Migrants to save the next generation

The 2015 Inter-generational Report (IGR) has revealed that migration will be the key to tackling Australia’s ageing population. In 2013-14, around 88 per cent of migrants were aged under 40 years. In comparison, 2014 population statistics revealed that 54 per cent of the resident Australian population was aged under 40 and 54 per cent of …

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Nick Xenophon’s new migrant plan

Mark talks about how Australia’s migration system serves the interests of relatively high-growth cities. Mark says that we need a plan that looks at the needs of the rest of the country, which is struggling economically and on the employment front.

Educate them and they will come

by Paul Bidmeade Each international student (including their friends and family who visit) contributes an average of $28,921 in value to the Australian economy. According to a report by Access Economics titled ‘The Australian education sector and the economic contribution of international students,’ the study revealed that for every two formal international students, one friend …

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Review of the CSOL underway

As the Abbott government prepares to review the Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL), Chamber of Commerce and Industry director Jenny Lambert doesn’t want the CSOL list shortened. Ms Lambert said the CSOL review needed to take an evidence-based approach that ­examined the locations and professions with high approvals of 457 visas. She said the Australian …

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Changes to student visa framework

Following an international student gold rush in Australia, Federal Education Minister the Hon Christopher Pyne MP  and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash have declared there will be changes to the student visa system in mid-2016, to be known as the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF). In June the …

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Money down the drain: Temporary residents unclaimed super

by Paul Bidmeade Over the years temporary residents have left behind millions of dollars’ worth of unclaimed superannuation. As of December 31 2014, there was $550 million worth of unclaimed superannuation from former Australian temporary residents. The Australian Taxation Office revealed that by the end of 2014 there were 770,000 accounts of unclaimed super from …

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Australia’s over-stayers

Last year the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) released information that showed that over 62,000 non-citizens were living unlawfully in Australia as of June 30, 2014. A breakdown of the numbers revealed that there was 62,100 people who had stayed in Australia after their visas expired. There were 44, 840 of those who …

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Priority 5 migration backlog

The Federal Government has revealed that there is a skilled migration “backlog of cases” caused by the former Rudd government’s skilled shortage migration model in 2009. Each year the Department of Immigration and Border Protection allocates the number of skilled migration visas the Australian government is willing to grant. The remaining unallocated skilled migrants are …

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