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Posted on Jan 4, 2013 in Australia |

Immigration contributes to the growth of the Australian population

The population of Australia increased with 1,6% or 359 000 people during the last year. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 58% of this rise was caused by immigration. During the last year the population grew with only 1.14%, but this coincided with a period when the inbound migration was lower than usual. The reason for this was the restrictive regulations that had been introduced by the Australian Government as a response to the economic and financial crisis that started in 2009. Now when the Australian economy experiences a resource boom and the immigration policy is more liberal than before, Australian experiences higher population growth than many other developed countries. Canada for example registered a 1% growth in population over the same period. The US population rose by 0.9%, the UK’s by 0.6% and France’s by 0.5%. In Australia the net migration increased the population by 208 000 people. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports some 472,000 arrivals and 264,000 departures. Net immigration includes temporary immigrants such as 457 visa holders and Working Holiday Visa workers provided that they stay in the country for more than 12 months. The natural growth rate caused by higher number of births than deaths caused a rise of about 151 500. There were 298,000 births and 145,500 deaths. The state that mostly contributed to the increase was Western Australia whose population grew by 3.3 percent (around 78 000 people). There were also significant rises in population in Victoria (89,000), Queensland (86,000) and New South Wales (79,000). Gareth Aird, an economist at the Commonwealth Bank, explained that the immigration growth is a good indication of the strength of the Australian dollar and the country’s labour market. According to him the strong dollar increases the appeal that Australia has for foreign workers because it increases the real value of their wages outside the country 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 Jan 2, 2013 in Australia, Australia Working Holiday, Work in Australia |

Why you should work in Australia?

Why you should work in Australia You probably already know what Working Holiday is and how to get Australian working holiday visa. We write about it all the time. However there is one very important question which you probably ask yourself – Why? Why to work in Australia, why to travel in Australia… Why Australia? That is actually very easy question to answer. Everybody talk about global finance crisis, a lot of countries suffer from it, but Australia remained relatively untouched by these negative effects. The extensive reserves of coal iron ore, copper, gold, natural gas, uranium, and renewable energy sources in Australia are attracting a lot of foreign investors and keep the economic in great levels. Also the country is leading tourist destination and its popularity is growing daily. This lead us to several reasons to work in Australia. Make some serious cash! Even tough the costs of living in Australia is high (higher than United Kingdom, Ireland and USA for sure) – the pay there is even higher! Australia offer one of the best average salaries in the world. You could easily make some serious cash, often double than your current one. In some job sectors the payment is even higher – one week wage is the same as one month in UK/USA. Even with the higher living costs there you could make as much as triple your average wage. Let’s be honest – this is pretty big reason to work in Australia! Job opportunities The unemployment rate in Australia is incredibly low – 5.2% (November 2012). While in other countries there is job shortage (several unemployed workers for one job opening), Australia has skilled workers shortage (more job openings than suitable skilled workers). This shortage gives lot opportunities to find good job with great payment. Even tough there is 6 month restriction for working with the same employer – finding good job twice for year in Australia is much easier than finding job in other countries (including United Kingdom/USA/Ireland). If you seek job in specific area you may have to send a lot of resumes, but...

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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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