Friday, 13th of December 2013 Issue #1 December
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Australian immigration minister exempts highly skilled workers from LMT

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Australian Minister excludes highly skilled workers from LMT

Australia's Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash, has announced that employers recruiting for 'highly skilled occupations' will be exempted from the Labour Market Testing requirement and so will not need to advertise jobs in Australia before offering them to temporary foreign workers.

This appears to be a policy U-turn on a commitment to scrap the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement altogether.

In June 2013, Australia's previous Labor government passed legislation which required Australian employers to advertise jobs in Australia under LMT before employing foreign workers under the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457). The new law requiring LMT is due to come into force on 23rd November 2013.

In June, when the Australian parliament debated the legislation, the opposition immigration spokesman, Scott Morrison, opposed the introduction of LMT saying that it would be costly and unnecessary.

Mr Morrison is now the Immigration minister for the new Coalition government. He has faced repeated calls from Australian business organisations to repeal the LMT legislation.

Source: Oz Visa

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Australian government takes measures to further strengthen the migration laws

The Australian government takes measures to strengthen existing migration laws.

The Australian government says that accordingly stringent action will be taken against any person who arrives in the country illegally.

Minister of emigration and Border Security Scott Morision said that permanent security visa system and other amendments imposed on illegal migrants who arrived in Australia prior to the 19th of July, will be implemented.

He reiterated that asylum will not be granted to any illegal boat migrants. The minister also requests the asylum seekers not to be deceived by the acts of racketeers.

Source: Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

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Changes to the Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC) Program trades list

The list of trades the Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (ARTC) program offers recognition in has been reduced from 49 to 14, effective 21 October 2013.

Applications are now only available in the trades below.

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)
  • Boilermaker
  • Boilermaker/Welder
  • Diesel Fitter
  • Electrical Fitter
  • Electrical Fitter (Instruments)
  • Electrical Mechanic
  • Fitter
  • Motor Mechanic*
  • Refrigeration Mechanic (Electrical)
  • Refrigeration Mechanic (Engineering)
  • Welder (First Class)
  • *Includes heavy vehicle and light vehicle motor mechanic

The purpose of this change is to remove trades which have largely become outdated and under-utilised.

Applications postmarked 21 October 2013 or later in ARTC trades that are no longer recognised will be returned unprocessed.

Applicants for trades that are no longer recognised through the ARTC may wish to approach a registered training organisation (RTO) to obtain formal recognition of their skills.

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China and India lead strong growth in tourism and migration: 2013 Asia engagement Index

Big increases in tourism and migration engagement between Australia and Asia were the key performers in the latest PwC Melbourne Institute Asialink Index launched today.

The 2013 Index was released at the annual Asialink Chairman's Dinner in Melbourne, where the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, delivered the 2013 Asialink Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Lecture.

This year's Index shows that inbound tourism from Asia increased by more than 12 per cent in 2012, despite the strong Australian dollar, while outbound tourism to Asia rose by nearly 9 per cent. Inbound Chinese tourism rose by 24.4 per cent, its biggest annual jump in the history of the Index.

Migration from Asia to Australia increased by nearly 17 per cent, with strong growth in migration from India (40.8 per cent), Japan (16.3 per cent) and China (10.8 per cent).

The Index showed a marginal fall of 0.4 per cent in Australia's overall engagement with Asia in 2012. This was mostly driven by a drop in engagement with China - not unexpected after a big spike in 2011 - and big fluctuations in investment engagement, which is known for being volatile.

The Viewpoint section of this year's Index provides the insights of some of Australia's leading business people, academics and trade officials on Australia's diverse FTA activities in Asia.

"The new Government's priority to finalise a range of Free Trade Agreements has the potential to energise our engagement with Asia on many levels," said the CEO of PwC Australia, Luke Sayers.

"FTAs have the potential to increase trade and investment links with the countries profiled in this year's Index - China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea - and in turn foster people-to-people links through migration, education and other key indicators," Mr Sayers said.

The Chairman of Asialink, Sid Myer, said: "The Index shows the breadth of Australia's relationships with Asia - not just the importance of China but also our deep and enduring relationships with countries such as Japan and the nations of ASEAN. Our engagement with ASEAN nations when counted together is on a par with Japan and China by some measures.

"Australia-Asia engagement is being fuelled by the acceleration in top-level delegations to Asia at federal, state and city government levels, with visits by State premiers, trade missions, business teams, ministers and senior officials. These visits will have significant flow-on across the various components of the Index," Mr Myer said.

The PwC Melbourne Institute Asialink Index is the only comprehensive, long-term measure of Australia's engagement with Asia. It assesses the level and rate of change across seven components and 25 economies.

Other highlights of this year's Index are:

  • Trade engagement continued upward in 2012, largely defying the global slowdown for the year.
  • Education engagement rose by 2.1 per cent - a modest recovery after a decline in 2011.
  • Engagement with China, Japan and Korea decreased, mostly due to the fall in investment engagement.
  • Engagement increased with India, Indonesia and ASEAN countries.

View the full Index online at: www.asialinkindex.com.au

Source: PWC

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Same-sex marriage bill introduced in WA

A bill to allow same-sex marriage in Western Australia has been introduced to state parliament by Greens MP Lynn MacLaren

It came on the final sitting day of the year for the state's Legislative Council and as the High Court struck down the ACT's same-sex marriage laws just six days after they came into effect.

Ms MacLaren said she had introduced a bill that could survive a High Court challenge.

"I had a little help from my friends. One of Australia's leading constitutional lawyers, George Williams AO, and Greens MPs with similar bills in other Australian states, have generously provided guidance," she said.

"Same-sex couples in WA who want to be married could look forward to it next year if this bill passes."

She said the Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2013 would allow the authorisation of celebrants, the registration of same-sex marriages, the dissolution and annulment of such marriages, as well as covering related financial matters.

"This bill builds on momentum across Australia to close the gap of inequality once and for all.

"I believe that with the new WA Parliament we now have enough support to pass this legislation."

UPDATE

Same-sex marriage: one step forward, two steps back
Evolution of marriage continues in England and Wales but hits brick wall in India and Australia

Meanwhile in Australia, another court was putting its own local brakes on the evolutionary process. This time it was the Australian high court, which overruled a local law passed in the Australian Capital Territory in October to allow same-sex marriages in Canberra.

The ACT law was invalid, the high court ruled, on the grounds that federal law, affecting the whole of Australia, holds sway on the issue of marriage. As a result, the several dozen couples who had solemnised their relationships since the ACT law came into force a week ago, awoke to find their marriages annulled.

No Borders: As you can see, laws can change quickly these days. Make your move now and apply for an Australian Visa as long as you have the chance!

Source #1: Nine News

Source #2: The Guardian

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Career Opportunities


International Sales Representative

A Brisbane based, vibrant leading legal group is currently seeking a sales representative to join its diverse team. The business is facing continuous growth and increasing demand for its service. The ideal sales, telesales representative will be well presented, experienced in the field of sales and marketing, have a willing attitude to achieve.

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Migration Agent / Lawyer

No Borders Migration is located just outside Brisbane's CBD on trendy Park Road; Milton. A rapidly growing firm, No Borders wishes to expand in Sydney and North Queensland and in the need of replacing our agents/lawyers due to transfers. The successful candidate will be a full-time Senior Solicitor with at least 3 years PAE within the Industrial and Commercial law fields.

Excellent remuneration will be awarded to the outstanding candidate. The successful candidate must possess the following legal experience:

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Legal Assistant

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IT Assistant (Internship)

As our IT Assistant you will be responsible for hardware, software and technical support for our IT Team. This is a perfect opportunity to gain some work experience in IT. Reporting into our Network Manager this role will see you carry out the following duties:

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Industrial Employment Lawyer

No Borders Legal is seeking to employ an experienced Industrial/Employment lawyer who is high powered and self-motivated to achieve great result.

The successful candidate will be a full-time Senior Solicitor with at least 5 years PAE within the Industrial and Commercial law fields.

Excellent remuneration will be awarded to the outstanding candidate.

The successful candidate must possess the following legal experience:

  • Experience in Property and Commercial Law
  • Assist with the administration of servers including File & Print servers, Anti-Spam, Anti-Virus and SharePoint services
  • Experience with drafting EBAs;
  • Industrial Tribunal experience;

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