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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Australian investor and 457 visa changes set to be widely welcomed

October 30, 2014 Immigration Documentation

The Australian Government’s recently announced changes to the country’s immigration program, particularly the subclass 457 work visa sector, will be widely welcomed by the business community, it is claimed. The recent announcement includes a streamlined processing of low risk 457 visas and refocused compliance and monitoring activities for high risk sectors as well as reformed [...]

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Canadian and Irish travellers can now use Australia’s ePassport SmartGates

October 29, 2014 Australia Travel

Australia has announced a further expansion of foreign nationals now able to access the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s SmartGate automated border processing technology. SmartGate is now available on a trial basis to Canadian and Irish ePassport holders at all major Australian international airports, bringing the number of nationalities now able to use SmartGate [...]

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Immigration officials caution over 457 visa nomination issues

October 28, 2014 Immigration Documentation

Temporary skilled workers holding 457 visas in Australia are being reminded that they must work for their nominated sponsor in the position for which they were nominated. Officials from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) are also warning about the risks of visa scams and fraud, along with urging visa holders to better [...]

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Tasmania named one of the top 10 places to visit in 2015

October 27, 2014 Australia Travel

Tasmania is not usually at the top of the list of places to visit in Australia, but all that could change after it was named one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit in 2015. It currently sits at number four in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2015’ report, which is an annual collection [...]

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Australia ranks first in the world for wellbeing, says OECD

October 24, 2014 Australia

Australia is the best country in the world to live and Canberra the best city, according to a global study that ranks nations according to wellbeing. The latest updated version of the regional analysis from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks 34 countries according to nine measures of well-being. It looked at [...]

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Israel is latest country to join work holiday visa programme with Australia

October 23, 2014 Australia Immigration

Australia’s work and holiday visa programme has been extended further, with Israel becoming the latest country to sign an agreement. This means that young people from Israel and Australia will be able to apply for working holiday visas, which entitles them to take an extended holiday in each other’s countries while working at the same [...]

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New significant investor visa to be introduced in Australia next year

October 22, 2014 Immigration Documentation

A new Premium Investor Visa is being created in Australia aimed at wealthy people willing to invest in the country and will be available from July 2015, it has been confirmed. The announcement comes after the Australian government endorsed the key findings of the review into the Significant Investor Visa undertaken earlier this year. The [...]

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Further warnings issued over Australian migration agents

October 21, 2014 Australia Immigration

Visa applicants using migration agents in Australia are again being urged to make sure they are registered and also acting lawfully following yet another cancellation. Assistant Immigration and Border Protection Minister Michaelia Cash says that even if the agents have an aura of respectability, it is their conduct that matters. In the latest case, the [...]

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Immigration officials issue anti-fraud warning to 457 visa holders

October 20, 2014 Australia Immigration

Temporary skilled workers holding 457 visas in Australia are being reminded that they must be working in their nominated position or risk having their visa cancelled. ‘If you are found to be working in a different position, your visa can be cancelled. Your sponsor also has an obligation to make sure you are working in [...]

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Survey launched to find out what people want from migration in Australia

October 17, 2014 Australia Immigration

People from around the world are being asked their thoughts on the future of the immigration and visa programmes in Australia. Every year the Department of Immigration and Border Control (DIBP) sets a migration programme to best support Australia’s economic and social goals. This year, to help set the 2015/2016 programme, it has launched a [...]

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457 visa to be reformed; new premium investor visa to be created in Australia

October 16, 2014 Immigration Documentation

Australia’s 457 visa programme for skilled migrants is to be reformed with strong safeguards against abuse, the government has announced. In a joint statement, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Minister for Industry Ian McFarlane and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison said that the 457 programme must be a means of filling genuine skills [...]

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