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  • Academy Awards For UNSW Scientists Source: University of New South Wales Three UNSW researchers have been awarded prestigious Australian Academy of Science medals for their outstanding research in mathematics and quantum physics. The Academy presents the annual awards to recognise scientific excellence by a range of researchers, from those in the early stages of their careers […]

  • Australian universities climb Times world rankings Source: Amy McNeilage, Sydney Morning Herald Australia’s top universities have continued their rise in world rankings in the latest league table from Times Higher Education. Australia’s universities have climbed up the world rankings, with almost every top institution improving its standing on last year. Eight Australian universities made the top […]

  • Australia’s 2015-16 Migration Programme Every year, government considers a range of factors in setting migration levels for the next year.  The Australian public’s views on the optimal size and composition of the permanent migration programme are very important in this process.  To help set 2015-16’s programme, a discussion paper provides a broad starting point for […]

  • Australia and Israel sign a new Work and Holiday visa arrangement On 22 October 2014, Australia and Israel announced that a new Work and Holiday Memorandum of Understanding was signed, establishing a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement between our two countries. This arrangement, when brought into effect, will allow up to 500 […]

  • Australia and Portugal sign a new work and holiday visa arrangement On 25 September 2014, Australia and Portugal announced that a new Work and Holiday arrangement for youth mobility was signed, establishing a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement between our two countries. This arrangement, when brought into effect, will allow up to […]

  • Scam website – work4australia.com We have become aware of a fraudulent website work4australia.com that claims to provide genuine migration services to Australia. The scam is an offer of a five-year eVisa with a USD4700 fee. It directs individuals to travel to Thailand, where a representative from the supposed organisation receives the payment and provides travel documents […]

  • DOHAs Secret Assessment Criteria – DOHA Exposed! The DOHA has been exposed today for it’s secret risk assessment program used to assess Partner 820 visa applications. Peter Bollard of Lewis and Bollard released today in his newsletter a little known assessment criteria uncovered in a MRT review application they were representing this year. This assessment […]

  • Significant Investor visa programme statistics The Significant Investor Visa (SIV) programme is a state or territory nominated pathway to provide for significant migrant investment into Australia under the Business Innovation and Investment visa programme. Under the SIV, migrant investors are required to make an investment of at least AUD5million into complying investments for a period […]

  • Bupa Medical Visa Services to conduct immigration health examinations in Australia On 25 July 2014 Medibank Health Solutions will cease operations as the department’s migration medical services provider. The department has selected a new service provider, Bupa Medical Visa Services, to deliver these services. Bupa Medical Visa Services was successful in securing the new contract […]

  • Introduction of Validity Period for Skills Assessments Following amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994, from 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment. A […]

  • Joint media statement with Andrew Robb & Michaelia Cash details no occupations will be removed from the SOL List This year one has heard a lot of rumours regarding occupations that are going to be removed from the all important Skilled Occupation List which determines the skills in demand to allow skilled migrants to apply […]

  • Urgent need to boost immigration to 220000 – Find out why! Australia’s productivity is steadily slipping down and will continue to do so if skilled migration numbers are not increased quickly. The current migration intake of 190000 a year is not enough to sustain productivity, says the Australian Industry Group (AIG). It says that Australia […]