News

10 Jul 08

Northern Territory needs project managers and engineers

The Northern Territory is experiencing an economic boom due to its uranium and gas deposits, reports the ABC News, and is in need of skilled labour to maintain its momentum and continue to grow as a primary industry.
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09 Jul 08

People wanting to emigrate to Australia 'need work experience'

People looking to emigrate to Australia should make sure they have work experience as well as the correct qualifications. According to ShelterOffshore, an expatriate lifestyle magazine, to be successful in getting a working visa for Australia work experience should be gained.
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09 Jul 08

Ministers to be distanced from Australian visa decisions

An investigation is to be launched into the role ministers play in making individual decisions on Australian immigration. Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, said a report has been commissioned to give more transparency and integrity to the decision.
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09 Jul 08

Canberra project to put Australian immigration details online

A new project in Canberra will mean most Australian immigration records will be put online in the next few years. The project, which has been launched at the national archives today, will mean the details of the seven million people who have engaged in Australian immigration will be available on the internet.
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09 Jul 08

Immigration Minister appoints advisory panel for changes to 457 visa program

Immigration Minister Senator Chris Evans announced yesterday the Government will have an advisory board to propose changes and improvements to Australia’s temporary skilled (457) migration program.
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09 Jul 08

Australian travel visas still up for grabs for World Youth Day

Organisers of the World Youth Day (WYD) in Sydney are still waiting for thousands of applications for Australian visas to meet the expected target of 125,000 overseas visitors.
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09 Jul 08

QLD Tourism Minister calls for no age limit on working holiday visa

Queensland Tourism Minister Desley Boyle announced today Australian tourism needs a major policy shift to combat lagging tourism numbers, rather than relying on "band-aid" solutions provided by marketing campaigns.
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09 Jul 08

Panel formed to discuss Australian visa changes

A panel has been formed to discuss possible improvements to the temporary Australian visa (subclass 457). According to the Government, an advice panel has been formed to make suggestions on the scheme.
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08 Jul 08

Immigration officers continue road show around Australia

The latest information session about immigration to Australia will be presented in the Hunter region of New South Wales during the month of July. Immigration officers have been on tour to provide face-to-face information for residents and businesses in regional Australia.
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07 Jul 08

Government meeting concludes Australian immigration is key

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.
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07 Jul 08

Government dismisses farming industry's claims

A government official has dismissed claims that changes to the Australian working holiday visa will harm the farming industry. Senator Chris Evans, the Immigration and Citizenship Minister, said increasing the Australian working holiday visa system to include the construction industry will not take workers away from the fruit picking sector, reports the Age.
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