Welcome to AustraliaForum.com

by mfafadmin on October 31, 2008

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Thank you for visiting the new look Australia Forum. You can now access the forums section from here or by clicking any of the links on the right. Our aim is to become one of the best web resources for emigrating and moving to Australia. We provide members with content and a community to help through the long Australian immigration process and settle into your new life overseas. The site is organised into 2 main parts – the forums and the articles. You can access either section using the navigation menu at the top or the right of the site. Enjoy the Australia Forum and we are really thankful to have you here as part of our community.

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Data shows number of 457 visas granted in Australia have fallen

August 28, 2015 Jobs in Australia

The 457 visa, which allows foreigners to work in Australia for up to four years, is a political hot potato and newly released figures are adding to the controversy. On one side, organisations such as trade unions claim there is wide scale abuse of the 457 visa programme with more and more of these visas […]

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Overseas students urged to check their visa entitlement for work in Australia

August 27, 2015 Education in Australia

Student visas for Australia allow young people to work while they are studying in the country, but officials are highlighting that there are rules they need to follow. Working is popular with overseas students, as it can help complement their study and living experience and cope with the costs involved such as living expenses. It […]

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More overseas students in Australia after two years of decline

August 26, 2015 Education in Australia

More and more students are attracted to study in Australia with the latest available data showing record numbers are enrolled of which 25% are from overseas. There were 1.37 million full- and part-time students enrolled in 2014. This total figure represents growth of 4.5% on the previous year, and 0.7% above the longer term average […]

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Australian visas will only be issued electronically from next month

August 25, 2015 Australia Immigration

Labels for Australian visas will cease to be issued from the beginning of next month in a move designed to streamline visa processing and encourage digital service use. According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), the practice of obtaining visa labels often resulted in unnecessary expenses, delays and inconvenience for clients and […]

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Roadshows launched as part of Australian citizenship review

August 24, 2015 Australia Immigration

A wide-ranging consultation process on the value of Australian citizenship is underway including a series of public roadshows to gauge community views. It is an opportunity for people to comment on new measures put forward by the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in May which the government says will strengthen Australian citizenship. The aim is […]

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Row breaks out in Australia over skill requirements for 457 visas

August 21, 2015 Australia

Chinese investment in Australia is regarded as a vital policy for economic growth, but concerns are being raised about the number of visas being granted for Chinese to work on major projects. According to the trade union movement, this means less opportunities for skilled workers in Australia and from other countries. There is also concern about […]

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Visa holders urged to make sure their visas are valid and up to date

August 20, 2015 Australia

The Australian government is continuing to encourage visa holders whose documents are not up to date to seek help from immigration officials so that they can regularise their situation. The Department of Immigration and Border Control (DIBP) frequently sends officials to areas outside big cities so that visa holders with issues can access the correct […]

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Employment organisation reminds backpackers in Australia not to work for free

August 19, 2015 Australia

Backpackers in Australia are being reminded that they have the same working rights as others after it was revealed that two Melbourne businessmen paid themselves wages of $500,000, but those on holiday visas were paid nothing. The men, Jonathan Stielow and Claudio Locaso, have been fined $11,880 each by a court after admitting a company […]

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New row over 457 visas in Australia with unions accused of hypocrisy

August 18, 2015 Australia

A new political row has broken out in Australia over 457 visas, the most common visa for the short term employment of overseas workers, with the revelation that multiple trade unions have used them. This is being labelled as hypocritical as some have been at the forefront of criticising this visa programme for being used […]

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Concerns voiced over new law affecting privacy of individuals arriving in Australia

August 17, 2015 Australia

New laws in Australia have extended the types of biometric identifiers that customs authorities can collect and the circumstances and places in which they can gather them. Immigration authorities will have the legal means to use handheld, fingerprint scanners linked to external law enforcement databases, according to a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the new […]

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Australian commission calls for tougher penalties to protect overseas workers

August 14, 2015 Australia

According to a draft report from the Productivity Commission, tougher penalties are needed to protect overseas workers in Australia from businesses that exploit them in terms of working hours and pay. The report notes that permanent and temporary overseas workers face higher risks of exploitation and at least 50,000 migrants have been working in Australia […]

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