Qantas will start non-stop flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco from April next year under a deal secured by the Palaszczuk Government. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the flights operating four times a week to Chicago and three times a week to San Francisco would pump more than $150 million into the Queensland economy…

Jobs are the main factor keeping Australia’s economy from recession Australia’s economy is hanging tough, stubbornly refusing to capitulate to recession after a world-record 28 years of growth. But some of the threads it is hanging by are fraying, and chief amongst those is strong employment. Even as Australia’s economic growth rate dropped off the…

From 1 July 2019, there will be an increase in visa application charges The Department of Home Affairs has announced that a 5.4 percent Visa Application Charges (VAC) increase in fees will apply to applications made on or after 1 July 2019 on most visa subclasses.  Visa Type Current Fee From 1 July 2019 Student $575 $606 General Skilled Migration $3,755 $3,958…

Aussies can now take a look at what will soon be in their back pockets after a Reddit user leaked the first image of the new $20 note. The Reserve Bank of Australia first teased the new banknote in February, with its release date set for October this year, but Reddit’s teen-bean1 got a sneak…

The Australian government will be launching two new skilled regional visa routes this year, opening the door to more South Africans who want to make the move. According to Sable International’s Sam Hopwood, there are currently over 600 eligible occupations available to migrants willing to work in regional Australia. These occupations are consistent with skills needed in…

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed victory in the 2019 election, with results showing the Liberal National coalition is on track to be returned to government. So what does this mean for Australian immigration in the next 3 years? What is planned and what should you expect in the coming years for immigration Australia?…

Australia, inventor of safe plastic money 1

In 1966, Australia switched from pounds to decimal currency. The country’s central bank issued a new range of banknotes with modern safety features – including watermarks, woven metal thread and raised print. But these technologies couldn’t prevent a $900,000 swindle. Polymer banknotes are banknotes made from a polymer such as biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP). Such notes incorporate many security features not…

The South Australian Regional Workforce Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) has been designed to address skills shortages across the state. It will assist a range of industries including agriculture, forestry, hospitality, tourism, health and construction to fill critical employment gaps and drive economic growth. The tables below show occupations that are eligible for sponsorship under…

Greens Senate candidate for Queensland Navdeep Singh has demanded an urgent review of the current testing system in place to measure the English language standards for migrants. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a widely-accepted test to measure visa applicants’ English language ability. A good English score in IELTS is often a pre-requisite…

Today is the inaugural Do it for Dolly Day 💙 – a day for us to remember a young life lost and take a stand together against all forms of bullying. As proud sponsors of the 2019 Local Hero Award, a category of the Australian of the Year Awards, we as a Department are proud to join…

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