Planning for the 2012-2013 Migration Program

Planning for the 2012-2013 Migration Program

With the Australian government soon to announce the 2012–13 Migration Program,we thought it may be useful to explain how the government plans for and determines the migration program’s size and composition. As you’ll have probably guessed, there are many more people wanting to migrate to Australia permanently than the country […]

Australian migration program delivering the skills for a healthy economy – Apparently!

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, has announced the latest statistics on the Australian migration program saying that it is still delivering the skills Australia needs for a healthy economy. Mr Bowen said the Government’s targeted approach to overseas workers was helping to fill critical skills in healthcare and […]

Migration Agents – Migrant numbers need to increase to support infrastructure projects

The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) has warned the government that work on infrastructure projects will be difficult to accomplish following the decision to put restrictions on the skilled migration program. While the MIA welcomed the Australian immigration ministers decision to increase the number of humanitarian and family reunion Australian […]

New Zealanders won’t be affected by Australian skilled migration cutback

After cutbacks to the Australian skilled migration program this week, former New Zealand Immigration Minister Aussie Malcolm reassured New Zealanders that they would still be able to continue emigrating to Australia. The Australian Government last week announced the Australian skilled migration program would be reduced by nearly 18,000 to 115,000 […]

Important changes to Australian skilled-sponsored visas for ACT and NT

The Canberra (ACT) and Northern Territory (NT) governments have made important changes to their State/Territory skilled-sponsored migration programs, including removing occupations from their skills-in-demand lists. The announcement comes at a time when the Federal Government announced a reduction, and more targeted approach, to the Australian skilled migration program, affecting thousands […]

Australian Visas – An Overview

Australia is a popular destination. Gone (or nearly) are the associations with convicts from Mother England and bars filled with muscle-bound sheep-shearers (women not allowed). Now if you ask for someone’s impression of Australia they’re likely to say “cosmopolitan”, “outdoor living”, “beaches”, “scenery”, “Great Barrier Reef”, “sophisticated” even. However, if […]