No passport needed with streamlined SmartGate processing

From 17 November 2018 there will be no need for many travelers to show their passport when travelling through Australian international terminals. In particular, the amendments will reduce the processing burden for travellers at international ports using a SmartGate (or other authorised system) by removing the requirement to present a …

Invictus Games 2018 – Which Australian visa do I need?

The 2018 Invictus Games will be held in Sydney, Australia from 18-29 October at various venues. Today we provide some useful information and tips for the wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women and their supporters travelling to Australia for the Games. What visa do I need to attend the …

Frequent Traveller Visitor visa for Chinese tourists

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has commenced its trial of the new 10-year ‘Frequent Traveller’ Visitor visa for holders of People’s Republic of China passports who are applying from within mainland China. The frequent traveller visitor visa is available to Chinese citizens who travel frequently to Australia for short visits.  …

Bilingual Park Rangers wanted to welcome Asian visitors to Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government has announced exciting job opportunities to recruit more bilingual park rangers to the State. After a successful trial last year the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service will be increasing its intake of bilingual Discovery Rangers to help provide a quality experience for the increasing number of Asian …

Melbourne, World’s most liveable city 2016

For the sixth consecutive year Melbourne has been named the world’s “most liveable city” but terrorism, police shootings and geopolitical tensions have resulted in a drop in overall living standards throughout the World.  Many countries have been affected by violent acts of terrorism which have increased in frequency over larger …

Medical Assessment Change for Australian visas

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that from the 20th of November 2015, changes to determining requirements for medical assessments for Australian visas will commence.  The legal changes are good news for visa applicants and will make it much simpler to understand what will be required …

Australian Border Force Strike action on 9 November 2015 at international airports

Be prepared for delays if you’re traveling in or out of an Australian international airport next Monday, the 9th of November.  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has provided information about pending Australian Border Force Strike action at airports, shipping ports and other international facilities. The action may …