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Posted on Dec 11, 2012 in Australia |

There is an increasing demand for chefs and cooks in Australia

According to Sally Neville, chief executive of the Restaurant and Catering Association of South Australia, there is a shortage of cooks across Australia. It is caused by restrictive immigration requirements and increased interest in various regional food styles. The shortage started when the federal government of Australia removed the cook profession from the skilled occupations list, which gave the right to people to come to work to Australia very easily. As a result of this, the only way for a company to hire a chef or a cook is through the temporary 457 visa which costs nearly 50 000 Australian dollars. In order the problem to be solved the Australian government needs to put the profession back to the skills-in-demand list and to reduce the language requirements since perfectly fluent English is not necessary condition for being a good cook or a chef. A report from the association shows that its own research among members reveals that 7% of the industry is actively seeking a senior cook or chef and 5% are seeking a restaurant manager. The Australian Bureau of Statistics expects that the demand for chefs will grow with 14 % during the next five years. At the same time fewer Australians are being trained for the profession and the statistics shows that the number of local people enrolled inn hospitality certificate level courses is down with 5% Therefore the Restaurant and Catering Association wants chefs to be put back on the skilled occupations list and the English language requirement to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The reason for this is that if a specialized Chinese cook is working in a Chinese kitchens the level of English he or she speaks will not be crucial for the effectiveness of his/her work. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian Visa fast and hassle-free today. Please visit our site for more information blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Dec 7, 2012 in Australia, Living Abroad |

Education becomes one of Australia’s leading exports

According to a new report of the Australia, the higher education is becoming one of the country’s leading exports, contributing significantly to the economic prosperity of the country. Foreign students play a leading role in the economies of Australia’s largest states of Victoria and New South Wales. Education is the biggest export of Victoria and one of the biggest in New South Wales. Universities Australia’s chief executive Belinda Robinson said the report highlights the contribution of international education to Australia’s economic prosperity as it finds education exports have doubled in value every five years from 1990 to 2010, overtaking tourism as the top service export in 2007/2008. Currently young people from more than 100 countries are choosing Australian as their destination for university studies and universities are working hard in order to attract even more students from abroad International education has the potential to underline the future economical prosperity of many Australian states and to contribute to the cultural diversity in the country as well as to the Australian influence all over the world and particularly in Asia. Education is considered one of the highest growing industries globally. It is expected that by the end of the year 2033 the number of the enrolled higher education students around the world will reach 330 million from 96 million in 2000. Therefore the value that the education export has for the economy is critical for diversifying the Australian economy from the over-reliance of the resources boom, especially now when the prices of the commodities in the international market are falling. In addition to that a lot of international students have good chance to find a job in Australian after they graduate due to the persistent labour shortages in the country and the fact that Australia currently has very liberal policies towards fresh graduates from abroad. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your Australian visa fast and hassle-free today. Please visit our site for more information blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Dec 4, 2012 in Australia, Travel |

Australian Holidays

Australian Public Holidays If you wonder what the Aussies are celebrating – here is the full list with every public Australian holiday: Holiday Date Celebrating state New Year’s Day Jan 1 All Australia Day Jan 26 All Labour Day Mar 5 WA Eight Hour Day Mar 12 TAS Labour Day Mar 12 VIC Adelaide Cup Day Mar 12 SA Canberra Day Mar 12 ACT Good Friday Apr 06 All Easter Monday Apr 09 All Easter Tuesday Apr 14 TAS Limited Statewide Anzac Day Apr 25 All May Day May 7 NT Labour Day May 7 QLD Foundation Day June 1 WA Queen’s Birthday Jun 11 All except WA Picnic Day Aug 6 NT Royal Queensland Show Day May 24 QLD Brisbane metro only Queen’s Birthday Oct 1 WA Labour Day Oct 1 NSW/ACT/SA Melbourne Cup Day Nov 6 VIC (Melbourne metropolitan only) Christmas Day Dec 25 All Boxing Day Dec 26 All except SA Proclamation Day Dec 26 SA Visa FirstMore...

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