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25 Jun 08

Freedom of Information shake-up for Department of Immigration

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has introduced fundamental changes to its Freedom of Information (FOI) processes to clear out the backlog of information requests and create a more streamlined management model.
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24 Jun 08

Engineering industry needs more Australian visa holders

The engineering industry needs more Australian visa holders to be able to grow effectively. The rate of growth in engineering has levelled at just 1.5 per cent in the five years before 2006, with Australian immigration not currently providing enough workers to increase this, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
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24 Jun 08

Immigration can help boost population in South Australia

The population level in South Australia (SA) needs to be boosted, and it has been argued that immigration could be a solution. According to Adelaide Now, Peter Vaughan, chief executive of Business SA is calling for a debate about the population growth rate and the role of Australian immigration in boosting population numbers.
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24 Jun 08

International visitors to Australia love the new Wollongong

Wollongong, the coastal city south of Sydney, is enjoying tourism success amidst concerns from the Australian Government that the New South Wales tourism industry is holding back economic growth.
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24 Jun 08

Backpackers in Australia, NZ offered new “Airpass”

Virgin Blue Airlines recently launched its new “Airpass” for international visitors to Australia and New Zealand. The pass is designed to maximise travel for backpackers with “no strings attached”, the company said in a press release.
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24 Jun 08

Big plans for Australia’s infrastructure needs overseas engineers

Australia’s infrastructure is desperate for an upgrade, but the lack of engineers in the country is creating an obstacle, claims a report from the Citigroup.
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24 Jun 08

Australia attracts more New Zealanders to emigrate

Australia is attracting more New Zealanders for immigration than ever, with almost 45,000 approved for an Australian visa. According to figures from the National Party in New Zealand, 44,749 people moved from the country to Australia permanently in the year to May. This compares to 37,713 for the previous year.
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23 Jun 08

More Kiwis migrating to Australia, says NZ National Party

The latest migration statistics released at the end of May 2008 show the number of New Zealanders emigrating to Australia last year is the second largest amount on record.
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20 Jun 08

Experience-based skilled migrants soon to be allowed Australian visas through Pathway D solution

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) will shortly be making an announcement about a replacement to skilled “Pathway D.” The announcement comes as a response to continued lobbying from the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA).
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20 Jun 08

World Refugee Day a proud moment for new and old Australians

Australia has been celebrating Refugee Week this week, and the Australian Government is taking the opportunity to showcase its commitment to creating supportive infrastructure for Australian immigrants and refugees.
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19 Jun 08

Assistance given to Australian visa holders taking citizenship test

People applying for an Australian visa will get more help when taking the citizenship test, according to a source. The Government has dedicated AUD$3.4 million to help people who need assistance when taking the computer-based test.
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