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  1. Former Australian immigration minister Nick Bolkus has suggested that Australia's skill shortages could be fixed by increasing migrant intake by 100,000 over the following three years. A former Australian immigration minister has said Australia should increase its migrant intake. Bolkus, who served as Australian Immigration Minister from 1993-1996 under Paul Keating’s administration, noted the continuing economic turmoil for countries in the Eurozone, saying: “I think the European situation presents a really good opportunity for Australia to pick up young migrants who can contribute to developing this country - both skilled and those with the energy to apply themselves to the task we have.” Among those supporting such a mover is Business South Australia CEO Peter Vaughan, who said: “The primary focus must be to attract workers that meet the skills needs of our local industries and if these workers are based in Europe then it is an option worth pursuing." The government has already increased capacity for applicants seeking a permanent Australia visa by nearly 10% in the 2011/2012 migration program year. However, the former Minister suggests this is not enough to meet an increasing demand for skills and labour, and has called on governments at both state and federal level to increase advertising campaigns for countries affected by the economic crisis.
  2. I received email from South Australia stating their increase in budget funds for more migrants its a good news to those who are stuck in Cat 4
  3. City's skills shortage pushing tradesmen's pay packets to six figures - Local News - News - General - The Canberra Times Expect to hear a lot more on this subject in the coming months and years if immigration policy settings remain unaltered. Inflation, higher interest rates, and further appreciation of the A$ will be the result, I feel sure. Onwards!
  4. Some point to be noted from the news article... 1.Mr Abbott said he would not cut the employer-nominated categories – because business needed to continue to grow – or the family reunion program. 2.The planned cuts will focus on family and student visa programs, while skilled migration would largely be quarantined. 3.Mr Abbott said the Coalition would keep skilled migration numbers up, but would crack down on "dubious educational and family-reunion applicants". 4.he Coalition would begin a White Paper on immigration if they win office to set out a detailed plan for enacting the cuts to immigration programs, and release a discussion paper by the end of the year on the topic. Although Mr Morrison would not detail where the cuts would be made, he indicated that family and student visa programs were the bulk of the remaining visa classes that were not protected under the Coalition's new policy. Read more on this story here.... Libs would slash foreign student intake | The Daily Telegraph I do not know whether Coalition is really serious about these immigration reforms. If this is true then I would expect Coalition would be far better than Evan's. I But on the other hand If these are just election stunts to attract voters then I am afraid after election things will change.
  5. Hi-Ive been emailing primary schools NOR in Perth although my kids wont start till Oct term. Most schools seem to be local intake area which is fine, but we want to rent in Butler area possibly to start with whilst we look about and decide what we want to buy. If the kids start at a school in whatever area we are renting in, do they have to move schools if we then , for example , buy a house a couple of suburbs away ? Obviously Id have to be driving them but just thinking about moving schools again and putting them through more upheaval !! :unsure: Thanks.
  6. Skilled migration intake to be slashed 9th May 2009, 9:15 WST Australia's skilled migration intake will be slashed for the second time in the past two months. Next week's federal budget will cut the general skilled migration intake for the next financial year by about 7,000 people to 108,000, Fairfax reports. The government's move follows a decision taken in March to shed 18,500 places. The total reduction of 25,000 places will constitute a 20 per cent cut to the program. The cuts are the deepest since the previous recession, Fairfax reports. The move is expected to go ahead despite figures released this week which show the unemployment rate fell from 5.7 per cent to 5.4 per cent, or 27,000 jobs, last month. AAP Just seen this on thewest.com.au
  7. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news guys but my brother sent me this today please read http://www.smh.com.au/national/skilled-migration-cuts-divide-20090316-8zyj.html
  8. Skilled migrants cutback | theage.com.au Skilled migrants cutback * Michelle Grattan and Peter Martin * March 16, 2009 AUSTRALIA'S intake of skilled migrants will be slashed by 18,500 over the next three months — 14 per cent of the annual intake — in a dramatic move to protect local jobs. Less than a year after increasing the skilled migrant intake to record levels, the Rudd Government has responded to the deepening economic crisis by removing building and manufacturing trades from the list of workers Australia is seeking from overseas. Bricklayers, plumbers, welders, carpenters and metal fitters will no longer get entry. The list of critical skills is now confined mainly to the health and medical, engineering and IT professions. The cut reduces the skilled migrant intake for the 2008-09 financial year from 133,500 to 115,000. The Government had already foreshadowed a reduction in skilled migrants — who form the bulk of the immigration intake — next financial year, with details to be announced in the May budget. The decision to cut the number of skilled migrants now shows the Government's growing concern about ballooning unemployment, which in February rose from 4.8 per cent to 5.2 per cent. The official forecast of a 7 per cent unemployment rate by mid next year is certain to be revised up in the budget. The deep cut in skilled migrant numbers follows December changes that meant only migrants sponsored by an employer or in an occupation on the critical skills list could get a permanent visa. Almost half the visas granted in this category are to people already working in Australia. Immigration Minister Chris Evans promised further paring back of the critical skills list if warranted. "The Government will remove occupations from the list if demand for those skills can be satisfied by local labour." Senator Evans said the overwhelming message from business and industry "is that Australia still needs to maintain a skilled migration program but one that is more targeted so that migrant workers are meeting skills shortages and not competing with locals for jobs". There were still shortages in sectors such as health care. The measures will enable industry to continue to get the skilled professionals needed "while protecting local jobs and the wages and conditions of Australian workers", Senator Evans said. He added that the Government remained committed to a strong migration program. "Skilled migration plays a crucial role in stimulating the economy." The cuts came as Mr Swan signed an international communique agreeing to "fight all forms of protectionism and maintain open trade and investment". Finance ministers and treasurers from the Group of 20 large industrial and developing nations met in Horsham, south-west of London, to thrash out an agreement that committed them to "take whatever action is necessary until growth is restored" with the proviso that they kept their borders open. "We will try to ensure that there is no intended or unintended trade protectionism," said the meeting's chair, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, speaking to reporters after the meeting. Mr Swan told the ABC there had been little disagreement: "You didn't see that in the meeting today. It was a very encouraging outcome. I've been coming to a number of these meetings over the last six months or so and today I saw a resolve we haven't seen before." Ministers agreed to boost their contributions to the International Monetary Fund to let it help countries that can no longer get credit. The leaders of the G-20 nations including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will continue the negotiations in London on April 2. The global financial crisis will dominate Mr Rudd's first face-to-face meeting with US President Barack Obama next week. Mr Obama yesterday singled out Australia as a country taking appropriate action in the face of the global economic crisis. "Kevin Rudd has taken similar steps (to stimulate the economy) in Australia ," he said .
  9. This article may or may not be true will know in 24 hours Immigration slashed to protect jobs | smh.com.au
  10. Hello All, Please see this link for an article out of The Age related to the Migration intake for the 2009/10 Program year: Australia to cut immigration as economy slows
  11. Minister flags lower migrant intake | The Australian THE global financial crisis looks set to result in a cut to Australia's migrant intake, with the Rudd Government hinting strongly it will reduce next year's quota amid fears the economy will slow.