19 August 2008

Government uses point-based system for new appointments

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The Rudd Government is set to use a points-based system to employ new members of staff in one of its departments. According to TamilSydney.com, five senior members of staff need to be appointed to the Independent Refugee and Migration Review tribunals and a merit-based approach will be taken, rather than the previous method of re-appointing existing members.

Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, told the website: "To ensure a fully transparent process, I am choosing not to exercise my option to simply re-appoint current members, as has occurred in previous years." He added a "fair and robust" system was needed to bring the appointments in to line with new guidelines from the Australian Public Services Commission.

The tribunals are used to give independent and final decisions on those previously made by the Department for Immigration and Citizenship. Senator Evans recently revealed he wanted to distance ministers from Australian visa decisions.

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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