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Average Australian House Price On The Rise

By |January 6th, 2014|

It’s been a while since we published an update on the state of the housing market here in Oz so I thought I’d use the focus of our first article for 2014 to do just that.

To begin with, by way of context, it’s worth mentioning that data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that the national population of Australia increased by 407,027 persons over the 12 months to June 2013.

This increase equates to a growth rate of 1.79% over the year making it the most rapid rate of population growth since December 2009.

This increase in population has had a compound effect on the average house prices here in Australia.

Data obtained from the property information and analytics firm RPdata has identified that the average annual increase in house prices across Australian capital city represents an aggregate rise of 9.8% to $540,000 AUD. […]

Happy New Year 2014

By |December 31st, 2013|

Hi Guys. Please let me take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the new year! :yahoo:

At time of typing, 2013 has nearly come to an end and by Australian Migration standards, 2013 has I think, been a relatively quiet year.

We’ve had three changes in Australian Immigration ministers in the last 12 […]

Western Australian Population Surges With Australian Visa Holders

By |November 22nd, 2013|

The population of Western Australia increased to 2.5 million people in March this year according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – with over 60% of the growth due to Australian visa holders.

Western Australia is the country’s largest yet most remote state, meaning the state has relied on Australian visa holders to capitalise on its abundant natural resources in the height of the mining boom.

The state’s population has been growing steadily as both Australian and international workers have flocked to high paying positions in the state’s remote mining and construction projects, finally reaching 2.5 million people for the first time earlier on this year.

“WA’s population nudged 2.5 million people at the end of March, 2013 and grew at annual rate of 3.4% or 82,600,” said Bjorn Jarvis from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). […]

Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List

By |October 26th, 2013|

Just a heads up that the Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development will release the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) for 2013-2014 on 28 October 2013.

If you’re looking to apply via the State Nomination visa route, it’s important to remember that you must have an occupation on the WASMOL to be […]

Australians the worlds richest people

By |October 9th, 2013|

There’s lots of benefits associated with moving to Australia? Sunny weather, a better lifestyle, beautiful beaches and the Aussie way of life but to name just a few.

According to a new survey undertaken by company, Credit Suisse, you can add being ‘completely minted’ onto the list.

According to the report released today, the median wealth of adult Australians stands at $US219,505 ($233,504) – the highest level in the world.

Median wealth is the midpoint between richest and poorest, meaning that 50 per cent of the population has more than $233,504, and 50 per cent less than that.

By the measure of average wealth, Australians fall back to second with $US402,578 per person, ranking behind the Swiss who were the world’s richest on $US513,000. […]

Australian Family Visa Scheme

By |September 18th, 2013|

We’ve already written an article providing an overview of the Australian Skilled Migration Visa Categories. This time we’ll provide you with an overview of the Australian Visa types relating to Family Migration.

Applicants applying under one of the family related visa classes are selected on the basis of the family relationship to a sponsor in Australia. These will […]

The Australian Skilled Migration stream

By |September 18th, 2013|

The large array of Australian visa options can be a little intimidating for some. With this in mind we thought we’d write a couple of articles to provide an overview of the main Australian visa categories.

When emigrating to Australia, Migrants apply under one of three main streams; the skilled migration scheme, the Australian Family Visa scheme […]

IT Workers On 457 Visas Needed To Plug The Gap

By |September 1st, 2013|

A state parliamentary inquiry into skills shortages is yet to hear from the Australian technology industry, but it has already signaled it will make recommendations to the federal government on 457 visas.

The NSW inquiry by the Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Development has held two hearings, it has two more scheduled, in Coffs Harbour in September and in Sydney in October, with a report due to be tabled in Parliament in November.

On Monday it heard companies would struggle to staff large projects such as the national broadband network (NBN) without importing workers on 457 visas.
The size and nature of the NBN rollout means it does create some challenges, Australian Industry Group NSW director Mark Goodsell told the inquiry. […]

Australian Migration Agent Fees – 2013

By |August 19th, 2013|

It was all the way back in 2011 when we last wrote about the fee’s charged by registered Australian migration agents.

With this in mind I thought it would be useful to provide an update for those of you currently contemplating using a migration agent to emigrate to Australia.
Australian Migration Agent Fees
The table below details the […]

Schools In Australia And How To Choose The Right One

By |August 13th, 2013|

It seems like forever ago that we were choosing a school down under for our 4 year old.

I guess it was to a degree. All the way back in February 2006, we researched schools in Australia and visited what was then to become the first school our son would attend when we arrived permanently in Australia (You […]

Nursing Jobs In Australia And How To Find Them

By |August 8th, 2013|

There are a diverse range of skills in demand within Australia and if your one of the lucky ones who holds one of these skills, making the move down under can, for you be that little bit easier.

Following our Australia mining jobs article we thought we’d provide another article covering one of the most popular professions used by people looking to use their skillset to help them secure a place in Australia:
Nursing Jobs in Australia
If you are currently working as a nurse in your home country and you’re looking to immigrate to Australia then you are in luck.

At time of typing, nurses are one of the most highly demanded jobs in Australia.

There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available within most of the states in Australia. The icing on the cake? Most visa applications for nurses receive priority processing too!

If your currently doing a nursing job in an English speaking country then you’ll probably know someone (or at least know someone who knows someone) who has secured a nursing job in Australia. The Australian government spends a lot of time advertising nursing jobs overseas and frequently travels to places such as the UK and the US hoping to tempt local nurses with the quality of Australian life and the benefits that come with the nursing jobs in Australia. […]

Medicare – An Overview Of Australias National Healthcare Service

By |August 6th, 2013|

 Depending on your home country’s agreement with Australia, and your visa status, you may be entitled to Australia’s national healthcare service, more commonly known as Medicare.

Those on permanent visas are entitled to the same Medicare benefits as Australian citizens.

Within Australia, Medicare usually covers:

Free or subsidised treatment by health professionals such as doctors, specialists, optometrists, dentists […]

Australian 457 Laws Changed To Protect Local Jobs

By |July 1st, 2013|

New laws to strengthen the 457 temporary visa system will ensure employers only use the scheme to fill genuine skill shortages, and look local first before hiring workers from overseas.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor said legislation that passed through Parliament today would protect local workers and ensure young people did not miss out […]

Australia’s 2013-14 Migration Program Numbers Released

By |May 20th, 2013|

Australia’s 2013-14 migration program will be maintained at 190 000 places in 2013-14

Broken down, the numbers provides 128 550 places for skilled migrants, 60 885 places for family migration and 565 places for migration under special eligibility.

The government has made a small shift of 700 places – from the skill stream to the family stream – in response to the continuing high levels of demand for family stream places from Australians, particularly in the partner category.
‘Skilled migration continues to make up more than two-thirds of the program because of its obvious benefits to our economy and society,’ Minister for Australia Immigration, Brendon O’Connor said. ‘Targeted skilled migration enables Australia’s economy to grow by addressing skills gaps and bottlenecks.

‘It is important that our skilled migration program is driven by genuine skills needs. Under the Gillard Government, skilled migration to Australia will continue to be carefully targeted to ensure skilled migrants complement but do not replace the domestic labour force.’ […]

Australian 457 Visa Program To Be Clamped Down

By |March 5th, 2013|

He’s only been in charge for a month however new Australian immigration minister Brendan O’Connor, has announced changes to the Australian 457 Visa program following evidence that one of the country’s main temporary work visas is being abused by Australian companies to undercut Australian workers and has announced a crackdown.

The federal government accused some employers of discriminating against Australians with Mr O’Connor saying the 457 visas will be tightened to ensure they are only used to address genuine skills shortages, and local workers are getting a “fair go”. […]

Australian Skills Assessments – Do you have what it takes?

By |February 27th, 2013|

Australia is the only country in the world that has a pre-migration skills assessment scheme with the aim being to help you find out if you have the necessary skills and qualifications to work in your nominated occupation once you arrive in Australia.

The skills assessment scheme has achieved encouraging results for skilled migrants in the Australian labour market. The Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants shows that more than 90 per cent of offshore skilled migrants who migrate with a satisfactory skills assessment are in skilled employment within six months of arriving in Australia.

If you want to apply for an Australian points tested skilled migration visa, you will need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect and be invited to apply for a visa. […]