Friday, 20th Apr 2018

 

Issue #2 Apr

 

TOP STORY

Immigration cut impacts Australia
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Budget and jobs growth would suffer if Australia cut immigration, Government report finds

 

Farm labour shortage: Call grows for agriculture visa

 

Government's immigration tweak sees overseas Asians out, integrated Kiwis in

 

The 10 surprising benefits of having Australian citizenship

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

Budget and jobs growth would suffer if Australia cut immigration, Government report finds

Cutting Australia's migration rate would cost the budget billions of dollars, lower living standards and reduce jobs growth, according to a report delivered to the Federal Government.

The paper, prepared by the departments of Treasury and Home Affairs, found the 2014/15 intake alone would contribute nearly $10 billion to the budget over the next 50 years.

"Migrants deliver an economic dividend for Australia due to current policy settings which favour migrants of working age who have skills to contribute to the economy," the report states.

"This, in turn, increases Australia's GDP and GDP per person, with positive flow-on effects for living standards."

The release of the report coincides with a heated debate within the Coalition about Australia's immigration rate and increasing community concerns about how quickly the country is growing.

Australia accepts up to 190,000 permanent migrants each year — most of them skilled — but former prime minister Tony Abbott wants that number halved to help lower the cost of living and reduce pressure on infrastructure.

The report acknowledges a bigger population brings challenges, including more congestion and demand for housing, and warns infrastructure investment must keep up with the growth.

But it also warned a reduction in immigration would shrink Australia's workforce.

In turn, that would have far-reaching consequences for the economy, including "significantly lower[ing] GDP and GDP per person than would otherwise be the case".

"Migration has been critical to growth in the Australian workforce in recent years," it states.

According to the report, recent migrants account for 65 per cent of the new jobs that have been created in the past five years, which is significant given that Mr Abbott made a pledge in 2013 to create a million jobs in that time-frame.

Australia is on track to meet that million jobs target, but the report makes it clear that it is mainly because of high immigration.

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Farm labour shortage: Call grows for agriculture visa

Agriculture visa

A DESPERATE horticulture industry is demanding an agriculture-specific work visa to fix the industry's growing labour woes.

Victorian Farmers Federation horticulture president Emma Germano warned if agriculture's labour issues were not fixed soon, it would be a "race to the bottom" as Australian farmers faced losing their competitive edge over rivals.

"There definitely is the potential an industry can be shut down over all this," Ms Germano said.

"The manufacturing sector died - it could happen to horticulture."

It comes as The Weekly Times can reveal the Government's two-year, $27.5 million seasonal work incentive trial - designed to encourage more Australians into harvest work - has attracted just 217 participants since its launch in July last year.

Estimates put the agriculture labour shortage at about 96,000 full-time jobs and 10,000 casual jobs.

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Government's immigration tweak sees overseas Asians out, integrated Kiwis in

Immigration tweak

Allowing NZ residents the skilled independent visa effectively crowds out applicants from other countries.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has slowed Australia's immigration intake - and he didn't need to get a submission through Cabinet.

The country's headline migration figure will be lower in coming years than it would have been otherwise, thanks to New Zealanders already in Australia taking visas that previously went to immigrants overseas.

This new information arrives in the same week Government ministers revealed fewer permanent visas than the stated "ceiling" would be granted for the second year in a row.

Forty four thousand places in Australia's skilled independent visa program have traditionally gone to applicants who are mostly Asian and living overseas.

But now as many as 10,000 Kiwis who are already living and working in Australia will be part of this annual allocation.

The change is a result of a decision by the Government to merge a new Kiwi visa with the existing skilled independent program, without increasing the number of visas in the scheme.

Fewer overseas visa arrivals

The Department of Home Affairs confirmed to the ABC that New Zealanders receiving the new visa are already counted as residents, reducing the number of people coming to Australia as a result of the program.

From Asian migrants to the neighbourhood Kiwi

The tweak has also changed Australia's migration mix.

It has substituted the mostly skilled Asian workers living overseas with Kiwis already working in Australia.

The skilled independent visa - traditionally assessed on points based on a worker's experience - counts for approximately one quarter of Australia's permanent visa program: a ceiling of 44,000 individuals each year.

Alongside the employer-sponsored program, it is Australia's main source of skilled migrant workers.

Last year, three out of five successful applicants in the program were granted visas while living overseas.

Nine thousand New Zealanders had applied for the new visa in the first eight months of the scheme's operation, according to the department.

Wayne Parcell, immigration partner at EY, said Australia could expect around 10,000 Kiwi applications this year and noted that these visas were not restricted to specific occupations.

"The criteria for the new visa would seem to have more to do with the context of the Australia-New Zealand relationship than a predetermined impact on the skill segment of the migration program."

Points-based component shrinks

This influx of New Zealanders has coincided with a shrinking of the old points-based component.

Thirteen thousand, two hundred invitations to apply for one of these visas had been issued in 2017-18 by the end of February, down by almost 10,000 across the same period in the previous year.

New visa proves popular

Between 60,000 and 80,000 Kiwis are eligible for the new visa, according to different estimates.

The visa requires an applicant to live in Australia for five years and maintain an income over $53,900.

At the end of February 1,512 of the new visas had already been granted and around 7,500 were still being processed.

Applications only opened in July, and the process typically takes at least three months.

The new permanent visa gives Kiwis access to more welfare services and, unlike the standard visa available to New Zealand visitors, provides a pathway to citizenship.

 

The 10 surprising benefits of having Australian citizenship

Australian passport facts

A life in Australia is synonymous with a great culture and fantastic weather but holding a citizenship has more benefits then just living in the country.

The government recently attempted to tighten the process of the testing regime to establish a harder English exam as well as test on Australian values.

Because of the high demand to live in this southern land, Daily Mail Australia have collated a list of reason why people are itching to get their Australian citizenship

1. Passport

Holding an Australian Passport opens up the world without much hassle. It is ranked the 7th best passport to travel on and can get you in to 147 countries without a visa. Australia also has an efficient overseas consulates and embassies if you are faced with an issue while travelling.

2. You can vote

Voting in Australia is compulsory and you can be fined for not participating in an election. Countries such as Egypt, Greece and Costa Rico do not enforce their citizens to vote.

3. Education

Australia has one of the longest compulsory years of education at 11 years in school. Despite an increase of 20 per cent of school fees, higher education can be paid off with FeeHELP or Study Assist. In 2018, the limit of your student loan is $102,392 for most students. If you are studying medicine, dentistry or veterinary science the fee limit is at $127,992.

4. Medicare/Centrelink

Under Medicare you are treated in the public health system. Australian citizens can be reimbursed 100 per cent of the money they spend when they visit a doctor and 85 per cent for if they see a specialist. The government also provides Centrelink for anyone who is struggling financially at the result of a job loss, disability as well as health issues just to name a few.

5. Superannuation

The Australian government offers Superannuation to allow all working Australian's to accumulate funds to go in to their retirement. Australia's superannuation plan has been ranked one of the best in the world since 2015.

6. You can adopt

As an Australian citizen you have the option to adopt a child. In 2016 only 278 adoptions were finalised in Australia and there are 46,000 kids who are in and out of care.

7. You can represent Australia in sport

All sporting talents have the option to play in representative teams and events that could which could lead to an Olympic profession.

8. Work in federal government or defence jobs

Once you become an Australian citizen you can apply for jobs in the Australian Defence Force, the Navy or the Army.

9. You can become a part of Australian Politics

Another benefit of being an Australian citizen is that you can become apart of the political sphere and potentially reach your dream as a politician or even the Prime Minister of Australia.

10. New Zealand

You can live and work in New Zealand if you hold an Australian passport. Australians have the option to travel there easily too as our nearest neighbour is only a three hour flight away.

 
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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.

Cook

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.
  • 5 years 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

Pastry Chef / Baker

With an established brand, our company requires individuals who has trade qualifications and experience as a Baker/Pastry Cook.

The position broadly entails:

  • Preparing and mixing ingredients according to formulas and methods
  • Operating manufacturing equipment
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy work area
  • Understanding and implementing different cooking processes.

The individual applying requires:

  • Trade qualifications in baking
  • Available for full time work
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge of baking industry
  • Good communication skills
  • A positive work attitude and professional manner
  • Demonstrate a high degree of attention to detail

If you believe you are an applicable candidate and have plenty of energy and enthusiasm, then please forward your resume and cover letter.

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 jobs@job2go.org

Alternatively you can check our website for further details www.job2go.org

 
 

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