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 […]

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 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 […]

Australia Work Visa – An Overview

By |July 6th, 2012|

Australia Work Visa is one of the more common search terms used by visitors to getting down under HQ. With this in mind and in an effort to provide a slightly more succinct answer for those seeking information on the Australian Work Visa, we thought we’d pull together this article

If you want to apply […]

Tony Abbott To Push For Increased Migrant Numbers

By |April 30th, 2012|

According to an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Tony Abbott will push for a major boost of skilled workers from overseas – ”the best possible immigrants to Australia” – with a pledge to make employer-sponsored visas the mainstay of a Coalition government migration program.

But in outlining the Coalition’s migration policy should it win office, he will argue the government has buckled to union concerns and made it more difficult for business to bring in overseas labor – with skilled workers on so-called 457 visas dwindling to barely 10 per cent of all new arrivals.

”These are the best possible immigrants to Australia,” his speech notes say. […]

Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Program Changes Announced

By |March 14th, 2012|

Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen has announced significant changes to simplify the process for the permanent employer-sponsored visa program with the changes to be introduced on 1 July 2012.

The reforms will improve the program’s ability to:

meet Australia’s economic needs
respond quickly to labour market demand
ensure that limited program places go to those who will make the
greatest contribution to Australia.The key changesIn 2011, a comprehensive review of the permanent employer-sponsored visa program including public consultation was conducted. The key reforms that evolved from the review include: […]