The ACT Government has announced that it is now able to nominate certain ICT occupations which DIAC had previously removed from their list. [See MIA Notice -6 August 2013] The ACT Government has provided the following advice: After consultation with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) the ACT is pleased to advise that offers [...]
Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has announced his first Federal Government Ministry. Mr Abbott said the incoming Coalition Government will restore strong, stable and accountable government to build a more prosperous Australia. Mr Abbott said this afternoon that Mr Scott Morrison MP would be Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Senator Michaelia Cash would be [...]
The MIA has raised Members’ concerns about points discrepancies between the SkillSelect invitation score and the point test assessed score upon application by a client. Following the MIA’s representations, the Department, after extensive consultation with its policy area, has issued its official position: A criterion for the grant of a Subclass 189 visa, a Subclass [...]
There appear to several mistakes in the Visa Pricing Table on DIAC's website. For example, for Subclass 143 (Contributory Parent) the base visa application charge and second VAC have not been updated. There may be other errors. The MIA has contacted DIAC about this, but until a revised Visa Pricing Table is issued, Members are [...]
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has changed its name to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). A spokesperson for the former DIAC told the MIA on Friday evening that the name change had occurred. The Department is expected to make formal announcements this week.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Living in the World’s Happiest Country Isn’t this what we’ve always dreamt of? Living a life in an environment that keeps one happy? Well, if you’re not sure where this can be achieved, you may want to explore a ‘tiny’ little place ‘down under’ commonly known to the world as [...]
World Class Education PISA (OECD Programme for International Student Assessment) assesses the scientific literacy, mathematical literacy and reading literacy skills of 15-year-olds. In 2012, the main focus of the testing was on scientific literacy, with almost 400 000 students being tested worldwide. In Australia, more than 14 000 students were tested in all states and territories and in [...]
What is it like? The first thing expatriates in Australia will notice is the down-to-earth approach to business. Australian businesses tend to value fairness and efficiency in the workplace, as well as a healthy work-life balance above all else. All of these make time spent working abroad in Australia a pleasant experience for many expats [...]