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  1. One in 10 skilled migrants who move to regional Australia move to a city within 18 months, according to new data from the Department of Home Affairs. The data was provided to SBS News in response to questions raised in a recent Senate Estimates hearing. It was prompted by the Turnbull government announcing in May it was working on changes to regional sponsorship visas in a bid to force skilled migrants to stay. The department’s Continuous Survey of Australian Migrants (CSAM) revealed of the six per cent of skilled migrants who settled in a regional area, 10 per cent moved to a major city between six and 18 months later. Australia brought in 4,766 skilled workers to regional areas in 2016-17 but almost half of them settled in Perth. The government removed Perth as a “regional” destination in November. Darwin, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart remain eligible for the regional visa. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was “working on” options to improve retention of talented migrants in the regions. Australia has a number of visa programs designed to bring migrants to the bush, including the Skilled Regional (887) and the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (187). The government is trying to find ways to prevent the drain to the cities without impinging on the right to freedom of movement. In May, Nationals MP David Gillespie told SBS News many regional employers were left with a “sour taste” when migrants skipped town to pursue opportunities in the cities. Dr Gillespie would not comment on the government's legal options but raised the example of overseas doctors, who often came on visas that linked their Medicare billing to a regional centre for up to 10 years. Last week, the government released its final migration statistics for the last financial year. Permanent skilled and family migration fell by 20,000 places to its lowest level in a decade, prompting an angry response from employer groups. James Pearson, head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the regions would suffer from the reduction. “This is a real crisis,” Mr Pearson told SBS News. “Politicians have failed to plan properly for the population growth in Sydney and Melbourne, and regional Australia is now paying the price because of this cutback in our skilled migration by stealth.”
  2. cjmre76

    Time for a Sea Change

    Anyone had enough of the City, the Rat Race, the expense, pretentious bearded youths and bad drivers ? I'm over it ! I was thinking northern NSW or southern Queensland. What thinks you lot, any suggestions ?
  3. Hey everyone, I'm 6 months into my 1st WHV, currently staying and working in the Brisbane Metro area, but I'm now looking for something different. Unfortunately, I'm not sure of the right places to look, so can anyone point me in the right direction for finding work in regional QLD. I ain't bothered what it is to be honest, however my downsides are no skills and I don't drive. Any pointers will be much appreciated
  4. hey all just joined this today, basicly am in Auz on working holiday visa which runs out in feb i have left perth driven over 4000km trying to find specified regional work but all the harvest are late and there seams to be 4x a many backpackers looking for work as there is actual jobs that qualify.i currently have my mum and step dad living in perth on residency visa they are my last remain relatives so i am wanting to apply for LRR visa and bypass my regional work this way purly because i dont want my time to run out and have nothing in place and dont want to miss summer on the East Coast 1 how long do these take (roughly) 2 can i remain in australia while this is being processed 3 whats the best way to go about apply for this kinda stuff
  5. I am looking into emigrating to Australia this year but have a few issues that I am not sure might hinder my move! Below is my information I would enter into the Department of Immigration & Citizenship website points calculator. Age: 32 Maritial status: Single Occupation: Here I would have to put that I am a graphic designer (my official job description is Interaction or Motion designer). Unfortunatley I do not have a degree in this field. The highest qualification I have is 'A-levels' in Art and Photography. I do however have over 12 years experience within this field. I have an extensive on-line portfolio of work for clients such as Intel, Microsoft, Unilever & Dell. I have also worked in-house and freelance for some of the UK's leading digital agencies! I have heard that my skills can be checked at somepoint during the application process and points awarded accordingly, is this true? If so my portfolio is on-line here Different Ocean - The On-line Portfolio of Chip Allcott. Will this help me? I have been applying for jobs in my sector but keep being told by agencies and companies that "There currently is a large pool of talent in my field", so therefore knowone will sponser me. I am also more than happy to emigrate to a 'Regional' area to live and work. I have spent most of the past 18 months travelling around Australia on a visitor visa, but my base has always been in Victoria near Geelong. This is my preffered destination if I can fulfill the points requirements. If anyone can help me with these questions it would be a great help. I know I meet the 'Regional Visa's' requirements, I have 105 points, but with no degree am I buggered? If I can not gain the points needed, I am resigned to applying to the Deakin University to undertake a course for 2 years as to gain points there, but this option will exhaust all my funds and I have all the training I need in my field and feel this would be a waste of time and money. Thanks in advance for any help! :spinny: Chris
  6. Australia can be broken down into 4 bits: Metropolitan; Regional; Rural and Outback Metropolitan: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, CanberraHobart, Darwin. Everyone knows about these...but few outside Australia have any idea of true size / scale. The first five have every right to claim City status. They are reasonaby big. The others...well... Thye get credited for being the biggest in their State or Territory. The figures below are for the "greater" city...(like Greater London, or Greater Manchester) Sydney 4.6 million Melbourne 3.1 million Brisbane 1.5 million Adelaide 1 million Perth 1.2 million Canberra 304, 000 Hobart 182, 000 Darwin 80,000 These equate to the major cities in the UK. Regional Regional is like 'second tier' cities and towns in terms of population / size / importance ...the Australian equivalents of a Nottingham, Leeds, York, Swansea, Sheffield. These are often fairly large towns or areas, but generally not directly swallowed by a major city. Regional, in Australia, does not mean woop-woop (Woop-woop: Australian term for the back-end of Beyond) Regional Towns and Cities generally have a very metropolitan lifestyle, good employment prospects, and access to affordable housing is often much better. Rural Now we're talking small towns and farming communities. These can be anything from a few hundred to a few thousand people. Generally associated with the land (farming, stock rearing, mining and minerals) OutbackThink Crocodile Dundee here. This is the dusty red stuff with the occasional house and even less occasional pub. ..Miles and miles of nothing, with nothing in between. So... When you are thinking about relocation to Oz... You don't need to think Metropolitan.... Consider Regional too. ...because Regional Skilled Visas are easier to get.