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  1. nik_kershaw

    Canberra Beer and Burgers meet up 31st July

    Hi everyone, I am organising a meet up at King o'Malley's in civic for a number of reasons, I need a beer, We appear not to have done one for ages There have been a few people who are new to the group so i thought i would welcome them King o'Malley's is in civic so it is central to everyone so there shouldn't be any problems plus I think they serve pints etc. I have put this in the events but has to be given the OK by a MOD 12.00 noon and it doesn't clash with a home raiders games however it should be on TV as the green machine are playing in NZ Any questions or problems then give me a shout Nik
  2. hey all, we are going to try and have a beachside barbie on Sunday 31st October at Mooloolaba, down near the seafood market / wharf. Probably kick off around 10 am. Which I guess makes it brunch. :biggrin: Anyone else up for it? Its the first time we've tried doing this, so hoping at least one person who comes along will know how to operate the barbeques! cheers sg sg@funnelweb.net
  3. Summary from DIAC Exposition on Skilled Migration Changes Sydney 31 May Key presenters are Peter Speldewinde and Katherine Whitehead. General Skilled Migration Overall the framework will be relatively unchanged, ie on 1 July there will be a SOL and a new list of occupations sponsored by the states which will be as broad as the ENSOL but no broader and most likely half way between the old SOL and the new SOL. There will be no new points test until the end of the year, if at all, and equally no capping and ceasing if at all until then. The use of the capping and ceasing power will be more likely if there is another economic downturn. Future changes will most likely not be telegraphed - they explained that in the month before the September 2007 changes there were 32000 offshore applications instead of the usual 6500 - apparently most of them in unwanted occupations. Therefore the suspension of offshore GSM applications on 8 May was to avoid a "spike" in an otherwise bloated program. So best to apply when eligible as DIAC is capable of implementing a freeze without notice, particularly while they've got an oversupply of applications. The new SOL will have some minor alterations as Skills Australia used the unrevised version of ANZSCO - must have been some red faces over that one, but there will be no substantive changes to the new SOL as published on 17 May. All pre-September 2007 applications all about to be ceased as announced in February; such applicants, if they have valid skills assessments, are of course entitled to lodge a second application funded by the refunds they will receive. The cap and cease legislation is still a Bill - that is, an unenacted legislative proposal not yet with the force of law - and while it does sound as though the legislation will be enacted, and implementation will be determined according to occupation, English and age criteria, there was no indication that it would actually be applied to any particular category of existing applications unless there was some sort of economic downturn. No mention at all of cooks and hairdressers today. Clear that they're going to reduce overall GSM numbers anyway. Apparently the alternative - employer sponsored visas - require less verification because employers want to avoid the sanctions for misfeasance and are subject to other government controls in any event. Changes to the ENSOL and 457 occupation lists will be direct translations to ANZSCO at this stage with no substantive changes. The Department will issue a "convergence" or "concordance" list confirming ASCO equivalencies. Pre-July skills assessments will remain valid depending on the convergence/concordance list and relevant eligibility list, eg new SOL or ENSOL. There will be a revised Ministerial direction concerning the priorities to be applied in General Skilled Migration but no details were provided. ENS/RSMS. There is a current ENS/RSMS Review. Issues include English language, market salaries, exceptional circumstances, regional occupation list, Worker Protection Act framework etc. Timing currently not determined. Interesting 457 statistics were presented (being distributed separately) which will apparently inform planned ENS developments as well as future 457 reforms. Looking at sponsor accreditation, registered employment authorities (replacing regional certifying bodies) and training benchmarks (still unresolved - "some way off"). Labour Agreements Clear now that semi-skilled applicants (ASCO chapters 5-7) are only able to go through Labour Agreements. DIAC is now generating template industry agreements for the Labour Agreement visas - eg snow industry workers, bilingual tour guides, mining operations, meat industry - for employers to "sign up to". This, and other procedural reforms, should make the process of compliance easier. State Migration Plans Plans will specify the occupations and the number for each occupation. DIAC is verifying each state's methodology for determining occupations and numbers. Only occupations on the ENSOL can be on an SMP. And according to Katherine earlier, the ENSOL won't change yet. Says that the SMPs are not the solution to a state having negative demographic growth. Many states have higher language, experience and other requirements than DIAC requirements. Each state will have 100 "off-plan" places (but still no broader than ENSOL). The plans will be four-year rolling plans reviewed annually. Expecting a reasonable amount of stability. Answering questions Peter Speldewinde suggests that we may one day see the end of GSM for independent (unsponsored) applicants. ANZSCO Concordance Confirms that all DIAC systems now going to ANZSCO. Mentions that occupations in ANZSCO Major Groups 1-3 are "skilled". Will post the "convergence/concordance" on their website. Accepting ASCO skills assessments for GSM as long as the occupation is in the new SOL, according to the concordance". Cheers, George Lombard
  4. Adelaide Soul City is back at Cushdy at the west end of Hindley Street. Saturday 31st October. 8.00pm til late. Still free entry! Still the only place in town for Northern Soul, Motown, 6T’s, 7T’s and crossover soul on a great dance floor in a fantastic venue. Don’t miss it!! Check out the new website: www.adelaidesoulcity.com Keep the faith! Paul
  5. Hello there, is there anyone out there flying Singapore Airlines to Brisbane on the 31st August? We're flying out at 22.05, getting a bit nervous now!!!:eek:
  6. Hi all, havent been on here for absolutely ages so though it was time for a catch up and see what everyone is up to, so we are planning to go to the horse & jockey, alcester Road, wythall b47 6db for lunch, it is a wacky warehouse just off junction 3 of the m42 if anyone one would like to join us. Hope to see you there:smile: Kath xs
  7. Does anyone know what SA have decided to do with regards to thier skills list? I thought they were announcing a revised list as of 5pm Adeleide time? Shaz