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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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IELTS Stronghold on English Exams May Be Under Threat

Quite an interesting read for those of you who need to take the well know IELTS exam as part of your Australian Immigration application process. According to an article posted on the Guardians website, the Australian government is seriously considering rival exams such as the ‘Toefl‘ examination as an alternative to IELTS. The news came …

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Australian Student Visas will not be capped

The Rudd Government has no intention of putting a limit on the number of Australian Student Visas issued each year, the Australian Immigration Minister has announced. The Australian Immigration Minister, Senator Chris Evans, said there was no basis for the concerns by education providers about the possible impact of proposed legislation that would allow the …

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All Not Lost For Chefs and Cooks Following Changes to Skilled Occupation List

Highly qualified chefs and cooks will continue to be welcome in Australia, despite the removal of these occupations from the new Skilled Occupations List, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said yesterday. The Minister said the removal of these occupations from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) would not hinder the industry’s ability …

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New Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL) finally announced

PLEASE NOTE THE OCCUPATIONS LIST REFERENCED HERE HAS BEEN REPLACED AND IS NO LONGER VALID – For the most current list of Australian occupations in demand. Please CLICK HERE. It’s a little late, however the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL), has finally been released by the Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Evans. The …

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