Australia is ranked in the top four countries to be an immigrant, according to a new global study.

The nation polled highly in measures such as economic stability, income equality and job markets, which were used to create the list compiled by ranking company US News and World Report. Sweden, a strong social welfare state that has long been considered a haven for migrants, took the top spot,…
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The new occupation lists have been released for the 2017-18 immigration intake program

Australia has announced the new skilled occupation list for the immigration intake program for the year 2017-18. The new occupation list takes effect on Saturday, 1st July 2017. Applicants for General Skilled Migration are required to nominate an eligible occupation from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or…
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Firers and hirers: Australia's fastest growing jobs

Australia is shedding jobs for retailers and farmers by the tens of thousands as we become a country of carers and builders. That's the verdict from the Australian Bureau of Statistics which released its detailed labour force data on Thursday. There are now 60,000 fewer jobs in Australia's farms, forests…
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Unemployment falls to 5.5 per cent in May

The number of hours worked by Australians has surged by the highest rate in a decade after the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in four years on Thursday. TD Securities Economist Prashant Newnaha said the result "surpassed street expectations by a country mile". More than 52,000 people found…
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Global university rankings: one Australian university makes the top 20

One Australian university is among the world's top 20 universities and five are in the top 50, according to a major global ranking that shows Australian universities have made overall improvements in all measures, including teaching, employability and research. The University of Sydney was the only Australian university to drop…
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Changes to Australian Citizenship processes and requirements

ByMosiqi Acharya Australian government on Thursday announced that they were bringing in reforms to strengthen Australian citizenship by putting Australian values at the heart of citizenship processes and requirements. In a press release, the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton said, “Our reforms will ensure applicants are competent in…
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More details of the temporary parent visa - announced yesterday and costing up to $20,000 - have emerged

ByBen Winsor 5 MAY 2017 The government is remaining tight-lipped on the finer details of a new temporary parent visa announced yesterday, which will be officially outlined in Tuesday’s Budget. But SBS World News understands the new temporary visa - which allows migrant parents to stay in Australia for up…
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Changes made to Occupation Lists

Only certain occupations are approved for use under Australia’s permanent and temporary skilled visa programmes. These occupations are listed in a legislative instrument that contains two schedules or ‘occupation lists’ that apply to different visa programmes. On 19 April 2017, the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) will replace the previous ‘Skilled…
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Important changes made to the migration program

The Subclass 457 Visa will be abolished and replaced with the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. The new visa will include mandatory criminal checks and tighter English language requirements. Implementation of the new visa will begin immediately, with full implementation to be completed by March 2018.  The Government will announce further measures to strengthen…
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Get your retirement savings out of SA now

You may have heard that South Africans who have emigrated or relocated, may not have financially emigrated (this process is also called formal emigration). This week we will look at why, if you have settled abroad or are planning to do so, you should financially emigrate as soon as you…
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Latest Invitation Round

The table below shows the number of invitations issued in the Skill Select invitation round on 18 January 2017. Invitations issued on 18 January 2017 Visa Subclass Number Skilled - Independent (subclass 189) 1061 Skilled - Regional Provisional (subclass 489) 31 During 2016-17 the following numbers of invitations have been issued Invitations issued during…
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Occupation Ceilings

The table below shows the occupation ceilings for the 2016-2017 programme year for each occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group, and the number of invitations that will be issued in this programme year. Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock…
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Becoming a new citizen: How Australia compares.

More than 16,000 migrants from 150 different countries are preparing to enjoy their first day as Australian citizens at more than 400 citizenship ceremonies across the country on Australia Day. Here's how other countries do it. Citizenship processes are different across the world, here's how Australia compares. Australia New migrants…
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Australia considering a tougher citizenship test, confirms Immigration Minister

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says it's worth having a debate about whether to overhaul the citizenship test in order to weed out terrorists. Instead of answering the basic questions about Australia’s political structure, parliament, election and perfunctory duties of a citizen, Australian citizenship aspirants may now have to deal with…
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8 most important Australian visa developments in 2016

Here’s a list of 8 most important visa developments in Australia in 2016 SBS Hindi has regularly brought you up-to-date with information regarding Australian visas. In 2016, significant changes were introduced to several types of Australian visas. New government policies also led to introduction of new visas whereas several other…
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How much 457 visa-holders get paid and where they come from

We took a deeper look at the government's facts and figures. Australia’s 457 Temporary Worker visa program is on the lips of lawmakers again as both the government and the opposition promise to tighten eligibility requirements for businesses and applicants under the scheme. According to a departmental report issued in June 2016,…
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9 things you need to know about your partnership visa application

SBS spoke with five professional migration agents to get their tips and advice on how to make the partnership visa application process less stressful. Every year, tens of thousands of Australians jointly lodge visa applications with their foreign partners. It can be a stressful time. The complexity of the paperwork and the…
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Australia’s Temporary Visa Programs going to be re-balanced?

This report is the second to call for change in two months, following the release in September of a Productivity Commission investigation into the country's migrant intake. The 'Migration: the economic debate' report from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), released on Thursday, calls to double annual permanent…
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Financial emigration to Australia - what you need to know

You wake up to an email from the Department of Immigration with your Australian visa grant. All the hard work has paid off - and you’re finally cleared for emigration. But what about your money? After your visa is granted, top of the admin list is generally to start liquidating…
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Major changes proposed for skilled migration to Australia

Some of the major recommendations include reducing the age limit and giving more points for secondary adult applicant's skills and traits. The changes proposed by Productivity Commission could significantly change the way Australia chooses its migrant intake. In a recently submitted report to the Australian Government, the Productivity Commission has…
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New temporary parent visa for Australia announced

In the last week, the Australian government has announced they planning to introduce a new temporary visa for parents visiting their children in Australia. The new visa is proposed to be a 5 year temporary sponsored visa and will be music to the ears of many South Africans who have…
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Australia considering cost of parents visa after productivity commission report

Productivity Commission urged the government to double the fee from $55,000. Now, Immigration Minister says the there is a need to consider policy setting for family visas. In its report submitted to the government on Monday, the Productivity Commission urged the Australian government to substantially hike the fee for the contributory…
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Abolish investor visa program: commission

The Productivity Commission says the federal government should scrap a special program granting visas to wealthy migrants who invest millions in Australia. The Productivity Commission has stuck the boot into a special visa programs for wealthy migrants with investment cash to splash in Australia. The commission's report on Australia's migration…
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ACT Released New Occupation List effective 1 September 2016

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is committed to a targeted skilled migration program and can provide advice on ACT nomination criteria, but not on wider immigration issues. Before lodging an application for nomination, it is recommended that you obtain specific migration advice relevant to your circumstances from the Department…
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Over 50 occupations may be dropped from Australia's Skilled Occupation List

The Department of Education and Training provides advice to the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL. Over fifty occupations may be removed from Australia’s Skilled Occupation List that identifies occupations for immigration to the country. The SOL is a compilation of occupations for skilled…
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Golden future of the coast

When Australia’s Gold Coast was voted one of the top three places in the world to buy a second home in by the well-respected Knight Frank annual global The Wealth Report 2016, many onlookers were amazed. How could that strip of ritz and glitz along 57 kilometres of Queensland coastline possibly be in the same international…
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Migrants aren’t taking our jobs, they’re creating them

The future prosperity of Australia’s labour market hinges on the participation of immigrants and refugees. Meet the entrepreneurs and start-ups upskilling these groups. Contrary to the views being espoused in the lead up to the election, the future prosperity of Australia’s labour market hinges on the participation of immigrants and…
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Where future jobs will be - and where they won't

Joanna Tsakiridis started working as a receptionist in a business she loved so much she decided to buy it. She went from sending invoices to making huge glass windows in her own factory - from receptionist to skilled tradeswoman in less than five years. The opportunity to buy the Petersham aluminium and joinery business…
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If you are Brisbane bound, read this

If you are heading to Brisbane soon, or you know someone who is, make The Joy Project your first port of call. The Joy Project offer relocation support and advice for anyone moving to Brisbane. For anyone who has relocated to or is thinking of moving to Brisbane, this is…
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Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014

Analysis of results for all employees provides an opportunity to compare broad earnings and employee characteristics by classifications of interest such as sex, method of setting pay, occupation, industry and sector, with the influence of compositional factors such as the proportion of part-time or casual employees. For example, an industry…
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Migration, Australia, 2013-14

ABOUT THIS PUBLICATIONThis release brings together statistics on international migration into and out of Australia, internal migration within Australia between states and territories and information on overseas-born residents of Australia.STATUS OF DATA WITHIN THIS PUBLICATIONThe status of estimated resident population (ERP) by country of birth, and the components of population…
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Labour force commentary December 2014

NATIONAL ESTIMATES Australia's unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage points to 6.1% in December 2014 (seasonally adjusted). The number of unemployed persons decreased by 16,200 to 759,200 in December 2014 (seasonally adjusted).In trend terms the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.2% in December 2014. The number of employed persons in December…
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Property makes Australians the world’s richest, says Credit Suisse

Thanks to their houses, Australians are the richest people in the world, according to the investment bank Credit Suisse. The fifth annual study by the Swiss bank of global wealth trends found the median Australian adult was worth more than $US225,000 ($258,000) in June, well ahead of the second wealthiest…
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Another day, another stellar global comparison for Australia.

The Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report has ranked us number one in the world for median adult wealth, like last year and the year before that. What's more, the report predicts Australia will keep top spot on that measure until at least the end of this decade. But when it comes to average wealth,…
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Farmers ready for food boom

BEEF sales to China and the US are booming, the live cattle trade is set for its biggest year ever after Indonesia ordered a record 264,000 head in the next three months, sheep are selling for $200 a head and dairy companies are struggling to keep up with demand for…
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Canberra the best place to live, in the world's best country: OECD

Canberra is the best place in the world to live. And Australia is the best country, despite its problems. That's the result of an Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development report, which has ranked 34 countries on nine measures of well-being. The report is a serious attempt by economists to provide a clearer…
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DIBP Occupation Ceilings

An occupation ceiling will be applied to invitations to apply to migrate under the points based skilled visas of the general skilled migration programme. There will be a limit on how many invitations are issued in these subclasses for a particular occupation to ensure that the migration programme is not…
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Employment projections for the five years to November 2018

These projections are based on ABS employment data for November 2013 and the Government’s forecasts and projections in the December 2013 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO). As such, they may not fully take account of the Government’s policies to boost employment growth, including reducing red tape costs, lowering the…
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Demand and supply of accountants

Speculation is rampant regarding the inclusions of Accountants on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) when the Department of Immigration and Border Protection release their new SOL on 1 July 2015. In fact on 12 November 2014 the Australian Financial Review announced that Accountants had been removed from the SOL for…
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Accounting ‘not cut’ from immigration skilled occupations list for 2015

THE Abbott government has denied reports that accounting has been cut from the Department of Immigration’s list of skilled occupations for 2015. International accounting students were panicked today by incorrect reports the profession had been dropped from the immigration skilled occupation list, fearing they would be locked out of migrating and obtaining…
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