News

14 Jul 08

New Centres of Excellence for faster temporary visa processing

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has opened three Centres of Excellence for the processing of temporary skilled (457) visa applications. The centres in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, are designed to streamline the application process for the temporary visa so that positions in the workforce can be filled faster.
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11 Jul 08

New employment requirements in Australia 'should not put off visa applicants'

The new National Employment Standards in Australia should not concern people looking to get a visa for the country, according to an expert. The new rules, which will be introduced in two years, are aimed at making the process easier and more flexible for employers, reports Shelter Offshore.
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11 Jul 08

Foreign students 'could solve skills shortages in Canberra'

A committee in Australia has said skills shortages in Canberra could be solved by overseas students choosing to work in the area. The Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People (SCETYP) is in the process of debating how best to solve the shortages in the territory.
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11 Jul 08

Pressure on Australian airports to be more like the EU

Australian airports are being pressured to relax immigration requirements for visitors from New Zealand, reports the Sydney Morning Herald, so Australia can maximise from its largest source of tourism.
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11 Jul 08

Australian economy up, global economy down

Despite the global credit crunch and threats of economic recessions, Australia’s Treasurer Wayne Swan announced he is optimistic about the future of the Australian economy. After an 18 month rise in the jobless rate, the month of May saw a massive turnaround and 29,800 workers were hired in the mining industry, reports Bloomberg.
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10 Jul 08

Government records detail Australia's immigration past

Old records from a Government department which highlight Queensland's immigration past have been handed over to the National Archives of Australia (NAA). The state's first arrivals and later Australian visa holders are highlighted in the records, which date back to just after Federation.
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10 Jul 08

Fees for Australian visas increase in annual review

The fees for obtaining an Australian visa have increased by varying amounts, according to the Government. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship said the adjustment was a planned annual one, with each application fee increasing by around 2.3 per cent.
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10 Jul 08

Melbourne top for business travel, Sydney top for tourism, say surveys

Melbourne has yet again beaten Sydney for the top spot in the latest business traveller’s survey, reports the Sydney Morning Herald, while Sydney is climbing its way back to first position to be the World’s Best City to visit.
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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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