Friday, 10th Nov 2017


Issue #1 Nov



New migration regulations


Additional Changes to Migration Regulations Effective 18 November 2017


Australia's Economic Miracle Depends On Immigration. So Why Curb It?


Father forced to return to India and leave family in Australia


World's most and least safe countries 2017


Available Jobs in Australia


Additional Changes to Migration Regulations Effective 18 November 2017

The amendments, which were made by the Governor-General on 2 November 2017, and which will become effective on 18 November 2017, include a number of additional changes to the regulations.

A summary of these changes is provided below:

Health debt and health insurance arrangements

1. A new condition 8602 will be added to Schedule 8 which will provide that "The holder must not have an outstanding public health debt".

This condition will apply to most temporary visas. According to the Explanatory Memorandum, the condition is "aimed to improving visa holders' understanding of their liability for public health expenses they incur in Australia".

The Explanatory Memorandum further explains that temporary visa holders do not have access to Medicare, with the exception of some temporary visa holders from countries that have Reciprocal Health Care Arrangements with Australia. Accordingly, it is possible that persons who hold temporary visas can incur debts to Australia’s public health system if the costs are not paid in full by their insurance arrangements.

The Explanatory Memorandum indicates that health authorities will be able to report unpaid debts for health care costs to the Department. The Memorandum further states that the initial action that will be taken by the Department will be to encourage the visa holder to contact the health care provider and to make arrangements for payment of the debt. However, a failure to pay the debt will constitute a breach of the condition, and may render the visa holder subject to discretionary visa cancellation.

2. Clarification of the meaning of the term "adequate arrangements for health insurance".

Some visa holders are required (for example, through Condition 8501) to maintain "adequate arrangements for health insurance" - either in the form of travel insurance or other specific health insurance. The meaning of the phrase "adequate arrangements for health insurance" has previously been dealt with by policy guidance in PAM3.

The amendments will provide a power to enable the minister to specify the requirements for adequate health insurance through a legislative instrument, and will also provide that where the requirement is not specified by legislative instrument, the insurance must be considered adequate in the circumstances by the Department.

Integrity, identity and community protection amendments

The Explanatory Memorandum states that the purpose of these amendments is "to provide clear messaging to visa holders on the expectations of the Australian Government and Australian community concerning the behavior and conduct of non-citizens in Australia" and to "prevent permanent residents from attempting to circumvent cancellation processes".

The changes will include the following:

1. New language will be added to expand the scope of Condition 8303, so that it "forbids activities that endanger or threaten any individual". The current wording of Condition 8303 has been limited to forbidding "disruptive or violent activities that endanger or threaten the Australian community or groups within the Australian community". The amended Condition 8303 will be a mandatory condition that will be imposed on most temporary visas.

2. Condition 8564, which requires the visa holder to not engage in criminal conduct, will also be imposed mandatorily on most temporary visas. Previously, this condition has been applied only on a discretionary basis to Bridging Visa Es.

3. Subitem 1305(3) of Schedule 1 will be amended to prevent former temporary visa holders whose visa have been cancelled on "behavior-related" grounds from making applications for Bridging Visa Es. "Behaviour-related" grounds are defined to include circumstances where visa applicants have had their previous visas cancelled under section 116(1)(e) of the Migration Act because they have been assessed as a risk to the public health, safety or good order of the community; and visa applicants who have had their previous visas cancelled under section116(1)(b) by reason of breaching Condition 8564 (which again forbids a visa holder from engaging in criminal activity).

4. Subitem 11128(3)(d)(i) of Schedule 1 will be amended, and a new clause 155.223 will be added to Schedule 2 to introduce criteria to prevent people whose permanent visas have been cancelled, or are being considered for cancellation, from either applying for, or being granted, Resident Return visas.


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Australia's Economic Miracle Depends On Immigration. So Why Curb It?

Australia economic miracle depends on immigration

Australia is a land of sunshine, blue skies, sandy beaches and seemingly endless economic growth. No wonder so many people want to move there.

With more than 28% of its population having been born overseas, Australia is the clear immigration leader among major developed countries.

But a new survey released this week reports that more than half of all Australians want lower levels of migration, with nearly three-quarters agreeing that the country is "already full." The survey, conducted by the independent Australian Population Research Institute think tank, suggests that many Australians are concerned about the pressures immigration places on housing, hospitals and transportation infrastructure.

According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of Australians also believe that immigration puts "a lot" of pressure on jobs. But the Australian economy has famously gone more than a quarter century without a recession -- a modern record.

So why should people be concerned that immigrants are stealing jobs in Australia of all places?

The secret to Australia's economic miracle

Perhaps the Australian economic miracle isn't all it's cracked up to be. In fact, the secret ingredient in Australia's growth strategy isn't good economic management, the overhyped commodity super-cycle or even the rise of China. It is immigration.

For the last several decades, rampant immigration has driven such rapid growth in Australia's population that annual population growth has completely overwhelmed the ordinary business cycle.

Since 1990 Australia's economy has powered ahead with a 3.0% rate of compound annual growth. Take out population growth of 1.4% per year, and the economy has only grown around 1.6% per year in per capita terms. Australia isn't an economic miracle. It's a demographic miracle.

Population growth

Since 1990 Australia's population has grown from 17 million to nearly 25 million, an increase of nearly 50%. Most of that growth has come from immigration. A child is born in Australia every 1 minute and 44 seconds. Someone moves to Australia every 53 seconds.

The main sources of long-term immigration to Australia are permanent migrants, refugees and people on business long stay ("subclass 457") visas. Permanent migrants are allotted 190,000 places a year, of whom about two-thirds are admitted on the basis of skills and another one-third for family reunion. Refugee flows come to a little less than 20,000 a year. And until recently, 457 business visas were granted at a rate of around 100,000 a year.

Until recently, because the 457 visa program will be abolished in 2018. The program, originally established in 1996 to meet targeted skills shortages, expanded dramatically in the mid-2000s. Allegations of abuse led to a crackdown in 2013. Now the category will be eliminated entirely, to be replaced by a new, more restrictive Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program in March 2018.

The 457 visa program was designed to help business fill critical positions when people with appropriate skills couldn't be found in Australia's limited labor pool. In more recent years, the number one 457 visa occupation has been "cook." That's not even "chef" or "restaurant manager," which are both further down in the top 20. It means a cook, usually at a small family restaurant or cafe.

Addressing abuses in the 457 program, which was widely considered a backdoor to permanent residence and ultimate citizenship, the new TSS program is designed to make it much harder for people to stay in Australia. The government has also attempted to tighten up English language requirements for existing permanent residents who want to become citizens. Though it has faced major opposition in the Australian Senate, the Turnbull government plans to push forward with a watered down version of its proposals to limit immigration.

Always room for more?

Luxembourg and Switzerland may have more immigrants than Australia, but most of their immigrants come from neighboring European countries like Germany and France. Their immigrants share a culture and usually a language with the host population. As recently as 2010, the same was true for Australia, where the United Kingdom was the leading source of immigrants. But in recent years the picture has changed dramatically.

Since 2011, first China and then India became the leading sources of permanent migration into Australia.

This shift has coincided with a huge run-up in home prices in Australia's state capitals, with Sydney and Melbourne in the lead. Over the last six years the median home price in Sydney has nearly doubled to breach the psychologically-important mark of $1 million Australian dollars (about $770,000 USD). Rapidly rising prices have inevitably led to concerns about existing residents being priced out of the market.

Skyrocketing home prices can combine with visible, culturally distinct immigrant populations to produce a recipe for conflict. Anti-immigrant sentiment in Australia is nowhere near the levels seen in Europe, but anti-immigration rhetoric is rising. Hate crimes against immigrants are rare in Australia, which is a country where most people bend over backwards to make immigrants feel welcome. But even Australia's famously cheerful welcome may be about to come to an end.

With more than 118,000 permanent residents already in line for Australian citizenship, it's not clear how many more Australia wants. Opposition to immigration has become a kind of political taboo in some quarters, but Australia could cut immigration by half and still be one of the world's leading immigrant countries.

Lower immigration would certainly hit economic growth in Australia, but that seems to be a risk most people are willing to take. The Australian growth miracle may end not in a burst bubble of capital rushing to get out but in a long line of people waiting to get in.



Father forced to return to India and leave family in Australia


An Adelaide family is currently facing the harsh reality of being torn apart, due to the Department of Immigration’s decision to refuse permanent residency to the Indian father. The couple met in 2011 and were married 11 months later, applying for a provisional spouse visa in 2012. A person must stay on this temporary partner visa in a legitimate relationship for the duration of 2 years, in order to be eligible for a permanent partner visa. However, whilst on this visa the couple separated for a period of 10 months, which the Immigration Department found out about and in turn rejected their application for a permanent partner visa. The Department believe that this temporary break up combined with their lack of evidence of relationship (proof of shared assets, photographs etc) show that the couple are not in a legitimate relationship.

The couple’s lawyer is desperately pleading with the Immigration Minister to intervene and reinstate a temporary visa for the father so that they can keep their family together. After all is it fair for an external party to judge the legitimacy of their relationship, having never met them, and in consequence separate their family?

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World’s most and least safe countries 2017

World's most and least safe countries 2017

The Global Peace Index recently published a ranking of the safest countries in the world.

For many people, the world feels like a much more dangerous place now than it was a few decades ago. With increasing unrest in many countries around the world and the threat of thermonuclear war, it is hard not to feel unsafe. Information travel quickly these days and through multiple mediums.

In times like these, it is even more important to stay informed, understand other people and cultures and have correct knowledge about other countries be it for travel or immigration.

The Global peace Index, issued by the Institute of Economics and Peace, recently released a ranking of the safest countries in the world. Peace, as it is, is notoriously difficult to define. The simplest way, according to Global Peace Index, is in terms of the harmony achieved by the absence of violence or the fear of violence, which has been described as Negative Peace. The GPI measures a country's level of Negative Peace using three domains of peacefulness. The first domain, ongoing domestic and international conflict, investigates the extent to which countries are involved in internal and external conflicts, as well as their role and duration of involvement in conflicts.

In their latest rankings, Iceland maintained its position as the most peaceful country in the world in 2017. It was also ranked as the most peaceful country on two of the three domains covered in the GPI. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark, all of which were ranked highly in last year’s GPI. Denmark fell from second position to fifth due to increases in the impact of terrorism and deterioration in the neighbouring country relations indicators.


Syria remains the world's least peaceful country for the second successive year, and has been ranked amongst the world's five least peaceful countries since the start of the civil war in 2013. Iraq and Afghanistan have also remained amongst the bottom five countries of the index for the past five years. South Sudan is now the fourth least peaceful country and has experienced a steady decline in recent years, dropping 15 places since achieving independence from Sudan.


Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

Job2Go is a local recruitment company based in Adelaide, Queensland and Sydney, and has been providing staffing solutions and human resource services to small to large sized companies throughout Australia. We are hiring for the following positions.


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.

Panel Beater

Well established BRISBANE Auto Centre is seeking to employ an experienced Panel Beater.

Your role will require you do the following:

  • Conducting finishing touches on panel repairs including grinding, filing, polishing, painting and spray painting.
  • Fitting and replacing damaged vehicle parts with new panels.
  • Utilising welding equipment in cutting and fitting new parts onto the vehicle.
  • Filling small and large depressions with plastic fillers.
  • Repairing dents and damaged panels.
  • Utilising hydraulic equipment to straighten, realign and repair damaged vehicle parts.
  • Removing upholstery and other vehicle parts.
  • 5years experience with exclusive European cars like Ferrari, Maserati, Audi, Porsche etc.
  • Assisting in any other work the supervisor sees fit.

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:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Dedication to personal and professional development
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Extensive knowledge in all aspects of hair and products

Medical Administrator

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • At least a Bachelor degree or at least 5 years’ of relevant experience.
  • 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

Contact Job2Go on 1300 562246. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send your resume to

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