Friday, 13 January 2017

 

Issue #1 January

 

TOP STORY

Australian Citizenship test changes 2017
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Australia considering a tougher citizenship test, confirms Immigration Minister

 

Deskilling bigger worry than immigrants 'stealing jobs'

 

5 ways Centrelink benefits will change for Australian families in 2017

 

Student and Graduate Visa Programme Update

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

Australia considering a tougher citizenship test, confirms Immigration Minister

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says it's worth having a debate about whether to overhaul the citizenship test in order to weed out terrorists.

Instead of answering the basic questions about Australia’s political structure, parliament, election and perfunctory duties of a citizen, Australian citizenship aspirants may now have to deal with a more specific test that reportedly aims to examine whether they have integrated with the Australian way of life and the social values.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said revamping the Australian citizenship test was a “debate worth having" as the federal government looks at measures to prevent from exploiting migration pathways.

Mr Dutton flagged he wants to see greater focus on people's ability to integrate into Australian society - an individual's willingness to learn English, educate their children and employment prospects or potential welfare dependence.

"My view is people who don't embrace these tangible values shouldn't expect automatic citizenship," he told The Australian newspaper.

The existing 20 multiple-choice-question citizenship test is likely to be replaced by a tougher new test to stop extremists from gaining Australian citizenship. The new test will be more specific and ask migrants whether they have been working, their children attending school and whether their spouse is attending English lessons, The Daily Telegraph reported earlier.

Currently, applicants are granted Australian citizenship if there's no criminal conviction recorded against them. The government has already passed a law to strip ‘terrorists’ with dual nationality of Australian citizenship.

The existing citizenship test was put in place in 2007 by the Haward government to ensure the new citizens had "a working capacity" in English.

 
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Deskilling bigger worry than immigrants 'stealing jobs'

Austrlian deskilling a bigger worry than immigration

Australians are more concerned about declining demand for their skills than any effect of immigration on job vacancies.

According to a survey by job site Indeed of 1000 people actively looking for work, 31% were worried their skills would be outdated and only 12% were concerned about immigration bringing greater competition for jobs. It was the 16-24 year olds (39%) who were most concerned about employer demand for their skill set.

Those in the 45-54 age bracket were significantly more concerned about the effects of immigration on job prospects (18%) while 55+ year olds were the least concerned (7%).

Chris McDonald, Indeed's managing director Australia and New Zealand, says the survey confirms that job location, commuting times and flexible work are more important than pay for Australian job seekers.

"These results tally with other research we;ve done recently that shows that interest in flexible work in Australia has increased by more than 78% in the last few years," he says.

About 60% thought job location/commute was one of the most important factors for the next job, 55% thought flexibility and 51% rated job security high.

When it comes to money, just 20% thought compensation was the most important aspect of a new job.

However, there was a marked difference in attitude between men (26%) and women (16%).

Automation was not seen as a serious concern with only 6.4% worried about its effect on their job prospects in 2017.

Overall, almost 60% think 2017 will be same or better than 2016 for job prospects.

"The good news is that more than half (55.6%) of jobseekers thought they would find a new job within four months," says McDonald.

The most confident age group was the 16-24 year olds, with almost 75% believing they would find a new job within four months.

However, older workers feel they are being left behind. Almost half (43%) of 55+ job seekers feel their prospects will be worse in 2017 and only 5% feel it will be better.

 

5 ways Centrelink benefits will change for Australian families in 2017

Centrelink changes in 2017

Big changes to Centrelink benefits are expected to affect six million Australians in 2017.

As part of budget savings, Australian government has brought about significant changes to some payments like family tax benefits, schoolkids bonus, parental leave pay, childcare assistance and other payments which either have come into force from 1st Jan 2017 or will come into force in coming months.

A report by Kidspot states a middle income working family with kids at school will lose thousands of dollars.

Here are the major 4 changes expected to affect Australian families in 2017:

1) Schoolkids Bonus is axed

The government axed the $4.5 billion Schoolkids Bonus (SKB) scheme in 2016.

This means families with household incomes under $100,000 will have to go without the two big SKB lump sum payments in 2017.

In 2016, under SKB scheme, parents of primary school aged child were paid $430 a year and $856 per year for their high school aged child.

For a family with two kids, this means losing up to $1,712 this year.

This cut will hurt more than six million Australians.

2) Childcare costs to rise by 5%

If you send your child to childcare, the cost of childcare will rise by about five per cent in 2017 according to the Commonwealth Department of Education.

While cost is going up each year, Centrelink’s rebate which repays 50 % out-of-pocket child care costs has been capped at $7,500 per family per year since 2009.

3) Parental Leave Pay is now assessed as income

Families with babies born after 1 October 2016 will now have their Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay as income for Centrelink purposes. This could translate into Family Tax Benefits going down or taken away entirely.

This will affect working families with household incomes under $150,000.

4) Family Tax Benefit supplement changes

There are two types of Family Tax Benefit — Part A and Part B.

These benefits are paid lump sum at the end-of-financial-year. Kidspot writes families with a combined household income over $80,000 per year will lose their FTB Part A supplement of up to $726 per child and as a result affect your tax return.

5) Public dental-health benefits reduced

Public dental-health services for kids will be affected with a new federal funding scheme coming into effect. The benefits available to children will be reduced from $1,000 to $700.

Australian Dental Association vice president Carmelo Bonanno says the impacts could be long-lasting.

"There'll be 20 per cent of kids who will potentially miss out on having their full amount of treatment provided. We know that, especially later in life, chronic dental disease can contribute to other medical issues."

 
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Student and Graduate Visa Programme Update

Overseas health inurance cover

Health Insurance – Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

All student visa holders in Australia must hold Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) (with a few exceptions). OSHC is important as it allows students to access affordable health care.

The Department makes sure that students have OSHC for their likely period of stay before it grant a visa. This means it will check both the start and end date of OSHC. The end date of OSHC should be aligned with the Department's visa grant periods which change depending on course, its length and the finish dates. Be aware that if you provide OSHC for a period longer than the course, but shorter than the Department's normal visa grant period, the Department may grant the visa for a shorter amount of time.

The start date of OSHC should be the day the student intends to arrive in Australia. A common mistake is to arrange OSHC to commence on the first day of their course. The Department's officers won't grant a visa if OSHC begins less than one week before course commencement.

If the student is travelling that close to their course start, make sure you attach some evidence of their intentions. For students applying in Australia make sure there are no gaps in coverage.

To avoid processing delays, check that the OSHC dates are correct before lodging.

 

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 required
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Attention to detail and be a good team player.

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 major expansion therefore is 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, 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 demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking

Hairdresser

Specializing in all cutting styles, our client is in need of an experienced Hairdresser who is capable of providing services to all age groups. Our client’s concept is simple and clean and is ladies only cutting salon. The ideal candidate must possess the ability to cut all hair styles and be extremely confident in all aspects of hair.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Formal qualification required
  • Relevant experience required
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Dedicated to personal and professional development
  • Excellent attention to details
  • Extensive knowledge in all aspects of hair and products

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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