26 May 2009

Emigrating to Australia now on YouTube

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People emigrating to Australia can now have their pathway made clearer by watching YouTube, the internet's biggest site for posting and watching videos. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has created ImmiTV to showcase elements of emigrating to Australia so that more people can take advantage of the programs provided by the government.

ImmiTV channel highlights DIAC's programs and events for people emigrating to Australia and has been live for nearly twelve months.  The national communications manager Sandi Logan said that while it is likely the initiative will not attract millions of viewers, it will serve as a handy tool to communicate the advantages of emigrating to Australia.

"YouTube offers us an opportunity to highlight many of the varied programs and services the department offers to the wider Australian community using material shot for training, corporate videos and presentations, then edited into short TV-style clips, to tell the story.

"Featured clips include the department’s role helping unite Congolese twins separated in a refugee camp, the recent visit to Melbourne by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and several successful migration stories," Mr Logan said.

The DIAC website also posts live audio, video and digital stills material in their online newsroom as a means of getting information out to media users.

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