the right for immigration previously, and there has been a public backlash against a perceived confrontations on illegal immigration.
Mr Abbott pledged to pay long-term unemployed youth
August 19, 2010, Australia – Because of the high number of unemployment for youth in Australia, Tony Abbott expressed his new deal dole-breaker scheme to help people from relying much on their welfare and ask for support from the government, without working or exerting effort.
Australia helped the Pakistan Flood Victims
August 16, 2010, Australia – Fears that envelop Pakistan these days can’t possibly be ignored. The primary source of their land resource which is Agriculture is greatly affected with the impact of flood that is now making the Pakistan’s soil into a great turmoil. While the United Nations set their foot in joining forces to help Pakistan in preserving what’s left for them to move on after this disaster, Australia is also encouraged to set their aid to flood ravaged Pakistan country today.
Sensible Statement on Immigration
Aug 9, 2010 Sydney, AU – Today we are much grateful for Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal Member of Parliament for Wentworth when he recently spoke about the immigration policy at the Bondi Chamber of Commerce event.
Australian’s Action on Border Security
August 3, 2010 – Due to the rampant exploitation of migration and the difficult issues that are not being addressed specifically in Australia and New Zealand, with the fear of placing the whole country in the hands of smuggling and trafficking activities, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans had announced a new signed agreement in between Australia and New Zealand to further monitor the immigration security focusing on the border.
Increase on wages in Australia
Australia, July 28, 2010 – According to the recent report showed that the average yearly wages are predicted to increase by $8200 within the time frame of 3 years. Since the economy here at the land down under are still recovering from the shortage on skills employees. The June quarter Clarius Skills Index shows an up-and-coming skilled labour shortage is anticipated to drive a 5.4 per cent yearly increase in earnings over the next three years. Consequently, unemployment rates are predicted to get a lower percentage below 5 per cent by early 2011.
The Australian Citizenship
Australia July 21, 2010 – From the recent report in the land down under regarding the Australian Citizenship that will be held during Constitution Day stated that will be coming soon. Australian immigration has announced just the other day that the Australian Constitution Day celebrations of 9 July 2010. Australian immigration. “Constitution Day on July 9 is the occasion that marks Australia’s creation as a nation, the day in 1900 when Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the Constitution. As we recognise this important date, Constitution Day is also a fitting occasion to welcome new Australian citizens who will contribute to Australia’s future.”
Australia isolation over refugees
July 16, 2010 Australia – From the recent news that has been spread all across the land down under stated that the country has been undertaken regarding the plans for a regional asylum-seeker center despite a rejection by the parliament of East Timor. However according to the officials who set their unanimous vote stated that almost 34 of the impoverished country’s 66 parliamentarians, was not a government motion.
Latest on Australian immigration visa schemes
July 12, 2010 Australia – Recent reports regarding the Australian immigration visa schemes stated that these categories were suspended from 8 May 2010 to 30 June 2010: Subclass 175 – Skilled Independent; Subclass 176 – Skilled Sponsored; Subclass 475 – Skilled Regional Sponsored.
Asians got the highest score in Australia high school test
July 7, 2010 – Recent news that has been spread stated that most students who got a higher score in Australian high school test are Asians. Children of Asian migrants outperform their English-speaking counterparts in the entrance test of selective top high schools in Australia. In accordance to the report from The Sydney Morning Herald that almost 42 perfect of children and students who are said to come from countries that English was their second language are doing well. From the Australia’s school annual discerning high school entrance test in 2009 these said students won a place in the privileged classification. However only 23 percent of students from English speaking countries got in.
Skilled immigration reforms in Australia
Australia June 28, 2010 – Recent news that has been spread all across in Australia regarding some changes with their Immigration services. According to the Immigration Minister Chris Evans statement said this changes will certainly benefits the Western Australian business to come across the Migrants that they require to fill up their skilled labour needs.
Shares overtake intended for investors
Australia June 25, 2010 – From the recent report regarding the investment market in Australia stated that the recent share market crash showed that shares have closely outshine property in the past 20 years. This has been reported and claimed despite the previous financial crisis and the recent share market crash. However knowing that in the past 10 years now the residential property has been the top investment and that Australia relationship in property is still justified.
Australia on Chinese travel market
Australia, June 23, 2010 – From the recent news that has been spread the government in Australia has been claimed that they are actually spent almost A$30 million to market Australia and North Queensland in particular to the Chinese travel market. This is to be said to earn more and benefits for their profits and earnings, including on the market strategies is a forum on Chinese tourism to be held in Cairns; working with airlines including China Eastern, Air China, Qantas and China Southern Airlines to build frequency, capacity and scattering of straight air services all the way through Australia and the commence of Tourism Australia’s ‘There’s Nothing Like Australia’ campaign in China this coming August.
2010 Report on Australia Tourism
June 21, 2010 Australia – Regarding the latest news on to Australian tourism stated that they have been increase steadily even though the previous crisis hit them known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) pandemic in 2003. However last year the estimation on tourist’s arrival numbers dropped by nearly 2% yearon- year (y-o-y) to 5.34mn.
The released of the Australian visa cap
June 17, 2010 Australia – With the most anticipated country today when it comes to high quality universities and education which is said to be Australia. According to the latest report that have been speculations about that latest changes with their Australia visa application. Recently Australian immigration has introduced legislation, the Migration Amendment (Visa Capping) Bill 2010. This according to the report that will permit the Australian Government to have greater elasticity when setting immigration caps.
Advertising on tourism proves its worth
Australia, June 9, 2010 – From the latest advertising campaign in tourism Australia featuring kangaroos, koalas and tone-deaf locals singing in relation to the virtues of the country has been reported to be effective among the tourists. According to The Australian report this ad has struck a chord among international tourists.
Team Australia in World Cup 2010
Australia, June 7, 2010 – Australia midfielder Tim Cahill was positive that they will have a good chance of winning in the World Cup 2010. He said that they would probably win this time as the Socceroos’ preparation for the 2010 World Cup was so good so far. According to the report they have won from the play with the New Zealand and Denmark in international friendliest and training sessions are going very well too.
Easter Long Weekend breaks in Australia
June 2, 2010 Australia – People who love to travel will definitely enjoy the latest news regarding the Easter long weekend break. According to the news the Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia Easter will be having holiday deals and specials.
Australia tightened its policy on student visas
June 1, 2010 Australia – According to the latest news in Australia regarding their student visa application stated they have strengthen their policy on students applicant to make sure these are only given to “genuine” individuals. From the press release that has been publicized quoted the minister of immigration and citizenship Chris Evans. He said the “tough new measures” will ensure that only “genuine international students are accepted to study in Australia”.
Australian government are responsible for forges passports
Australia, May 26, 2010 – According to the Deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop statement announced recently that the Australian government and security agencies are responsible with the passport forgery. This has been prohibited and that provoked the Rudd Government to expel an Israeli diplomat. Ms Bishop turns out to be involved in the fake passports scandal after she named the yesterday’s expulsion “an over-reaction”. She told Fairfax Media: “It would be naive to think that Israel is the only country in the world that has used forged passports, including Australian passports, for security operations.”
New directions with new SOL
May 24, 2010, Australia – According to the news lately, Chris Evans has been announced that the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has been released by the Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. This in accordance to the news is part of the critical reform in the Government’s overhaul of general migration. Latest SOL is said to have 200 occupations needed for Australian immigration, that includes medical professionals including dentists, nurses and osteopaths, as well as engineers, teachers, IT professionals, welders and other trade occupations.
Emigrant visas cuts in favor of higher skills visa
May 21, Australia – According to the latest report, the new rules announced on Monday stated that the number of occupations entitling Irish workers to an Australian work visa have been cut by more than half, from 400 to 181, effective on July 1. This has been a bad news especially for immigrants workers who are wishing to grab a career opportunities in the land down under.
Australian stocks increase
Australia, May 19, 2010 – According to the latest report the Australian share market has been increased today after the US markets control to close in positive territory after trading of the session. The exact figures stated at 10:10am AEST, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index had lifted 35.3 points, or 0.79 per cent, to 4502.5 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index had gained 33.3 points, or 0.74 per cent, to 4534.0 points. Sydney Futures Exchange, the June share price index futures contract was 14 points higher at 4509 points, on volume of 11,360 contracts. Global miner BHP Billiton improved 54 cents to $37.43 and Rio Tinto added 59 cents to $64.74. Woodside Petroleum gained 32 cents to $43.57, and Santos climbed five cents to $12.85.
Overseas students to Australia decreased
May 17, Australia – According to the recent news the total percentage of the overseas students to Australia has been decreased. These students that came from India, Vietnam and China have dropped 40 per cent last month. This according to the report is the effect of the recent changes to Australia’s visa regime.
Asylum seekers detained in a motel
May 12, 2010, Australia – Recent news that Small Business Minister Craig Emerson told Sky News regarding the situation about the asylum seekers that they found, they said that they will not put them behind razor wire. Instead the federal government have defended the decisions to take the 79 asylum seekers to stay in a four star Queensland motel. Indeed they are detained but in a much proper room also to keep away from danger their children.
Improvements on Australian stocks first time in 6 years
Australia, May 5, 2010 – According to the report regarding the local market and Australian stocks that for the first time in 6 years they have been experienced the increase with their market. However these will continuous depends on the overseas factor stated by the specialists on market industry.
Dollar rate increase a bit
Australia, April 28, 2010 – At 5pm (AEST), the dollar was trading at $US0.9247/50, up 0.58 per cent from Friday’s close of $US0.9193/95 and from 7am (AEST) today, the local unit traded between $US0.9237 and $US0.9286. This has been reported from the news lately that despite of the weaker performance regarding the share markets fortunately the dollar rate showed increase with its currency.
South Australian Government Global Financial
Australia, April 19, 2010 – From the recent news about the global financial status in Australia, according to the South Australian Government the deadlines has been announced to be shifted and spend to fit in school projects among the expenses in the schools.
Asylum seekers are being taken for security
Australia, April 7, 2010 – From the recent news about the asylum seekers in Australia has been reported that there’s been a boat carrying almost 22 asylum seekers that has been taken to Christmas Island for the security purposes. The most recent interception comes as an extra 65 people were moved from Christmas Island to the mainland in Australia.
A residency for post-grads in Australia
Australia, April 5, 2010 – From the recent news on ABC that has been spread out throughout the country regarding the students in Australia. According to the news the top universities in the land down under have recently announced the new process on visa, as they move forward the benefits for the post graduates. For the post graduates students in Australia to have and can apply for a permanent residency as they finished their studies.
Asylum seekers might find their place
Australia, March 29, 2010 – According to the recent news regarding the asylum seekers in Australia that they have been unsuccessful in moving in to the Mainland Australia before they have been deported as fortunately might be granted to stay in country said by the federal oppositions. These asylum seekers include a group of 89 Iraqis, Sri Lankans, Afghans and Iranians. These people have been said to be transferred Christmas Island to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney on Saturday after the announcement made by the federal oppositions.
Launch of Hypersonic in Australia
Australia, March 24, 2010 – From the recent new published in Australia the newest technology, known as Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation or HIFiRE is now in process of testing. This has been developed by the scientists from Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the US Air Force.
Australia support the Baird Report
Australia, March 22, 2010 – The Baird Report by Bruce Baird was commissioned by the Australian Department for Education has been said to be approved the Australian Immigration and its Minister Chris Evans. The final report of the Baird Review on the legislation governing international education changes has been support by Evans as they think that these changes definitely make benefits among the customers.
Baird Review on Australian student visa changes
Australia March 15, 2010 – Baird Review on legislation governing international education declared their support regarding with the recent changes on Government immigration policy. The Education for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 has been run through and reviewed by Hon. Bruce Baird, and he has been known for his support on the policy changes that has approved in February 2010 by the management and the government.
Job advertisements in Australia jumps up
Australia, March 10, 2010 – Almost 20 percent has been increased to the jobs adverts in Australia this statistics has reported all across the nation, from the part time job openings to full time. From the ANZ statement released this week that almost 30 percent of all the jobs listed in Australia is all part-time, in which the employees needed to work less than 35 hours a week. This contract was make public due to the need of recovering from their business market and economy.
Victoria the well visited city in Australia
Australia, March 8, 2010 -Large number of people, from Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans and Iraqis are immigrating to Sydney and NSW to start and create a new happy life. However for Indians, Malaysians and Sri Lankans the city of Victoria is the first choice fro their immigration in Australia, this report has been stated the most immigrants are setting last couples of year 2008 and 2009.
Percent of business jet flight increase this 2010
March 3, 2010, Australia – This 2010 the business jet travel are hoping to increase their business even there are some difficulty in economic sometimes. Companies are still in positive set of mind the see a positive results on their value in business aviation.
Biometric Data for Australian visa applicants
Australia March 1, 2010 – According to recent report the Australian Government has broadcasted the latest process for all the Australian visa applicants. It said the government have given $69 million over the next four years to bring in biometric date checks for Australian Visa applications. This new system and data recording the Australian visa assessment will set new rules and regulations.
Australian dollar increase a notch
February 24, 2010, Australia – The Australian dollars has recently gain their currency close one US cent higher, according to AEDT, the Australian dollar was trading at 90.07 US cents, up 1.12 per cent from Friday’s close of 89.03 cents from 5pm, then at exactly 7am the local unit traded between 89.89 US cents and 90.23 cents.
The Changes to General Skilled Migration
Australia, February 10, 2010 – Changes have been settled from 8th of February, 2010 with the General Skilled Migraton. However there’s been a report that there is a contradicting between the information from the announcement made by the Australian government in relation to the General Skilled Migration program. To clarify and settle the things that have been said and done below are the following changes to the General Skilled Migration;
Rudd positive thoughts on Australia day
Australia January 27, 2010 – The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is undoubtedly positive and optimistic on what the Australian future holds. As they celebrate the Australia Day, Rudd is very confident that there will be good potential for most of the Aussies this year.
Australian ambassador alerts for an attacks
Australia, January 25, 2010 – The non stop attacks of Indian nationals to Australian have becoming the most talked about news in the country today. However Australian representative to India Peter Varghese said that this incessantly attacks is to have the urgency to do a better work for their country.
Visa program to increase immigrants in Australia
Australia January 20, 2010 – The recent summary reports on the subclass 457 business (long stay) visa program expose the statistics made by the Department of Immigration and Citizenships. Report stated that more than 40 % less than last year in regards with the visa applications and grants, the said report is 457.
The Gold Coast United trial
Australia, January 18, 2010 – Clive Palmer of the Outspoken Gold Coast United said a degrading comment about the government’s immigration policies as racist after of the people from Ghana who wants to migrate in the land down under was disqualified when he apply for the A-League club. However this issue of the united chairman was also disappointing to the Ghanian government.
Refugees refuse to have a visa
Australia, January 13, 2010 – Tamil refugee recently refused to have a visa to stay in Australia; this has been reported from The Federal Government. Pressure have been gone from the Immigration Department, Wilson Tuckey the prompting outspoken Liberal backbencher said that the department need to relocate all the refugees to another country.
Robbie Williams as Australian investors
Australia January 6, 2010 – Australian Visa Bureau confirms that there had been a 25 per cent increase in Irish visa applications in 2009, also the Canadians boost almost up to 13 percents.
Australia decline some student from India
Australia, January 4, 2010 – Students from India who applied between July and October last year have been accused on documentation fraud. The decisions came from the Australian authorities to decline the admission to one-third of the Indian students.
Sri Lankan asylum seekers came to Australia
Sydney, December 21, 2009 – Recent news from Sydney Morning Herald stated that the first Oceanic Viking’s asylum seekers just arrive in Australia. With the two granted resettlement in Australia 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers off the Australian Customs ship Oceanic Viking have left Indonesia and came to the land down under. However 15 of those people who refused to came have left Indonesia and will go to Canada.
Guidance on citizenship and Australian visa issues
Australia, December 16, 2009 – Global visas recently said that Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship will provide an advice in regards with the visa issues.
Results on Australian visa review
Australia, December 14, 2009 – Almost 10,000 overseas students from different country who are studying in Australia in order to secure the permanent residency, unfortunately they are sent home empty-handed under changes being considered by the Federal Government. The Herald has obtained a document equipped by the Immigration Department recommending changes ”in the relationship between the lodgement of an application and the legal obligation to grant a visa”.
Aussie Government rejects the visa for Korean artist
Australia, December 9, 2009 – Australian curator for the first exhibition of art commissioned from North Korea Mark Colvin has been accused the Federal Government of censorship.
Security on Federal Government border security initiative
Australia, December 7, 2009 – The protection on visa applicants has recently announced by the Immigration Minister Chris Evans. As the report stated that in process on security people will be asked to conduct a digital scan of their faces and fingerprints. This is to secure and help Australia’s border added by Senator Evans as part of the visa assessment and processing.
The importance of overseas students
Australia, December 1, 2009 – News from Sydney Morning Herald stated that education helped to prop up the NSW economy by generating $6.4 billion for the state in spite of revelations of shonky colleges and violent attacks on Indian students. Higher education earnings from international students increased by $1.3 billion to $9.5 billion for the year, the sector generated a record $16.6 billion for Australia in the past financial year.
Australian Working Holiday Visas Process
Australia, November 18, 2009 – Report has been stated that the Australian Government centre which processes all Australian Working Holiday Visa applications, has out information that shows it is meeting government service standards of the Working Holiday Global Processing Centre
Skilled workers are now immigrating to Australia
Australia, October 12, 2009 – Overseas workers from different country who emigrate to Australia are first located in Adelaide are later relocating to other larger Australian cities like Sydney and Melbource. South Australia has a unique program for workers who emigrate to Australia, but has been losing these valuable migrants to the bigger cities of Melbourne and Sydney.
Melbourne Politicians Calls for Cap on New Zealand Immigrants
Australia, November 23, 2009 – Labor Government MP Kelvin Thomson told a Melbourne newspaper that the number of New Zealanders immigrating to Australia has made it not possible to manage migrant numbers and preserve value of life.
The Changes in Australian Work Visa
Australia, November 25, 2009 – The changes in this working visa were introduced last September, to make sure that temporary foreign workers are not abused by their employers when working in Australia. In order to talk and speak to people in regards with this changes to almost 457 visa obligations. Recently the officers of Australian Immigration have broadcasted that they will visit the Pilbara region in Western Australia.
The Downfall of Indian Market According to Australia
Australia, November 16, 2009 – To resolve the increasing stress among Indian politicians parents alarmed by violent attacks against their offspring studying in Australia and the conclusion of more than a dozen training colleges in Melbourne and Sydney so far this year, threading almost 5,000 students. The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd held to India to try and resolve this.
New assistance for Australian Student Visa applications
Australia, November 11, 2009 – Australian Student Visa who have been affected by the closure of any international educational institution will soon be offered measures to assist them by the Australian Government.
Aussie returning to their homeland
Australia, November 9, 2009 – More and more Australian are coming back to their home in Australia on their extended working holidays in the UK. Numbers has been increased throughout the year in which Caroline Rafferty first noticed the trend at the start of the year when tough new changes to the UK’s Highly Skilled Migrant Visa laws came into effect.
Fake loans use to scam students to have their visa
Australia, October 26, 2009 – It has been stated the fallacious Indian bank and loan statements are being used to underwrite a people-smuggling process centred on student visas. The result is the cancellation of almost 500 applications from Indian applicants. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship established that more than 500 Indian nationals had their student visa applications refused over fake financial documents, including loan statements, in the three months to September. Another 150 immigration agents have had their access to the eVisa online visa application system declined. Almost $90,000 false bank loans being put forward as proof that student visa applicants from the subcontinent had the means to study in Australia.
Australia changes visa rules to address skills shortage
Australia, October 21, 2009 – Professionals that will be fast-tracked through the Australian visa system to address skills shortages under new rules. The following specialized are dentists, doctors, civil engineers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, midwifes, secondary school teachers and accountants.
Have your visa together with your Australian degree
Australia, October 19, 2009 – Almost 500,000 foreign students and annual revenues of 15 billion Australian dollars ($12 billion) are having their visa application approved together with their respective Australian degrees. Report stated that in Sydney Australia’s the Coupling paper qualifications with green cards has helped turn higher education sector into an industry bigger than tourism.
A beekeeper, not enough skills to earn visa
October 5, 2009 – Since having an apiarist work is not recognizable internationally, some workers that have been developed this skill are required to leave the country of Australia. . Jing Bang (Jim) Zou and his wife, Litang Fan, pioneered the production of propolis, a bee-created resin they say is a natural antibiotic and immune system booster. It is used in cosmetics, creams and ointments.
Australia immigration SmartGate more accurate than border officer
October 1, 2009 – SmartGate Australian’s high-tech express passport system is considered more accurate in most cases than a border protection officer says university professor.
Australian Visa Changes Cause Heartache
September 28, 2009 – Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship announced changes in its priority processing for skilled visas. The changes concerns is a reshuffle of priority visa processing, meaning that those who were previously quite high up in the priority order, now find themselves near the bottom of the queue. And the apparently sad news is not only affecting the new visa applicants but changes would also affect applications that were already being processed.
Irish people fleeing recession find safe haven in Australia
Sydney, September 23, 2009 – SYDNEY LETTER: Unemployment remains steady at under 6 per cent, less than half the rate in Ireland.
Study, work opportunities in Australia made more accessible for Filipinos
September 14, 2009, MANILA, Philippines – An affordable, accessible and portable education pathway is available for Filipinos to study and be equipped to take advantage of work opportunities in Australia.
Temporary Work Visa Holders to Australia Must Receive Fair Wages
September 9, 2009 – Senator Chris Evan, minister for Immigration & Citizenship Australia has recently announced a changes that will certain that temporary skilled workers receive salaries and wages similar to their Australian counterparts.
Foreign workers to be paid at ‘market rates’ in Australia
Australia, September 7, 2009 – Foreign workers who are recently approved their working visa will have to be paid “market rates”under a further reduction of this that allows employers to bring in temporary skilled labour.
Australia Meets Refugee Commitments
Australia, September 3, 2009 – Australia’s immigration department has already met its annual target for accepting refugees. For 2008 and 2009, it has already granted 13,507 Australian visas to refugees. This is a little over the original target of 13,500.
Australia Lowers Visa Requirements for Athletes
Australia, September 2, 2009 – Changes to residency requirements for talented athletes were introduced yesterday lowering the required years for citizenship from four years down to two.
Australia to Open Six New Autism Centres
September 1, 2009 – The Australian Federal Government is allotting AUD$3.2 million to open the first of six new specialist centres for children with autism spectrum Disorder. A centre has recently been opened in Prospect, Adelaide as part of the government’s commitment to deliver up to 260 new early learning and care centres in Australia. The six centres are part of the Government’s $190 million Helping Children with Autism package.
Australia Gives Go Signal for $50 Billion LNG Project
Australia, August 27, 2009 – The AUD $50 billion Gorgon liquefied natural gas project just cleared its last major regulatory hurdle on Wednesday with the Australian environment ministry giving it the go signal.
Lowe’s to Enter Australia
Australia, August 26, 2009 – Lowe’s Cos. Inc is planning to form a joint venture with Woolworth’s Ltd for a network of home improvement stores in Australia. The Mooresville-based company will have one-third stake in the chain. The venture plans open the first store in late 2011 and would grow to 150 stores in the next five years. The new stores are set to measure more than 100,000 square feet and will sell a wide variety of do-it-yourself and commercial products and services.
Australia to Share Biometrics Data with Canada and UK
Australia, August 25, 2009 – As part of the global push to enforce stricter border security and to eliminate identity fraud, Australia will be sharing fingerprints of immigration detainees with Britain and Canada.
Universities Calling for Stricter Student Visa Rules
Australia, August 20, 2009 – There has been growing concern that students who apply for visa are using this primarily as a pathway to permanent residence instead of prioritizing their educational needs. Universities Australia (UA) are calling for the Australian Government to implement stricter rules with regards to vocational training.
Government to Inject $7M for Indigenous Education
Western Australia, August 19, 2009 – Education Minister Julia Gillard announced today that the Federal Government will inject more than $7 million into education projects. The focus will be on the Kimberly region of Western Australia. The funding aims to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous student literacy and numeracy levels.
New Australian Immigration Advisory Board Appointed
Australia, August 18, 2009 – Following the establishment of the new Office of the MARA last July 1, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, announced this week the appointment of an advisory board. The board is comprised of representatives form the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA), the Law Council of Australia, community and consumer advocates.
Decline in Temporary Overseas Workers Seen
Australia, August 13, 2009 – Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, recently released the State/Territory Summary Report for Subclass 457 Business (Long Stay) Visa for the financial year to June 2009. The report indicates that there has been a significant decline in the number of temporary skilled overseas workers entering Australia. The drop is attributed to the global economic slowdown and changes implemented by the government to ensure wages and working conditions are not undermined.
Green IT Training Courses Launched
Australia, August 12, 2009 – Environmentally conscious Australian business can now be better educated on Green IT. Excom Education announced plans of launching the industry’s first Green IT training courses.
South Australia Defies Trend of Youth Unemployment
South Australia, August 11, 2009 – The future looks bright for young local job seekers in South Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released figures that state 8.4 percent of 15 to 19-year-olds in South Australia are looking for full-time work.
Hugh Jackman Top Choice for Australian Tourism Ads
Australia, August 6, 2009 – The Roy Morgan poll asked tourism representatives to pick the next poster boy for Australia’s tourism ads and the answer is: Hugh Jackman. During the poll, respondents were not prompted with a list of suggestions.
Malaysia-Australia to Enforce Stricter Measures Against Human Trafficking
Malaysia and Australia, August 5, 2009 – Malaysia and Australia have agreed to fight human trafficking to Australia using Malaysia as a transit country. Both countries will be holding working group meetings at the senior officer level.
Number of Chinese and Indian Tourists in Australia Expected to Rise
Australia, August 4, 2009 – According to projections form the Tourism Forecasting Committee, visitors from China and India will soar over the next decade. 900,000 tourists per year are expected to arrive from China in 2018, up from 356,000 last year.
Australia’s Health System Set for Biggest Reform in 25 Years
Australia, July 29, 2009 – The Australian Government has unveiled its proposal for a total revamp of the nation’s health system. The final report drawn up by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission was released yesterday.
AngloGold Considers Gold Mine Venture in Australia
Western Australia , July 28, 2009 – Africa’s largest gold producer, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., is studying a $426 million (AUD $520 million) mine development in Western Australia. It plans to have a venture partnership with Independence Group NL.
Australia’s Uluru and Barrier Reef in the Running for New Seven Wonders
Australia, July 23, 2009 – The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) have been shortlisted as part of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is in competition with other world-renowned tourist attractions such as the Amazon and Mount Vesuvius.
Australia Plans Tougher Stance on Terrorism
Australia, July 22, 2009 – The Australian Government announced on Wednesday that it will be reviewing its counterterrorism laws. The new laws will give greater powers to police and intelligence agencies to stop fanatics from inciting violence based on race, religion or nationality.
Homeowners Taking Advantage of Low Interest Rates
Australia, July 21, 2009 – More homeowners are trying to take advantage of the record low housing interest rates. According to Aussie Home Loans, there is a spike in the number of borrowers looking to refinance their mortgage.
Harris Poll: Australia is Top Travel Destination
Australia, July 16, 2009 – The results of Harris Poll 2009′s survey for the Top 15 International Vacation Destination for Americans ranks Australia as the number one country. Assuming that cost is not a factor in the equation, the survey also shows that 96% of Americans would be willing to vacation outside the US.
World’s Longest Golf Course to Open in Australia
Australia, July 15, 2009 – Tourists and travelers will have something new to look forward to in the coming years. The world’s longest golf course is scheduled to open in Australia this year. The golf course will be 1,365 kilometres long (848 miles) spanning 18 tows and service stations.
Outsourcing Giant Expands Australian Staff
Australia, July 14, 2009 – Indian IT outsourcing giant Infosys plans to increase its workforce in Australia by 100 employees. The news came after the company was awarded the AUD $450 million application development and maintenance contract last week by telecom operator Telstra.
Melbourne Pushing for Concession Fares for International Students
Melbourne, July 9, 2009 – A new welcome booth is now available at the Melbourne Airport for international students. It was during its launch yesterday that Lord Mayor Robert Doyle pushed for concession fares for international students on the city’s trains, buses and trams.
Australian Campaign to Fight Poverty Launched
Australia, July 8, 2009 – Last night, a campaign urging global action on poverty was launched Melbourne. With over 1.4 billion people worldwide living on less than US$1 per day, the internal awarness campaign is expected to be taken on a world tour in a variety of languages. This project hopes to inspire governments commit to financial aid and the global audience in general to make a difference.
1.3M Workers to be affected by Minimum Wage Decision
Australia, July 7, 2009 -The minimum wage decision still pending with the Fair Pay Commission is expected to impact 1.3 million low-paid workers. ACTU is calling for an increase that lift workers’ pay from $14.31 an hour.
Government Launches Job Services Australia
Australia, July 2, 2009 – The Australian Government employment service Job Services Australia was launched July 1, 2009. It represents an investment of over $4.9 billion over the next three years. Designed as simpler, more personalised service, the project aims to meet the employment and recruitment requirements of both job seekers and employers.
10,000 Indonesian Refugees Headed to Australia
Australia, July 1, 2009 – Indonesian authorities warned that Australia is the most likely destination for 10,000 of its refugees. According to reports, about 1,500 asylum seekers from Malaysia recently arrived in Indonesia by boat this year. Said refugees are using Malaysia as a staging point before they seek passage to Australia via Indonesia.
Opera Australia has New Artistic Director
Australia, June 30, 2009 – Opera Australia has been assigned a new artistic director after a four-month international search. Lyndon Terracini, the CEO and artistic director of Major Brisbane Festivals, will take over the emptied position after the death of the controversial music director Richard Hicox last November.
Tourism Queensland Wins Cannes International Advertising Festival Awards
Queensland, June 29, 2009 – Despite a limited budge of $1.7 million, Tourism Queensland has outperformed even those $40 million budget. Thanks to it “The Best Job in the World” advertising campaign, a new record has been set at the Cannes International Advertising Festival. Tourism queensland took home three Grand Prixs for public relations, direct advertising and cyber websites.
Melbourne to Get Better Train System Operation
Melbourne, June 26, 2009 – The Brumby Government is promising more staff on stations, fewer cancelled trains and improved punctuality. The changes come as a new consortium has been appointed to manage and operate Melbourne’s train system for the next eight years.
Increase in Internet Job Ads Continue
Australia, June 24, 2009 – Australia’s labour market continues to improve as jobs advertised on the internet show an increase. The ANZ national job ad series monitors advertisements in both newspapers and the internet. For January, it has noted that internet advertising has increased by 1.8% to 276,969, seasonally-adjusted.
Melbourne Fast-Becoming Preferred Tourist Site
Melbourne, June 22, 2009 – While Sydney is still in the running as one of Australia’s top city for internationals visiting Australia, other Australian destinations are also increasingly being favored by visitors. In a recent global study on livability of 140 cities, Sydney came ninth. Melbourne, on the other hand, now ranks third.
Melbourne to Set for Urban Expansion
Melbourne, June 19, 2009 – Melbourne’s urban sprawl continues to grow and has now been given the go-ahead for another expansion. The urban are will be allowed to grow an additional 41,000 hectares. This would allow the city to accommodate 415,000 more people, exceeding Canberra’s current population.
Better Health Infrastructure to be Expected in NSW
Australia, June 17, 2009 – Health Minister John Della Bosca plans on injecting more than $603 million to health infrastructure this year. Of that amount, 10 percent is expected to go to IT projects. Della Bosca says that the delivery of major IT initiatives to enhance patient services is a Government priority for the next four years.
Government Stimulus Package to Help 80,000 Unemployed Australians
Australia, June 16, 2009 – Australia’s stimulus package is expected to put 80,000 long-term unemployed people back into the workforce over the next decade. The $52 billion stimulus pumped into the economy, raised economic growth by 2.75 percent in 2009-2010 and by 1.5 percent in 2010-2011. The budget is also projected to decrease the forecast jobless rate from 10 percent to 8.5 percent.
Coalition: Student Plan Unfair
June 8, 2009 – The Coalition says that the student plan is unfair and will be proposing amendments to the Federal Government’s overhaul of student income support. With the proposal, people who took gap years would become eligible and will still qualify for payments.
Renters to be given a month’s grace from eviction
June 5, 2009 – Renters facing eviction in New South Wales will be give a “rent holiday.” They will have a month’s grace before they are evicted from their homes when banks repossess properties.
Aussie Jobs Safe despite GM Bankruptcy
Australia, June 2, 2009 – GM Holden Chief Executive Mark Reuss announced yesterday that the bankruptcy of parent company General Motors Corp. (GM) will not have a negative impact on Australian arm’s employees. He said that this is a positive opportunity to restructure and no job losses are planned for now.
Unions campaign to slash executive salaries
Australia, June 1, 2009 – The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) will launch a campaign to urge the Federal Government to restrict executive base pay at 10 times the average wage of their full-time employees.
ACTU Pushes for Unemployment Benefits Boost
Australia, May 29, 2009 – The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is pushing for increased unemployment benefits in line with the big increase to the aged pension in last month’s federal budget.
US tech firm expands, ads jobs in Victoria
Victoria, May 28, 2009 – NetApp, a California-based data storage provider, is planning on expanding its Melbourne office. According to the company, this move will add “at least” 68 new jobs to Victoria’s information and communications technology sector.
Unions Against Lift of Pension Eligibility
Australia, May 25, 2009 – Left-wing trade unions are not happy about Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s plan to lift the pension eligibility from 65 to 67.
Melbourne Airport hits record number of passengers for April
Melbourne, May 22, 2009 – Despite the dismal numbers of global travelers, Melbourne Airport seems to enjoy a steady influx of international and domestic passengers. In fact, it has hit a record high in April with 8.8 percent increase in international passengers and 1.8 percent increase in domestic passengers. This is the airport’s best passenger figures for any month in the past financial year. A total of 420,089 passengers travelled through the airport last month.
Victoria Teachers to be on Performance-based Pay
Victoria, May 21, 2009 – Good performance will paying off for teachers in Victoria. They are set to receive financial bonuses for raising the student’s results. This is part of the State Government’s move to inject performance-based pay into the education system before the next election.
Perisher Village Plan Given the Go Signal
May 15, 2009 – A plan for an 880-bed village to be built in the Snowy Mountains in NSW has just been approved. The government-approved deal would allow Perisher Blu ski resort to develop the $112 million site.
Brit Lands “World’s Best Job”
Queensland, May 14, 2009 – Ben Southall, a young British adventurer, was named as the winner of the “best job in the world” competition. The $150,000/year job entails working as a caretaker of Hamilton Island in the Withsundays.
$40 million Luxury Resort Planned in Hunter Valley
May 13, 2009 – Construction has started on a five-star luxury resort estimated to be worth $40 million. The destination spa and hotel will be built adjacent to The Vintage Golf Club at Rothbury.
Aussie Hotels Storm Expedia Top 1000
Australia, May 7, 2009 – While the nation’s tourism industry is generally feeling the pinch of the global economic downturn, Australian hotels are still gaining international recognition. According to global online travel website Expedia.com.au, Australia’s hotels have quadrupled in presence in the site’s Top 1000 list over last year.
Rudd: Australia’s Debt will be Lowest in the World
Sydney, May 6, 2009 – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is up for a challenge. He told reports in Sydney on Wednesday that “Australia’s net debt will be the lowest of any major advanced economy in the world for the next decade.” Rudd welcomes a debate on debt and deficit following revelations that the federal budget deficit for the next financial year will be around $70 billion.
Australia Falling Behind on Early Childhood Test
Australia, May 5, 2009 – Australia fails the early childhood test conducted by Save the Children. The country currently ranks third of last of the 25 test takers.
Melbourne experiences chilliest April in 56 years
Melbourne, April 30 – The cold has reached its peak in Melbourne. At 2.9 degrees Celsius at 6:35am, it is recorded as the chilliest April morning in the last 56 years.
Canberra Rail Trail Gets $13M Funding
Victoria, April 29 – Part of Victoria’s bushfire-affected area will be receiving funding from the $800 million community infrastructure stimulus. The Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail will be getting $13.2 million from the Federal Government.
Melbourne’s Population Set to Grow to 4 Million
Melbourne, April 24 – Pressure grows as the population in Melbourne continues to rise. The growth of the area is at a scale never before seen in Australia. It swelled by almost 150,000 people in the last two year.
Brisbane’s Airport Expansion Deferred
Brisbane, April 15 – Expansions set for Brisbane airport have been put on hold as the tourism market plunges. Construction worth $700 million on domestic expansion and $1billion on a parallel runway were originally schedule for completion by 2015. But now, all plans have been pushed back by several years.
Government Unveils $43B Broadband Plan
Australia, April 8 – In a surprise move Tuesday, the Australian Government announced its plans to back a $43 billion national high speed broadband network investment. Rudd’s Labor Government said that it will set up a majority-owned private company to build the fiber-to-premise network..
Australian Banks to Help Jobless with Mortgage
Australia, April 6 – Australia’s four biggest banks will give people who have lost their job up to a year free of mortgage repayments. Home loan sector leaders Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Westpac Banking Corp. and the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. will participate in the program.
$7M Stimulus Cheques Still on Hold
Australia, March 31 – More than $7 million stimulus package cheques are being held after the High Court challenge puts the tax office into a holding pattern. Payments to 7.4 million Australians are due to be sent out April 6, but the High Court still has not made a decision on the challenge brought by law lecturer Bryan Pape.
Rescuers Race to Save 80 Stranded Whales
Margaret River in Western Australia is a devastating scene as rescuers are battling to save a pod of 80 false killer whales and some bottlenose dolphins that have beached themselves. The frantic environment officers only have a few hours to save the 25 mammals that are still alive.