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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Research finds non English-based subjects like art can help migrant children settle

October 1, 2014 Australia Immigration

New research recommends that migrant and refugee children in Australia should be exposed to more non-English-based subjects such as art and sport to help them to make friends. It will also help them with the transition into school education and improve their wellbeing, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide’s school of psychology. A [...]

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Portugal is latest country to join Australian work and holiday visa scheme

September 30, 2014 Education in Australia

The global footprint of Australia’s working holiday programme has expanded again, with the signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Portugal. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said it means that young people from Australia and Portugal will have the opportunity to experience short term work and [...]

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New temporary visas introduced in Oz to sort out refugee backlog

September 29, 2014 Australia Immigration

Australia is to reintroduce a controversial temporary visa system to deal with a huge backlog of asylum seekers, it has been announced. Currently, would-be refugees are dealt with in offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and the tiny South Pacific island nation of Nauru, but some 30,000 who arrived before the policy was set [...]

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Australia tops Brits’ dream vacation wish list

September 26, 2014 Australia Travel

Australia is the top country in the world that British people want to visit as they appreciate the laid back lifestyle, new research shows. Brits dreaming of their number one holiday spot have named Australia as the top place they’d like to visit, in a survey for Travel Cash Prepaid MasterCard. However, the research has [...]

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New electronic immigration health processing in Australia hailed a success

September 25, 2014 Australia Immigration

A new electronic processing system that speeds up Australian immigration health examination results for visa applicants has been hailed a success. The eMedical system, introduced in late 2012 by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), has now processed its one millionth case file. In conjunction with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), it is [...]

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Calls for abuse of Australia’s 457 visa system to be investigated

September 24, 2014 Immigration Documentation

Australia’s 457 visa, which allows overseas workers to work for up to four years, has attracted a lot of controversy with calls being made for an investigation into abuse of the system. The visa programme has been under the spotlight as part of a wider review of immigration by an independent panel, which has recommended [...]

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International students cautioned about paid work visa restrictions

September 23, 2014 Education in Australia

International students studying in Australia should not rely on work to pay for the costs of their studies and living expenses, it is claimed. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is reminding overseas students that while the work conditions offered as part of a student visa provide an opportunity to gain Australian work [...]

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457 visa programme recommendations welcomed

September 22, 2014 Immigration Documentation

The recommendations from the Independent Review into the much-talked-about Australian 457 visa programme have been broadly welcomed. The report, titled Robust New Foundations, contains 22 recommendations which will now be considered by the government. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has already indicated that many of the recommendations are set to be taken on board. In line [...]

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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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