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  1. Visas and immigration
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  2. Visas and immigration
    People moving to Australia to live and work make up the majority of the increase in the nation's population, official figures show. Australia has always been a popular country for expats thanks to its lifestyle and even changes in immigration rules and visa regulations is not putting people off...
  3. Visas and immigration
    New funding of $19.4 million is to be provided by the Australian Government to attract skilled migrants to take up jobs and move to regional Australia in the next four years and encouraged to become permanent residents. Immigration Minister David Coleman has announced that regional employers...
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    Australians continue to recognise the benefits of immigration despite concerns about population growth and they accept that people from other nations makes Australia a stronger nation. Some 85% consider immigrants and their diverse cultural and views a benefit to Australian society, according...
  5. Visas and immigration
    The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated that the Government is discussing cutting the number of immigrants given visas to live and work in the country. In a speech he hinted that States could be given more of a say in determining immigration levels and this would put an end...
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    Matching the skills of people who want to move to Australia to work with the skills shortages in rural and regional Australia will be the key to the success of the new approach that the nation aims to adopt, it is claimed. According to Alan Tudge, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and...
  7. Visas and immigration
    Australia's population has exceeded 25 million, increasing by the equivalent of one person every one minute and 23 seconds, according to official figures, amid calls for migration to be targeted towards regional areas. Much of the growth is led by people moving to Australia to live and work...
  8. Visas and immigration
    People moving to live and work in Australia are almost always successful, often more so than those born in the country but the Government is still considering introducing some kind of 'values' test. Australia already requires newcomers to sign a values statement but Citizenship and...
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    Lifestyle is the number one attraction for people moving to Australia and they are also attracted by the nation's democratic traditions and freedoms, a new survey has found. But new arrivals are having different settlement experiences once they get to Australia and not all improve their...
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    Despite calls for immigration to Australia to be reduced, a leading business group is warning that there are skills shortages in manufacturing, construction and defence. According to the Australia Industry Group, occupations in these sectors may need to employ skilled professionals from abroad...
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    A former Australian Prime Minister has called for immigration to be cut and even hit out at backpackers from overseas taking jobs even although locals may not want them. Tony Abbott described the current level of immigration in Australia as 'very, very high' and the cause of stagnant wages...
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    People who move to Australia to work and live from abroad should be encouraged to do so outside of Sydney to reduce pressure on housing, education and transport, it is suggested. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed that immigration numbers may need to fall in response to a speech...
  13. Visas and immigration
    Australia is likely to remain an attractive destination for independent skilled migrants but the nation needs to harness the skills and experience of everyone, including those from overseas, according to a new report. Not everyone who arrives in the country gets a job that uses their skills in...
  14. Visas and immigration
    The Home Affairs Department in Australia is asking for submissions on what kind of people are needed to work in the country from overseas as part of its aim to make immigration stronger and more relevant. It is asking for opinions particularly relating to immigration in regional areas which...
  15. Visas and immigration
    A number of changes come into force for the new year in Australia affecting those who already live in the country and those planning to move in 2018. One of the biggest changes for people who want to move to Australia to work in 2018 relates to visas with the popular 457 visa stream ceasing to...
  16. Visas and immigration
    The new Home Affairs super ministry is now in place in Australia with Peter Dutton, former immigration minister, at the helm of the Government department taking care of immigration, law enforcement and security. Dutton said it is a significant change at a time when Australia is facing a growing...
  17. Visas and immigration
    The largest number of people moving to Australia in several years were recorded in the 12 months to July 2017 with the states of New South Wales and Victoria seeing the biggest increase. Official figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that there were 245,400 arrivals...
  18. Visas and immigration
    Australia benefits enormously both economically and socially from immigration but it should be acknowledged that not everyone fits in right away, according to a new parliamentary report. More English lessons, cultural orientation and community support hubs would help new arrivals and make their...
  19. Visas and immigration
    The majority of people in Australia believe that accepting immigrants from many different countries makes Australia stronger but more people say they have encountered discrimination because of their ethnicity. The tenth Scanlon Foundation social cohesion report reveals that there has been a...
  20. General chit-chat and news
    Relations between Australia and China have been going from strength to strength with easier access to visas and more people from the Asian country visiting than ever before. Now that has been boosted by trade links which will give businesses and entrepreneurs from both countries even more...
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