2010 Australian Immigration News

2010 Australian Immigration News

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Christopher Bowen New Australian Immigration Minister

Well, what do we have here.  Australian visa applicants will be keen to learn that Australian PM Julia Gillard announced this weekend that the Australian Ministry of Immigration will be the responsibility of Chris Bowen. Good sign or bad for wannabe Aussies. Chris has admitted to being ‘taken aback’ by his new appointment. Perhaps we should …

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Australian Election Results Announced – More Opportunities For Regional Visas?

Well, the Australian Labour Party (headed up by Australia’s first female PM Julia Gillard) has held onto the majority of seats, and will continue as Australia’s Government for another 3 year term. As we’ve reported earlier, Australia’s government has been in question for weeks after the election did not reveal a clear winner. However after …

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Hung Parliament may affect Immigration Policy in Australia

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 …

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The Australian Election and its Impact on future Australia Immigration Numbers

So this weekend here in Australia we have an election with the two front runners being the incumbent labour party headed up by the current PM Julia Gillard and the Federal Opposition headed up by a chap named  Tony Abbott. Immigration policy has been high on the agenda for both parties so I thought it …

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Businesses fear cuts to Australian visas will worsen skills shortage

The promise to cut Australian immigration numbers by both Australian political parties in the lead up to the August 21 federal election has drawn the ire of the business community. The opposition lead by Tony Abbott says it would cut the number of migrants by almost half from its current annual rate if it wins …

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Australia Needs More Engineers Says Survey

An annual engineering survey has warned that engineering skills shortages will affect the country’s ability to grow and limit innovation. The Engineering Skills Survey by Consult Australia warns that Australia’s ability to design and deliver an estimated $400 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years is under threat unless government and industry can work …

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Migration Institute of Australia – Politicians must focus on Skilled Migration

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has called for politicians to focus on skilled migration issues during the election, rather than a “short-sighted” debate on asylum seekers. The MIA has said that Australia’s migration program remains unbalanced, mismanaged and confusing for current and potential migrants, sponsors and for the general public. The true migration issues …

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Immigration Needed To Keep Australia Competitive

A little while ago I wrote about the slightly worrying view from the new Australia PM Julia Gillard. A view which could highlight further potential cuts to Australian Immigration should she remain in power. Reading the front page of ‘The Australian’ newspaper today however it would seem that the news for wannabe migrants could perhaps be …

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New Australia PM Flags Further Cuts To Immigration Quotas

Even more things for wannabe Aussie migrants to worry about as news reports today hint that Australias New Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be breaking from her predecessor’s advocacy of a “Big Australia” flagging further cuts to immigration quotas. In an interview with the Australian version of the Daily Telegraph News paper, Gillard said: “Australia …

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