Migration Places To Be Cut If Coalition Gets Into Power

By |April 7th, 2010|

Tony Abbott’s Coalition will cut net migration levels if it wins government, in a bid to stop Australia’s population reaching its predicted size of almost 36 million in 2050. Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison yesterday told The Australian the Rudd government had allowed immigration to rise too high and the population figure that Treasury’s Intergenerational Report predicted last September for 2050 was unsustainable. Mr Morrison said the Coalition would not allow the average net overseas migration of more than 300,000 a year that had occurred since the Rudd government took power to continue. […]

Australian property boom kicks off 2010

By |February 4th, 2010|

Australian house prices rose last quarter by the most since 2003, and combined with the expansion of the manufacturing sector the central bank may have to extend a record round of interest-rate increases. Economists are expecting Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens to extend the benchmark lending rate, which reached 3.75 percent in December from a half-century low of 3 percent in October. An index measuring the weighted average of prices for houses in the eight capital cities climbed 5.2 percent from the previous three months, the Bureau of Statistics reported in Sydney. […]

Iran to Australia – Dreaming of a better life down under

By |June 23rd, 2009|

Your reasons for choosing to emigrate to Australia will be varied. For us, as adults we saw the local parks and playing fields we used to play on as kids, turned into graffiti and syringe strewn scrap heaps. Australia presented us with the opportunity for a better life for our kids. The affordable housing, wide open spaces and beautiful weather were just the icing on the cake. As a ‘Pom’ it was relatively easy for us to accept the ‘better life’ we now have down under. Comparitivly speaking, it wasn’t that different from the life we left behind. For families from other countries though, life in Australia is a VERY different life indeed! One example would be good friends of ours who migrated to Australia from South Africa. The barbecues have been great, the summer evenings have been warm and yet the stories they have shared with us have at times, been quite chilling! […]

Victoria Announces Changes to Sponsorship Occupations

By |January 16th, 2009|

The Australian state of Victoria has announced sweeping changes to the list of occupations that it deems eligible for state sponsorship under the class 176 visa for emigration to Australia. Migrants to Australia who seek permanent residence have the option of applying for a subclass 176 visa, if they are unable to pass the immigration points test for independent migration. A 176 visa allows a migrant to be sponsored either by an eligible family member, or the government of an Australian state or territory. In the case of state or territory sponsorship, governments can sponsor the residence application of a migrant, in exchange for a commitment to live in the state for at least the first two years after migrating to Australia. Each state has a list of occupations in demand that it deems eligible for sponsorship. Victoria has been an active participant in the 176 visa scheme. The changes, effective from January 12, 2009, reflect the changing labour market in Australia’s second-most populous state. […]

So where are you heading?

By |October 9th, 2007|

A little while ago I added a poll (which is displayed on the left hand side of every page) to the site to try and get an indication of where folks would be heading to once they move down under. I’m not sure if the poll is a little bias towards Western Australia because that’s what I’m writing about most of the time and will therefore be the kind of stuff people might stumble upon when searching for Western Australia on the internet. Still, at time of typing its good to see that its not all about Western Australia. The rankings for most popular Australia destinations for new migrants (according to our extensive poll of 84 people 😉 ) are as follows: Western Australia (yay!) 😀 South Australia (that’ll be Adelaide then). Queensland (aka Brisbane) Victoria (Melbourne) New South Wales (aka Sydney) Northern Territory Ok! Its only a bit of fun but the results are still kinda interesting. I’m surprised to see New South Wales down in fifth Spot but its good to see the West and South taking some healthy pickings of new migrants. If you’ve not taken our poll yet then go ahead :) You’ll find it in the side bar to the left of this post. […]

Busy Busy Busy

By |May 26th, 2007|

Hi Guys It's probably been the longest time I've spent without updating the blog and I feel ashamed :( I [...]

The Yarra Valley – A Premier Australian Wine Region

By |August 31st, 2006|

The Yarra Valley is located a short 90 minutes north-east of Melbourne, the capital of the southern Australian state of [...]

A New Beginning Down Under

By |August 31st, 2006|

Australia, according to the 2005 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, is the best place in the world to live in! That [...]

All About Perth – Perth City Skyline

By |June 1st, 2006|

Traditionally, Perth and Perth's Swan River have usually been viewed and photographed from Kings Park, situated on a hill to [...]

Nearly the World Cup and the Socceroos can play proper footie

By |June 1st, 2006|

It's a few days old, but i just saw this online: Australia 1 (skoko 16) Greece 0 att: 95,000 Ninety-Five [...]