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  1. Visas and immigration
    Australia is on track to become the world's 11th biggest economy within a decade, but it will need immigration to help it to do so, according to a new international report. The Centre for Economics and Business Research, based in London, is forecasting Australia will climb two places on its...
  2. Visas and immigration
    When it comes to immigration in Australia the headlines often mention that it is too high, but now a leading industry chief has actually called for higher levels. Shell Australia chairman Andrew Smith says business leaders should stand up and argue for greater levels of immigration to help...
  3. Education
    The Migration Council in Australia has suggested that there should be a visa lottery for international students to address the severe shortage of skilled professionals in certain areas. In a report it suggests that to address the skills shortage over the medium term there should be a visa...
  4. Jobs and work
    The consultation process for a new entrepreneur visa in Australia has opened with the government seeking feedback to ensure the new visa stream matches expectations. Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne, said the aim of the new visa is to attract the best and...
  5. Visas and immigration
    The world's eyes will be on Australia this weekend as the latest G20 summit is held in Brisbane amid concerns about economic growth in the country. A new analysis shows wage growth in Australia has reached a 17 year low, raising concerns about a prolonged period of stagnation in real living...
  6. Business and investment
    Australia is the top destination for British people moving abroad, according to the annual HSBC expat survey, but the two countries also have major economic and business ties. According to Hugo Swire, British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Australia and Britain have a...
  7. Visas and immigration
    Politicians in Australia are currently delving into the Business Innovation and Investment Visa Programme which has failed to attract the number of people expected. The programme, which was launched in July 2012, has three visa sub classes and was designed to attract overseas entrepreneurs take...
  8. Visas and immigration
    Australia is keen to attract more foreign investment with a new report saying that the country is an excellent place to do business. The 2014 Austrade Benchmark Report presents Australia's attractiveness as a business and investment destination using key economic, financial and demographic...
  9. Visas and immigration
    Reports that China is putting pressure on the Australian government to be allowed to bring in workers for projects funded by Chinese investors have been criticised by trade unions. According to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU,) trade deals should not be negotiated at the expense of...
  10. Visas and immigration
    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has been voted Australia's most attractive employer, followed by Virgin Australia and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in the annual Randstad Awards. It gives those looking to move to Australia to work and live an idea of the top...
  11. Visas and immigration
    Financial accountants, site managers, structural engineers and administrators are just four of the professionals sought by employers as various projects get underway in Australia. According to the latest quarterly report from recruiting experts Hays, there are many different kinds of projects...
  12. Visas and immigration
    Premium visa processing should be offered to people arriving in Australia who are willing to pay extra to be fast tracked, it is claimed. It means they would be able to pay to skip long queues at immigration and customs under a plan backed by the Tourism and Transport Forum, Australia's peak...
  13. Visas and immigration
    Australia will need a more highly skilled and qualified workforce to build a competitive, high end manufacturing base over the next decade, according to a new study by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency. This is good news for skilled people around the world looking to move to...
  14. Visas and immigration
    A British entrepreneur has explained how he used expert advice to help expand his business into Australia. Mark Butcher took control of MyHairDressers.com in August 2010. It is a subscription based service providing online training for hairdressers and he wanted to boost it in countries like...
  15. Visas and immigration
    Australia's Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) is to be reconstituted with new terms of reference as a result of current inquiries into the 457 visa and significant investor visa programmes. Assistant Minister for Immigration Michaelia Cash has announced that the future...
  16. Visas and immigration
    The Australian government has been accused of secretively removing caps on the number of 457 skilled migrant visas which will allow employers to hire an unlimited number of foreign workers on a temporary basis. Union officials say that it is impossible to review the 457 visa programme and...
  17. Visas and immigration
    Despite worries about a contracting economy, the employment outlook in Australia is positive for the second quarter of this year with 22% of employers expecting to employ more staff. Overall Australian employers report favourable hiring intentions with only 11% expecting a decrease in staffing...
  18. Visas and immigration
    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has published an updated sponsorship occupation list for those seeking jobs from overseas. Jobs most in demand currently include engineering managers, child care centre managers, surveyors, civil, geotechnical, structural, transport, and electrical...
  19. Visas and immigration
    Those seeking a new life in Australia are facing lower wages and less choice with unemployment in the country reaching 6%, the highest in a decade. When it comes to pay, the country is likely to see growth of 3% in 2014, down from 4% last year, according to the latest data from global...
  20. Visas and immigration
    Carers for the aged should be included in Australia's skilled occupation list for overseas visa applicants because of a severe shortage in the profession, it is claimed. Australia's Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan has requested that the Minister for Immigration consider including...
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