Friday, 23th of August 2013 Issue #2 August
No Borders Newsletter

TOP STORY
Australian Government announced to raise Visa Application Fees about 15%


Visa Changes

Issues of this month

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Visa Charges Increasing

Following the release of the recent Economic Statement for the 2013-2014 financial year, the Australian Government has decided to increase all visa application charges. This applies to all visas lodged on or after 1 September 2013 with the exception of the Student and Electronic Travel Authority Tourist Visa applications.

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Australian dollar dips further!

Since the first of January this year, the Australian dollar has not been seeing much of a rise. In fact has tumbled 11 percent this year, the most among 10 developed-market currencies tracked by Bloomberg Correlation-Weighted Indexes. At the start of this month, the Australian dollar has hit fresh three-years low.

As the currency dips according to financial predictions, what does this mean to you? If you are looking to have a holiday in Australia, buy a property, send your children for higher education, dabble in foreign exchange, now is the best time to do so! Take this to your advantage and give us a call now!

Parents on 457 to be charged for their children's education

The Western Australian government has announced that, from next year, it will charge workers in Australia with temporary work visas, known as 457 visas, AUS$4,000 per year for every child educated in state-run schools. The state government says that this is necessary because so many 457 holders are now bringing children to the state. In 2005, there were 290 such children.

By 2012, there were 8,600. New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory already charge 457 visa-holders for their children's education. The 457 visa is Australia's main temporary work visa. There are currently over 100,000 people in Australia with 457 visas.

What does this mean for employers and workers? The costs for 457 visa holders will clearly increase. Employers should communicate such costs to their employees or prospective employees prior to their arrival in Australia. 457 visa holders should also be aware of these costs and speak with their employers to review their employment contracts and company reimbursement and salary packaging policies to effectively work out the tax schemes.

Did you know?

The first ever meeting of the Australian Labor Party (also the first political party to form in 1891) was held under a gum tree at Barcaldine, Queensland.

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Australia to see a new government this September?

The 2013 Australian federal election will determine the members of the 44th Parliament of Australia and will be held on 7 September 2013. Like most countries, voting is compulsory in Australia. This election, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will attempt to win a third term for the incumbent Labor government against the opposition Coalition led by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of the Liberal Party of Australia.

There has been mixed responses for the both leaders. We will look at the top public comment about the leaders (taken from their Twitter):

Kevin Rudd: We can build the jobs of the future and a fair go for all. The other lot think they can just cut, cut, cut.

Follow Kevin here - twitter.com/KRuddMP

Tony Abbott: It is critical for Australia's future that we have a return to strong, stable government

Follow Tony here - twitter.com/TonyAbbottMHR

NO BORDERS ADVOCATES AGAINST RETROSPECTIVE APPLICATION OF THE NEW 457 LAWS

When the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) started to request for English and Skills Assessments for our clients who have lodged their visa before 1st of July 2013. We immediately realised that this was against the ‘Rule of Laws’ as the new laws were being applied retrospectively.

Kris J. Ahn our Senior Migration Advocate of No Borders, has written a formal letter to the Hon. Minister of Immigration and Citizenship outlining that retrospective laws undermine the rule of law and should be avoided wherever possible. He emphasised that the application of the new laws to the existing applicants is unfair and it will have serious consequences for both the applicants and the DIAC.

The Minister for Immigration, Tony Burke, has answered his submission and explained, that these arising consequences with the 457 Sponsorship program where unintended and with effect from 1 August 2013, transitional arrangements will apply. These "arrangements exempt applicants who applied prior to 1 July 2013 from the English language requirement if theu were exempt at the time of application because of their nominated occupation".

No Borders Migration Advocates is satisfied with the arrangements that the Hon. Minister Tony Burke has placed.

No Borders Migration Advocates will keep fighting for our clients' best interest at all costs!

Zoltan Shepherd


The General Manager of the No Borders Group, Zoltan Shepherd is under the employee spotlight this week.

Having joined No Borders in November 2012, Zoltan brings a wealth of management experience to the table from his days in setting up his own Carpet Cleaning and Pest Control Business and as a professional sports coach.

Employee Spotlight: Zoltan Shepherd – General Manager at No Borders

Tell us a bit about youself

I'm a migrant form Hungary. Early stage in Australia I started and manage my own Carpet Cleaning and Pest Control Business. In the main time I was involved in the sport of rowing where I have become a Rowing Co-ordinator at Lourdes Hill College. Later on I took a scholarship in a sports institute where I finished a Diploma in the field of Sport Coaching at the University of Queensland. 2005 I joined the South Australian Sports Institute where my task was to develop Olympic level athletes. 2012 four athletes rowed at the London Olympics and two of them come home with a bronze medal. I needed new challenge what I have found her at No Borders as a General Manager.

What is the best part about working in No Borders?

Be part of a team where everybody delivers the best service every day!!

What do you enjoy most in your work?

As General Manager I wish to provide great working environment, where our staff is able to deliver the best possible service to our clients.

In your opinion, what is a key strength of No Borders?

No Borders Migration Advocates are always up to date with the new migration regulations and they are delivering amazing outcomes to our clients no matter what.

What are your goals in life or what is the next goal in life?

My big goal at present is to make No Borders Migration Advocates the most recommended Migration Agency in Australia, from Cairns to Perth.

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Are you writing a good cover letter?

Contributed by Job2Go

Don't underestimate it's importance!
Now that you have gotten the basics of designing your resume (if you read our last newsletter issue), we want to focus your attention onto a piece of document so often neglected by candidates – Cover letter. What is a cover letter you may ask? Wouldn't a resume cover all the relevant information?

Key Objectives of a Cover Letter

Introduce yourself, highlight key personal attributes that matches the job in application, demonstrate your research and writing skills, and attract attention to get an interview.

Important Notes

Tailor your cover letter to match closely the job position. Try not to use a generic cover letter for all jobs. Be systematic in the content:

  • Purpose of letter
  • Why you want this job
  • Your work skills that are relevant to the job (trade qualifications, work experience, etc.)
  • Your personal skills that are relevant to the job (communication skills, organizational skills, etc.)
  • Closing – end on a positive note and avoid sounding desperate
  • Make sure that there are no spelling, grammatical, typing errors and such.Keep it short and concise.

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We hope that you have found the information in this issue of our newsletter to be enriching and useful. Stay tuned for our next publication and if you would like to talk to us directly, please do not hesitate to email jensent@noborders-group.com. In addition, if you would like your contact details updated or removed from this distribution list or you know someone who would like to be added, please email me on the same address.


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