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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Thumbnail image for New report reveals how immigration has changed Australia

New report reveals how immigration has changed Australia

September 19, 2014 Australia Immigration

A new publication from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals how the nation has changed over hundreds of years, with a lot of the change down to immigration. Australians today are older, more likely to live in urban areas, have fewer children and are more likely to be born overseas than a century ago, according [...]

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Visa fees to be examined in wider border protection review

September 18, 2014 Australia

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has announced a review into Australia’s border related fees, charges, visas and taxes on behalf of the Immigration minister. Each year, border agencies collect around $3 billion in revenue from border related fees and charges. This is in addition to the billions that are collected by border [...]

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Immigration minister hints that 457 visa changes may be in the works

September 17, 2014 Australia Immigration

Proposals to reform Australian’s 457 visa programme are balanced and measured and are aimed at giving businesses access to the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses, according to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Giving a speech to mark the one year anniversary of the current Australian government, he pledged to respond to the independent [...]

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Special ceremony announced to mark 65th anniversary of Australian citizenship

September 16, 2014 Australia

A special citizenship ceremony will be staged on Wednesday in Australia in the same venue where the first ceremony was held in 1949 as part of the nationwide celebrations, it has been announced. The ceremony at Canberra’s Albert Hall, presided over by the Governor General, is part of events across the country to celebrate the [...]

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Australian immigration targets reached with total of 190,000 new migrants

September 16, 2014 Australia Immigration

The Australian Government’s target of attracting 190,000 new migrants in the latest financial year has been achieved, it has been announced. The data from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) shows that Australian industry benefited with the majority of the permanent migration visas, some 128,550 places, granted within the skilled stream. Immigration Minister [...]

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Chinese snapping up ‘Significant Investor’ visas in Australia

September 12, 2014 Immigration Documentation

The Significant Investor visa is becoming more popular as the preferred option for high net worth individuals to gain residency in Australia. The latest statistics issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) show that 343 visas were granted, representing inbound investment into Australia of over $1.7 billion. A total of 1,582 Expressions [...]

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Australia’s 457 visa programme set for change

September 11, 2014 Australia Immigration

Australia’s 457 visa programme needs robust new foundations to strike a balance between flexibility, productivity and integrity, according to an independent review. The visa programme, which allows people to work in Australia for up to four years, has been heavily criticised in recent months, including accusations that it discriminates against Australians. Now, the independent review [...]

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Australia urges everyone to take part in this year’s Citizenship Day

September 10, 2014 Australia

Australians, immigrants and expats are all being urged to take part in this year’s Australian Citizenship Day, which is celebrated annually on 17 September. Introduced in 2001, this special day celebrates the common bond of citizenship in Australia’s diverse society. Australia’s population is made up of people from over 300 ancestries and according to a [...]

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Melbourne sees largest popular growth in Australia

September 9, 2014 Australia

Melbourne is proving to be the most popular place in Australia, with the latest data showing that the city’s population has again exceeded Sydney’s. Between 2008 and 2013, not only did Melbourne grow faster (at 11% compared to 8% for Sydney), but it also experienced a larger increase in population at 416,500, compared to 347,500. [...]

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Airport eGates to be expanded across Australia

September 8, 2014 Australia

The next generation of automated departures, eGates, are to be rolled out at each of Australia’s eight major international airports starting in 2015, it has been announced. Immigration minister Scott Morrison said that the deployment of eGate technology is part of the government’s commitment of $158 million in additional funding for Immigration and Border Protection [...]

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Spain signs work and holiday visa arrangement with Australia

September 5, 2014 Australia

Spain is the latest country to sign a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement with Australia aimed at young people from both countries. The work and holiday visa programme aims to provide a unique opportunity for young people to experience the vibrancy of each other’s culture. ‘The arrangement signed at Parliament House means young people [...]

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