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Illegal workers detained in Western Australia

The Australian Border Force (ABF) released a statement regarding the recent detainment of 14 illegal workers who were under employment at a Western Australian farming property.  The workers were from Malaysia and Indonesia and were all working illegally at the property.  Several had had their working visas cancelled due to breaching visa conditions while the […]

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Regional Australia in need of skilled workers

Skilled workers are needed in regional Australia  and not the capital cities due to labour shortages in the oil and gas industries, according to Mr Andrew Smith, the Chairman of Shell Australia. “Today Australia’s economic growth is being driven by Melbourne and Sydney with their diverse economies. But as we strive for a more prosperous […]

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Tertiary qualifications improving chances of employment in Australia

With the number of skilled visa applications to Australia increasing every year, the competition between applicants is proving that having a tertiary qualification is becoming a distinct advantage in finding employment. The Australia Bureau of Statistics has released figures showing that the number of successful skilled visa applicants holding a tertiary qualification has risen from […]

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Knowing your sponsorship options as a business

Any business owner knows the value of a good employee and what a difference their contribution can make to a business. So when that golden employee is currently working for you through a skilled visa, what are your options as an employer if you are considering sponsoring them? There are several steps you need to […]

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SkillSelect Invitation Rounds for August

There have been a few changes from the usual occupations listed on the Australian Governments SkillSelect program.  The most significant one being the amount of the Pro Rata Occupations which has been doubled from 3 to 6. An occupations becomes classified as Pro Rata when an above-average number of Expressions Of Interest has been lodged […]

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Skilled migration targets Tradespeople

A recent review of the required skills for Australia has highlighted a new skill set that is in high demand and it isn’t IT. There appears to be a significant shortage of tradespeople so much so that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have advised that if you have 5 years experience but no […]

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Skilled Occupation List Updated – July 2016

The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure that the needs of the Australian workforce and economy are being met through the skilled worker immigration channels.  This is to assist Australia in both the short-term and long-term. This particular review was conducted by the Department of Education and Training across late […]

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Call for investigation on fraudulent Australian visas

Unscrupulous migration agents and fraudulent visa applicants are in the spotlight this week after a recent investigation presented by the ABC 7:30 Fairfax media program highlighted many issues of concern for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. “Numerous investigations [by the department] revealed massive fraud within our Student, Skilled Migration, 457 programs.” Said […]

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Gold Coast Retail boom boosts employment

It has been a busy time for retailers and shoppers alike, especially on the Gold Coast where three major shopping centres have undergone transformations and refurbishments. According to Local business directory Local Suburb the biggest one on the calendar was Pacific Fair with it’s big unveiling of a $670 million redevelopment of it’s centre earlier […]

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Department targets illegitimate ‘genuine positions’

When applying for the popular 457 visa allowing you to live and work in Australia, you need to be able to approve that the job you will be doing is in fact a ‘genuine position.’ As defined by the Department of Immigration a genuine position is a job that has been advertised in Australia and […]

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