Australian Immigration Points Calculator

The online skilled migration points test (our Australian Immigration Points Calculator) is a helpful tool to determine the total amount of points you would score to apply for a General Skilled Migration Visa – 189 visa, 190 visa or a 489 visa. The Australian immigration system uses the SkillSelect model to …

17 January 2018 Changes to Eligible Skilled Occupations

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 …

10 tips to avoid a visa scam in Australia

Thinking about working in Australia? You’ll need a valid work visa. If you are told that you can work on an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), you’re being lied to. You could be caught in visa scam if: the individual or agent demands upfront fees/money for an Australian visa you are …

Migrants Strengthening Australia’s Economy

An Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has this week announced that migrant tax payers have generated $53.4 billion in total personal income in 2011-12, an increase in real terms of 17 per cent on 2010-11. CEO of Migration Council Australia Carla Wilshire welcomed the report’s findings and said that the …

Government Report Reveals the Importance of Migrant Farmers to Australian Agriculture

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 …

Temporary Activity Visa Framework Changes

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that on 19 November 2016 major changes to the Temporary Activity Visa Framework Changes will commence.  The changes have come about as a result of the Australian government’s review of the skilled migration and temporary activity visa programmes. The new framework …

ACT Skilled Occupation List September 2016

The Australian Capital Territory has released the latest ACT Skilled Occupation List for the Skilled Visa program. The latest list, which comes into effect on 1 September 2016, specifies the skills that are in high demand in the ACT.  There are 11 new occupations which have been removed from previous …

Skilled Nominated Visa Program Closed in ACT

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 residents will not be accepted. …

Underpaid Chinese and Taiwanese Workers

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 …

Immigration Department targeting work visa scams

New laws to stop work visa scams   On the 14th of December 2015 the Australian Government introduced new criminal legislation which allows the Immigration department to cancel work visas and to impose administrative sanctions on visa sponsors. The new laws have been introduced to stop illegal payment for work …