News

01 Jul 08

One million homes needed for Australian immigration

Australian immigration is fuelling the construction sector in the country, as it is estimated an extra one million homes are needed to house the increase in population. According to the Housing Industry Association (HIA) the current housing supply needs to increase by at least this amount and the new homes are needed in the next five years.
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01 Jul 08

Temporary Australian visa holders given better conditions

New plans from the Australian government include better working conditions for temporary visa holders. The plans from the Rudd government include harsher penalties for employers of workers on temporary Australian visas (subclass 457) and increased powers for immigration officers.
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01 Jul 08

Backpackers Down Under say they are keen to travel green

Young Australian travellers are saying they are choosing the "greener" option if it is available, says the New Zealand Herald. Contiki Holidays, an international travel coach company, recently conducted research about the perspectives of travelling and discovered young Australian travellers are conscious about the possible effects of their holiday.
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01 Jul 08

Aussie dollar strong, house prices down, Australian immigration looking more attractive

The Australian dollar, or the "Aussie", is controllably soaring at the moment, reaching a 25 year high against the US dollar. With property prices looking to take a turn, and the national immigration policy opening Australia to the world, the country is set to attract more migrants than ever.
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30 Jun 08

Australian Immigration Minister announces proposed changes to 457 visas

Senator Chris Evans, Australian Immigration Minister, released a discussion paper today about his government’s proposed changes to the 457 temporary skilled visa scheme. Under the proposed new scheme, special investigatory officers will have the authority to enter the workplace to ensure immigrant workers are not being exploited.
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30 Jun 08

"Boomerang migrants" leaving UK for a safer Australian economy

Australian migrants have been leaving the UK at rates far surpassing previous years, reports the Times, leaving London with a "brain drain".
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27 Jun 08

Australia is must-visit travel destination

Australia has been deemed the must-visit destination in a recent survey, beating all other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The country came top of the nine others in the poll, after 4,500 people were surveyed, reports the West Australian. Results show 63 per cent of respondents want to visit Australia the most, meaning more people may apply for an Australian travel visa.
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27 Jun 08

Proposal to replace "Pathway D" for brand new TRA Migration Assessment Policy

The Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) has offered a replacement to the skilled "Pathway D", after continued lobbying from the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). The proposal is still undergoing review and TRA are waiting for feedback from the MIA and its members.
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26 Jun 08

QLD tourism making life easier for overseas visitors

The Queensland tourism industry is asking businesses to bring tourism to the future by renovating the online market. Business leaders from the tourism industry attended a symposium in Brisbane, the ABC News reports, and are calling for tourism operators to start looking towards the online market for more business opportunities.
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26 Jun 08

British, German tourists deserve better than “bloody hell” campaign

The 2006 'Where the bloody hell are you?' international television campaign has been described by the new Australian Government as an embarrassing attempt to boost tourism numbers. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told parliament the campaign was a "rolled gold disaster", says the Sydney Morning Herald, and believes the loyal British, German and Japanese tourists deserve better campaigns than that.
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25 Jun 08

Population boom result of Australian immigration

Australia's population is seeing huge growth, thanks to a small baby boom and increasing levels of immigration. The population of the country has hit a ten-year high according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
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