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03 Jul 08

Australia waiting for 60,000 more World Youth Day visa applications

The organisers of World Youth Day in Sydney this year have confirmed only 65,000 visas have been approved for the festival. Officials expect 125,000 international visitors to arrive in Sydney for the event, which is due to take off in less than two weeks, reports ABC News.
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03 Jul 08

New Australia visa extension for backpacking builders and construction workers

On the 2nd of July, the Australian government announced its amendments to the working holiday visa program for overseas travellers. New legislation introduced now allows working holiday visa holders who have worked in the construction industry in regional Australia for at least three months of their initial year-long working holiday visa will then have the option to extend their stay for an additional year’s residence in Australia.
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02 Jul 08

Many people want to relocate to Australia for the lifestyle

Many people from the UK are applying for an Australian visa for lifestyle choices. According to Shelter Offshore, many British people feel relocating to Australia will provide a more relaxed pace of life.
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02 Jul 08

Australian visitors can apply for second working holiday visa

Holders of an Australian working holiday visa who are working in the construction industry will be able to apply for a second one. According to new plans from the Department for Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Australian working holiday visa holders who have worked in construction for three months will be able to reapply, in order to combat skills shortages.
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02 Jul 08

Australia says G’day to Israel

Australia announced plans to host a week-long festival in Israel next year in an attempt to raise the country’s profile. The G’day Israel festival will be similar to G’day USA-Australia Week, which has been running since 1994 and showcases all that is Australian to Americans, reports JTA news.
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02 Jul 08

Nick Cave’s semi-naked statue for tourism promotion set in stone

Nick Cave has promised to erect a "larger-than-life" bronze statue of his shirtless self riding a horse in his rural hometown of Warracknabeal, 200 miles north-west of Melbourne, reports the Mail Times. The Brighton-based rock star is hoping to encourage tourists to visit the area to see the sculpture.
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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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