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  1. " Intake of skilled migration putting pressure on Australian families, says Melbourne MP HIGH immigration intakes are fanning negative feelings about asylum seekers and damaging national unity, a Labor MP says. It came as new data reveal that Australia has one of the highest immigration rates in the world. Outspoken Melbourne MP Kelvin Thomson said the tolerance of Australians had been stretched to breaking point by the quadrupling of skilled migration over the past 15 years. ''(This) has generated competition for jobs and housing and put pressure on family living standards,'' Mr Thomson said...... From 2005-10, Australia's net migration was 11.1 people per 1000 population, compared with only 6.6 for Canada, which is a similar high migration country..... Australia's net annual migrant intake was 234,000 over the five-year period, but is expected to fall to 174,000 during 2010-15. This will mean a migration rate of 7.7 people per 1000 population, compared with 6.6 for Singapore, 5.6 for Canada, 3.1 for the US and 7.9 for Hong Kong.... But Committee for Melbourne CEO Andrew MacLeod said cutting skilled arrivals would put local jobs and economic growth at risk. ''Rather than going on such flights of fancy, we should be putting pressure on our politicians to invest in the infrastructure needed for a growing population,'' he said....." News Limited December 2011 More misinformed anti immigration propaganda from Australian media and politicians.... net overseas migration includes both returning Australian citizens and residents, plus international students on temporaray study visa of over one year.... skilled and permanent immigrants are just one component...... But do not let facts get in the way of a good rant against foreigners immigrants etc.... I would add, the statistical definition changed in 2006 to include the above via Net Overseas Migration being calculated via difference between arrivals and departures...... Australia needs more people with baisc mathematical and analytical skills.... Welcome to Australia :skeptical:
  2. Australian dream fades for Brits - report "THE number of Britons emigrating to Australia each year has almost halved, according to new figures published by British media. Britain's Office for National Statistics has released data showing that residents of Blighty are leaving at their lowest rate for more than a decade."
  3. MazPaul

    School statistics

    Hi everyone been looking on on http://www.myschool.edu.au at schools stats can anyone explain them to me. There is a section that has distribution of students between bottom middle and top is this just how many pupils are in each section of the school. Also which stats do we really want to be looking at on the site to see how good it is. Thanks Paul.
  4. Cerberus1

    January 2011 Forum Statistics

    [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/record_smash.gif[/img2]A little late this month, but here are the January Forum Stats, a record breaking month. In January: 1,405 new members joined the forum (the 2nd highest monthly total ever), taking us past the 40,000 member mark. 32,032 posts were made - the highest ever The most number of users (members & guests) ever online at the same time occurred - 971 on the 24th Jan. The most registered members online in 1 day occurred in January - 1,260 360,627 visits to the forum in January - the highest ever 165,080 unique visitors to the site in January - the highest ever
  5. Hi All The Senate Estimates Committee met on Tuesday 19th October 2010. The Hansard for the whole of the relevant meeting is below: http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/commttee/S13303.pdf Senator Cash is a live wire! She represents WA and she is a Liberal according to her blog. She is a solicitor by background, it seems. During Tuesday's meeting, Senator Cash tabled 22 questions about skilled immigration of all types. She wanted statistics and figures. Initially, before lunch, DIAC hedged and fudged. After the lunch break, however, DIAC fielded Mr Kruno Kukoc and he answered most of the questions. In answering the questions, Mr Kukoc came out with a whole string of very significant figures about skilled migration of all types. I've copied and pasted the whole thing below: Mr Kukoc—I am trying my best to collect all the information on the 22 questions that you tabled just before the break. I may still ask you to take some of the questions on notice if they were really detailed questions. Question 1: What is the number of students currently on Australian student visas? What is the breakdown between those students between the following visa sub classes—570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576? As at June 2010 we had 385,000 students in the country, but note that this number varies significantly. It is seasonally affected, depending on when they arrive and when some of them would go on holidays overseas. It varies between 385,000 and 400,000-odd. As of June 2010 we had 385,000. In terms of the breakdown of those students between the visa sub classes I would like to take this question on notice. We could not get the information. I do not have it in my folder. Generally higher education is the highest number, vocational education is second and then ELICOS schools with small numbers. We will get that breakdown to you as it relates to the stock of students in the country. Question 2: How many students are currently in Australia on Skilled-Graduate (subclass 485) visa? At the moment we have 25,230 485 visa holders in Australia. Question 3: How many are on bridging visas awaiting the determination of a visa under the GSM or ENS program? Under the GSM we had 49,405 and under the employer sponsored we had 18,751. Question 4: How many applications for a 485 visa or general skilled migration visa had been lodged but undecided by 8 February 2010? We have 34,338 485s and GSM as at 8 February the pipeline was 148,711. Of that onshore were 41,000. Note that this pipeline has significantly reduced somewhat from 8 February. It is now around 135,000 or 136,000. Question 5: How many of those would have qualified under the old SOL if the new regulations applied to all applications which were lodged after 8 February 2010, rather than applying it to all applications lodged but undecided prior to 8 February? Note, Senator, that all of these cases are actually protected; they are part of the transitional rules. So all applicants or holders of 485 were all applicants on GSM so, on 8 February 2010, were subject to grandfathering, which means that they can use the old SOL and they can use MODL as well. Senator CASH—And that is set out in the graduate provisions, is it? Mr Kukoc—Yes. Question 6: How many international students currently on Skilled-Graduate (subclass 485) visas are awaiting resolution of their application for permanent residency-General Skilled Migration (GSM) or ENS visa? For general skilled migration, I mentioned that number—that was 49,405. For employer sponsorship, I do not have the exact number, but very few students tend to apply for employer sponsorship, and that has been the case until recently. We hope that may change in future. For example, in 2009-10, only 775 former students applied for employer sponsorship. Senator CASH—Sorry, what was that number? Mr Kukoc—Only 775 former students applied for employer sponsorship in 2009-10—but that number may increase in the future as students find an alternative employer sponsorship pathway. Question 7: What is the average processing time for the determination of each of these visa applications? Our standard processing times are on our website. I would need to take this question on notice in terms of the average processing time. I am not able to respond to that, unless someone from client services can, but I would rather take this question on notice and you will get average processing times for each of these visa applications. Question 8: From what countries are these students from and what is the proportion by nationality? I have that as well. The top nationalities by applications on hand as at the end of August 2010 for GSM are India with 33,430, or 24 per cent of the total; the United Kingdom with 14,170, or 10 per cent of the total; and the People’s Republic of China with 13,700, or 10 per cent of the total. There are then lower numbers such as South Africa with 7,110, or five per cent, and Sri Lanka with 6,600, or four to five per cent. Senator CASH—Are you able to provide that information on notice or table the information? Mr Kukoc—Yes. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc—You asked the same for the 485 subclass. Again, the top five countries are India, with 13,140; China, with 4,830; Nepal, with 1,950; the Republic of Korea, with 910; and then lower numbers for other countries. Senator CASH—Thank you very much. Mr Kukoc— Question 9: How many applications are currently pending for sub class 485 visas? There are 37,470, and they include both primary and secondary applicants. Question 10: How many of those whose application are pending are now on bridging visas awaiting the outcomes of their application? By a matter of law they are all on bridging visas. So all of those who have applied for this subclass are on bridging visas because their status has to be regulated. [[[Please note - Mr Kukoc went from Q9 to Q11 in Hansard. I don't know what Q10 was, in the circs.]]] Question 11: How many sub-class 485 visas are due to expire by the end of 2010, June 30 2011, December 31, 2012? I would like to take that question on notice if you do not mind. Senator CASH—Thank you. Question 12: What is the English language requirement for attaining a sub-class 485 visa and how does it compare to the English language requirements for accessing a student visa? For a student visa, depending on the education sector and depending on the country, it can vary but it is usually IELTS 5. For a 485 the requirement is IELTS 6. Senator CASH—In terms of the English language requirement, is that affected by the transitional arrangements? Mr Kukoc—No, it is not. Senator CASH—Why is that? Why is it not affected? Are there any people who are here who would have actually undertaken an English language test where the barrier was not as high? Mr Kukoc—The reforms that were implemented on 8 February did not affect the IELTS level, so there are no transitional arrangements. The IELTS level for a 485 in general skilled migration before that was increased from 5 to 6, I think, but the reforms announced on 8 February did not affect the— Senator CASH—Affect the English? Mr Kukoc—Yes. Question 13: How many onshore applications for student visas were made in the 2009/10 financial year by sub-class? What was the refusal rate for applications made in that year for each sub class? How many visas were granted? In which sub-classes? How does this compare to 2007-08, 2008-09? Our overall application numbers in 2009-10 for student visas were 292,874. Of this, onshore applications were at 116,832 and offshore 176,042. The rest of the questions I will need to take on notice. As I mentioned in my earlier statement, there has been a general reduction in applications of around 19 per cent compared to the last year but, at the same time, there has been an increase in onshore applications for student visas by 20 per cent, and a larger decline offshore, I think, of 35 or 36 per cent, compared to the last year, which indicates that many students onshore are actually changing courses or enrolling in other courses. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc— Question 14: How many onshore applications for student visas have been made by failed applicants for 485 sub-class visas in 2009/10? I would like to take this question on notice as well. I do not have this information in my folder. Question 15: What was the major reason for failing to be granted a sub-class 485 visa? How does this compare with 2007-08, 2008-09? What is the reason for this difference (if there is one)? There is not much difference. The three major criteria that you have to meet if you are an applicant for a 485 are: you have to meet the English language requirement, you have to have the positive skills assessment and you need to have an Australian study requirement—you need to have studied in Australia for at least two years. If you do not meet of these three criteria you will fail the 485 test. Senator CASH—But you are then able to apply for a student visa? Mr Kukoc—You can apply for a student visa under a different set of criteria, of course. Senator CASH—And you will provide us with that information in terms of those who failed the 485 and then applied for a student visa? Mr Kukoc—Yes. Question 16: How many offshore applications for student visas were made in the 2009/10 financial year? I have got information here in my folder. Offshore applications, I think I mentioned, were 176,042. Senator CASH—Yes, thank you. Mr Kukoc— Question 17: What was the refusal rate for applications made in that year? How many visas were granted? In which sub-classes? How does this compare to 2007-08 and 2008-09? I do not have all the information with me, but our grant rate is pretty high. It has dropped somewhat in 2009-10. Our grant rate was over 81 per cent, and in 2008-09 the grant rate was 85 per cent—yes, in 2009-10 our grant rate was 85.97 per cent and in 2008-09 it was over 85 per cent. It has dropped somewhat to slightly above 81 per cent, but I will provide a detailed answer to that question on notice. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc— Question 18: How many students reported attacks against them to the police, by state and nationality? What was the nature of the attacks? We do not have access to that information. That is a matter for the state police. There are legal impediments to them sharing that information with us. Question 19: How many international students have died whilst studying in Australia? What was the cause of the death by State of residence? Again, we do not collect that information. Unless people bring this to our attention, we do not normally collect that information. Senator CASH—What would happen if a person died whilst here on a student visa and, according to you, the student visa had lapsed or the person had overstayed their visa? Do you make any inquiries as to the whereabouts of that person? Mr Kukoc—We do not normally follow up every student visa in terms of when the student visa expires and whether the person has departed Australia. We do have a general compliance risk management approach in terms of monitoring, visiting and investigation. We do not do that on a case-by-case basis. Senator CASH—Can you be sure at any one time how many students are in Australia on expired student visas and are therefore unlawful? How do you do that? Mr Metcalfe—Essentially the department undertakes a reconciliation process on a regular basis of people who have entered Australia and people who have left by the due date. That includes the various temporary categories—tourists, students and others. We come up with an estimate, as an aggregate but also for particular caseloads, as to the overstay rate. We would have a figure, for example, of student overstayers from particular countries. That is something that informs our risk assessment for future visa decisions from a particular area. It feeds into the so-called assessment level process for determining the types of requirements that we have around particular visa categories from particular countries. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc— Question 20: Does the department collect information from the police about attacks against international students? If not, why not? As I mentioned in my response to an earlier similar question, we do not collect that information and the state police do not share that information with us. I understand there are legal impediments in sharing the information. Question 21: Has the department received any information about the exploitation of vulnerable students, including those with financial problems or who may be subject to extortion, wage and sex slavery etc? What is the mechanism that students can utilise to report these difficulties? This question involves a number of departments such as DEEWR, the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations. It is also a matter for the police in relevant states and for the Workplace Ombudsman. The department has a dob-in line. Of course, if these allegations are brought to our attention we would pass that information to the relevant authorities—the state police or the Workplace Ombudsman. Senator CASH—Are you happy to take on notice to provide me with how many calls you have had to the dob-in line on an annual basis since its commencement and the nature of those calls? Mr Kukoc—We will take that on notice. I think we would be able to do that. The final question: How many applications for tourist visas were made in 2009-10? How many were rejected and how many approved? How does this compare with 2007-08 and 2008-09? Are there particular posts where the decline is most noticeable (if there is a decline in applications)? Is there a reason the refusal rate is so high (if it is)? I do have the information about the grant rate by countries in total and in comparison to 2008-09 and 2007-08. I do not have the information about the applications. I can take that on notice. Our grant rate is very high. If I give you the grant rates you can assume that it is pretty much close to the mark in terms of the applications. Senator CASH—Thank you. Mr Kukoc—We had an overall increase in visitor visa grants of 2.66 per cent in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09. In 2009-10 we had 3,416,576 visa grants. That compares to 3,328,112 in 2008-09. That is the increase of 2.66 per cent. The largest arrivals were of course from the United Kingdom followed by the United States of America, Japan, China, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Germany, Singapore, France, Canada, and then all others. In terms of trends, we have seen a slight drop in visitors from Japan of 7.3 per cent and an increase in arrivals from the United States of America of six per cent. Also, there was an increase in arrivals from China of five per cent; Korea, 7.8 per cent; Germany, 6.6 per cent; and France, seven per cent. Cheers Gill
  6. Guest

    Statistics. Fact or Fiction.

    I'm a great one for statistics, bit of an anorak, and particularly when it comes to Australia. There are thousands of online statistical sites that would have you believe Australia is the land of milk and honey, Australia crime is far less than the UK, Australia housing costs far out weigh the cost in the UK, and exactly the SAME statistical information can be found concerning the UK, same figures but concerning the UK. As I said I am a great one for statistical information and it has helped not only me but also countless others in researching Australia and the UK, BUT. It is at the end of the day down to each persons perception of how they find Australia and the UK. Its not really until you get out there that you can truly judge the facts and figures, some of which are reasonable, and some of which are so wide of the mark that they beggar belief. The only real way of judging either country is to 'Suck it and see'. By all means do as much research as you can, but do not base your whole opinion on some of the online statistics. As an example, I used to live in Geraldton, (2002) in the space of three months I had my car broken into on three occasions, was beaten to a pulp once by a very angry Polish gentleman and the whole town at times seemed to be in the grip of a mini crime wave. However later that year I moved to Perth, in six months I was never the victim of crime, had a few run ins with some numbty, but not once did I feel threatened. Of course it depends where you live, there are some areas in Perth that I would still avoid like the plaque after 9pm, and in hindsight the same could be said for Geraldton. So in essence take on board the statistics by all means, but at the end of the day it is ONLY through personal experience that you will gather educated and reasoned ideas about either country. Statistics will always be just that, figures that are at times NOT based on any facts or researched material. Cheers Tony.
  7. http://www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/pdf/migration-agent-stats-oct-dec-2009.pdf Might be of interest to some. Best regards.
  8. connaust

    Hidden Unemployment

    Hidden Unemployment - The official unemployment rate just released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for September was 5.7 per cent. It was viewed by those in the government with great optimism of how Australia is resisting the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), however, is that unemployment rate a true indication of the level of unemployment, or indeed an accurate reflection on the actual state of the labour market in Australia? No it is not not....according to comments with this article online
  9. connaust

    Migrant Boom

    "ABS survey reveals migrant boom A report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that more than a quarter of people living in Australia were born overseas. The report examined migration data for the financial year ending in mid 2008, and includes people who stay in the country for more than 12 months." The numbers have been inflated by various (anti immigration) researchers such as Bob Birrell of Monash University who recommends restricting opportunities for Australian immigration due to one or all of the following: environment, overpopulation, taking Aussie jobs, lack of English (too many NESBs Non English Speaking Background), lack of social assimiliation, lack of appreciation of Aussie values (whatever they are), forcing up house prices, lack of cross cultural skills, wrong colour, smelly food etc. etc. Migration statistics now include temporary visa holders e.g. students, 457, Working Holiday Visa etc. if they stay over one year.....a very significant increase compared to just PRs.....but (social and political "Skip") agenda in Oz seems to be scaring Australians into thinking they are being overrun....way of life being threatened....somethings never change....
  10. Guest

    Perth crime statistics

    Does anyone know any accurate crime figures for the Perth suburbs, I have been looking into it as I have heard that WA has the highest burglary rate in Aus, and also has its fair share of assaults. I have found these statistics from the WA police website (have just listed the 5 areas that we are thinking of moving to):- Aubin Grobe - assaults 0/1000 people burglaries 2/1000 houses Ballajura - assaults 8/1000 burglaries 20/1000 Kinross - assaults 2/1000 burglaries 5/1000 The Vines - assaults 1/1000 burglaries 9/1000 Wanneroo - assaults 4/1000 burglaries 12/1000 These results were taken for the year 2008, they seem low to me considering the things I've heard, the UK average for assault is 8/1000 people and burglaries 13/1000 people. Can anyone shed any light on whether this is an accurate account of crime levels in Perth? Thanks Paul
  11. Guest

    How Many Poms Return to UK

    Reading this forum it would seem that us Poms returning to the UK are a minority. Does anyone know if there are any "official" statistics to confirm/refute this?
  12. Guest

    State Statistics

    Here for general information are some stats on the various States. NSW struggling, official statistics show - Yahoo!7 News I wouln't base any decisions based on these stats but they do give a general idea.
  13. Guest

    Intresting statistics.

    Thought this was intresting which came up on another thread...homicide rates world-wide Aint going to live in Al Salvador...that's for sure.:nah: List of countries by homicide rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  14. WA skills crisis to worsen 10 April, 2007 Australia’s skills shortage is likely to last another two decades, experts have warned, as new figures show the labour crisis in the resources industry continues to worsen. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal the number of job vacancies in WA has jumped from 6700 five years ago to 23,700 today, while vacancies in the mining sector have risen from 1000 to 4400 in the same period. Unfilled mining positions jumped 16 per cent in the last quarter alone. But those numbers reflect only positions for which “recruitment action has been taken”, and commentators say the reality is even more extreme. “In the energy and resources sector now, we’re short around 20,000 people,” said Lisa Barry, national human capital partner at Deloitte, adding that the number was likely to rise to 75,000 by 2015. “People are finally beginning to understand that this issue is entirely material to the economic viability and sustainable growth of their organisation. We always said it would last 10 years, but now we have upgraded that to 20. “Leaders in business in their 40s who are making decisions around radical talent and recruitment strategies are creating something they’ll deal with for the rest of their working lifetime.” Jeff Mackie, principal of human resources consultancy Mackie Employer Solutions, said the situation was likely to remain extremely difficult for mining companies for the foreseeable future, adding that employers were struggling to retain existing staff, let alone find new recruits. Research by Mr Mackie’s company showed average annual turnover in resources companies was around 27 per cent, and on the rise. “In a company that employs 1000 workers, around 270 are leaving each year. And that doesn’t take account of the new projects coming onstream that require additional workers,” he said. Mr Mackie said when the skills shortage first started to bite, employers sought to solve the issue by offering more money and better conditions. “But now there is the realisation that there is a limited pool of people in a competitive market, and employers can’t just keep upping the ante and leapfrogging each other,” he said. Family-friendly conditions, training and development, overseas opportunities and attractive option and bonus packages were all playing a role in attracting staff. “We are also seeing retention bonuses, where employees are paid simply for staying with the company, regardless of performance,” he said. Overseas recruitment had moved well beyond the traditional markets of the UK and US, he added. “They’ve been done to death and now people are looking to all sorts of places, from the Philippines to Azerbaijan.” “In the past, getting people from overseas took several months and seemed all too difficult. Now people realise that position is going to be vacant for three months anyway, so they are willing to wait for the international staff.” BHP Billiton and others are also increasing their investment in scholarships, in the hope that recipients will ultimately join their company. Other strategies becoming commonplace in the recruitment sector include the use of “greenskins” (people with skills in an allied field who are then trained for related positions), “lift-outs” (which involve poaching an entire division or team from a competitor) and “academies” (companyrun training programs designed to educate prospective candidates while promoting the corporate brand). Spotters fees, where existing staff are rewarded for attracting new employees, are also accepted practice, particularly at professional services firms. Accounting firms are offering up to $10,000 while law firms are offering up to $20,000 per recruit.