457 Labour Market Testing update

*On November 23, the Government announced that adequate testing of the local labour market would be introduced as a necessary requirement for an employer to be able to nominate and employ a 457 worker. Also announced was all available exceptions to this testing, including those based on international trade obligations, occupation-based exemptions, and in situations of major disaster. To read the …

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Calls for IELTS to be reassessed

IELTS may be the most feared five-letter acronym in the English language for an Australian visa applicant, after policy changes back in June 2012 dramatically increased the English-language requirements for permanent residency applicants of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the most commonly-used language proficiency testing system …

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Interview with Sally Neville

Sally Neville Interview: Chief Executive of Restaurants and Catering SA MS: Thanks again for meeting with us today Sally. Could you tell us a little bit about your role and how you came to be in it? SN: Sure. Restaurant and Catering SA is the peak body for the restaurant and catering sector in the …

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MRT and RRT announce Christmas trading hours

The Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) and Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) have announced they will close over the Christmas and New Year period. Closing date: 5.00pm Tuesday, December 24 Re-opening date: 8.30am Thursday, January 2 Anyone seeking further details about the tribunals’ operations over this period can read the full release here.

Government tightens security on border protection

Immigration minister Scott Morrison has announced a new internal taskforce designed to seek out corruption within Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) will be introduced in order to tighten security on Australia’s borders. The implementation of Task Force Pharos follows a number of measures announced by the ABPCS Chief Executive Officer earlier this year, each designed …

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State population target unlikely despite booms being predicted interstate

Adelaide has been a notable absence from the predicted population boom forecast by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) latest findings, which show Australia is on track to double its current population by 2075. The data shows that net overseas migration to be the major cause of increase, calculating that up to 10 million migrants …

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Unauthorised DIBP website flagged

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is warning web users against a fraudulent copycat website posing as an official Departmental site, under the web address www.immigovau.co. A Departmental spokesperson labelled the unauthorised site as a well-camouflaged fake that mimics the appearance and layout of the official webpage, and urged web users to avoid it. …

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Government announces new streamlined process for Student Visas

Education Minister Christopher Pyne and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison have released a joint media release heralding an overhaul of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework from early 2014. The changes include: A reduction in the number of assessment levels from five to three (AL1, AL2 and AL3). Re-classification of countries and education sectors currently subject …

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