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Australia attracted 190,000 new migrants in the past financial year

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Australian Government has announced that it has achieved its target of attracting 190,000 new migrants in the past financial year. In making the announcement, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison shared a break-down of the types of visas that were distributed throughout the programme.

The majority of the 128,550 permanent migration visas granted were within the skilled stream which hugely benefits Australian industry as it helps to fill skill shortages in the Australian economy. " In 2013-14, occupational professionals accounted for more than 64 per cent of visas granted in the skill stream, followed by technicians and trades workers with 22 per cent and managers with 9 per cent of skilled stream visa grants. These results are a major boost for the Australian economy," Mr Morrison said.

Further statistics include;

Skilled Migration Visas (Occupations)

  • Occupational Professionals: 63%
  • Technicians & Trades Workers: 22%
  • Managers: 9%
Skilled Migration Visas (Categories)
  • Employer Sponsored: 47,450
  • Business Innovation & Investment: 6,160
  • State/Territory Nominated: 24,656
Family Visas (Categories)
  • Partner: 47,752
  • Child: 3,850
  • Contributory Parent: 6,675
  • Parent: 2,250
  • Other: 585
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DIBP announces findings of 457 visa programme review

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yesterday, the Assistant Minister for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash shared the findings of the DIBP's commissioned report in to Australia's 457 visa programme. The report, titled Robust New Foundations: A Streamlined, Transparent and Responsive System for the 457 Programme identified 22 recommendations "strives to achieve a balance between encouraging flexibility and productivity with strengthening the integrity of the 457 programme and ensuring that overseas workers do not displace Australians" Senator Cash explained.

Some of the proposed areas of form by the report include;

  • improving training opportunities for Australians
  • simplifying sponsorship requirements
  • increasing the length of sponsorship
  • providing greater flexibility for English language testing
  • fast tracking low risk applications
Notably, the independent panel who conducted the review and composed the report found no evidence to back the claims made by the previous Labor government of widespread rorting of the programme.

The Coalition government are yet to respond to the report however are expected to do so in the near future. At this time it will be understood which of the 22 recommendations that the government will implement.

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DIBP cracks down on illegal workers

Monday, September 08, 2014
Illegal workers in Australia are now in the sights of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) with a recent increase in raids and people detained for being in breach of immigration laws. 

Illegal workers and employers of illegal workers risk deportation and significant penalties if found in breach of immigration and visa laws.

More from the Herald Sun

In just three months, 52 illegal workers, mostly from Asian countries, were detained after being caught working illegally on farms around Victoria.

In the largest raid by Border Force officials, 22 illegal farm workers were busted on a property at Robinvale on March 18 and 19.

Eighteen illegal workers from Malaysia, two from India and one each from China and Fiji were caught working on the farm without a visa.

New Immigration Department figures show there were four major raids in Victoria between March and May this year.

The Government has ramped up its field visits by immigration officials this year, conducting 1874 visits between September and April this year — up from 1508 for the same period the previous year.

The Department also issued 552 warning notices to businesses, with 99 of those issues in Victoria — up from 36 for the same period the previous year.

The Government’s new-found determination to crack down on illegal workers is part of a hardening up of the department’s compliance activities, which had slipped under the previous Labor government.

To read the full story at the Herald Sun, click here.

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