Skilled Migration

Summary of 17 January 2018 changes to the lists of eligible skilled occupations

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The Lists of eligible skilled occupations will be updated on 17 January 2018 to reflect these changes. There are changes (including additions) to certain occupational caveats (indicated via ‘*** asterisks’) which exclude the use of the occupation in certain circumstances.  A summary of Caveats on occupations is available. These changes will only impact applications lodged […]

Skilled Migration

VETASSESS Fee Increase in 2017

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Did you know about the VETASSESS fee increase in 2017 and the launch of their Priority Processing service for General Professional Occupation applicants? VETASSESS have released the following news update: PRIORITY PROCESSING – COMING SOON! We are pleased to announce that on 1 August 2017, we are launching Priority Processing service for our General Professional […]

Department of Immigration

Government Report Reveals the Importance of Migrant Farmers to Australian Agriculture

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A recent study by the Australian Government’s Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation has revealed the importance of migrant farmers to Australian agriculture.  The report shows that immigrant farmers and workers make a major contribution to the productivity of Australia’s agriculture sector. These [migrant] workers bring new skills and overcome labour shortages in rural and […]

ACT Government

Skilled Nominated Visa Program Closed to Overseas Applicants in ACT

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Aged care nurse on skilled visa

The ACT Skilled Nominated VisaProgram has been closed to Overseas Applicants Important announcement The Australian Capital Territory is pleased to announce that program targets for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) have been met for the 2015/16 financial year. Effective 18 March 2016 at 4:00pm AEST, applications for ACT nomination from overseas […]

Skilled Migration

Underpaid Chinese and Taiwanese Workers

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Fair Work Australia

It was reported today that dozens of underpaid Chinese and Taiwanese workers at a mushroom farm in regional NSW have been short-changed tens of thousands of dollars, investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman have revealed. Fifty-two casual employees, most of whom could not speak English, were collectively underpaid a total of $92,381 over almost 11 […]