Friday, 15th June 2018


Issue #2 June



australia work visa approvals


Australia's immigration rate to fall again as work visa approvals drop


Migrants could face conversational English test under new plans


Skilled partner age limit lowered for Australian permanent visas


Australia remains preferred destination for millionaire migrants


Available Jobs in Australia


Australia's immigration rate to fall again as work visa approvals drop

Australia's migrant intake will be substantially down this financial year - possibly 25,000 below the 190,000 planned figure - led by reductions in the number of skilled and sponsored working visas.

The migration program has been at 190,000 since 2012-13 but dropped to 183,000 last financial year and will fall further again this year.

Figures disclosed at Senate estimates and visa statistics obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information reveal the number of visas granted in 2017-18 is likely to be 165,000 - the lowest level in seven years.

To 30 April this year the Australian government had granted 138,086 permanent visas divided broadly into two-thirds skilled, one-third family (and excluding humanitarian visas, which sit outside the migration program figure).

Extrapolated to the full year ending 30 June, it appears likely about 165,000 migration visas will be granted.

The FoI figures obtained for the first six months of the 2017-18 financial year show a 15% drop in the number of permanent visas granted, from 92,477 to 78,190.

Comparing the first six months of the 2016-17 financial year with the first six months of the 2017-18 year, the figures show substantial falls across most visa categories, but most particularly among skilled independent and employer-sponsored work visas.

The number of employer-sponsored visas fell from 22,843 to 16,047, driven largely by changes to the 457 visa regime.

Skilled independent visas officially fell from 24,289 to 20,989. This large headline fall masks a significant change in the makeup of the program. A deal struck between Canberra and Wellington now enables some New Zealanders who have lived and worked in Australia for five years to apply for permanent residency, and a pathway to citizenship.

These are likely to displace thousands of other skilled migrants who might otherwise have been granted a permanent visa in the migration intake. Figures released in April show more than 9,000 New Zealanders have applied to take up this option.

Fewer migrants were sponsored by states, territories and regions, while business innovation and investment visas (for people starting a business in Australia) were largely unchanged.

Source: The Guardian

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Migrants could face conversational English test under new plans

migrants english test

The Turnbull government is considering a new English test for all migrants seeking a permanent life in Australia.

While migrants already conduct a knowledge test in English when applying for Australian citizenship, there has never been a universal language test for everyone seeking permanent residency.

"What we are concerned about is that we have close to 1 million people now who don't speak the English language in Australia," multiculturalism and citizenship minister Alan Tudge told SBS News on Thursday.

"Now that's not in the interests of those individual migrants, but nor is it in the interests of social cohesion."

The minister is expected to outline the policy in a speech in Sydney on Thursday afternoon.

The government already requires English skills for some migrants, but it depends on the visa. Those on skilled visas and student visas are already required to demonstrate language skills, but their spouses and families are not. The family reunion scheme and the humanitarian scheme for refugees do not have English requirements.

The government offers 510 hours of free English lessons for migrants with poor English when they arrive in Australia, but not all migrants take them up.

Labor said it would consider the proposal when the details are released, but shadow immigration minister Shayne Neumann said it would be "totally unreasonable to apply an English language test to Australia's humanitarian program".

Refugees often have little or no English when they arrive in Australia, unlike skilled migrants who are sponsored to work in the country.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said leaning English could be a "real struggle" for newly arrived migrants who were juggling work and family life.

"Let's help them and encourage them to learn English, but let's not make this a punitive measure that effectively marginalises people who might be struggling," he said.

The Turnbull government attempted to create a standalone, higher-level English exam for the citizenship test last year, as part of a sweeping reform that included a new test on "Australian values" and longer residency requirements.

The bill was eventually defeated in the Senate, with Labor, the Greens and many on the crossbench opposed to the tougher English requirements, which would have been pitched at around the IELTS 6 standard.

Mr Dutton said the government would reattempt the citizenship reforms this year, suggesting the government may lower the English requirement from IELTS 6, described as "competent", to IELTS 5, described as "modest".

But Mr Tudge confirmed the government is actively considering making its own English test focused on conversational skills, rather than relying on international standards.

Source: SBS NEWS


Skilled partner age limit lowered for Australian permanent visas

Skilled partner age limit

The latest set of changes introduced to skilled permanent visas has lowered the maximum age of a skilled partner to 45 for which an applicant can claim additional points in the general points test.

Earlier, applicants for general skilled visas whose spouses and de facto partners were under 50 years of age, were able to claim additional five points.

The change, introduced last week, will apply to Skilled Independent visas Subclass 189 and Subclass 190 and Skilled Regional Subclass 489 with effect from 1 July 2018. During recent years, Indians have emerged as the largest migrant group in Australia to receive 189 and 190 visas that are both permanent visas, while Subclass 489 visa is a temporary visa with a pathway to permanent residency.

In an amendment made to the Migration Legislation last year in July, the maximum age for which a visa applicant could claim points was lowered from under 50 years to under 45 years at the 'time of invitation'. However, the maximum age of the skilled partners for claiming additional points wasn’t lowered at that time.

In an explanatory statement the Department of Home Affairs said the purpose of this amendment is to rectify this "oversight" to make the maximum age for claiming points consistent for primary applicants and their skilled partners.

Benefit to the Australian economy

The Department says lowering the maximum age at which visa applicants and their spouses can claim points for migration would benefit the Australian economy as those migrants arriving in the country at an older age have lower rates of labour force participation. Citing the Productivity Commission’s findings, the Department said such migrants contribute to higher cost due to the use of government-subsidised health care and support services.

"In light of the Productivity Commission's findings, it is appropriate to make amendments to provide that skilled migration visa applicants can only claim points for having a skilled partner if their partner is under 45 years of age."

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Australia remains preferred destination for millionaire migrants

Millionaire migrants

Australia is the millionaires' migration destination of choice for the third year running, according to a new report, with wealthy individuals lured by the country's proximity to Asia, relative safety and no inheritance taxes.

About 10,000 high-net-worth individuals, with a personal wealth of US$1m or more, migrated to Australia in 2017 - mostly from China, India and the UK.

Melbourne and Sydney were among the top 10 cities around the world to have a net immigration of millionaires, as was Auckland in New Zealand. Sydney is one of the wealthiest cities worldwide.

It is part of a growing global movement of millionaires who, according to the 2018 Global Wealth Migration Review published by the AfrAsia Bank this month, are the canaries in the coalmine of economic collapse.

The number of millionaires swapping countries increased by 15% in 2017, to 95,000.

Countries that recorded a net deficit of millionaires - including the UK, which suffered a net loss of 4,000 millionaires in 2017 - should view it as a bad sign, according to the authors.

Source: The Guardian


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.
  • 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

Alternatively you can check our website for further details


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