Month: February 2012

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Struggling Economies Abroad Encouraging More To Look Down Under

The narrowing job markets and struggling economies in the UK and Ireland have seen thousands of Britons and Irish people apply for an Australia visa and take advantage of staff shortages Down Under. Australian recruiters have reported an influx of workers from the UK and Ireland, with a more than 50% rise in the number …

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TEOFL Scholarships annonced

TOEFL Scholarships Annouced – New Opportunities for Students

GDU readers may be interested to know that Education Testing Services (ETS) the creator of the TOEFL test, has recently launched the 2012 TOEFL Scholarship Program – providing students with the opportunity to study “anywhere around the world” at an institution that accepts the TOEFL test. The scholarship program is designed to award TOEFL test …

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Short Term 456 Business Visa Numbers Increase

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 …

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Skills Australia Needs Event Coming to London In February

This month the department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will host a Skills Australia Needs event in London. Skills Australia Needs events are designed to help address current skill shortages in Australia by promoting skilled migration options. Australian employers and state and territory governments can participate in the events and meet people with the skills …

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Changes To Australian Working Holiday Visa Would Boost Economy

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has claimed that relaxing application and extension restrictions on the Working Holiday Visa would provide an extra AU$700 million (£476 million) to the Australian economy. Currently, the Australian Working Holiday Visa (WHV) programme allows holders to extend their visa for a second year if they complete 88 days in …

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Australian visa rules relaxed for students from 29 countries

Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has announced that requirements for an Australian visa will be relaxed for students from 29 countries. After ex-politician Michael Knight published a scathing report on the Australian visa application system and reports of a struggling education sector surfaced, a reform of the application process had been expected for some time. …

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Online tourist visas for Brazil and Argentina Now Available

Tourists from Brazil and Argentina can from today apply online for the e676 electronic tourist visa to visit Australia say the DIAC A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said the e676 allows people to apply for a tourist visa electronically using a fast, secure and convenient application process. “These new arrangements …

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Medical Insurance Should Be Requirement For Australian Tourist Visa

The vice president of the Victoria branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for medical insurance to be a requirement on all Australian visa applications. Dr Stephen Parnis claims that if tourists can afford an Australian holiday, then measures should be taken to ensure they do not abuse the rights their Australian visa …

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How To Prepare And Present Work Reference Letters On Your CDR

Prospective CDR applicants seem to be a little confused or not very sure about how to prepare and present work reference letters as part of your CDR. These work reference letters are required by Engineers Australia for Additional Assessment under the new points test which became effective on 1 July 2011. T The reference letters …

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Sheep shearers want Australian 457 visa for migrant workers

With skill shortages in Western Australia raising concerns within the shearing industry, industry professionals are calling for the Australian 457 visa programme to be expanded to allow migrant workers to fill the labour gaps. WA Shearing Industry Association Executive Officer Vicki Gates is reportedly liaising with Rural Skills Australia in an attempt to get shearing …

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Education In Western Australia

Education in Western Australia

Following on from our overview of Education in Australia, the next article in this series focuses on Education in Western Australia. Education in Western Australia is supervised by the Department of Education and Training (DET), which forms part of the Government of Western Australia. It follows a three-tier system, consisting of primary education (primary schools), …

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High Interest Rates Keep Australian Dollar Strong

The Australian Dollar has benefitted from very high interest rates compared with the rest of the advanced global economies for the quite some time now. Australian interest rates are currently at 4.25% making the carry trade attractive to investors who can only achieve interest rates of 0.5% in the UK, and even less in the …

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