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  1. I just saw a similar entitled thread and thought what a great idea! Lets have a thread where us in Australia can post a daily photo (one we have taken ourselves) to show all the prospective visa applicants exactly what its all about!! A good way to share our pics too... I'll go first...http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=1868&stc=1&d=1277806503 It's the city of Perth as viewed from the Esplanade by the Swan River
  2. I am english I have an australain girlfriend I am currently living with I am seeking some advice on how to get a working visa or a way to work ,I am currently 32 years old and my brother is also an austrlian resident he has been here 15 years I have an recognised company who want to sponser me what is the quickest and most legal route to take anyone who can reccomend some profesional advice the info would be greatly appreciated Thank you
  3. Guest

    Australian community language

    Hello pomsinoz members i have a question to run by you , and i hope to find the help needed here i am having my IELTS exam in 2 days , and i am planning to get band 7 , in order to have 125 points ... but i wanted to be sure that even if i don't get the band 7 needed , i can also reach 120 i know that there is 5 points that i can receive for " Australian community language " this is the evidence the IMMI want to give me the 5 points quote ******** If you are seeking bonus points for fluency in one of Australia's community languages, you must attach certified copies of your degree, academic transcript and a letter from your university stating the language in which your course was conducted, or evidence of your NAATI accreditation. ********* Unquote my situation is as follows i am Egyptian , so i speak arabic ; i received my bachelor degree from an egyptian university in which all tutors were egyptian I went to the univerisity and i was able to acquire my certification degree ( written in english and arabic ) , my transcript ( written in english and arabic ) ; BUT there is no official paper that tells the language with which a course is conducted They did help me with a backup thing ; they included a line in the certification degree ; stating that 25 % of my studies were done in arabic , and 75 % in english Do you think i can have my bonus 5 points with the above ? thanks for your time reading
  4. UK ECONOMY SURPRISES AND DELIGHTS · Gross domestic product grew by 1.1% in the second quarter of 2010 · Australian inflation data this week will be a guide to next week's interest rate decision Sterling hovered around its starting point last Monday before moving lower. It bounced briefly on Wednesday before bottoming out the following day. A Friday rally took the pound back up. Between Monday and Thursday sterling did little to distinguish itself. Tuesday's public sector net borrowing figure for June was higher than expected at £14.5 billion but not big enough to prejudice the government's target for the year. Wednesday's minutes of the July Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting raised eyebrows but not far enough to take sterling a great deal lower: The committee had discussed the idea of 'a further modest monetary stimulus', in other words another dose of quantitative easing ('printing money', as the tabloids carelessly describe it). There was no vote on the matter but the mere discussion was enough to offset the benefit of Andrew Sentance voting again for a higher Bank Rate. Wednesday's retail sales numbers were better than expected for the month of June at 0.7%, worse than expected for the year at 1.3%. Sterling's fortunes changed in a most unexpected way on Friday when the Office for National Statistics published its first estimate of how Britain's economy performed in the second quarter of the year. After growing by 0.3% in the first quarter, gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 1.1% in Q2. It was a far better result than the 0.6% that the analysts had predicted. The figure has to go through two revisions in the next two months and it might end up lower but, for the time being at least, it is a good number and helpful to sterling. The Australian dollar's performance against sterling closely matched that of the New Zealand dollar. Both of them did well as a result of greater confidence among investors that the world's economy really is on the road to recovery. Britain's strong GDP figure helped that impression, as did a series of positive data from the euro zone. Also working in favour of the commodity-related currencies were the rising prices of the commodities themselves, with the CRB commodity index rising by 1.8% on the week. When the Reserve Bank of Australia published the minutes of its last board meeting it included another reminder that its main concern is 'the medium term outlook for inflation'. That standpoint makes this week's consumer price index inflation figure an important one. Analysts predict that prices will have gone up by 1.0% in the second quarter of the year, lifting the annual rate of inflation from 2.9% to 3.4%. If they have, the assumption is that the RBA will raise its cash rate again at next week's meeting, election or no election. That strong GDP figure could give sterling a further boost this week but it is also positive for the Australian dollar, in that it reinforces the notion of a recovering global economy.
  5. Principles:----> The Australian Greens believe that: 1. the presence in Australia of people of many cultural backgrounds greatly enriches our society and should be celebrated. 2. Australian society, culture and the economy has benefited, and will continue to benefit, from immigration of people from around the world. 3. immigration must be non-discriminatory on the grounds of nationality, ethnic origin, religion, language, gender, disability, sexuality, age or socioeconomic background. 4. Australia has humanitarian and legal obligations to accept refugees and reunite families. 5. asylum seekers and refugees are no more of a threat to our borders or to society than anyone else and must be treated with compassion and dignity. 6. Australia must assess in good faith all asylum seekers who arrive on our mainland or any of our islands, without discrimination based on the method of arrival. Goals The Australian Greens want: 7. an immigration program that is predominantly based on family reunions and other special humanitarian criteria as defined by international human rights Conventions. 8. all migrants to be given access to a full range of culturally sensitive, appropriate health services including a comprehensive medical examination on arrival. 9. services for new migrants to include appropriate English language classes, social security, legal and interpreter services, programs to ease transition to Australia's multicultural society, and post-trauma counselling where needed. 10. the elimination of the policies of mandatory detention, and other forms of harsh, punitive or discriminatory treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. 11. asylum seekers who arrive without a valid visa to have their claims for asylum assessed while living in the community. 12. planning for climate change refugees with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Measures The Australian Greens will: 13. ensure that potential immigrants are not unfairly discriminated against on any grounds. 14. increase the share of places for off-shore refugees and humanitarian entrants. 15. ensure that funding for public and community sector agencies providing migrant-specific services is increased to a level sufficient to provide adequate, effective and timely support. 16. ensure the development of networks, materials and programs that increase community understanding of the causes and benefits of migration. 17. abolish mandatory and indefinite detention of asylum seekers. 18. abolish discriminatory separation of refugees into permanent and temporary visa categories based on whether or not they arrived with a valid visa. 19. abolish the 'seven day rule' legislation whereby asylum seekers cannot gain a permanent protection visa if they have spent seven days in a third country. 20. restore the Australian migration zone to match Australia's territory and accept responsibility for processing all asylum seekers who seek Australia's protection within the migration zone. 21. ensure asylum seekers are fully informed of their rights on arrival and given immediate access to legal assistance. 22. restore asylum seekers' legal right to challenge decisions that affect them in the courts. 23. replace the current system of humanitarian visas (granted only by the Immigration Minister after rejection as a refugee) with an open, accountable humanitarian visa process incorporating a humanitarian review tribunal. 24. house asylum seekers who arrive without a valid visa in publicly owned and managed open reception centres, where entry and exit to these centres are unrestricted except where prohibited for medical or security reasons specified in clause 28. 25. ensure that initial assessment of refugee status is completed within 90 days. 26. grant asylum seekers an asylum application visa (AAV) and assist without delay their move into the community provided medical and security checks are satisfied or after 14 days has passed, whichever occurs first. 27. ensure asylum seekers living in the community while their claim is assessed will be granted an AAV which will entitle them to travel, work, income support and access to ongoing educational and medical services anywhere within Australia while their claims for asylum are assessed. 28. deny an AAV if security checks demonstrate the person poses a serious criminal threat to the Australian community or if the person has not remained housed in the reception centre while the medical and security checks were completed. 29. ensure that refusal to grant an AAV is reviewable at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 30. house those people refused an AAV in separate, appropriate, publicly owned and managed facilities close to urban areas. 31. ensure that, if refugee status is refused and the person cannot be repatriated, the AAV will remain in force until he or she can be repatriated. 32. ensure that the number of AAVs given to asylum seekers who arrive without a valid visa has no impact on the prescribed number of off-shore refugee and humanitarian entrants that Australia accepts. 33. support skilled migration programs that do not drain critical skills from other countries and do not substitute for training or undermine wages and conditions in Australia. 34. ensure that Australia adequately contributes to the funding of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). 35. ensure that Australia adopts a definition of environmental refugee in its assessment criteria and works in the UN system for inclusion of a definition in the United Nations Refugee Convention. 36. ensure that no family unit is forcibly separated by the Australian assessment processes. 37. grant the families of approved asylum seekers permission to migrate to Australia for family reunions within a reasonable time, in accordance with the UNHCR humanitarian program.
  6. "Quote" TONY Abbott has promised to cut immigration levels to 170,000 a year by the end of his first term in a bid to cut population growth to long-term average levels. The numbers of foreign students and family reunions could be cut under the Coalition's policy. The 170,000 figure came despite independent economic forecasts predicting that immigration levels will fall to as low as 145,000 by 2011-12. But the Opposition Leader said the Coalition was “absolutely not” proposing higher immigration and could only base its forecast on the latest published government figures for 2009 of more than 270,000. This would produce a cut of 100,000. Mr Abbott said employer-nominated skilled migration and 457 temporary business visas would be quarantined from the cuts and a Coalition government would encourage the settlement of new arrivals on a either temporary or permanent basis in regional and rural areas. "UnQuote" Link: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/abbott-to-cut-foreign-student-migration/story-fn59niix-1225896609250 Its appriciable if any expart agent will explain.................
  7. Can anyone please guide me the procedure of HEC verification of degrees from Australian High Commission in Islamabad. It is very urgent and I need it to be done on highest priority. Please guide me as early as possible. Regards,
  8. STERLING RALLY RUNS OUT OF STEAM · UK data risks this week include second quarter GDP and retail sale · Australian consumer confidence improves sharply. The pound spent the first three days within a one cent range. On Thursday morning it set off higher, peaking in the Far East this morning and completing an elegant inverted arc that had begun at the same level 12 days ago. By the time London opened the pound was off its peak. Monday's delayed final revision to Britain's first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures brought mild disappointment. As expected, GDP expanded by +0.3% in Q1. That was fine. But there was also a surprise in there. Earlier estimates for the peak-to-trough decline in GDP had put the figure at -6.2%. The final revision updated that figur at $1.76e to -6.4%. There was also confirmation that, in volume terms, the 4.9% fall in calendar 2009 was a record annual drop. Tuesday's inflation figures were more positive. Consumer prices went up in June when they had been expected to be steady. The core consumer price index was up by 3.1% on the year instead of the forecast 2.8%. The retail price index (RPI), upon which many wage negotiations are based, was ahead of forecast both on a monthly and an annual basis. The figures were not miles away from what investors had been expecting but were sufficiently adrift in the right direction to take sterling higher. The other important set of data was Wednesday's employment numbers. The overall tone of the report was positive, with 160,000 more earners and a fall in the unemployment rate from 8.0% to 7.8% but the details were unnerving. Most of the increase - 117,000 - was again the result of part-time hirings. The number of self-employed rose by 59,000: whilst this would be an optimistic sign in a booming economy it smacks of desperation in times of austerity. Nevertheless, the market was happy to see the headline numbers moving in the right direction and investors' first reaction was to buy sterling. Beyond the statistics not all the news was good. Standard and Poor's warned at the beginning of the week that there was 'still a material risk' that UK government debt could reach a level' incompatible with the AAA rating'. China's Dagong Global Credit Rating Company made its first foray into the sovereign ratings game and did not give Britain a particularly favourable assessment. At AA- the UK, together with France and Japan, received a lower rating than a dozen other countries. The United States was just one grade higher at AA. Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) member Adam Posen did not help matters. He told a regional newspaper that 'There is a chance we could slip back into recession.' The Australian figures with most impact last week were not strictly 'data' at all, they were surveys of opinion. However, those opinions are as important to investors as they are to central banks, which pay close attention to inflation expectations among the population: If people expect inflation to head higher they will want bigger pay rises. If they see it falling they will be less pushy. It does not happen often but those inflation expectations fell from 3.4% to 3.3% in July. It remains to be seen how the Reserve Bank of Australia views the result but, with a general election scheduled for 21 August, it is unlikely the RBA will feel the need to crank up its 4.5% cash rate at the next policy meeting on 3 August. Running down the rest of last week's opinion polls, NAB recorded a one-point fall, from 5 to 4, in business confidence (about future prospects) while firms' assessment of current conditions was steady at 8. Westpac's index of consumer confidence improved by 11.1% from 101.9 to 113.1. It was higher six months and a year ago but even at current levels it is reassuringly firm. Uncovered by the confidence survey was what Westpac described as a 'resilient' attitude to residential property after six interest rate increases in ten months. The 'Time to buy a dwelling' index jumped by 15.6% in July after a 7.3% increase the previous month. The commodity dollars fared less well than the pound last week and it remains to be seen whether they will repeat the exercise. Sterling's challenges this week will include Tuesday's public sector borrowing figures, Wednesday's minutes of the July MPC meeting, Thursday's retail sales and Friday's first estimate of second quarter GDP. They all present potential pitfalls for the pound.
  9. Here we go Julia Gillard announced the election on 21st August 2010 Gillard seeks mandate at Australian federal election on August 21 | The Australian
  10. Hi all :hug: Just passed my electrical assessment. I would like to start preparing for the AS/NZ3000 2007 wiring regulations here in the UK.Has anyone done this? Is the exam similar to the uk? were you can take your book into the classroom and search for the answers or is it similar to South Africa were you basically have to memorise it parrot fashion.I sure hope it is the same as the UK !!!! I found the South African regs EXAM much harder than the Uk, although they are basically the same regs. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU GUYS.
  11. :huh:The Australian Taxation Office has expanded the reach of its data-matching program to overseas students and temporary skilled migrants. Read more.. Tax office targets overseas students & migrants
  12. I'm a little unsure here so perhaps someone can give my partner and I some guidance ? We were both working in the UK until Nov 09, then moved across to Australia. Kim, my partner is an Aus national, I have full permanent residency status thanks to a de facto visa. UK tax was fully paid when we left and we both started new employment in Aus from March onwards. Our employers calculated tax payments based on annual salary, and as we have both worked for only c.3 months were are both due tax back, not having reached the gross tax thresholds. The main question is, will the ATO look at what we earned in the UK (and paid tax on) thus taking the tax refunds away ? Any help will be gratefully received Dave
  13. DATA DISAPPOINTMENTS FOR STERLING Wider UK trade deficit and falling factory gate prices dampen appetite for the pound. Strong Australian employment figures send AUD higher. After a one-cent rally, sterling spent the remainder of the week on the retreat. The UK economic data were mixed. Monday's services sector purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell by one point to a less-than expected 54.4. It suggested that companies were still growing their activity but at a progressively slower pace. Wednesday's production figures were good in parts. Although manufacturing production grew by only 0.3% in May instead of the +0.5% analysts had predicted, it was a far better result than April's -0.8% decline. The broader industrial production figure, which includes such things as mining and energy, reversed the previous month's decline with a +0.7% rise. The Halifax house price index went down for a second month, this time by -0.6%, leaving house prices 6.3% higher than a year earlier. The most disappointing data, at least as far as sterling was concerned, came on Friday with June's producer price index (PPI) and the balance of trade for May. The input and output components of the PPI, representing manufacturers' costs and factory gate prices, were lower in June by -0.2% and -0.3% respectively. The numbers supported the Bank of England's projection that inflation will fall back towards its 2% target without the need for higher interest rates. The UK trade figures were also unhelpful. The deficit in goods widened to more than £8 billion while goods and services together registered a £4.5 billion shortfall. Both deficits were bigger than expected and cast renewed doubt on the alleged benefits of a weak pound. Other events during the week saw an announcement from the new Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) that its boss, Alan Budd, did not intend to renew his initial three month contract and that the two other members of the triumvirate would also be leaving before the end of the year. Critics of the new setup wondered why he was leaving. Could it be because of lack of independence? Perhaps not, for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) came out later in the week with economic growth projections remarkably similar to those put together by the OBR. The IMF agrees with the OBR that Britain's gross domestic product will grow by 1.2%. Its forecast of 2.1% growth in 2011 is lower than the OBR's 2.3% prediction. A mostly low-key week for the Australian dollar brought a worthwhile improvement in Australia's trade surplus and a fall in the AiG performance of construction index. The Reserve Bank of Australia stuck to its 4.5% cash rate for another month. In its statement the RBA stopped short of hinting at another no-change decision next month but said nothing to suggest it was in any hurry to take rates higher. The highlight of the week was Thursday's employment report. The unemployment rate fell from 5.2% to 5.1% in June with the addition of 46k jobs. Both figures were ahead of investors' expectations; the change in employment was three times as strong as anyone had bargained for. Although part time jobs accounted for well over half the number of full time workers went up by more than the entire (full- and part-time) increase that analysts had predicted. The Australian dollar jumped nearly a cent higher against the NZ and US dollars. The interpretation was that a strong jobs market would increase the pressure on the RBA to press ahead with higher interest rates. That sterling spent the whole week on the slide does not bode well for it in the immediate future. With UK statistics for Gross domestic product, inflation, consumer confidence, employment and earnings all due this week there is scope for further setbacks if the numbers are not supportive.
  14. News item from the BBC. Good news for Aussie. BBC News - Australian employment rises sharply
  15. Hi all, has anyone got any idea how to get one before you arrive, been advised that as I am investing money from pensions etc here in the UK that I need to get myself a TRN number which apparently you can do online before arrival etc. Anyone got any idea?
  16. Hi Does anyone know what the Australian equivalent to the British site eingineer is?? We are currently trying to get a visa but the role of SITE ENGINEER doesn't seem to exist in Oz ...............any help woudl be apreciated.
  17. Only three questions, see here:
  18. A GOOD BUDGET FOR STERLING Britain's triple-A credit rating is no longer under threat. Australia's economy keeps a low profile. It took sterling a while to move above last Monday's $1.6850 starting point but it did eventually on Tuesday afternoon. Thursday's peak was just shy of $1.74 and was followed by a dip to $1.7150. It was back up above $1.72 by the time London opened this morning. Mercifully, Britain's currency is doing better than its football team. There was no obstacle for sterling among the very few economic data that appeared during the week. The British Bankers' Association figures for mortgage lending showed a very slight increase in May and the Confederation of British Industry's distributive trades survey (a sort of private sector measure of retail sales) improved from -18 to -5. The minutes of the Bank of England's June Monetary Policy Committee meeting produced a positive surprise for sterling when they revealed that one MPC member, Andrew Sentance, voted to raise interest rates by 25 basis points from 0.5% to 0.75%%. Although the other eight members thought it better to leave the Bank Rate unchanged, , investors were heartened by the idea that rates can go up as well as down. The main event for sterling was the much-trumpeted 'emergency' budget from the coalition government. For the person in the street there was no escaping the pain that the chancellor was dishing out by the bucketful. For sterling, however, the return to prudent stewardship of the economy was a godsend. For the first time investors could live with the growth forecasts that would make the formula work. Taking into account the measures set out in Mr Osborne's budget, the New Office for Budget Responsibility reckons the economy will grow at annual rates of 1.2%, 2.3%, 2.7%, 2.9% and 2.7% in the next five years. Those are not big numbers but they are credible. The market also has faith in the OBR's projection that government borrowing will fall from 10.1% of gross domestic product to 1.1% over those five years. It will take time to see whether the government can deliver on its promise to reduce departmental spending by a fifth. However, there seems little doubt that it will do its best to make the savings. As far as investors are concerned, that is good enough for the time being. The ratings agencies are on side as well. One of the chancellor's opening remarks was to the effect that he was keen to preserve Britain's top-drawer AAA credit rating and the agencies were quick to say they had no problem with that. A near-total lack of useful economic data left investors with no new reasons to sell or buy the Australian dollar. New motor vehicle sales were down by -3.2% in May, up by +16.4% on the year. The Conference Board's leading index, a composite indicator that seeks to point the way ahead for the economy, softened from 0.3% to 0.1%. The only other pointer was Westpac's survey of industrial trends in the April-June quarter. Its Actual Composite Index was minutely lower than three months earlier but, at 56.6, was appreciably higher than its 52.1 average over the last 10 years; it was also the second best reading in more than two years. Overall, the initial reaction is that the market is satisfied with the suitably brutal austerity regime.
  19. Certain confusions remain unresolved. There is nothing new. Most of the changes were announced previously. (see the links below). New Australian Migration changes 08 02 2010 Caution on DIAC web site information: At the time of this update (8.53 est. STD time on 1 July 2010) the DIAC web site and even the LEGENDcom ( is an electronic database of migration and citizenship legislation and policy documents which is available to members of the public on a subscription basis.) does not reflect the law and policy changes. As such there are confusions as to the correct approach to many matters. At this stage we urge the members of the public and the members of the profession to exercise commonsense, caution, skill and judgment and not to rely on web sites (even DIAC web site). Read more..
  20. DIAC introduces ANZSCO on 1 July 2010: ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations)
  21. I am looking at teaching carpentry and joinery at TAFE level and have English city and guilds qualifications. TAFE want me to have them changed to Aussie ones so that they can recognise my skills officially. They put me onto the TRA but they say TAFE or an RTO will do them using RPL. My head has fallen off and is now in the bin. Can anyone give me some advice on where to go, or who to go to.:arghh:
  22. Leaders at odds on growth. The ACT must populate or stagnate, according to Chief Minister Jon Stanhope who has signalled his opposition to any attempt to cut skilled migration to Australia. Immigration policies expected to change as high-growth target goes. SUSTAINABLE Population Minister Tony Burke says the government will adjust immigration policies so populated regions are not stretched. But the policies would ensure skills shortages were filled. Playing politics on population. JULIA Gillard's rejection of Kevin Rudd's "Big Australia" goes dangerously close to cornering her into a low-growth economy. The momentum from the strongest population growth since the 1960s was one of the chief reasons Australia sailed through the global financial crisis. West desperate for workers, say business. WESTERN Australia's peak business body has warned Julia Gillard the state is desperate for workers and migration has to increase. WA Chamber of Commerce & Industry chief executive James Pearson said unlike parts of the eastern states, where there were issues of overcrowding and congestion, West Australian employers needed workers.
  23. Australian population and immigration growth slows Migrant cut slows population growth in Melbourne but crowded city swells further. MELBOURNE'S population hit four million as Victoria's growth continued to surge last year. But national population growth slowed marginally last year owing to lower immigration, according to a report yesterday from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.... ....Public concern over rampant growth and its effect on liveability led the Federal Government to cut migration by more than 20,000 places last year. A major national survey on social attitudes recently found that more than two-thirds of Australians believe the population is big enough. The ABS data reveal that net overseas migration fell by 24,000 to 277,700 last year. There were 295,700 births in Australia, a drop of almost 5000 compared with the year before... ...Australia now has 22.2 million people, up by 432,000 since 2008. The growth rate slowed to 2 per cent last year after peaking at 2.2 per cent in 2008. By early 2011 will have slowed even more.... then by mid 2011 the federal government will realise that immigration growth, i.e. numbers of permanent residents, not temporary as included in population such as large but decreasing numbers of overseas students, needs to increase as baby boomers start retiring en masse this year and tax base decreases while demand for government services such as health, pensions etc. increases... but then again, racists, anti immigrationists, panicked politicians, media, demographers etc. would not be able to run scare campaigns in the media... so while scare campaigns were active in 2009 about supposed run away population growth, the population growth rates had been slowing significantly.... PS Real estate industry would not be happy with the news either as their justifcation for increasing house prices has been rapid population growth....
  24. i always check the west Australian evey week online for jobs. a few weeks ago they seem to have changed the format/setup and now there is only the same 4 jobs listed for the last 3 weeks???? there is normally about 28 jobs weekly listed. wondering whats going on???? surely there is more than 4 jobs in a month for carpentry/cabinetmaking??? cheers caz
  25. Heathfamily

    Australian news websites

    Hi all, I am looking for some Austrailian news websites, like BBC, ITV, SKY, local news sites etc that we have in the UK so I can see whats going on over in Australia, particularly in the Perth, Western Austrailia areas.