Posted On : 17 May 2013
The Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) has welcomed the Government's decision to maintain the country's permanent migration program at 190,000 places and its humanitarian intake at 20,000.
Australia's migration program will be maintained at 190,000 places in 2013-14 to help fill skills shortages and reunite Australian families, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor announced.
Posted On : 15 May 2013
Australia's migration program will be maintained at 190 000 places in 2013-14 to help fill skills shortages and reunite Australian families, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor announced today.
'The Gillard Government's top priority will always be jobs for Australians. The permanent migration program is about getting the balance right between our economic and social objectives,' Mr…
Posted On : 14 May 2013
The Gillard government has been found out on the question of 457 visa breaches - they made it up.
First it was the Prime Minister during her farcical week in western Sydney who vowed to put Australians first in the jobs queue and who cast aspersions on the whole 457 visa process.
Employers quite rightly sought evidence…
Posted On : 13 May 2013
Despite recent controversy, Australia’s 457 visa program is working well, with foreign workers enjoying high levels of job satisfaction and many being used to train Australian workers, a comprehensive new report has found.
Published by the Migration Council Australia (MCA), a non-for-profit organisation dedicated to enhancing the productive benefits of Australia’s migration programs, the More Than Temporary: Australia’s…
Posted On : 11 May 2013
STREAMLINED visa processing is shielding international education from a long-expected downturn in onshore student visa applications, new immigration statistics suggest.
The new visa processing regime is encouraging more applications from overseas and increasing the likelihood that applicants will be successful, according to the latest quarterly report on the student visa program, which was released yesterday by…
Posted On : 10 May 2013
The federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship is set to overhaul the system it uses to capture and cross-check fingerprint and facial scans of entrants into Australia.
The government department recently awarded 3M a three-year contract worth $2 million for software that Immigration indicated would be used to increase the number of biometric checks it completes…
Posted On : 09 May 2013
Jobless rate has dropped to 5.5 per cent because the number of new jobs rose by a surprising 50,100 in April.
Economists thought that the unemployment rate remains at 5.6 per cent, with 11,000 new jobs created.
But people in full-time employment rose by 34,500 and part-time workers by 15,600.
Posted On : 07 May 2013
Australia has so far attracted 170 applications to a new program for developing foreign investment and offering millionaires overseas a residency right in return for a part of their wealth, in a proposal to help the nation compete better against other overseas countries.
The so-called investor visa was initiated in November 2012. If all the visas…
Posted On : 06 May 2013
The Government of Northern Territory will spend $1.7 million for attracting more business events for Territory and support "business tourism".
Major Events Matt Conlan and Minister for Tourism last night announced 2013 Budget would "deliver" the funding.
At the Darwin convention center, opening the national conference for event Meetings Australia, Mr Conlan said the fund "will allow…
Posted On : 04 May 2013
The transition to the Australian Government’s new $1.5 billion Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) is underway with the announcement of service providers ahead of the program’s start on 1 July.
Visiting Alice Springs today with Minister for Indigenous Health Warren Snowdon, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Julie Collins announced the providers chosen to deliver RJCP…