Friday, 1st of August 2014 Issue #1 August
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New Australian visa medical provider now taking bookings

BUPA, the new health service provider for Australian visa application medicals is now taking bookings, it has been announced.

The international firm has taken over from Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) and its medical centres around Australia will be open from 28 July. A spokesman said the easiest way to get an appointment is via its online booking system.

It operates the service on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to provide medical assessments to Australian visa applicants.

BUPA is providing six dedicated centres and an additional 30 partner centres around Australia, including regional and remote areas.

If you are applying for an Australian permanent visa or longer stay temporary visa you may be asked by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to have a medical assessment as part of the application process.

A health professional will perform a physical assessment and may take a blood and urine sample. It may also include a chest x-ray.

To book an appointment, you need a valid passport and a HAP ID from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

You should receive a HAP ID when you submit a visa application. If you are planning to lodge your visa application at a later stage you will receive a HAP ID when you complete a Health Declaration.

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Warning over scam recruitment email in Australia

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A leading recruiter in Australia is warning about scam emails that claim to offer employment and seek personal details.

Manpower Services (Australia) says that the email offering employment comes from an organisation that claims to have a relationship with Manpower or the ManpowerGroup.

The email includes the recipient’s name and email address, and informs them that they have been selected for a vacancy and invites them to supply personal details.

‘Manpower wishes to advise candidates that this email is not connected to Manpower or Manpower Group, and we discourage any person from providing any personal details or responding to the email,’ said a spokesman.

‘Manpower does not share candidate information with any other organisation without the approval of the candidate. Manpower is thoroughly investigating this issue and will provide updates on this website as soon as they are available,’ he explained.

‘In the meantime, we apologise for any concern to individuals, and we assure any candidates who provide their information to Manpower or Manpower Group that we take our obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 very seriously,’ he added.

The news comes as the latest report from the firm shows that Australia’s hiring pace is expected to pick up slightly in the second quarter this year.

Employers are reporting a slight improvement in hiring intentions for the second quarter this year, based on a Net Employment Outlook of +10%.

The survey, which queries the hiring intentions of over 1,500 employers in Australia for the coming quarter, found that 22% plan to increase their hiring, 11% plan to decrease their hiring and 65% plan to make no changes to their current payrolls.

The resulting Net Employment Outlook of +10%, gives an indication that subdued market conditions are likely to continue, at least through the next three months.

Opportunities for job seekers are expected to be the most favourable in finance, insurance and real estate, followed by transportation and utilities and services. These sectors have been buoyed by a number of trends, including a slight turn around in professional services, a real estate boom in the capital cities and a demand for hard-to-find skillsets in IT and healthcare.

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Overseas students reminded of need for health insurance in Australia

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is reminding all students from overseas that they must have a health insurance policy to study in Australia.

Officials also point out the importance of maintaining this health insurance for the entire time you are on a student visa, not just while you are studying.

The insurance must begin from the date you arrive in Australia and remain in effect until you leave, or move to a different visa subclass.

Almost all student visa holders are required to maintain a specific type of health insurance known as Overseas Student Health Cover.

There are a few exceptions, such as students from Sweden who have insurance provided by CSN International or Kammarkkollegiet, Norwegian students covered by the National Insurance Scheme and Belgian students.

Overseas Student Health Cover provides insurance for some specialist services and medical emergencies, but students may need to pay for certain treatments. ‘You should understand the details of what your policy covers before travelling to Australia,’ said a DIBP spokesman.

‘If you are unsure or cannot understand your policy, you should contact your health insurance provider,’ he added.

The spokesman also pointed out that if your education provider or agent is organising Overseas Student Health Cover on your behalf, you should ask when your cover begins and when it ends.

‘You may be in breach of your visa conditions if you are in Australia without the appropriate cover, even if you were relying on your education provider or your agent to arrange the insurance,’ the spokesman explained.

‘This could result in your visa being cancelled. If you find that your Overseas Student Health Cover is not valid, you should organise for this to be corrected immediately,’ he added.

International students are also required to notify their education provider of their residential address in Australia within seven days of arriving in the country and provide details of any change of address within seven days.

Students must remain on the registered course that is on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Students are obliged to maintain satisfactory attendance and course progress for each study period as required by their education provider.

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Census data shows where migrants to Australia tend to settle

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The latest Census data shows where expats, international students and immigrants tend to move to when they are living and working in Australia.

In Sydney, international students tend to congregate along an east-west axis that incorporates Sydney’s main campuses and major transport corridors. This axis does extend a long way west however, reaching all the way to the foot of the Blue Mountains. This results in some long commutes for international students, who may be living in the far west to take advantage of cheaper accommodation.

In contrast, those on Working Holiday Makers are a more geographically concentrated group. When in Sydney, for example, they favour the vibrant lifestyle of the inner city or laid back atmosphere of a beachside location. They are also a much smaller group than the international students, as only a small number of them stay in Australia for more than 12 months.

New Zealanders with a temporary status are more far flung, with significant numbers living on the periphery of Sydney, near Penrith in the North and Campbelltown in the South. Economically and socially, these are some of the more disadvantaged parts of the Sydney region.

Australia’s migrant population is relatively large when compared with other Western nations, including New Zealand, Canada, the United States and the UK.

The largest contributor to Australia’s migrant population continues to be people born in the UK, with 1.1 million UK-born migrants living in Australia — around one in every 20 Australian residents.

Migrants born in New Zealand were the second largest overseas-born population in Australia, at 483,000 people, followed by migrants born in China at 319,000, India at 295,000, Italy at 185,000 and Vietnam at 185,000. Cumulatively, migrants born in these six countries accounted for 49% of all migrants.

The majority of migrants living in Australia are well established in the community, having been here for decades. In 2011, the median length of residence for migrants in Australia was 20 years.

Length of residence in Australia differs markedly by country of birth, reflecting changing immigration trends over time. Migrants born in European nations like the Netherlands, Italy or Germany, for example, are some of the most established population groups in the country with median lengths of residence in Australia in excess of four decades.

By contrast, migrants born in nations like China or India are relatively new arrivals to the country, reflecting the growing significance of migration to Australia from countries in Asia in recent decades. The median length of residence in Australia for migrants born in China and India was eight and five years, respectively.

The extent to which migrants settled in urban areas differs by their country of birth. Some of the most urbanised population groups in Australia were migrants born in Somalia (98%), Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, China and Vietnam all at 97%, followed by Greece at 95% and India at 93%.

By contrast, migrants from New Zealand (78%), the United Kingdom (74%), Germany (72%) and the Netherlands (64%) tended to be less concentrated in major urban areas. They were still more likely, however, to live in a major urban area than people born in Australia.

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