Friday, 15th Sep 2017


Issue #2 Sep



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New tough English test for citizenship applicants in Australia could be watered down


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General Skilled Migration (Subclass 189/489 Visas) August 2017 Update


Australian universities rank well globally for graduate employability


Available Jobs in Australia


New tough English test for citizenship applicants in Australia could be watered down

A parliamentary senate committee has handed down four recommendations on the government's planned citizenship changes, including lower English language requirements.

In a report tabled in parliament Tuesday night, the committee has suggested a new English language test 'should not be so high as to disqualify from citizenship many Australians who, in the past, and with a more basic competency in the English language, have proven to be valuable members of the Australian community'.

The committee, chaired by coalition senator Ian Macdonald, found a good understanding of the English language is essential to fulfill the obligations of Australian citizenship, but cautioned against 'the adoption of a standard that many current citizens could not reach'.

During public hearings, the government's push to require migrants to pass a standalone English test at IELTS Band 6 was widely criticised as too strict and impossible for less-educated new arrivals.

The committee also recommended the government reconsider plans to impose a ban on applications for people who fail the citizenship test three times.

It has suggested additional tests should be allowed on a cost-recovery basis instead, which it believes would still deter less-genuine applicants.

Retrospectivity recommendation

The government's push to make permanent residents wait four years instead of one before they can apply for citizenship also raised concerns because of it retrospective nature.

The committee has recommended that migrants who were already permanent residents before the Turnbull government's April 20 announcement be allowed to apply for citizenship under the old rules instead of being forced to wait an extra three years.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton informed the committee that as of mid-July this year there were 47,328 people who would be affected because they lodged their citizenship applications on or after April 20.

It was estimated that more than half - 25,788 - would not meet the new residence requirement.

Legislation all but doomed without NXT support

With Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team opposed to the changes, the government will be forced to do a deal to get the legislation through parliament.

In a dissenting report by Labor senators, the English language requirements were labelled 'unreasonable and snobbish'.

A spokesperson for the Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, told SBS World News the government is discussing the bill with the crossbenchers as is normally the case.


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General Skilled Migration (Subclass 189/489 Visas) August 2017 Update

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Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have published statistics on latest number of invitations issued for General Skilled Migration (subclass 189/489). The last round of invitations took place on 23 August 2017 with the next round of invitations expected take place between 6th and 20th September.

Some interesting facts to take away from the invitations issued on 23 August. Approximately 1133 invitations were issued in total, with 1000 relating to subclass 189 visa. This is consistent with the round of invitations issued in July with a slight increase in the number of invites for the 489 visas.

Overall the financial year to date demonstrates the number of invitations concerning 186/489 visas remains steady which must be a welcoming relief to many applicants waiting for the invitation.

Invitations issued during 2017-18:

Visa subclass





Skilled - Independent (subclass 189)





Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489)










What to expect in September:

As many would be aware, the highest ranked applicants by points score are invited to apply for the relevant visa. In addition, the invitations are determined by the order of time the points are reached. For example, where two or more applicants who have equal points scores, the time at which they reached their points score for that subclass (referred to as the visa date of effect) determines their order of invitation. According to DIBP’s website, expressions of Interest with earlier dates of effect are invited before later dates. There will be 1750 invitations issued per round in September.

Flagged occupations:

As there seems to be high demand for certain occupations, certain occupations will be subject to pro rata arrangements to ensure availability of invitations across the entire financial year. Whilst this may seem to be a fair process to ensure consistency, it may mean that certain applicants will have to wait much longer to receive invitations which will impact their ability to potentially remain in Australia.

The following occupations are flagged:

  • Accountants
  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • ICT Business and System Analysts
  • Software and Applications Programmers
  • Computer Network Professionals.

Whilst permanent residence will almost certainly remain a desirable outcome for anyone wishing to live in Australia, some strategic planning may be required in circumstances where an applicant’s current visa is about to expire or where occupation has been flagged.

It may mean taking one step back and looking at other options. There are a number of temporary visas that may be available as an interim solution. Applicants who are willing to further enhance their qualifications, commit to working for their employer or simply enjoy time working and holidaying around Australia be taking full advantage of temporary visas to make this happen.

The next round of invitations is scheduled for 20 September 2017.


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Australian universities rank well globally for graduate employability

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Australia is a popular country for students from all over the world to study and now the latest set of rankings show that eight are among the top in terms of students finding jobs.

The QS rankings look beyond mere academic results and traditional measures such as research strength and reputation to ascertain how universities perform in issues relating to the time after graduation as well.

The latest report ranks the University of Sydney at fourth in the world for graduate employability and preparing students for the workplace, coming in ahead of leading institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States and Cambridge University and the University of Oxford in the UK.

The University of Melbourne is closely behind with a rank of seven in the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings, followed by the University of New South Wales at 36, the University of Queensland at 49 and the University of Technology Sydney at 69.

Overall, Stanford University was ranked first for graduate employability, followed by the University of California, Los Angeles, Harvard University, the University of Sydney, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford.

Martin Juno, lead analyst in the QS intelligence unit, said that Sydney University was the only institution to achieve at least a top 40 rank in all five metrics considered. It was also ranked eighth in the world for employer-student connections, 14th for its partnerships with employers and in the top 20 for its graduate employment rate.

The report says that the university is active in hosting careers fairs, employer information sessions, workshops and other events to help students and employers network with each other.

The University of Melbourne achieved the highest score among all Australian universities for its graduate employment rate and ranked tenth globally. The university counts four Australian prime ministers among its alumni, plus other successful figures such as Germaine Greer and Barry Humphries.

The University of New South Wales got its highest score for the employer reputation indicator, and was recently awarded the maximum of five stars for getting a job in the Good Universities Guide, which also found that 76% of undergraduates find a job within four months of graduating.

The University of Queensland's highest score was in the partnerships with employers category. Boasting a higher graduate employment rate than the national average, UQ offers its students a free online employability course and has other initiatives to help maximize students’ success, such as short term global experiences and student exchange programmes, internships, career workshops and more.

The highest score for the University of Technology, Sydney, was in the graduate employment rate category, with the latest figures showing that 76% of Australian resident UTS graduates are in employment three months after study. UTS runs a variety of careers fairs and events, and offers students work ready programmes and a course of career workshops.



Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

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An exciting opportunity had opened for an experienced Cook! Our client has been providing high quality authentic Indian food for the past 20 years. The right candidate will have excellent knowledge of dishes from all over India.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Attention to detail and be a good team player.

Office Manager

Our client has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Office Manager to join their team! This family owned business specialises in commercial printing including digital, wide format and offset printing. Proven to be very successful, they are currently undergoing a major expansion and therefore are in need of an Office Manager who possess high standards of organisational skills.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience within a professional service firm
  • Formal qualifications required
  • Strong work ethic and be highly organised and attention to detail with accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and balance several tasks and work with deadlines with a demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking


Specialising in all cutting styles, our client is in need of an experienced Hairdresser who is capable of providing services to all age groups. Our client’s concept is simple and clean and is ladies only cutting salon. The ideal candidate must possess the ability to cut all hair styles and be extremely confident in all aspects of hair.

The ideal candidate will possess:

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  • Relevant experience
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
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  • Excellent attention to detail
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Medical Administrator

To be successful in this role, you will have:

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  • An understanding of medico-legal issues and the legislative framework for public health services
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of an inter-disciplinary team and to communicate with clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Ability to analyse and critically evaluate relevant information and apply to medical management issues
  • Well-developed written and communication skills

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