07 July 2008

Government meeting concludes Australian immigration is key

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A recent government meeting has concluded Australian immigration is key to meeting skills shortages across the country. Both temporary and permanent Australian immigration have been deemed to be crucial to allowing the progression of the country.

The Ministerial Council on Immigration and Multicultural Affairs made these assertions in a meeting in Perth last Friday. In addition, it welcomed plans to expand the temporary Australian visa system (subclass 457).

According to the council, which is chaired by Senator Chris Evans, the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, "cultural diversity" is thriving due to the large amount of Australian immigration. The meeting also highlighted areas which could be improved for Australian visa holders, including better provisions for temporary visa holders, post-arrival settlement services and better access to housing.The Queensland government has recently been criticised for not encouraging enough Australian visa holders to the area with state-sponsored programmes.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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