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NSW government passes the buck over hiring of IT workers on 457 visas

The NSW government has passed the buck for labour market testing to a contractor which hired IT workers from overseas on 457 visas. When the government outsourced its IT, HR, Payroll and Finance & Accounting support services it required global companies providing the services to keep 70 per cent of jobs onshore, …

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Skilled Occupations List Methodology

The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) is used to qualify potential migrants for various skilled migration visas. The purpose of the SOL is to ensure the supply-driven component of Australia’s skilled migration programme is well targeted to highly-skilled migrants. Advice on the composition of the SOL is provided to the Minister for …

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Review of the Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

The Department of Education and Training is responsible for providing advice to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL. The SOL identifies occupations that would benefit from skilled migration for the purpose of meeting the medium to long-term skill needs of the Australian economy. …

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Average Weekly Earnings

Average Weekly total cash Earnings, Average age-Sex and Classified by occupation (Unit Group ANZSCO 4-digits) The data was collected from the 2014 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH) which was conducted with respect to the last pay period on or before 16 May 2014. The EEH survey is conducted …

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Occupation Ceilings 2015-16 Vs 2016-17

The list of Occupation Ceilings for program year 2016-2017 has already been released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). With respect to the previous year, 2 Unit Group have been removed: 2336 – Mining Engineers & 4112 – Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists. See below the comparison …

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Weather: NSW, Victoria, SA warned of heatwave ahead

Southeastern Australia will swelter through a two-day blast of summer, with temperatures in the high 30s in three states. A top of 38C is forecast for Sydney today, with 34C in Adelaide and Melbourne. “Pretty much right through the southeastern states … there will be generally hot and dry northwesterly …

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State Nomination Occupation List for Victoria

Victoria’s skilled migration program seeks to attract highly skilled and employable professionals and tradespeople with occupations that are difficult to source from the local labour market. Extensive research and industry consultation on Victoria’s current and forthcoming labour market needs is undertaken to identify occupations suitable for state nomination. This ensures …

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Shorten proposes changes to 457 visas to ‘put local workers first’

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has introduced a private member’s bill proposing changes to the temporary skilled migration visa program aimed at giving ‘our own unemployed’ the best chance of securing work. Labor has proposed a raft of changes aimed at tightening Australia’s temporary skilled migration program. The private bill, …

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Contradictory information on Facebook can lead to visa refusal

Australia cancels 60,000 visas in 2015-16

The immigration department turned down his visa application on the basis of information on the applicant’s Facebook page. The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has ruled that the material on Facebook page of an applicant is “information” that is “evidentiary material”. The ruling has come in the case of a …

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