15 August 2008

Australian visa holders encouraged to start business

A community project is looking for people who hold an Australian visa to embark on new enterprises after being given extra funding. The Spiral Community Hub has received extra money from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for the second year of its project to help Australian visa holders into business, reports Westender.com.

The Enterprise Development Project (EDP) helps Australian visa holders to identify and develop business trends. It links them to training and support initiatives and helps to establish a relationship between other entrepreneurs and local businesses, reports the website.

Two businesses to come out of the Spiral project are an African fusion fashion company and one which sells food on a market stall. The project says it is "very excited" to move these projects to the next stage.

Currently the scheme is looking for two other Australian visa holders with business ideas to work for them across a range of sectors. The group says it aims to develop community education resources and give assistance to other local bodies.

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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