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New Brisbane Casino set to start employment boom for South East Queensland

Last month the Queensland government announced it had given approval to the Chinese Echo group for the $2 billion development of Brisbane’s Queen Street Wharf which was inclusive of Brisbane’s newest casino. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk was excited to announce the winning proposal which was competing against James Packers Crown Casino group for the development.…

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Spirit of Tasmania given the all clear on visa workers

The $31.5 million project to refurbish the Spirit of Tasmania ferry has been given the official seal of approval by the Department of Immigration.  Initially there had been concern led by the Tasmanian Opposition party that the foreign workers used to work on the project where encroaching on Australian jobs. The Department of Immigration investigated…

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Australia Post caught up in immigration racket

Australia Post has been unwittingly caught up in an immigration scandal stemming from a private contractor working for the company. The Australian Federal Police worked alongside Border Force officers to conduct raids on properties across Melbourne including Australia Post delivery centres. The raids came from reported claims that Baljit Singh who was contracted by Australia…

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Foreign owned properties well tenanted on the Gold Coast

The governing body for properties in Queensland, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has advised that the occupancy rates of investment properties on the Gold Coast are strong. The Gold Coast itself is a popular destination for not only investors but for many Australians who are wanting a sea change and better climate. With…

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Should foreigners be able to buy their way into Australia?

This is the question being asked on the back of the Australian governments latest proposal due to be released as a draft recommendation in November this year. The proposal is recommending a review of how much the immigration entry charges can influence a foreigner’s likelihood on being granted a visa to Australia. The proposal will…

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International students contribute to surge in 457 Visa applications to Australia

The popularity of the 457 Visa program continues to grow with applicants from India, Britain and China leading the charge by accounting for over 50% of the applications.  The figures which were released recently by the Australian Department of Immigration have also highlighted that more than 25% of applications are made from students and backpackers…

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Bill Shorten proposes Australian government to accept more refugees.

“I want us to accept more refugees, and treat refugees more humanely.” Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten has caused a stir during his speech at Saturday’s ALP National Conference by addressing the controversial issue of refugees and asylum seeker boats.  Mr Shorten has outlined a number of proposed changes to immigration policies and implored members…

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New migration program suggested to boost population

Agricultural groups as well as over 20 other industry groups are encouraging the Australian government to consider allowing a new migration program through parliament.  This proposed program is focusing on the regions and states of Australia which are experiencing noticeable skill shortages.  If the new program is approved it would allow these areas to employ…

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Government cracks down on real estate agents for foreign investors

It’s no secret that the property market in Australia is booming when it comes to foreign investors. Sydney and Melbourne in particular are under the spotlight as Chinese investors snap up properties for their investment portfolio.  This property boom has come at a cost with prices in the two major cities expected to continue to…

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Engineers Australia announce new scheme including 457 Visa applicants

The 457 visa scheme is one of the most popular programmes used by overseas professionals to live and work in Australia. The Australian government is a big advocate for the scheme due to the number of skilled and talented workers it attracts to fill the void of workers in particular industries. However, one particular industry…

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