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08 Mar 05

Australia and New Zealand compete for skilled visa immigrants

According to New Zealand's finance minister Michael Cullen, Australia and New Zealand are competing against each other to attract skilled migrants. In an effort to boost their respective economies and fill gaps in the skills market, the two countries are seeking the same individuals and families looking at emigrating to Australia and New Zealand.
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08 Mar 05

Australian immigration to increase through skilled visa program

Following comments made by Prime Minister John Howard last week, the Australian Immigration Minister confirmed Australia’s skills shortage and an increase in the number of skilled visas to be issued by the Australian government.
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03 Mar 05

Australia to increase immigration through skilled migration

Australia’s Prime Minister, John Howard, has voiced support for an increase to Australian immigration to counter a shortage of skilled labour and rising labour costs.
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28 Feb 05

Australian visa holders encouraged to stay

The Australian Government will relax immigration regulations to make it easier for the 26,000 foreign workers sponsored by Australian businesses who enter the country each year to gain permanent residency when their four-year working visas expire.
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22 Feb 05

New Australian visa attracts skilled migrants to Victoria

A new Australian visa initiative to attract skilled migrants to Victoria and other regional areas of Australia is set to increase the number of migrants in these areas.
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18 Feb 05

Labour shortage forecast for Australia

The ageing of Australia's population will lead to permanent labour shortages across many industries by 2010, suggests a recent report.
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16 Feb 05

Visa overstayers detained in Northern Victoria

Sixty eight illegal workers and visa overstayers have been located in and around the northern Victorian towns of Nathalia, Murchison, Yarrawonga and Numurkah, said the Australian Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.
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10 Feb 05

UK Working Holiday makers flock to Australia

The Australian Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, announced today Australia has formalised its Working Holiday Maker arrangements with the United Kingdom.
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09 Feb 05

Immigrants make Australia home

A new kit developed by the National Archives will allow migrants and their families access to information about their immigration to Australia, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today.
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09 Feb 05

Australian immigration system blueprint for tougher British controls

Australia's points-based immigration system, now the model for tougher new immigration controls proposed by Britain, was introduced in 1979, a decade after immigration peaked under a post-war policy aimed at increasing the labour force.
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08 Feb 05

UK students and skilled workers drive change in Australian immigration

Thousands more people who come to Australia temporarily for skilled employment or study are choosing to stay for good, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, said Senator Amanda Vanstone.
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