What's News in Immigration - 17 July 2012
In the media
Despite layoffs, recruiters say there are gaps in the market
The chief executive officer of the Australian Information Industry Association, said systemic issues in the education system meant there was an ongoing and significant gap between the supply and demand of ICT skills in Australia. Industry uses 457 visas to supplement that deficiency (06 July 2012) More...
New advisory council on skilled migration
The new Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) will provide the Government with expert advice on the role of skilled migration in the Australian economy, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has announced. In addition, each state and territory will be represented by a government official nominated by its state premier or territory chief minister (02 July 2012) More...
First court finding against 457 visa sponsor
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has welcomed a Federal Magistrates Court decision against a Victorian 457 visa sponsor who underpaid a worker by $10 000. The court found the 457 sponsor had failed two of the obligations: the obligation to pay equivalent terms and conditions, and the obligation to keep appropriate pay records (02 July 2012) More...
GFC draws crisis-hit Italians to Australia: trade commissioner
The Trade Commissioner said Australia's political, economic and social stability make it a safe place to do business but was adamant that incentives must be offered to lure foreign investment beyond the energy and mining sectors. Visa restrictions make it difficult for foreign firms to set up and Australia is not taking full advantage of the growing numbers of skilled young people coming here because of the restrictions placed on foreigners under the working holiday visa (11 July 2012) More...
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