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  1. Guest

    16+ in Brisbane? :)

    Hi, I'm Katie In July 2010 I moved with my family from sunny Southampton to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, and since then I have completed schooling and secured myself a place at university in Brisbane. I am planning to make the move to Brisbane in the coming months, and I was just wondering if there were any fellow poms of my age in the same situation or looking for friends in the Brisbane area :smile:
  2. emmaroo

    Mature Students!

    As you may know I have decided to move back to Edinburgh next year and so I thought why not do something that I could not do when I was with my ex. So, I am going to go back to studying... I am going to do a college course that will hopefully then allow me to get into the 2nd year of a degree!!:swoon: Has anyone else gone back to studying later in life and can you offer any advice? Thanks Emma
  3. http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110923/main6.htmOz eases visa requirements to woo Indian students Ashok Tuteja Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 22 Concerned over the sharp decline in the number of foreign students Down Under following a spate of attacks last year, Australia today announced significant changes in visa requirements for Indian and other overseas students to win back their confidence. Under the new arrangements, international students enrolled in courses at the level of bachelor degree or higher will be treated as lower risk applicants regardless of their country of origin. This will mean less onerous financial and documentary requirements for students in this category. Students undertaking vocational courses, including with private education providers, would continue to be assessed against the higher assessment levels although financial requirements would also be reduced for these students. The changes will also allow for a two to four year post-study work visa for university graduates depending on the level of study completed. These and other changes were announced by Australian Ministers for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations Senator Chris Evans and Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP. According to the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, these changes will be progressively implemented from late 2011, with the full complement of changes expected to be finalised in the first half of 2012. Following the attacks on Indian students Down Under early last year, the number of Indians getting enrolled in Australian universities has reduced considerably, hitting the higher education industry there. Higher education is a major source of foreign exchange earnings for Australia. There were nearly 1,00,000 Indian students in various Australian universities until they came under racial attacks, triggering concerns about their safety. Many students who had desired to go to Australia last year and this year changed their plans and opted for other foreign universities or institutions in India to pursue higher studies. New regime Students enrolled in courses of bachelor degree or higher will be treated as lower risk applicants, meaning less onerous financial and documentary requirements. Students undertaking vocational courses would continue to be assessed against the higher assessment levels although financial requirements would be reduced. Changes will also allow for a two to four year post-study work visa for university graduates The changes will be implemented from late 2011
  4. Guest

    Any grants for TAFE students

    Are there any grants available for permenant migrants who want to study at TAFE or a private training institution? Many thanks!
  5. Education fees for foreign students' children 'breach' UN rules. INTERNATIONAL students and other temporary visa holders are being forced to pay thousands of dollars a year in fees for their children to attend public schools in a potential breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  6. Guest

    A students dilemna.

    Hey PIO. This is my first post so please be gentle! I had found your website this morning and have been on for a good couple hours checking the place out, but I think I need some direct advise to help me in my decisions. To put it into a formal order; I am currently a student, 18 years old and living in Oxfordshire, England. I have lived here for most of my life and hold a full citizenship here. Ive just finished my exams in the final year of sixth form (prioir to University) in Mathematics, Physics, and Design. I'm looking into going into mechanical engineering when I am older and so I applied for university here in England to do Mechanical Engineering in which I now have several conditional offers which will be decided on the results of my exams, which I recieve in 12 days on the 18th of August. One university is asking of me to recieve BBB of the three subjects and the second university, moreso my safety net, is asking that of CCC. I have a friend based down in Melbourne, who half a year ago, asked me to come down to visit. Feeling like I will need a break after fighting exams, I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I took a six week holiday in Australia, mainly that of Melbourne but also in Goldcoast and Port Douglas, from June the 29th till August the 5th. I've been home for a day or two now, and I think it's kind of sad to say that I dont feel like I should be here. For over a year before I had even thought of trying out Australia I started feeling like England was not the place for me, I am not a fan of cold weather and I personally feel that the economy we live in will do nothing but get worse and i feel other countries like Australia hold a much more exciting and interesting diversity. And since i have been in Australia them feelings have been growing. I genuinely feel out of place being back in English soil. So now I am unsure what to do, and here is the question I have been asking myself and will be asking myself for a while; What do I do? I am very lucky in the sense that right now there is not alot tieing me down in the world. I have just finished all education leading up to university; and although I have applied for university I can always bail out. I definately want to extend my education, either in University or an apprenticeship. One thing worth pointing out is that next year tuition fees in england will be triple of what they are now. So if i want to go to university in England it must be starting in 2 months, or I am looking at 36,000 instead of 12,000 pounds tuition fees. This means if I dont get the grades in 12 days I need to cancel the England&Uni idea. I could always try to go for university in Australia instead though. Apprenticeships will be apprenticeships wherever you are, I think i would prefer to have one over in Australia, but, with the whole VISA thing I am not sure how easy it would be to get me into Australia. One thing I am very unsure about is the VISAs. Would it be easy for me to get a VISA to do engineering at university over there? - (I presume so as engineering is on their list of wanted professions right?) And equally so is it easy to get a VISA in order to get an apprenticeship in Australia? It would still be along the route of mechanical engineering. I do love my family but I feel that I can handle the distance from them, and as far as friends go, most of them are also going to university so either way I will not be seeing them alot. This is my main concern though; I have a girlfriend and have been with her for over four years now. She means a great deal to me and I know she will not want to go to Australia as she is going to university here. - Though you could argue that this doesnt make our future look so clear either. Another factor to consider also is my friend in Melbourne is fairly rich and his mother had said to me I can always live with them if I decided to embark on Uni or an apprenticeship in Melbourne. - Which is something I deffinately would consider. Through the six weeks in melbourne I also feel like I have made a few roots, I already know I like the city and can see myself living there, and had made a few friends in the process too. And also I do not see myself living here when I am older, I havent been able to picture that for a long time. I can picture myself living in Australia; more specifically Victoria though. And this is my dilemna right now. I am very confused in what I should do. I would really appreciate feedback from you all, including any suggestions or questions. Furthermore who do I seek if i want professional advise? Very kind regards, foxx.
  7. connaust

    Australian Immigration Queues

    Lives on hold. Changes to Australia’s migration program have stranded tens of thousands of international graduates at the end of a queue that shows no sign of moving — and the immigration department has warned the issue could end up in court, writes Peter Mares.
  8. Hi all Just thought I pick all your wonderful brains. Basically we went to Perth about 10 years ago & fell in love with the place, my o/h decided this is the place he wanted to live/work etc. At the time he was a supervisior in a call centre & obviously that would not of enabled us to get out to Aus, so we went to a trade fair & found out that if he trained as an Electrician or any trade he would need to gain qualifications & then work experience. This is what he did, we paid £££££ for him to go to college, 1 day aweek for 4-5 years to qualify as a sparky. We then had the problem of getting him a job, as a mature student with no apprenticeship behind him this wasnt easy, but he/we persevered & managed to get him a job alongside a sparky, basically within a year or so he was doing all jobs on his on (although this was only domestic work) he has never done industrial work & a small amount of commerical electrical work. Now with the new points system coming in, our dream would appear to have come to an end. My question is should we have time to apply before the change in July, would this still be a major problem as he in un-apprenticeship trained? Was going to go via the ss route. Feel like this has been a total waste of time. :arghh: Being that he is going to be 41 this year & the fact that he failed the Tradeset test so is now in 2 minds to sit the AM2 course, do you even think its worth doing the AM2 incase the age limit changes in the future & if the July changes dont work out for the AUS Government & they change their minds with regards to Degree's, apprenticeships etc?:unsure: Any advice would be fab & many thanks in advance
  9. Hi all, Please give information regarding my questions of my friend. My friend and her husband reached in June 2008. She has done Prepress graphics and multimedia diploma of 1yrs and 6 months. Then she applied for TR on June 2010. Now she (and her husband) is on Bridging Visa - A. Now she want to apply for PR...Still her till TR is not achieved.. So friends please give me detailed information that how her TR will come and how she will get her PR and the time required. What are the Various requirements? please give me detailed information.. I really want to help them by getting the detailed information from you people in the form of your help... Thanks... Regards Landarjatt[/size]
  10. The holiday is over. Tourism in Australia is flagging but the industry has grand plans for a revival, writes Clive Dorman. Australian tourism has hit rock-bottom. Like an addict looking for a road to recovery, the industry finally conceded last week there is a problem. The State of the Industry report by the federal government's Tourism Research Australia agency, which was presented at the industry's first Tourism Directions conference in Canberra on November 15, laid out the stark reality that tourism ran into a brick wall a decade ago. That was roughly when Australia ceased to be the world's ''flavour of the month'', even though consumers around the globe still rate Australia among the top few places they would like to see. See comments from Australians here. Indian students ditching Australian education plans. AUSTRALIA'S multi-billion-dollar Indian student market has collapsed in just 12 months. This is because new students are turning their backs on the once-prized Australian education sector in favour of Canada, New Zealand and Britain. Enrolments from the Indian student market -- which until last year was showing annual growth rates of up to 40 per cent and was worth almost $3 billion a year to the Australian economy -- have been dropping since March. By September, commencements were down almost 50 per cent on last year, due to the combined effect of onerous new financial requirements, last year's street attacks on Indian students, vocational school closures and the rising Australian dollar.
  11. Late last week a High Court ruling has given Youth Allowance Recipients a potential tax windfall, allowing them to claim the cost of textbooks, stationery and administration fees as tax deductions. Previously the ATO had viewed the Youth Allowance as a reward for studying and not as income, but the High Court has ruled that youth allowance payments should be treaty as "ordinary income" and that the student's expenses were incurred in earning that income, and therefore are deducible expenses. This is a very important decision and could lead to 500,000 other youth allowance beneficiaries claiming similar deductions, potentially worth millions of dollars. Does this ruling affect you or your children at all? Cheers, Mark
  12. Australia International Education and Student Problems Addressing Australia’s international student crisis. One of Australia’s leading educators has called on the recently elected Labour Government to make a firm commitment to the country’s international education industry. Hospitality Training Association (HTA) CEO Phillip Charlton says the Australian economy could lose billions of dollars if Julia Gillard’s government fails to counteract immigration policy changes that have left the industry in turmoil. International Student Visa applications and approvals in Australia have fallen sharply in 2010, with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) reporting a 30 percent decline in international applications…. ….“And as we have now seen the Australian election focused very heavily around immigration and border security which resulted in mixed messages and public confusion as there was no differentiation between migrants, boatpeople, refugees and international students.”
  13. Can they simply apply for a student visa in order to lodge a new 885 application? (If they have graduated more than 6 months from the last course and can pass the review from ACS)
  14. A SERIOUS political headache looms for the next federal government over what to do with up to 200,000 international students. They have finished their courses but are allowed to stay in Australia a further 18 months. Both the Howard and Rudd administrations permitted the students to stay on to improve their English language skills or find a job in their chosen qualification, a pathway to permanent residency. But it has helped create a bubble in Australia's net overseas migration rate, which the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday confirmed hit the highest on record in 2008-09 at 298,900. Ballooning immigration was the main factor behind the rapid population increase in recent years and has been the catalyst for the "big Australia" population debate that dominated the first stage of the election campaign. Leading demographer Peter McDonald said the sudden growth in the net overseas migration rate was exacerbated by those arriving in Australia on temporary visas who haven't left. He said the build-up of overseas students still in Australia after their courses were complete was likely to be somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000, and any political move to send the students home would create a huge domestic labour force issue. "These people are all employed in Australia as taxi drivers, in bakeries, in aged-care facilities, in hospitality. If a future government decided it wasn't going to give them permanent residency, this would mean many would drop out of employment, creating huge labour shortages in the areas they are working," Professor McDonald said. "I think if there were Australian workers to fill those jobs, they would be doing it now." "On the other hand, if they are able to stay, they will take up most of the permanent resident places under the skilled migration program. In other words, the government will be in a position that it will have to choose. "While it would have been better if it hadn't happened at all, if I was the government, I would take the students that are already here as a one-off, but also still take the mining engineers and the nurses and other skilled migrants. "I'd increase the permanent intake for a short period until these temporary student visa holders washed through the system." Julia Gillard opened the election campaign with a warning that Australia should not "hurtle" toward a population of 36 or 40 million by 2050, but later claimed the issue was not about immigration. The Coalition has a policy for the net overseas migration to be capped at 170,000 a year. The ABS figures yesterday showed that "over the past three years, NOM has more than doubled from 146,800 persons in 2005-06 to (an estimated) 298,900 in 2008-09, the highest on record". It also noted significant shifts in interstate migration, with Queensland and Western Australia recording net growth. Queensland gained 12,500 people from NSW alone, which continued to record significant losses. Overseas students inflate migration bubble | The Australian
  15. Latest news from Herald Sun .. here is the link Indian students shun Australia | The Daily Telegraph thats good guys Australia doesnt deserve hard working resident like you. austrlia need only lazzy resident who are burden on austrlian people like Assyllum seekers, and highly qualified people who dont want to work.
  16. :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
  17. Well and good explanation about new immigration policy and Indian migrants regards ( see bellow link), still i am having doubt, because last 3 years cooks PR applications most of them not processed, and DIAC show the number of applicants list to "cap and cease bill commit y" cooks are nearly 14,000 like, i reckon this is good trick of immigration ministry. Senate have to consider this type of number magics. Then in Australia having cafe culture every streets having number of hotels and restaurant due to this cooks wanted high. Any way bellow link big article gives some good breath to Indians who are in OZ. thanks Dhani pl visit Australia: Julia Gillard’s “Sustainable Population” Plan & Indian Students | The Moderate Voice In India, the media coverage about changes in Australian education/immigration policy created some panic. The Australian High Commission issued a clarification to end the fevered speculation, especially as a large number of Indian students are attending colleges and vocational institutes in Australia. The key points in the press release on ‘Australia’s Skilled Migration program’ are: • Australia has altered its skilled migration policy, not its student visa policy • No students are going to be sent home in July • On the contrary all will be allowed to complete their courses after which they can apply for an additional 18 months stay during which they can work and seek employer sponsorship to remain in Australia • There is no plan for ‘visa capping’ on student visas • The changes apply to all applications from all countries. They are not targeted at India, nor are they triggered by the problems of the last year over attacks on Indian students • The changes are not retrospective – they apply only from 1 July 2010 • Australia has in place very generous transition measures • Australia is open to skilled migration that meets its labour market needs The press release continues: “In response to recent media reports on changes to Australia’s skilled migration program, the High Commission would like to clarify the following points. First we are making changes to Australia’s skilled migration program, not our student visa program. “The changes to our skilled migration program, announced on 8 February 2010, reflect the evolving needs of the Australian labour market. We are committed to a skilled migration program that is targeted at the needs of the Australian labour market. Our goal is to ensure the Australian economy remains strong and efficient. These specific labour market needs are determined by an independent statutory authority – Skills Australia. “Second, the changes we are making to our skilled migration program are global changes. They are not targeted at India or any other country. They were not triggered by the problems of the last year over attacks on Indian students. “Third, the changes are not retrospective and will apply only from 1 July 2010. “Fourth, no students from any country will be sent home on 1 July. Such reports confuse two different categories of visa. The skilled migration visa is completely separate to the student visa. No student, whether from India or elsewhere, currently studying in Australia is going to be asked to cease their course because of changes to our skilled migration program. They will be allowed to complete their studies. Many have visas that enable them to study courses for several years. “But it is important to remember that student visas allow people to come to Australia on a temporary basis for a specified period to undertake study at an Australian educational institution. There is no guarantee of migration just because someone holds a student visa. Any suggestion to the contrary is a misrepresentation of Australia’s clearly stated policy. Fifth, the Australian Government has provided generous transition arrangements to ensure those international students who were in Australia when the changes were announced on 8 February 2010 have every opportunity to fulfil their objectives. If their objective is to complete their studies, they will be free to do so. If their objective is to shift to another course of study, they will be free to do so subject to meeting the entry requirements. If their objective is to stay in Australia to work after the completion of their studies, they can apply for a Temporary Skilled Graduate visa under the old arrangements, which will give them 18 months with full work rights. They can use this time to find an employer-sponsor, find a state-government sponsor, gain a new skill or get work experience. These are very generous transition arrangements by any measure. “These transition arrangements apply until the end of 2012 and extend to all people who held student visas at the date of the announcement (8 February 2010). These arrangements provide students with both the time and the opportunity to explore their options in the Australian labour market before making a decision on their future. “Those who are able to demonstrate that they can meet Australia’s skills needs as articulated in the requirements for a permanent skilled visa will still have the opportunity to achieve permanent residence. . The success of an individual applicant will depend on whether they meet the requirements for a visa that exist at the time they make an application. “Some media outlets have raised concerns about ‘visa capping’. These concerns relate to a Bill that is currently before the Australian Parliament. The amendments proposed in this Bill have been designed to manage the skilled migration program and ensure it meets the labour market needs of the Australian economy as flexibly as possible. There are no plans to apply this power to the student visa program. It is worth noting that the power to cap visa applications has existed for some years – the Bill that is before the Parliament seeks to provide greater precision and flexibility in the way in which the power can be applied.” More information on the changes to the Australian skilled migration program can be found at: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/faq-gsmchanges.pdf Meanwhile see here what Ian Young, vice-chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology, wrote in The Australian early this year about violence involving foreign students.
  18. connaust

    Draft SOL List

    Apprently draft SOL list has been doing the rounds of (some) state education institutions according to article "Jobs list will dash hopes of residency": .....University of Technology, Sydney business dean Roy Green said the draft list was dramatic and "much more credible than anything we have seen previously". "UTS business will look very closely at this list to see which occupations were included and excluded," Professor Green said. "We note accountancy is still included, which is an important part of our intake of overseas students." The draft Skilled Occupation List was released last week as part of Skills Australia's national workforce strategy. Of course no conflict of interest here allowing state providers access to the draft list before the new SOL is official
  19. Hi there We have Permanent Residency in Australia, and have been here almost a year. Because I haven't yet found work, I really would like to do a further education course to try and improve my chances of finding work. However - and here's the Catch 22 - because I'm not working we don't have a huge amount of disposable income to spend on course fees. I've had a quick look at the Centrelink website and I won't qualify for Austudy assistance for another year yet. Does anyone know of any other ways of getting access to help fund my studies? I would be really grateful for any information. Thanks Sue x
  20. Hi All I think that anybody who is contemplating going to Australia to study for a trades skill should tread very carefully. Some of the details of the new regime for training foreign tradies in Australia have now been published but not all of them. It is not clear whether there will be a change to the current requirement for 2 years at college in Australia. TRA have now released the details of the new JobReady testing programme for tradies who have learned their skills in Australia and the new JobReady rules come into effect on 1st January 2010. The JobReady thing comprises four separate elements before the tradie can apply for an onshore GSM visa. The potential cost of the four stages could be as high as $4,550 in some cases: Job Ready - Overview After leaving college, the newly trained tradies will also have to gain not less than 12 months of recent, relevant work experience before they can complete the remaining stages of the JobReady test and apply for a GSM visa. If they decide to stay in Australia in order to get the work experience, they will be forced to obtain a temporary subclass 485 visa for the purpose: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/485/ Before they can get a sc 485 visa, though, these tradies will have to pass the first of the four stages of the JobReady assessment: Job Ready - Provisional Skills Assessment Part of obtaining this preliminary JobReady assessment involves satisfying a criterion which I do not understand. The TRA website says that one of the things the applicant must provide is: Is there any hard evidence to prove that 100% of trades skills trainees are able to fill their part time work abilities (which are optional as far as their student visas are concerned) doing work which is relevant to the trade skill in which they are being trained? What evidence is there that the Government intends to ensure that relevant, paid work experience will be available for all of the overseas students who want it? No doubt the whole thing will become clearer once the migration agents who specialise in advising overseas students have had a chance to get their teeth into the new arrangements. However my feeling is that prospective trades skills students need to tread very, very carefully and should obtain specialist, detailed, competent advice about exactly how the whole thing will work before handing a single cent to a college in Australia, frankly. Cheers Gill
  21. Hi All We moved to Brisbane 10 months ago and although I worked part-time as a legal assistant in the UK, I've not yet been able to get a job yet. So, I've been considering going back into education as a mature student (I've just turned 39). I thoroughly enjoyed studying languages at school and of my five wonderfully impressive O levels, 2 of them were in English Language and English Literature. I studied Spanish formally for 4 years part time with Instituto Cervantes a few years ago, but have no other higher education experience. I wondered if anyone has any inspiration for me - I really want to study English Literature, but have no idea where to start - am I too old? What level would I need to start at? I really need to use my brain again before I lose most of my brain cells and all of my confidence :goofy: Sue x
  22. THE number of permanent and long-term migrants arriving in Australia has soared to more than 500,000 a year. Record numbers of migrants, temporary workers and overseas students are piling into the lucky country. This is not good news for those planning to migrate, gives more excuses to anti immigrationists, "white Australia" types, hair shirted environmentalists etc. to make it even more difficult, but data is still flawed.... At least now the writer has clarified what ABS defines as migrants as, i.e. includes temporary visitors..... but like in the UK various lobbies have used the inclusion of temporary residents in population figures to alarm people, and help prop up the property market i.e. suggests future growth..... Further, he probably does not understand that mere rumours of migration and student visa changes in 2008 caused a massive spike as many from Asia were instructed by migration and education agents to just get to Oz asap, and see if you can manage to stay..... Nor does it explain that many true migrants may have applied between 6 - 36 months ago.....but managed to arrive this year....? Applying the similar negative logic about overseas residents, Tourism Australia and state bodies should close down, plus the education sector should stop taking international students and forget about migrating? Like migration, past and present changes may take students up to 2-3 years to filter through system.....but many will be having visa extensions etc. rejected already....then even more in the new year...
  23. FEDERAL Education Minister Julia Gillard will press ahead with plans for a national vocational education regulator, despite the refusal of Victoria and Western Australia to sign over their powers. The Government will legislate next year to create the regulator, which will accredit colleges, including those offering courses for international students. Finally, though WA probably wants to retain control re. mining industry training etc., Victoria because they are incompetent in regulating dodgy colleges....
  24. connaust

    Visa fees rejigged for students

    INTERNATIONAL students crippled by a spate of college foreclosures this year will be exempt from paying $540 visa fees to stay on in Australia as the country resets its immigration intake to attract the people it needs. From January 1, the Government will waive fees for as many as 4700 students reapplying to study at new institutions after 12 colleges collapsed.
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