10 June 2008

Australia spending $4.1m on immigration integration

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The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship is planning to spend AUS$4.1 million on improving relations between Australian visa holders and Australian citizens and permanent residents. The government department said it will aim to create more "respect, fairness and inclusion" for those who immigrate to Australia.

The Rudd Government's opposition coalition support the plans, as they see its role to play in fostering the country's values in Australian visa holders. Chris Ellison, Opposition Immigration spokesman said: "The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is one of the first Government agencies that has contact with new migrants. It is essential that it is actively educating new migrants about our democratic values."

The Government said they wanted to promote mutual respect between Australian visa holders and citizens of the country, in addition to giving immigrants a "sense of belonging". Peter Anderson, Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said recently that good leadership from the Government, the community and businesses would help Australian immigrants to integrate more easily into society.

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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