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Gday all These stats from the DIAC report to June 2009 http://www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/pdf/report-on-migration-program-2008-09.pdf and this table found here but summarised below: Migration Program Statistics - Statistics - Publications, Research & Statistics Sorry for the cr*p formatting. The 08 result is followed by 09 results and then the current target for 2010. Category Partner 39930, 42100, 45000 Child 3060, 3240, 3300 Preferential/Other Family 2380, 2530, 2500 Parent 4500, 8500, 9500 Total Family 49870, 56370, 60300 Employer Sponsored 23760, 38030, 35000 Skilled Independent 55890, 44590, 41600 State/Territory Sponsored 7530, 14060, 11200 Skilled Australian Sponsored 14580, 10500, 12300 Distinguished Talent 210, 200, 200 Business Skills 6570, 7400, 7800 Total Skill 108540, 114780, 108100 Skill as percent of total program 68.4, 67.0, 64.1 Total Special Eligibility 220, 180, 300 Total Program 158 630, 171 320, 168 700 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> RSMS increased to 9500 or was 91% up on previous year. ENS has also doubled in the past 2 years, and State/Territory sponsored cases are up 50% on last year. When these go up, Skilled Independent goes down, and is down 35% on last year (even back in June 2009). In June 09 the application rate for Skilled Independent was still at 62,000 per year against an annual outcome of 44,400 (a number that is still falling as ENS / RSMS increases this year.) The report states that: “19. GSM operates as the balancing component in the Skill Stream. Given the strong and sustained growth trend in the demand driven Employer Sponsored category, the GSM planning levels were adjusted downward in 2008-09 from an initial level of 98,300 to a final level of 70,220.” And will probably be adjusted downwards again if ENS/RSMS continues to rise. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "Business Skills 163 etc 28. The outcome for the Business Skills visa classes was 7,397, 1.4 per cent below the planning level of 7,500 places. This represents a 12.7 per cent increase on the 2007-08 outcome of 6,565. 29. Demand in this category increased by 16.0 per cent in 2008-09, with 13,631 lodgements made. 13,603 clients remain in the pipeline." That’s nearly 2 years supply in this visa category too! :eek: I think this might include the 892 and 890 for PR, so numbers should continue to rise. I therefore expect some changes to the Business Skills formula, probably in such areas as taking the 160 unsponsored visa minimum net business equity and applying it to the 163 class, perhaps a minimum number of employees to qualify for 160/163, more capital to bring to Australia, a minimum IELTS standard or setting a specific amount of capital to invest in the new business in Australia. Either way, the main target of change will be the applicants who often promise a lot and deliver very little or who never commit to getting PR, but nevertheless with change we might lose the smaller business owners as future applicants. Best try to get your application in ASAP if you are intending to use this visa subclass. It's one of the more complicated applications to put together so don't be afraid to ask an agent for help, but make sure whichever agent you choose has a track record of successful Business Skills cases. Here is a map of UK agents, but you can also use ones based in Australia. UK-based migration agents for Australia - Google Maps >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Comments: although the bulk of cases are still GSM the number is going down quite fast, and it won’t be too long before employer and state sponsored cases outnumber non-sponsored Skilled Independent applications. I can’t see the Minister changing anything for the better until early next year at best. A new MODL methodology would still have to be understood and worked into policy changes before it went live, and until then the CSL and Priority Processing fiasco will probably stay in place as a means of deterring further applications given that Skilled Independent applications still outnumber available places each year. Flowing on from this, I think the days are numbered for less diversified agents who mainly focus their marketing on Skilled Independents who don’t get a job offer first and who aren’t in critical occupations. Applicants who use agents should consider the other services agents offer in addition to the making of visa applications. Good agents will align themsleves with proactive employment partners in Australia, not just the usual "wait until we get a vacancy and avoid any migrants" recruitment agents. Diversified agents are more likely to stay solvent and can continue to manage your file as processing times drift along. It soon won’t be enough to just make an application to get a visa, applciants will need to show employability or job offers, family support or higher personal wealth, or more successful career/business backgrounds. That's a natural outcome where demand outstrips supply. We all agree that Government has mangled the "supply" side of things and mismanaged communication with you guys who are "demand", but despite these distortions, the lifting of selection criteria is still the obvious response even where supply has been artificially choked off. It's a cherry picking approach, and it doesn't work in immigration policy, but it seems that every new Government has to learn the lesson for themselves at the expense of the applicants. Best to keep up the media and letter writing pressure in the meantime to help encourage the policy makers and politicians to remember that you even exist. :realmad: The times they are a changin’. Still! Regards Jamie Smith
Hi All, I was recently let down by my "New" employer who said after one month that he couldn’t pay me due to the recession. GREAT!! But that got me thinking and looking around the world for opportunities because I know I can trust myself. I came up with a concept of "Convergence of Trends" as a model for considering a flexible freedom based business. The Trends identified were: 1. Working from home 2. Global Recession 3. Increasing unemployment and uncertainty 4. Increasing online tools and access 5. Realization that if it is to be it’s up to me 6. Increasing personal development industry, The Secret, The Passion Test etc 7. Tightening cash and credit 8. Increasing use of Barter I believe that the time is right to take advantage to the current convergence of trends; all that is needed is energy, direction and leadership. By combining the negative points I was able to come up with a very positive business model. A model that requires little cash to get started bur rapidly generates cash and pays its expenses by barter. When I was previously employed I constantly and ran the ongoing risk of being laid off at my bosses’ whim with little notice. It doesn't have to be that way so I made a decision to change. I now work from home, 50% Singapore and 50% Sydney, it’s great. I have also achieved my other objectives of, No Staff, Stock or Premises. This concept will work anywhere in the world. If you want to do something like me and you feel you have leadership qualities then I am happy to assist, Go offline if you like at Positive Action Today Ian Jones www.positiveactiontoday.com