CEOs, university lecturers among those now able to apply for skilled worker visa

A refined list of occupations eligible to apply for a skilled worker visa comes into effect today, after the Federal Government made a number of concessions. The changes will see people with some occupations such as chief executives or university lecturers now able to apply for a four-year temporary visa instead of a two-year visa….

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CSL confident of rethink for ‘devastating’ 457 changes

Blood products giant CSL is confident the federal government will modify changes to 457 visas for foreign workers that in their current form would be “devastating” for the company and other biotech firms, a senior executive said. A CSL vice-president, Andrea Douglas, said the sweeping reduction in the types of 457 visas showed how the Turnbull government’s…

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The Trump effect

Malcolm Turnbull has accused Bill Shorten of playing shabby political games in the wake of Donald Trump’s populist triumph and said the Labor leader’s policy approach was actually a threat to the very Australian jobs he purports to champion. But as the Prime Minister weighed in, Victorian Liberal party president Michael Kroger said the sentiment…

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NEW AUSTRALIAN 457 VISA COSTS ANNOUNCED FOR JANUARY 2017

New, Australian 457 visa rules that come into force in January 2017 are expected to affect visa holders, with children, living in Southern Australia.  457 visa holders with children will be hit with newly introduced school fees. The 457 visa allows migrants who are sponsored by an Australian business, under standard business sponsorship or under a labour…

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Vote fears over Australian visas

In the last decade national elections Down Under have resulted in changing policies relating to Australian visas and migration. Tens of thousands of people around the world were previously left in limbo when the government introduced changes to Australian visa rules and the preferred skills list. Demand for Australian visas and migration has increased in…

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Australian announces more measures to help working visa holders

The Australian Government has announced further measures to help protect vulnerable workers by providing additional information and resources to visa holders so they understand their workplace rights. Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said it is rolling out improvements to visa grant notices across a range of temporary visas, with notices to students and temporary graduates…

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Looming trades skills shortages

Australia’s trades are suffering a mid-life crisis, as half the nation’s young apprentices drop out of their training. NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro said with the average age of a tradesperson being 40, there was a looming shortage of plumbers, electricians and builders. “We’re paying the price of two or three decades of telling kids…

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