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A British Expat, founder of Getting Down Under and a lover of Australian Beer. Marks Posts can also be followed via Twitter and Facebook

Federal Government announces changes to 457 visa program

By |March 25th, 2015|

On 25 February 2014 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash announced an Independent Review of Integrity in the subclass 457 programme. In mid-March 2014 the panel began a period of extensive consultations with key stakeholders, including industry groups, unions, peak bodies, academics, 457 programme sponsors and State, Territory and Commonwealth government […]

Australia Working Holiday Now Available Visitors From Poland

By |September 10th, 2014|

On 28 March 2014, Australia and Poland announced that a reciprocal work and holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement between the two countries had been signed.

The arrangement enables young adults (aged 18 – 30 years) from Poland and Australia to enjoy an extended holiday in each other’s country, during which they may undertake short term work […]

Spain Added to Australia’s working holiday program

By |September 4th, 2014|

The signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Spain will give young people from both countries a unique opportunity to experience the vibrancy of each other’s culture, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash […]

Australian Parent Visa Gets The Axe

By |June 20th, 2014|

On 2 June 2014 the government stopped taking applicants for the following visas classes:

Parent (non-contributory) visas:

• subclass 103 (Parent)
• subclass 804 (Aged Parent)

Other Family visas:

• subclasses 114 and 838 (Aged Dependent Relative)
• subclasses 115 and 835 (Remaining Relative) and
• subclasses 116 and 836 (Carer)

Why is the Government ceasing new applications for these visas?

The focus of […]

More choice in English language testing

By |June 3rd, 2014|

Applicants for a number of visas are being given more choice in English language testing.

From November this year, people applying for Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Work and Holiday and Former Resident visas will be able to provide the department with a test score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) […]

Top Tips When Using Australian Migration Agents

By |April 23rd, 2014|

Well hello there :bye: Gosh it’s quiet on the news front at the moment. In fact so quiet that the only Australian Immigration news appearing in my customised Google news feed references the fact that Australian Immigration may linked to drinking dry spell. Serious news indeed!!

To be fair this is pretty big news for the […]

Overseas Skills Registry Connecting Overseas Skilled Workers With Victorian Employers

By |March 25th, 2014|

The Overseas Skills Registry is a new online service making it easier for overseas skilled workers who have skills in demand to connect with Victorian employers.

The registry is designed to broaden overseas skilled workers’ local networks, and support them to access job interviews and employment.

Using the registry, overseas skilled workers can create an online profile […]

Hmmmm – Site Issues

By |March 20th, 2014|

Hi Guys

Just a short note, our site appears to be a little broken at the moment so we are looking to fix it as soon as we can.

In the meantime, the format of our site will be a little ‘average’. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We’ll look to get the issues addressed as soon as […]

Dogs and Cats Moving To Australia – Quarantine Period Reduced

By |February 22nd, 2014|

It seems like forever since I wrote the post about taking your pet dog or cat to Australia. I guess to a degree, it was a long time. Almost 8 years as a matter of fact. How time flies when your having fun :-)

So I guess the reason for this post is because I bring […]

Next Skillselect Invitation Monday 10th February

By |February 6th, 2014|

The next Skillselect invitation round is next Monday 10th February for anyone out there who might be interested.

An interesting announcement on the Australian Immigration website (link) though, it looks like for the subclass 489 – Skilled Regional (Provisional) (Sponsored) visas, numbers will be limited.

Please note invitation rounds will be held on the second and fourth […]

Throw Another Shrimp On The Barbie Video

By |January 17th, 2014|

Yay. It’s Friday. I hope you’ve all had a good week and are ready for the weekend ahead?

Its forecast to be a steamy one here in Perth this weekend. Since the crazy weather we had last weekend the weather this week has been quite pleasant with cool nights returning and day time temps in the […]

Surviving Armageddon

By |January 13th, 2014|

So, we made it. Perhaps Armageddon, a term often used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world scenario might be pushing things a little, still this weekends weather events were a little obscure to say the least.

Apparently this weekend, the Western Australian Bush was the hottest place on earth. Temperatures […]

Perth Weather – What A Scorcher

By |January 10th, 2014|

So this weekend it’s going to be hot. How hot? On Saturday its forecast to be 44 Celsius or 111.2 Fahrenheit in old money.. In the shade… like…hot.. super-hot!!

On Saturday night the temperatures will ‘plunge’ to a sticky 26 C or 78.8 F..! :wacko:

“Oh its hot” or “Gosh its unbearable” or “I need to get […]

Apply For Wanted Down Under

By |January 10th, 2014|

Wanted Down Under, the TV show from the BBC is airing again and as usually happen, I get quite a few emails and comments from people looking to apply for Wanted Down Under thinking that Getting Down Under is somehow connected to the BBC’s TV Show.

I’ve been following Wanted Down Under since I wrote about the […]

Heading Back To Blighty

By |January 9th, 2014|

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted a ‘blog entry’ and I think it’s fair to say that the focus of my posts in the last 12 months or so has been the latest immigration news effecting wannabe migrants.

This is something I’d like to try and address during 2014. I’m hopeful that the entries […]

Video – Western Australias Beautiful Landscapes

By |January 9th, 2014|

Luscious, scenic, and filled with remarkably diverse experiences.

This film which is getting a bit of air time on the TV here in Oz at the moment begins with the dramatic landscape of the Stirling Ranges, and moves through stunning South West locations including the coastal views of the Cape to Cape Walk, the cathedral roof of […]