Australian Migration Rates Increase 18 Percent

By |October 7th, 2012|

The latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown a two year high in Australian immigration.

The net overseas migration for the year ending in March showed an 18% increase on the same period last year, almost 200,000. The report also showed the country’s entire population surpassing 22.5 million, with 57% of the growth being attributed to Australian immigration.

Western Australia’s massive mining industry fuelled the fastest population growth in the country, with more than 70,000 people, over 3%, moving there last year.

Every other Australian state recorded a population growth in the past year but analysts are claiming the lure of high paid, abundant opportunity in the mines of Western Australia and even Queensland to a certain extent, have left New South Wales struggling to attract newcomers. […]

457 visa holders taking advantage of Melbourne opportunities

By |September 11th, 2012|

The unemployment rate in the state of Victoria has risen in the past year but almost 14,000 457 visa holders have still managed to find work in a variety of occupations.

The latest Australian immigration data shows almost 900 construction workers and teachers have each found work in Victoria as well as over 300 doctors, 500 chefs and 240 accountants. […]

Short Term 456 Business Visa Numbers Increase

By |February 20th, 2012|

Australian visa applications for short-term business trips increased to over 120,000 applications in the last quarter of 2011, recent figures show.

An Australian visa in the 456 subclass, also known as the short term business visa, allows the holder to stay in Australia for three months and carry out a range of tasks such as attending conferences, delivering presentations and investigate business prospects.

Australian immigration figures showed an 11.4% increase in applications between September and December 2011, meaning that applications for 456 visas now account for 14% of all visa applications. […]

Australian Immigration Legislation Changes Effective January 1, 2012

By |December 22nd, 2011|

Its getting to that time of year again so worth noting that effective January 1, 2012, the following amendments of the legislation under the Australian immigration will be implemented.

Amendments to remove the discretionary ‘Assurance of Support’ requirement from certain Partner Visas.
Amendment of Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007 relating to the Payment of Fees in Foreign Currencies […]

How much does it cost to use a Migration Agent?

By |January 5th, 2011|

Going it alone or choosing to use a Migration Agent is often one of the first questions people ask themselves when looking to migrate to Australia.

One of the benefits of doing everything yourselves is the costs, however for some, getting an Australian Immigration Agent to do the leg work for you is the preferred, although slightly more costly option. […]

Hung Parliament may affect Immigration Policy in Australia

By |August 28th, 2010|

Last week I wrote this article about the possible impacts of a change in government on Australian immigration policy and at the time of typing I was hopeful that a few days later we would have a result.

Alas.. one week later we are no nearer to a result and it’s looking likely that a of hung Parliament may be on the cards for the first time in 70 years.

Australia’s first hung parliament since 1940 means neither Labor nor the Liberal/National coalition had the majority of 76 seats to form government in their own right. […]

Submit an Article to Getting Down Under

By |January 15th, 2010|

Here at Getting Down Under HQ we’ve focused our efforts on publishing news and articles specific to what’s going on in the world of Australian Immigration right now.

The thing is, there isn’t ALWAYS something going on (of interest to our readers anyway). This means that the pages of our site don’t update as often as we’d like them to and if you are one of the many folks who visit our site every day, it’s not going to be particularly exciting for you either! :)

With this in mind, we have decided to introduce a number of articles written by guest authors. These Articles are focused on educating our Getting Down under readers on the process of migrating to Australia and we’ll look to publish a new article every day for at least the next couple of weeks. If the articles prove to be a popular introduction then we’ll look to source some more. […]

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By |June 21st, 2009|

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Skilled Migration – Dispelling the Myths

By |June 12th, 2009|

Alan Collett at Go Matilda often writes a good article and his more recent article;   ‘skilled migration, dispelling the myths’ is no exception.

Within the article, Alan talks about some of the misconceptions now held by people looking to make the move down under following the announced changes to the skilled migration program made towards the end of last year.

In no particular order, here are some of the comments heard in recent months:

Australia has stopped accepting skilled migrants

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Australia’s skilled migration program (the amount of visas the Immigration Minister requires his Department to grant annually) is the highest on record this year, with a planned 115,000 skilled visas to be granted in the year to 30th of June, 2009. […]

Breaking the link between the Australian Student Visa and Permanent Residence

By |June 12th, 2009|

I read a very interesting letter printed in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning

Within the letter a chap by the name of Michael Jones writes about the strong link between overseas students studying in Australia and perminant Australian residency. He also points out that the $16 billion education industry, our third largest export earner, is largely about selling visas, not education. Very strong words indeed!

Now the thing is… Does he have a point?

I think for starters it’s fair to say that there is indeed a very strong link. Afterall, anyone applying for permanent residency under the skilled migration program needs to show acceptable qualifications and 12 months’ recent, full-time, skilled employment. On the other hand, those with an ‘Australian qualification’ can, after only two years’ study in Australia, qualify for a permanent visa without any work experience, or any intention to work in their field of study. […]

Getting Down Under now on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin

By |June 7th, 2009|

Since launching Getting Down Under in January 2006, our site has evolved from my own personal Blog, tracking the move of my own family down under to more of an online Australian Immigration Magazine providing the latest Australian immigration news, reviews and of course, the odd joke!

Since these early days the internet has continued to develop so today I thought I’d officially launch a couple more channels to keep in touch with our site and with other folk around the world looking to make the move Down under. […]

Where do I start? The Visa Wizard is here to help

By |November 3rd, 2008|

Where do I start is one of the most common questions asked by many of those looking to start a new life down under.

The answer to this question is usually decide which Visa option you’ll utilise to get yourself here, however there are so many visa options available for wannabee Aussies that deciding which one is the most suitable is often one of the trickiest parts of the whole process.

The process may now be a slightly more straight forward one as the Australian Department of Immigration has introduced a new tool to help guide users through the tricky process of choosing the most appropriate visa path.

The “Visa Wizard” is designed to help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances and having had a play around with the wizard this morning it appears to be a pretty useful and user friendly tool […]

The Aussie Immigration Map

By |September 2nd, 2008|

For many wannabe Aussies, choosing where you want to finally reside when you make the momentous move down under can be one of the toughest decisions you’ll ever make. That is until now!

Let me introduce you to the ‘Wannabe Aussie Immigration Map 5000’. This handy map was provided by one of my overly helpful Aussie […]

300,000 more chances to move to Australia

By |June 21st, 2008|

The Australian budget has been and gone and I didn’t pay that much attention to it to be honest.

Having said all that though a post made in our forums suddenly made me realise that the Australian Budget had pretty large implications for all wannabe Aussies.

The Labor party budget for 2008-09 includes an increase of almost 300,000 visas to Australia in a bid to address labour shortages in Australia.

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan revealed a healthy increase of almost 300,000 more permanent and temporary visas to Australia as a part of the Labor Party Budget for the 2008-09. This is the biggest annual increase in visas in the history of Australia’s migration program

The new budget accommodates for an extra 31,000 skilled migrant visas, and over 150,000 other permanent migrant visas such as family visas & spouse visas. […]

Australia increases skilled migrant quota

By |August 12th, 2007|

Good news for people looking to emigrate to Australia under one of the Skilled Visa Classes.

According to a media release made on Wednesday, Australia is issuing more Australian visas to skilled migrants than ever.

The level of migration for 2007-08 will be set at a whopping 152,800 places. This includes an increase of 5,000 places […]

About Us

By |January 17th, 2006|

Welcome to Getting Down Under!

Getting Down Under was launched back in December 2006 and since our Launch the site has continued to grow into one of the most respected Australian Immigration websites on the internet

back in 2006 time, our family which comprises of me, ‘the missus’, our 4-year-old son and two cats were starting to prepare […]