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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. […]

New Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) For Beijing And Shanghai

By |September 3rd, 2012|

The Australian Department of Immigration has today announced the opening of two new Australian Visa Centres (AVACS) in Beijing and Shanghai targeting an improvement in service delivery for Chinese visitors, skilled migrants and business representatives travelling to Australia.

“AVACs will be located in Beijing and Shanghai to provide more convenient access to immigration and citizenship services for clients in these regions,” a departmental spokesman said today.

“The introduction of the AVACs is part of a number of service delivery improvements across the region.”

In addition to the AVACs becoming operational in early September 2012, considerations are under way for possible AVACs to be opened in Guangzhou and Chengdu in 2013.

The AVACs will provide a range of services including extended operating hours with phone lines operating until 5pm weekdays and internet kiosks with an online application tracking facility that enables clients to view the status of their applications. […]

Australian Headhunters Target American War Vetrans For Mining Jobs

By |August 22nd, 2012|

In the USA, post 9/11 veteran unemployment is now hovering near the 9% mark with further cuts to planned for the future.

It’s not all bad news though as Australian mining companies are stepping up to grab some of that labour for their short staffed operations down under.

With the mines looking for everything from plumbers and electricians, to heavy-equipment operators and project managers, the attraction of pay ranging for these roles ranging from $65K to 200K + is being seen by some veterans as a very positive thing indeed. […]

Migration Numbers Increased To Fill Skill Gaps

By |May 9th, 2012|

Good news for those of you looking to migrate to Australia under the 2012 – 2013 Migration Program. The Federal Government announced yesterday a targeted increase for the the 2012–13 migration program, providing additional places to help fill skills shortages in parts of the Australian economy.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP said the planned migration program in the 2012–13 Budget would provide support to the growth regions and sectors of Australia’s economy struggling to meet acute skills shortages.

‘The measured increase of 5000 places—from 185 000 to 190 000—comes in the context of significant skills gaps in both the short and medium term in certain sectors of our patchwork economy,’ Mr Bowen said. […]

Three New Point Tested Skilled Migration Visa From July

By |May 2nd, 2012|

As our regular readers will know, reforms to Australia’s skilled migration program take effect on 1 July 2012.

Included in these reforms are changes to points tested skilled migration visas for migrants who wish to live and work in Australia without employer sponsorship.

Simplifying eligibility requirements, the changes include the introduction of three new points tested skilled migration visas:

Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa
Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa
Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 489) (provisional) visa.

The distinction between onshore and offshore points tested visas and some threshold requirements will be removed – with more importance being placed on the points test to find the best suited independent skilled migrants. […]

10,000 new mining jobs means industry turns to Australia working visa

By |March 21st, 2012|

A new mine in Western Australia will create 10,000 jobs and place additional strain on the already gaping employment gap, meaning the $7 billion mine owned by magnate Gina Rinehart will rely on Australian working visa holders to operate.

Roy Hill, project managers for the mine, said 2,000 of the total new jobs will be ‘highly paid’ permanent positions for Australian residents, leaving the remainder open to skilled migrants entering the country on an Australian working visa.

Roy Hill applied to the government’s Enterprise Migration Agreement in December which allows large scale projects to recruit foreign skilled workers. […]

Australian Immigration – Migration Program Planning Levels For 2012

By |March 6th, 2012|

I know we are already into March but as we’ve not covered this, I thought it might be worthwhile covering the number of places allocated to Australian Migrants during 2012.

Australia’s permanent immigration program has two components. Migration, for Skilled and Family Stream migrants and those granted a Special Eligibility class visa and Humanitarian, for refugees and others in humanitarian need. […]

Australian 457 Visa Restrictions To Be Changed To Attract Hospitality Workers

By |January 27th, 2012|

The fall in foreign students combined with the rapid increase in highly skilled migrants flocking to Australia’s mines has seen a shortage develop in the hospitality industry.

In response to this shortfall the federal government intends to change Australian visa restrictions to encourage experienced workers for the faltering industry.

Due to changing patterns in Australian immigration routes, the government estimates that the hospitality industry is short 35,000 workers; that number is expected to rise as many as 56,000 by 2015.

The planned changes to the 457 visa requirements are intended to encourage workers such as waiters, bartenders and hotel managers to the country to fill these much needed vacancies. […]

Australian Mining Boom Results In Spike In Greek Migrants

By |January 20th, 2012|

We’ve reported before that the Australian mining boom has been greak for UK workers. Now australia’s thriving economy, demand for skilled workers and relaxed working visa regulations has led to the most short term arrivals from Greece in a decade.

Greece’s slumping economy and growing unemployment rates have meant that thousands of its citizens are leaving the country in droves for work and a better standard of life. And with a mining industry fuelled by Chinese demand, Australian visas are quickly becoming extremely popular in Greece.

With over 1.5% of the entire Australian population being of Greek origin, Australia has been home to one of the largest Greek communities outside of Greece since World War II. […]

Skills Shortages in WA as Eastern States Draw In The Crowds

By |November 21st, 2011|

New figures released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship indicate that despite the skills shortage and employment opportunities in Western Australia, the majority of skilled migrants are choosing to settle in the Eastern states.

The Australian Government’s plan to target skilled foreign labour to the Western Australian mining industry has been dealt a blow with the release of migrant settlement data this week. […]

Skilled Migrants Will Need To Seek Permission Before lodging Application

By |May 30th, 2011|

A radical new item of Australian visa legislation has been announced, with independent skilled migrants set to have to ask permission before lodging their application as of July, 2012.

From July 2012, any skilled migrants applying for an Australian visa will have to lodge an online expression of interest and wait to receive an invitation before they can make a formal application.

The release on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website has the following information about the new system (titled the Skilled Migrant Selection Model): […]

Queensland’s State Migration – Eligible Occupations List Updated

By |December 8th, 2010|

The Queensland State Government has recently updated their state skilled immigration program, including a list of eligible occupations for sponsorship.

According to Senator Chris Bowen, the Gillard Government has a formal commitment to supporting the Australian economy by attracting more skilled migrants who can positively contribute to the workforce and this plan is one of their actions.

Applications for Queensland Government state sponsorship are now open under the Queensland State Migration Plan (SMP). […]

Survey highlights More Skills Shortages

By |November 2nd, 2010|

A survey by a global business consultancy firm says that the ongoing boom in Australia has resulted in low unemployment and a demand for overseas skilled workers to fill gaps in the labor market — a trend that is likely to increase in the future.

According to the report by KPMG entitled Skilled Migration Survey 2010, employers are being forced to increase their skilled migration intake to meet the demand for skilled workers.

The report found that some Australian States such as Queensland and South Australia are experiencing skills shortages; It has been said that to overcome this problem they should apply to employ skilled workers under Australia’s 457 temporary employer-sponsored visa scheme. […]

Migration Places To Be Cut If Coalition Gets Into Power

By |April 7th, 2010|

Tony Abbott’s Coalition will cut net migration levels if it wins government, in a bid to stop Australia’s population reaching its predicted size of almost 36 million in 2050.

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison yesterday told The Australian the Rudd government had allowed immigration to rise too high and the population figure that Treasury’s Intergenerational Report predicted last September for 2050 was unsustainable.

Mr Morrison said the Coalition would not allow the average net overseas migration of more than 300,000 a year that had occurred since the Rudd government took power to continue. […]

Australian skilled migrants are highly paid professionals

By |February 22nd, 2010|

Almost 90 per cent of temporary skilled migrants who were granted Subclass 457 visas in 2009-10 to date are managers and professional workers, new figures show.

The average total salary package for all new Australian temporary skilled migrant workers is almost $100,000 – an increase of $10,000 on the same time last year.

The highest paid workers on a Subclass 457 Australia visa were in the mining industry, with an average total remuneration of $169,000, followed by the financial and insurance services sector at $127,600.

Temporary skilled overseas workers in Western Australia were the highest paid with an average total remuneration of $114 800, followed by New South Wales ($101,100), Queensland ($97,900), Victoria ($94,200), Tasmania ($94,100), Northern Territory ($85,500), ACT ($83,600) and South Australia ($81,700). […]

Nurses GPs Trainee Doctors and Computing professionals top 457 Visa list

By |January 13th, 2010|

Australia Immigration figures show applications for 457 visas (temporary skilled workers visas) fell 49 per cent in the five months to November, after the laws were tightened requiring employers to pay equal wages and lift conditions for foreign workers.

Despite these changes, the numbers for the same visa class began to pick up through October and November as employers became more familiar with the rules. Currently, more than a third of the country’s temporary skilled migrants work in NSW.

The Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, said a report released Monday on temporary workers provided evidence the changes were having the intended effect as the Australian average salary jumped to AU$85,300, from $74,700 in the same period a year earlier. […]