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    Queensland’s State Migration – Eligible Occupations List Updated

    The Queensland State Government has recently updated their state skilled immigration program, including a list of eligible occupations for sponsorship. According to Senator Chris Bowen, the Gillard Government has a formal commitment to supporting the Australian economy by attracting more skilled migrants who can positively contribute to the workforce and this plan is one of […] More

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    More Australian Immigrants Needed Plead Business Leaders

    An increase in the Australian immigration numbers are needed to avoid a wages blowout as skills shortages increase across more sectors, business leaders have warned the government. The current skills shortage in the resources sector is spreading to other industries, as many move to the more lucrative paid jobs in mining with more than $140 […] More

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    Australian Student Visa Applicants Continue to Fall

    The number of new international students coming to Australia is continuing to drop by more than 32,000 students, or 9.5 per cent, as of the end of October. Government agency Australian Education International, has reported the number of total enrolments in Australia are down 1.4 per cent at 599,795 students. The figures come as the […] More

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    New Brochure Available For Chefs And Cooks

    A new brochure has been developed covering information on the visa options for people wanting to work as a chef or a cook in Australia. Not so creatively titled “Employing Overseas Chefs and Cooks” the brochure gives a great overview for those in the trade looking to migrate to Australia, including the English Language requirements, […] More

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    New Visa Eligibility Criteria for Skilled Migrants On The Way

    Applicants for an Australian visa will soon face a range of new eligibility criteria, it was revealed yesterday. From July 2011, wannabe Australian migrants applying under any of the skilled visa streams will have to pass a new points-based test designed to target migrants more closely suited to Australia’s needs. According to Australia’s immigration department, […] More

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    State Migration Plans – An Overview

    As you may have noticed, State Migration Plans are being introduced for each Australia state and territory over the coming months in 2010. We’ve already seen an interim list from South Australia and finalised State migration plans from Victoria, however, more are on their way. On 8 February 2010 the Australian Government announced a series […] More

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    Skilled State Sponsorship changes announced by Vicoria Government

    The Victorian Government has recently announced changes to the skilled state sponsored visa program, including a revised list of occupations eligible for sponsorship. The Victorian Government has a formal agreement with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), in regards to skilled sponsored and skilled regional sponsored visas. As part of this agreement, there […] More

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    Survey highlights More Skills Shortages

    A survey by a global business consultancy firm says that the ongoing boom in Australia has resulted in low unemployment and a demand for overseas skilled workers to fill gaps in the labor market — a trend that is likely to increase in the future. According to the report by KPMG entitled Skilled Migration Survey […] More

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    Australian migration program delivering the skills for a healthy economy – Apparently!

    Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, has announced the latest statistics on the Australian migration program saying that it is still delivering the skills Australia needs for a healthy economy. Mr Bowen said the Government’s targeted approach to overseas workers was helping to fill critical skills in healthcare and nursing jobs, engineering, financial services […] More

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    Australian immigration and training programs must match future demand

    If the Government fails to use education, immigration and training programs to meet future labour needs Australia could experience a second skills shortage, experts believe. The global financial crisis barely dented Australia’s employment market, although it temporarily relieved wage pressures. Unemployment peaked at 5.8 per cent for three months in the middle of last year […] More

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    Be Wary Of Migration Scams

    Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, today warned prospective migrants and visa applicants to Australia to be wary of migration scammers. ‘It is vital that people are aware of fraudsters’ tricks before handing over money for immigration assistance which is never provided,’ Mr Bowen said. ‘This is why the Department of Immigration and […] More

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    South Australia Sponsorship List Announced

    Immigration South Australia has announced they will very shortly be accepting new sponsorship applications from migrants for a limited number of occupations in an interim list, pending the introduction of State Migration Plans. Migrants with occupations on the Interim Sponsorship List, who meet all other state sponsorship criteria, will be able to apply to be […] More

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