Australian Migration Rates Increase 18 Percent

By |October 7th, 2012|

The latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown a two year high in Australian immigration. The net overseas migration for the year ending in March showed an 18% increase on the same period last year, almost 200,000. The report also showed the country’s entire population surpassing 22.5 million, with 57% of the growth being attributed to Australian immigration. Western Australia’s massive mining industry fuelled the fastest population growth in the country, with more than 70,000 people, over 3%, moving there last year. Every other Australian state recorded a population growth in the past year but analysts are claiming the lure of high paid, abundant opportunity in the mines of Western Australia and even Queensland to a certain extent, have left New South Wales struggling to attract newcomers. […]

457 visa holders taking advantage of Melbourne opportunities

By |September 11th, 2012|

The unemployment rate in the state of Victoria has risen in the past year but almost 14,000 457 visa holders have still managed to find work in a variety of occupations. The latest Australian immigration data shows almost 900 construction workers and teachers have each found work in Victoria as well as over 300 doctors, 500 chefs and 240 accountants. […]

Short Term 456 Business Visa Numbers Increase

By |February 20th, 2012|

Australian visa applications for short-term business trips increased to over 120,000 applications in the last quarter of 2011, recent figures show. An Australian visa in the 456 subclass, also known as the short term business visa, allows the holder to stay in Australia for three months and carry out a range of tasks such as attending conferences, delivering presentations and investigate business prospects. Australian immigration figures showed an 11.4% increase in applications between September and December 2011, meaning that applications for 456 visas now account for 14% of all visa applications. […]

Australian Immigration Legislation Changes Effective January 1, 2012

By |December 22nd, 2011|

Its getting to that time of year again so worth noting that effective January 1, 2012, the following amendments of [...]

How much does it cost to use a Migration Agent?

By |January 5th, 2011|

Going it alone or choosing to use a Migration Agent is often one of the first questions people ask themselves when looking to migrate to Australia. One of the benefits of doing everything yourselves is the costs, however for some, getting an Australian Immigration Agent to do the leg work for you is the preferred, although slightly more costly option. […]

Hung Parliament may affect Immigration Policy in Australia

By |August 28th, 2010|

Last week I wrote this article about the possible impacts of a change in government on Australian immigration policy and at the time of typing I was hopeful that a few days later we would have a result. Alas.. one week later we are no nearer to a result and it’s looking likely that a of hung Parliament may be on the cards for the first time in 70 years. Australia’s first hung parliament since 1940 means neither Labor nor the Liberal/National coalition had the majority of 76 seats to form government in their own right. […]

Submit an Article to Getting Down Under

By |January 15th, 2010|

Here at Getting Down Under HQ we’ve focused our efforts on publishing news and articles specific to what’s going on in the world of Australian Immigration right now. The thing is, there isn’t ALWAYS something going on (of interest to our readers anyway). This means that the pages of our site don’t update as often as we’d like them to and if you are one of the many folks who visit our site every day, it’s not going to be particularly exciting for you either! :) With this in mind, we have decided to introduce a number of articles written by guest authors. These Articles are focused on educating our Getting Down under readers on the process of migrating to Australia and we’ll look to publish a new article every day for at least the next couple of weeks. If the articles prove to be a popular introduction then we’ll look to source some more. […]

Skilled Migration – Dispelling the Myths

By |June 12th, 2009|

Alan Collett at Go Matilda often writes a good article and his more recent article;   ‘skilled migration, dispelling the myths’ is no exception. Within the article, Alan talks about some of the misconceptions now held by people looking to make the move down under following the announced changes to the skilled migration program made towards the end of last year. In no particular order, here are some of the comments heard in recent months: Australia has stopped accepting skilled migrants Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Australia’s skilled migration program (the amount of visas the Immigration Minister requires his Department to grant annually) is the highest on record this year, with a planned 115,000 skilled visas to be granted in the year to 30th of June, 2009. […]

Breaking the link between the Australian Student Visa and Permanent Residence

By |June 12th, 2009|

I read a very interesting letter printed in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning Within the letter a chap by the name of Michael Jones writes about the strong link between overseas students studying in Australia and perminant Australian residency. He also points out that the $16 billion education industry, our third largest export earner, is largely about selling visas, not education. Very strong words indeed! Now the thing is… Does he have a point? I think for starters it’s fair to say that there is indeed a very strong link. Afterall, anyone applying for permanent residency under the skilled migration program needs to show acceptable qualifications and 12 months’ recent, full-time, skilled employment. On the other hand, those with an ‘Australian qualification’ can, after only two years’ study in Australia, qualify for a permanent visa without any work experience, or any intention to work in their field of study. […]

Getting Down Under now on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin

By |June 7th, 2009|

Since launching Getting Down Under in January 2006, our site has evolved from my own personal Blog, tracking the move of my own family down under to more of an online Australian Immigration Magazine providing the latest Australian immigration news, reviews and of course, the odd joke! Since these early days the internet has continued to develop so today I thought I’d officially launch a couple more channels to keep in touch with our site and with other folk around the world looking to make the move Down under. […]