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Here's Some Things You'll Need to Know if You're Migrating to Australia for the First Time!

Here's Some Things You'll Need to Know if You're Migrating to Australia for the First Time!

Date: 21.04.2017
If you’re looking at migrating to Australia, we’ve written a list of things you should know before you make the big move.    Lifestyle So what’s Australian life really like? Australia’s made up of around 23 million citizens and about 6.5 million of those are people who’ve made the leap across the pond from another country to start a new l ...
Down Under Centre Webinars!

Down Under Centre Webinars!

Date: 19.04.2017
Down Under Centre - Migration Webinars   The Down Under Centre hosts monthly migration webinars for Australia and New Zealand. These webinars are a way of allowing our followers and potential clients connect with our expert partners so that they get to understand how the migration process works and how we can help! Jobs in Australia Carpentry Jobs Electricia ...
457 Visa to be abolished

457 Visa to be abolished

Date: 18.04.2017
Turnbull government will abolish the 457 visa from March 2018.  What is the 457 Visa? The 457 Visa is a temporary work visa that allows overseas workers to work in Australia. Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull says "We will no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs that could and should go to Australians, Australian workers must have priority for Australian ...
The Down Under Centre teams up with AFL Europe!

The Down Under Centre teams up with AFL Europe!

Date: 05.04.2017
We are proud to announce that The Down Under Centre has officially teamed up with AFL Europe!  The Down Under Centre comes on board with assisting AFL Europe grow the game of Aussie Rules all over Europe!  Ryan Davey, General Manager of AFL Europe said, “The partnership with the Down Under Centre will provide great benefit to the AFL Europe community and will as ...
Travelling in Sydney?

Travelling in Sydney?

Date: 23.03.2017
Travelling in Sydney on your Working Holiday Visa? Or just visiting Australia? Why not start your Australian adventure in Sydney by climbing the Harbour Bridge or plan a visit to the Opera House?  Also, explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains or the vine-lined Hunter Valley for an amazing glass of wine! Swim with dolphins in Port Stephens or Jervis Bay. Indulge in ...
Taking a trip to Brisbane!

Taking a trip to Brisbane!

Date: 16.03.2017
Exploring Brisbane!  Brisbane’s constant subtropical setting is to be experienced with embracing the nature, sun and sand!   Activities to do: Cycle up the Brisbane River! Take a luxurious walk through the City Botanic Gardens Simply just have a barbeque looking through to the sun set You might also wish to experience the festival life of South Bank – ther ...
What can you do when you're travelling in Perth?

What can you do when you're travelling in Perth?

Date: 09.03.2017
Wondered what there is to do whilst travelling in Perth? Find out now!   1. Elizabeth Quay Why not take a walk down Elizabeth Quay’s riverfront walkways, sculptures and restaurants? It's a well-known fact that Elizabeth Quay looks the most beautiful at night.  2. Cathedral Square Another spot that looks absolutely beautiful at night is Cathedral Sq ...
Top Tips For Transferring Money To Australia

Top Tips For Transferring Money To Australia

Date: 02.03.2017
  If you’re thinking of moving to Australia but need some help regarding the banking department then you might just benefit from using one of our expert partners, Moneycorp, who are currency specialists.   We all know that many banks can be expensive as they don’t naturally offer the most inexpensive exchange rates or a private service. However, through Mo ...
Nursing jobs in Australia!

Nursing jobs in Australia!

Date: 24.02.2017
Australia needs Nurses!   It has recently been revealed that nurses and other members of the healthcare department are in popular demand in Australia! This means that there are many job opportunities available for midwives, qualified nurses and others. So, if you work in the healthcare department then this is good news for you!   Why is Australia looking for nurses? D ...
Sponsored Jobs for Electricians!

Sponsored Jobs for Electricians!

Date: 23.02.2017
Sponsored Jobs in Australia for Electricians The request for skilled electricians in Australia is very high, because the fast growth of the construction and industrial industry. There are 165,500 general electricians in Australia, however, electricians who specialise in a specific field are also needed. These include; domestic electricians, industrial electricians, electrical e ...
White Night Festival!

White Night Festival!

Date: 17.02.2017
Check out Melbourne's White Night Festival!   White Night Melbourne is a dusk to dawn event that takes places on the 19th of February. It beings the city's dark corners to life with over 100 events celebrating the passions of the Victorian capital! Run from 7pm to 7am, it celebrates culteral instituions that shine with free and ticketed events from outdoor light di ...
Adelaide Fringe Festival!

Adelaide Fringe Festival!

Date: 17.02.2017
Go and check out the Adelaide Fringe Festival!   One of Australia's largest events, the Adelaide Fringe Festival is now back from the 17th of February to the 19th of March!   What is the fringe festival? With an open-access program that encourages independent and creative work, the fringe covers Adelaide with upto 900 novel works in the theatre, cabaret, circus, p ...
Top 10 Things to do in Perth!

Top 10 Things to do in Perth!

Date: 16.02.2017
Perth is an extremely beautiful city and it’s perfect for exploring! Find out the top 10 must do activities whilst you’re travelling in Perth!  1. Enjoy Views at Kings Park! Take a walk-in Kings Park and enjoy the views of the Swan and Canning rivers as well as enjoy the city’s skyline whilst you walk through bushland trails. 2. Explore Perth’s Dive ...
Electricians working in Australia

Electricians working in Australia

Date: 15.02.2017
Are you an Electrician looking to live and work in Australia?   Electricians are highly demanded in Australia and are on the Australian Occupation List and their Assessing Authority is Trades Recognition Australia (TRA). We have Future Skills International working out of our centre, who deliver the Australian Government Approved Skills Assessment and Registration for Elect ...
What Visa?

What Visa?

Date: 06.02.2017
What visa is the right visa for you?   Let's take a look...   Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) The Working Holiday Visa is available for young people that want to travel and work in Australia for up to a year. - To apply you must: Be atleast 18 years of age but younger than 31 Not have a dependant child coming with you to Australia Have around $5000 to support ...
5 Things You'll love to do in Sydney!

5 Things You'll love to do in Sydney!

Date: 24.01.2017
Sydney is one of the most iconic cities in the world. So here’s 5 things you should check out whilst visiting! The Restaurants: Choose between a burger and five-star dining. Sydney’s restaurants have the finest chefs from around the world who love treating Sydney’s visitors to exceptional cuisine be it Asian, European or African. The Landmarks:  The Sydne ...
Australia Day!

Australia Day!

Date: 11.01.2017
As most of our fellow Aussies must know, Australia Day is coming up!! How are you going to celebrate on the 26th of January?  Australia Day is a pubic holiday in Australia that celebrates the true meaning of what it means to be Australian. On Australia Day, the nation's population usually celebrates by going to a community organised event or spending the day with their ...

"The churches just don't stand out anymore in the 'city of churches'..."

Date: 05.01.2017
Adelaide modernises the city with it's new festivals! The 'city of churches' improves it's tourist destination rate by providing a range of activities and improving the social scene. Due to the nice pubs, bars, art galleries and theatres, it is safe to say that the old cathedrals portray a sense of boredom in the city.  With a spreading tram network and goo ...
Skilled workers moving down under

Skilled workers moving down under

Date: 28.12.2016
Are You a Skilled Worker Looking for Job Opportunities in Australia? As a tradesperson, there’s a good chance to find employment opportunities in Australia if you have the necessary skills and experience. There’s a high demand for particular skilled work across Australian states. A permanent resident visa is also waiting if you get in independently or through state ...
Electrical Jobs in Australia

Electrical Jobs in Australia

Date: 20.12.2016
Australia Needs Electricians If you have enough skill and experience as an electrician and want to look for better job opportunities abroad, Australia needs you! If your profession falls in accordance with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) 3411-11, then you have a great chance of gaining employment in Australia as an Electrician. Ele ...
Job Opportunities for Skilled Workers in the Australian Construction Industry

Job Opportunities for Skilled Workers in the Australian Construction Industry

Date: 12.12.2016
A number of job opportunities are available for skilled workers in Australia. In particular, the construction industry in New South Wales and Queensland are looking for experienced men and women who can fill key jobs. If you’d like to take the chance to grab an employment opportunity in Australia, you can apply for migration through the following visas: Skilled Independen ...
Construction Jobs on The Skilled Occupation List For Australia

Construction Jobs on The Skilled Occupation List For Australia

Date: 22.11.2016
If you’re considering moving to Australia and you’re a skilled worker, then you’ll be pleased to know that construction job opportunities await you on the sunny shores of Australia! The best way to find out whether your skilled profession is needed down under is by checking the Skilled Occupation List. The SOL is updated on an annual basis, and jobs are either ...
Australian photographer stuns world with her pictures of Europe

Australian photographer stuns world with her pictures of Europe

Date: 18.11.2016
Australian photographer Lisa Michele Burns captures Europe like you've never seen it before! Her unique technique captures famous landmarks and popular places has literally got people turning their heads! From London to Germany to Greece, her images are absolutely fantastic! Check them out! Source: www.news.com/au
 A Tourist's photo praised for resembling 'map of Australia'

A Tourist's photo praised for resembling 'map of Australia'

Date: 14.11.2016
A tourist's photo of a sunset in Darwin has been going viral on the internet due to the fact that the image resembles the map of Australia!   Kelly Matthews took the photograph of the serene sunset looking between branches and leaves on Darwin Esplanade in the Northern Territory. The photo has been praised all over social media platforms, especially Twitter and Faceboo ...
Baby Koala found in backpack!

Baby Koala found in backpack!

Date: 09.11.2016
Why would you choose to hide there, you crazy koala!   Australian police have found a baby koala in a woman's backpack whilst conducting a routine police search. The koala is said to be 6 months old and the woman has claimed to be looking after it. The baby kola weighs 1.5kg and had been given the name Alfred! Police have taken Alfred into custody where he is being wel ...
Top 5 Dangerous Activities to do in Australia!

Top 5 Dangerous Activities to do in Australia!

Date: 07.11.2016
  Have you ever wanted to go swimming with sharks or go rapid river rafting? Well now is your chance! Check out the top five dangerous and thrilling things to do whilst you're holidaying in Australia!   1. Shark Cage Diving! Have the most magnificent experience diving with sharks whilst being fully protected and secure in a metal cage. One place to definately visi ...
Exploring Australia

Exploring Australia

Date: 04.11.2016
Sun, sun, sun! As well as the tropical weather, Australia invites you to explore their island with their majestic attractions such as the Sydney opera house, Sydney harbour bridge and the Uluru/Ayers rock. Australia has many intriguing places to visit and explore their landscape and wildlife, for example the great barrier reef, home to many sea-life such as tropical fish a ...
Changes to working holiday visa in 2017

Changes to working holiday visa in 2017

Date: 25.10.2016
Some great changes are coming in January 2017 for those going to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa.  Those applying for the 417 or 462 working holiday subclass visa, who earn an income that is less than $37,000 will be taxed 19%, and not the 32.5%.  Currently the age of eligibility for the working holiday visa is 20. From January 2017, the age limit has extended to ...
The Down Under Centre will be at these events!

The Down Under Centre will be at these events!

Date: 05.10.2016
The Down Under Centre attend migration events all over the UK! Check out some upcoming events below:   1. Down Under Live - London Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October 2016   2. EasiVisa - moving down under - London, at our Centre! Tuesday 18th October 2016   3. EasiVisa - moving down under - Manchester Thursday 27th October 2016   4. Down Under Live ...
butterfly photobombs Koala

butterfly photobombs Koala

Date: 04.10.2016
          A butterfly and koala seemed to have struck up an unlikely friendship at Symbio Wildlife Park in New South Wales, Australia, with adorable results. This happened during a film shoot at the zoo about the zoos sustainability initiatives. Footage courtesy of Symbio Wildlife Park.   Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-austral ...
Electrical Jobs in Australia

Electrical Jobs in Australia

Date: 29.09.2016
This Sunday October 2nd, we'll be having an Electrical Jobs event! A recruiter from an Electrical company in Australia will be attending the event and meeting with clients who are moving to Australia as an Electrician!  If you have questions about your migration process and Visa, a Registered Migration Agent, Visa Bureau who will be able to have consultations ...
Carpentery in Sydney - BD Building Management

Carpentery in Sydney - BD Building Management

Date: 26.09.2016
BD Building Management are Sydney’s leading carpentry company only a stones throw away from Bondi Beach. They run various types of projects throughout Syndey that range from high end seaside residential new builds to commercial constructions of all sizes. BD Building Management provide secure and steady work to all our skilled carpenters who stem from countries inclu ...
Carpentry jobs in Australia - Event in London

Carpentry jobs in Australia - Event in London

Date: 22.09.2016
We have an event at our Centre in London, focused for Carpenters who are moving to Australia! Joined by a big recruiter from BD Building Management who are Sydney's leading carpentry company based in Sydney and operating throught Sydney.  If you have questions about your migration process and Visa, a Registered Migration Agent, Visa Bureau who will be able to ...
What is a Skills Assessment for Australia

What is a Skills Assessment for Australia

Date: 14.09.2016
Skilled Migration for Tradespeople Who Do Not Possess Formal Qualifications If you are a skilled tradesperson with over five years of experience in your trade, it may interest you to learn that you do not necessarily need a formal qualification in order to qualify as being considered eligible to apply for skilled migration to Australia.   Skilled Migration To Australia Thi ...
Transferring your UK pensions to Australia?

Transferring your UK pensions to Australia?

Date: 25.08.2016
Pension Transfers can transfer your pension to an Australian Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Fund (QROPS).  Tax free transfer of your funds out of the UK can only be achieved by transferring to a QROPS fund. Pension Transfers has over 20 years experience providing individuals, families and business owners with pension transfer advice and management when leaving ...
Melbourne does it again!

Melbourne does it again!

Date: 19.08.2016
For the 5th consectutive year, Melbourne has been crowned the most liveable place in the world. But of course, we're not disagreeing! Melbourne are constantly planning and creating new ways to improve the quality of life in Melbourne through policies. There are huge infrastucture projects currently in progress such as the Queen Victoria Market precinct and the Metro Tunnel. ...
Your prior to departure essentials

Your prior to departure essentials

Date: 17.08.2016
If you are moving to Australia, there are a number of services you’ll need to make the move happen. You’ll need to set up your bank account, private health insurance, removals, currency exchange and even find your accommodation. This article includes a number of our partners who can assist you prior to departure. At the Down Under Centre, we can assist you with gett ...
The aussie culture

The aussie culture

Date: 15.08.2016
This is an article exploring the Australian culture; it’s vibrant mix, innovative ideas and aboriginal heritage.   Aussie-English: Australians often abbrievate their words and then add an “o” or “ie”. This video explains it all.     Outdoor lifestyle: Beaches are a big part Australians lifestyle, especially with 80% of the population ...
Trades apprenticeships encourage for young aussie's

Trades apprenticeships encourage for young aussie's

Date: 08.08.2016
HIA are encouraging young people to take on Trade Jobs through an apprenticeship once they leave school and they point out all the advantages in this article. One of the greatest advantages with doing an apprenticeship is that you can see yourself on your way to owning and running your own business. With more and more women considering trades as a viable option, this ...
Nursing Jobs Event

Nursing Jobs Event

Date: 05.08.2016
The Down Under Centre are inviting all nurses in the UK & Ireland to joing our Nursing Jobs Event, focused to assist with finding your nursing job in Australia and on all other areas regarding migration. A Migration Agent will be here at our event to be able to give you migration advice and consult with you on the best visa pathway.  The Government of Western Australia ...
Australia needs Carpenters

Australia needs Carpenters

Date: 14.07.2016
Australia currently has a shortage of labourers, and one of the main trade jobs needed, are carpenters. If you are a carpenter who is considering on moving to Australia, read this guide and see if moving to and working in Australia is the right step for you.   Employment Prospects “Will I really get a job as a carpenter in Australia?” you might ask. Well, the s ...
Tips for getting Trade Jobs in Australia

Tips for getting Trade Jobs in Australia

Date: 13.07.2016
Whether you're planning to permanently move to Australia or go on a working holiday visa you're probably looking to get a trade job in the country. This is a wise decision since there's a high demand for skilled labourers in Australia, which means you won't find it hard to find a job. You can make the search even easier by using the following tips:   1. Ski ...

"Housing boom fuels construction bounce"

Date: 07.07.2016
Breaking news: Australia's hot property market has driven the fastest pace of building activity growth in 10 months. Ai Group head of public policy Peter Burn says there was growth across the board last month, noting solid gains in activity, employment and new orders. "The residential sub-sectors of house and apartment building were the standout performers," ...
On tonight's Webinar...

On tonight's Webinar...

Date: 05.07.2016
Trades people who are looking to migrate to Australia, may be required to obtain a Skills Assessment. As the host, we'll be going over what trades we deliver Trades Skills Assessments to and also what trades we deliver the AQF III Qualification,  so that you can move forward with your migration journey.   One of the first things you may need to look into is speaki ...
Australia Migration Webinar - July 2016

Australia Migration Webinar - July 2016

Date: 01.07.2016
We are hosting an online webinar about migrating to Australia. Just from sitting at home you can find out all you need for your migration journey online with us! Attend the webinar and receive great offers for events and magazines subscriptions! One of the first things you may need to look into is speaking with a Migration Agent, to start your journey. We will be joined by a Re ...
Electrician Skills Assessment Australia

Electrician Skills Assessment Australia

Date: 27.06.2016
Need To Know Facts For Electricians Seeking Employment In Australia   British, Irish and other international citizens are in high demand for sponsored employment in Australia in the Electricians Trade industry.  If you have been pondering a move to Australia now is a great time to make the move a reality.    If you're reading this post, it's likely y ...
UK is now independent!

UK is now independent!

Date: 24.06.2016
As you may have heard...The UK has left the European Union (EU). The UK has voted to leave the EU with the votes of 52 percent to 48 percent remaining. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he will step down as Prime Minister after Britain voted to leave the European Union.    Cameron said there will be a new British PM will be in place by October. & ...
Population growth in Australia

Population growth in Australia

Date: 23.06.2016
The latest demographic statistics released today show the pace of population growth steadied in the latter half of 2015, however there are quite wide divergences between the states and territories said the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. The ABS figures show Australia’s population reached 23.94 million at t ...
Planning your move to New Zealand?

Planning your move to New Zealand?

Date: 10.06.2016
Do Not Miss This Free Event! This webinar is the ideal place for you to learn what it is really like to live here in New Zealand and also how you can actually make the move. This webinar is the ideal place for you to learn what it is really like to live here in New Zealand and also how you can actually make the move. Paul Goddard will be joined by recruiters from New Zealand lo ...
New construction project in Brisbane

New construction project in Brisbane

Date: 09.06.2016
The 14-level project is set to create more than 1,300 local construction jobs across the next two years. Local Queensland-based company Hutchinson Builders is contractor for the scheme. The new office tower at 900 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, will become the new headquarters for Australia’s largest rail freight company, Aurizon, and its 1,700 staff from 2018. The project ...
Boost in Australia's economy continues due to housing activity

Boost in Australia's economy continues due to housing activity

Date: 07.06.2016
Strong results from the ABS for Gross Domestic Product over the March 2016 quarter includes yet another vital contribution from Australia’s residential building industry, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry “During the first quarter of 2016, the growth rate in Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (G ...
Life in Queensland!

Life in Queensland!

Date: 01.06.2016
Queensland is filled with beaches, the Great Barrier Reef and all it's amazing islands. Find out abit more about lifestyle.   Climate Because of its size, there is significant variation in climate across Queensland. Low rainfall and hot summers are typical for the inland and west; there is a monsoon style ‘wet’ season in the far north, and warm, temperate c ...
Moving Down Under?

Moving Down Under?

Date: 25.05.2016
Join us for free online and find out all the information you need about migration just from sitting at home! We hold two monthly Webinars (Australian & New Zealand) to give you the right information and point you in the right direction. Our aim is to make your migration journey as easy as possible. Find out more about how who will attend our Webinars and how they can help! ...
Top 5 pubs and bars in Brisbane!

Top 5 pubs and bars in Brisbane!

Date: 24.05.2016
  Whether your going out for drinks with your mates or having a couple drinks after work with some co-workers, Brisbane has countless bars and pubs around. From chilled out and relaxed pubs, rooftop bars overlooking the city to underground nightclubs! Here is a list of the top 5 coolest places to go out in Brisbane:   Dandys Rooftop Situated at the top of The Fox Hote ...
Future builders to assist housing boom

Future builders to assist housing boom

Date: 23.05.2016
The Housing Industry Association (HIA), is pleased to announce that the strength of the local residential construction industry during 2015 has continued into 2016. Latest ABS figures show that from January to March this year 1,587 approvals have been issued for new dwellings in the Hunter and Central Coast regions, an increase of 37.17 per cent when compared to the same period ...
Travel tips for Western Australia!

Travel tips for Western Australia!

Date: 12.05.2016
Most of us have probably seen that meme where Australia’s map is sectioned out into things that will kill you. Crocodiles, spiders, snakes, sharks etcetera etcetera. OK OK we know that it’s wildly exaggerated and the chances of any of those things getting you are slim, but there are things you need to look out for. Here’s a practical list of travel tips that w ...
Which tradies get paid most in Australia?

Which tradies get paid most in Australia?

Date: 10.05.2016
It is found that from the "2016 Tradies Rich List" from ServiceSeeking.com.au, Plumbers in Western Australia make the most money out of any other tradies in the whole country, and Electricians also in Western Australia coming in second. On average, plumbers in Western Australia make up to $87.87 AUD an hour and Electricians making $87.33 AUD an hour. The CEO of Servic ...
Superannuation & Pensions with GlobalQrops

Superannuation & Pensions with GlobalQrops

Date: 09.05.2016
To get the low down on transferring your pensions down under, get in contact with professionals at GlobalQrops.   What are the 3 main reasons why someone should transfer UK pensions to Australia? You can draw on your pensions tax free Your pension will be in your local currency so you have eliminated the ongoing risk of currency fluctuations. Increased flexibilit ...
Migrating to New Zealand?

Migrating to New Zealand?

Date: 06.05.2016
Did you know there have been recent changes to immigration policy in NZ making it possible for more people to move here and secure residence. If you are under 56 years of age, have skills that are needed in NZ and can meet the health and character criteria you could have options to make this move a reality. The difficulty is often knowing where to start. This is why we are hold ...
What's it like living in Perth?

What's it like living in Perth?

Date: 04.05.2016
An insight to life in Perth If you’ve decided to make the move Downunder, then there’s lots of options to consider, but mainly… which city and state are you going to live in? When people think of Australia, they automatically think of Sydney… but Australia has a hell of a lot more to offer than just their beautiful, world famous city! When making the m ...
Surfable wave pool in Sydney

Surfable wave pool in Sydney

Date: 29.04.2016
Sydney Olympics Park, Homebush is now going to turn into an enourmous wave pool. It will include lighting, so that you can surf day and night, a cafe, wetsuit and board-hire and even a rooftop bar! It is said that the pool will be able to generate waves from half a metre to almost two metres hight! This pool will be suitable for all kinds of surfers; beginners, and pro surfers, ...
Construction & property job market in Australia & New Zealand

Construction & property job market in Australia & New Zealand

Date: 27.04.2016
Article written by William Rush from Hays Recruitment - Over the past three months Australia has seen a steadily improving employment landscape, thanks in no small part to the growing number of residential and infrastructure projects. Across the ditch, New Zealand has an unprecedented workload. Here we look at the construction & property job market in both countries. They s ...
Anzac Day 2016!

Anzac Day 2016!

Date: 25.04.2016
Today is Anzac Day!   Anzac Day is celebrated by Australia and New Zealand and is a national remembrance day of those Australian and New Zealand soldiers who served and died in all the wars. Anzac Day originally honoured the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (The Anzacs) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I.   Anzac Day was first nationally announced in 1916 ...
Government funds diploma in the Building & Construction Industry

Government funds diploma in the Building & Construction Industry

Date: 21.04.2016
The Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of the residential building industry, are proud to annoyne that the Government will provide funding through their Skills Fund Special Release Program for 14 places in the Diploma of Building and Construction course delivered by the HIA. Rick Sassin, Executive Director, stated that “Tasmania is currently experiencing i ...
Cities in Western Australia

Cities in Western Australia

Date: 19.04.2016
Western Australia is most likely known for its capital, Perth. But check out all the other different cities that you could visit in WA.   Mandurah Mandurah is just the south of Perth and is the second largest city in Western Australia. It is well known for fishing and crabfest, they even have a festival known as Crabfest, which is usually around March. The city attracts ma ...
Unemployment rate falls again

Unemployment rate falls again

Date: 18.04.2016
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has reported that the Unemployment Rate in Australia has once again fallen. Australia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 5.7 percent in March of 2016 from 5.8 percent in February and below market consensus of 5.9 percent. It is the lowest jobless rate since September 2013, as the economy added 26,100 jobs and the ...
Housing Industry Association - home building record

Housing Industry Association - home building record

Date: 14.04.2016
Final ABS results for 2015 confirm that last year was the strongest ever for new home building activity, said the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s residential building industry “During 2015, just over 220,000 new dwellings began construction,” explained HIA Senior Economist Shane Garrett. “This represents growth of 11 per cent ...
Online webinar for migration to New Zealand!

Online webinar for migration to New Zealand!

Date: 11.04.2016
Our New Zealand Webinars are back! Are you migrating to New Zealand? Our Webinar is the ideal place to be for you to learn about your migrating needs for New Zealand. You can find out all the information you need just from sitting at home! Use this free opportunity to find out what it is really like to live in New Zealand and how you can actually make the move. We will be havin ...
Housing in Australia - HIA media release

Housing in Australia - HIA media release

Date: 08.04.2016
There has been a boost in February’s new residence approvals which recovered January’s decline. according to ABS data released today, said the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. “The data for January showed that 2016 started on a rather sour for new home approvals. Today’s figures show that g ...
Money transfers with Moneycorp

Money transfers with Moneycorp

Date: 07.04.2016
We are proud to have Moneycorp as our partner for your money transfers. Here's a quick Q&A from Moneycorp   What is the key advantages of using moneycorp, over a bank? Moneycorp can help you save money when making currency transfers to or from Australia. Being a specialist money transfer company, the exchange rates offered by moneycorp can be up to 4% better than t ...
Electricians jobs in Australia

Electricians jobs in Australia

Date: 06.04.2016
As one of the professions on the Skilled Occupations List, electricians are highly sought after in Australia. If you’re thinking about moving to Australia to pursue a career as an electrician, but don’t know where to start, why not visit our Moving Down Under event on 16th April 2016 for advice and information regarding employment, finances and healthcare. Here are ...
Migration in Australia increasing even more

Migration in Australia increasing even more

Date: 31.03.2016
The proportion of Australians who were born overseas has hit its highest point in over 120 years, with 28 per cent of Australia's population born overseas, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). "Australia has traditionally had a high proportion of migrants, but we've now hit a peak not seen since the late 1800s," sai ...
Top places to visit in Western Australia

Top places to visit in Western Australia

Date: 29.03.2016
With its vast desert landscapes, tropical beaches an incredible geological rock formation, Western Australia is a playground for those looking for adventure. Aside from its abundance of natural spectacles and beautiful settings, it is also home to the cosmopolitan city of Perth, and the neighbouring port city of Fremantle – both bustling metropolis’ idyllically loca ...
Nursing in Melbourne, Australia

Nursing in Melbourne, Australia

Date: 24.03.2016
There is high demand for nurses of all departments, such as; A&E, Midwifery, General Nurse, Childcare and more! If you are a Registered nurse looking to migrate to Melbourne, Australian Nursing agency is here to help you along your journey to become a nurse. The conditions for working as a nurse in Melbourne is outstanding. Not only is it enjoyable and rewarding, but youcan ...
Why migrate to Australia?

Why migrate to Australia?

Date: 23.03.2016
Australia has it all! The beaches, hot weather, beautiful landscapes, natural environment and laidback lifestyle. Most importantly, an excellent education system and countless job opportunities. Australia’s economic growth has made Australia one of the top destinations for migration from the UK. Here are some great reasons why.   Job opportunities With a 5.8% unemplo ...
AQF III Qualification

AQF III Qualification

Date: 22.03.2016
The Down Under Centre deliver an AQF III Qualification as well as Trades Skills Assessments. An AQF III Qualification is required for specific Trades, so that you can go on further to gain your Trades Skills Assessment for the purpose of migration.  We deliver an AQF III Qualification to these trades: Stonemason | Painter | Glazier | Glass Processor | F ...
Employment rates in Australia

Employment rates in Australia

Date: 18.03.2016
The Labour force figuresthat were just released shows a fall in the unemployment rate by 0.2%, further reflecting a strong growth in the Australian economy. Overall employment has increased by 300 in February 2016 and risen by 239,400 over the year. These results are abover the long-term average of 1.8% Full-time employment had risen greatly, by 15,900 whilst part-time employme ...
Why you should watch our Webinars...

Why you should watch our Webinars...

Date: 17.03.2016
Join us for free online and find out all the information you need about migration just from sitting at home! We hold two monthly Webinars (Australian & New Zealand) to give you the right information and point you in the right direction. Our aim is to make your migration journey as easy as possible. Find out more about how who will attend our Webinars and how they can help! ...
Migration Agent - Noelene Merrey at the ISA Group

Migration Agent - Noelene Merrey at the ISA Group

Date: 16.03.2016
Noelene Merrey established the ISA Group in 2001 with the intention on facilitating the move to Australia for hopeful migrants. They provide advice, visas and vacancies – the three main components that aid the process along. We caught up with Noelene to find out a bit more about the ISA Group.   Can you tell us a bit more about the ISA Group? ISA Group are emigration ...
Bupa - Health Insurance

Bupa - Health Insurance

Date: 15.03.2016
Moving to another country can be overwhelming, especially if the healthcare system is different to the one you’re used to at home. If you’re thinking about migrating to Australia, join the 3 million people in Australia who have taken out health insurance with Bupa to ensure you’re covered for any eventuality. We spoke to Bupa to find out what they offer.   ...
Housing Industry Association

Housing Industry Association

Date: 10.03.2016
Housing finance eases back in January 2016 The monthly volume of new home loans to owner occupiers, excluding refinancing, retreated modestly in January according to latest ABS figures, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of the residential building industry. “The total number of loans to owner occupiers (excl. refinancing) declined by 3.6 per cent in January ...
Economic Growth in Australia

Economic Growth in Australia

Date: 08.03.2016
Australia's economy grew by 3% in the three months ending December 2015, compared to the same period a year ago. Compared to the third quarter, growth was up 0.6%, beating market expectations of 0.4%. Household consumption, construction and public spending were the main factors driving the better-than-expected growth. The strong data comes despite the global commodity slump ...
Housing boosts GDP Growth in Oz

Housing boosts GDP Growth in Oz

Date: 04.03.2016
Latest ABS data show that GDP growth ended 2015 relatively favourably and beating expectations, with new dwelling construction helping support that outcome, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry. “During the final quarter of 2015, GDP saw growth of 0.6 per cent. Significantly, annual growth to the December 2015 ...
Electricians working in Australia

Electricians working in Australia

Date: 03.03.2016
Are you an Electrician looking for work in Australia? Electricians are highly demanded in Australia and Electricians are on the Australian Occupation List and their Assessing Authority is Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) Electrician (General) - 341111 Electrician (Special Class) - 341112   An Electrical Skills Assessment is needed in order to obtain your Austra ...
Greater demand for Apprentices in Bricklaying

Greater demand for Apprentices in Bricklaying

Date: 02.03.2016
Some believe 2015 was the busiest construction year since 2007 and forecast predictions are that 2016 will prove to be just as strong as 2015, holding this level for the following year.  HIA figures show residential dwelling starts increasing from 28,610 in 2012 to a forecast 43,980 in 2015, up 54% over 3 years.  While Brisbane has been the focus of construction ...
Moving Down Under Event

Moving Down Under Event

Date: 29.02.2016
We are hosting another Moving Down Under Event, this April 16th 2016. The Moving Down Under Event is a unique Australia focused migration event brought to you by a group of skilled specialist companies who have been migrating internationals to Australia for over 30 years. The dedicated Australian migration event has been created to give those who want to make the ...
Melbourne Metro Rail

Melbourne Metro Rail

Date: 25.02.2016
A new infrastructure project has began to improve living standards and productivity, as Melbourne is known as one of the worlds most liveable cities. If you're someone who is wanting to migrate to Australia and live in Melbourne, it is said that this project can save households $3000 (£1,500) a year. Melbourne Metro's twin nine-kilometre tunnels will take two ...
Creation of jobs to increase even further

Creation of jobs to increase even further

Date: 25.02.2016
Good news for those looking for jobs! Job vacancy data over the past year shows the Government’s goal of job creation to boost the economy is well on track. The Department of Employment’s latest Vacancy Index figures released today show there were around 166,700 newly lodged vacancies advertised during January 2016, representing an increase of 7.9 per cent (or 12,10 ...
Construction jobs in Australia

Construction jobs in Australia

Date: 12.02.2016
Take a look at some of the Construction jobs available in Australia. CARPENTERS: Location: Brisbane Salary: A salary of AUD 80k plus 9.5% superannuation is offered. (may be slightly negotiable for extremely high calibre candidates). Paramount Resourcing have been invited to assist in the sourcing of up to 25 qualified and experienced residential Carpenters, ...
Solid Platerer Skills Assessment - Testimonial

Solid Platerer Skills Assessment - Testimonial

Date: 12.02.2016
It’s been a great start to the year for the Down Under Centre! We want to congratulate all those for getting through their Skills Assessment for Australia! For those who have started the process, we can’t wait to meet you and our team are here to assist you through the process for your Skills Assessment. Today, we had Glynn Rodgers sit through his Technical Skype In ...
Proposed increased in GST for Housing

Proposed increased in GST for Housing

Date: 08.02.2016
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s hesitation over increasing the GST. “The government is right to be apprehensive about increasing the GST on new housing, which would be a big blow to one of the bright lights of our post mining boom economy,” said HIA Chief Executive Industry Policy and Media, Graham Wolfe. “Modelli ...
Improved licensing process

Improved licensing process

Date: 04.02.2016
The Victorian Building Authority(VBA) has implemented an improved system of registration and licensing for plumbers and builders. The new process is designed to deliver better outcomes for building and plumbing industries in Victoria and giving consumers a system simpler to use, which will ultimately reduce the regulatory burden on industry. The system guides those who are appl ...
Article on the Down Under Centre from BBM Live Magazine

Article on the Down Under Centre from BBM Live Magazine

Date: 03.02.2016
" Ever considered the move to Australia but overwhelmed by the process? The walk-in Down Under Centre in London should be your first point of contact for all your queries regarding the move to Oz! Talk to one of their highly-trained advisors for everything you need to know about migration to the other side of the world and enjoy a smooth transition – q ...
Overseas Emigration expert..Douglas Eckhart

Overseas Emigration expert..Douglas Eckhart

Date: 01.02.2016
Interview Questions for Douglas Eckhart Douglas Eckhart works at Overseas Emigration and specialises in the applications of skilled migrants seeking a new life in Oz! We catch up with him to find out about his role and to get some handy hints for the application process! Can you tell us a bit about your role as a member of the skills team in Edinburgh? I am responsible for work ...
Top Tips From Migration Agent - Richard Gregan

Top Tips From Migration Agent - Richard Gregan

Date: 29.01.2016
Interview Questions for Richard Gregan Richard Gregan is the owner and director of Overseas Emigration Visas. As founder he has a fantastic insight into the visa process in its entirety. We chat to Richard to find out exactly what the procedure entails and to get some handy hints and tips for hopeful migrants… Can you tell me a bit about your role overseeing the visa pro ...
Our Electrical Assessments were a success!

Our Electrical Assessments were a success!

Date: 27.01.2016
Yesterday’s Electrical Practical Assessments were great! The sparkies yesterday were satisfied with yesterday's assessment.  Here’s some thoughts from the Electricians after their Practical! The Electrical Practical Assessment went really well. I was made to feel at ease. All the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. The assessor was brilliant and very ...
Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day!

Date: 26.01.2016
Happy Australia Day everybody!  3 events not to be missed this Australia Day! Australia day marks the establishment of the first European settlement in New South Wales in 1788. Throughout the century, the continent experienced coastal landings by European settlers looking to start a new life on this vastly unexplored continent. Migration to Australia has therefore been a m ...
Calling all Electricians moving down under!

Calling all Electricians moving down under!

Date: 21.01.2016
Hays Recruitment are job recruiters who will be able to assist you in finding the right job for when you make the move to Australia. They are seeking Electricians of all grades in Sydney, NSW. Requirements: • NSW Licensed Tradesmen • Unlicensed Tradesmen • Overseas Licensed Electricians • Electrical Trade Assistants • Experienced Site Supervisors/Foreme ...
Stay Rent Buy Australia

Stay Rent Buy Australia

Date: 19.01.2016
The Down Under Centre are pleased to introduce to you Stay Rent Buy Australia Stay Rent Buy Australia are a qualified and experienced team to assist you with the right accommodation for when you make the move to Australia, whether you’re looking for short, medium or long term. They offer a diverse range of properties anywhere in Australia. The team can guide you through t ...
Housing Finance in Oz

Housing Finance in Oz

Date: 18.01.2016
The ABS today released housing finance figures for November 2015, showing that total lending activity increased during the month, but still remains below the high point reached in August of last year, said the Housing Industry Association, the voice of the residential building industry. “This is a positive update for Australia’s housing sector, showing that lending ...
Lumiere Festival 2016

Lumiere Festival 2016

Date: 15.01.2016
London's first Lumiere Festival this year with dazzling light up displays all over London's landmarks The free event, which is the biggest festival of its kind ever held in the capital, runs from 18:30 GMT to 22:30 GMT until 17 January. Thirty locations will be illuminated around Piccadilly, Mayfair, King's Cross, Trafalgar Square and Westminster. As London's fi ...
Australia Day!

Australia Day!

Date: 14.01.2016
Everyone should know Australia Day is coming up soon! Australia Day is the day to celebrate being Australian as well as celebrating how great Australia is with its bright future ahead of them. This 26th of January marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at t ...
Why you should live in Australia?

Why you should live in Australia?

Date: 13.01.2016
Ever thought about migrating to Australia? The thought of migrating and starting a new life in Australia may be scary…but a life in Australia does have its advantages. The Moving Down Under Event will ease your migration journey and let you know what you may need to set up and consider when making the move. One thing Australian’s love most is their lifestyle and pe ...
You're checklist for Moving Down Under

You're checklist for Moving Down Under

Date: 12.01.2016
Moving to Australia; Checklist Before even starting to make the move, you need to know exactly what it is you need to set up and what to prepare once you land in Oz! This checklist will make your journey Down Under as easy as possible so you can have a smooth fresh start in Australia.   1. The right Visa For every circumstance or situation, there is a different Visa. There ...
Australia’s Entrepreneur Visa

Australia’s Entrepreneur Visa

Date: 11.01.2016
The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnball, is looking to introduce a new innovation programme to attract young, talented and high achievers to Australia to finish their studies, by introducing an “Entrepreneur Visa”. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is looking to make plans for these high achieving foreign students once they have graduated with Austral ...
Regulation for builders and plumbers in Victoria

Regulation for builders and plumbers in Victoria

Date: 18.12.2015
The Victorian Building Authority are regulators of building and plumbing practitioners ensuring a "quality build environment in Victoria". Here's an article about improving the license and registration system for builders and plumbers in 2016 " From 2016, the VBA will be implementing a new system of registration and licensing for plumbers and builders. T ...
The Down Under Centre are starting 2016 BIG!

The Down Under Centre are starting 2016 BIG!

Date: 15.12.2015
Hosting our major event, 'Moving Down Under' with our expert partners, meet us all and get everything you need to start or help your migration journey to Australia. Over the day you'll have the opportunity to have a one to one migration and employment talk, speak to an international removal specialist, talk skills with the Australian Government Approv ...
Working in Australia

Working in Australia

Date: 14.12.2015
In order to determine what kind of work you’re looking for in Australia, it is important to have the right visa, also depending on whether your looking to move permanently or not.   2 Common Visa types for working in Australia: 457 visa - allows a skilled worker to work in Australia approved by a sponsor for up to four years, providing that the sponsor is an approved ...
Top reasons to move to Australia

Top reasons to move to Australia

Date: 11.12.2015
These are realistic things to consider when making a move to anywhere around the World. 1. Beautiful and unharmed nature As well as golden sandy beaches with clean water, Australia has a large variety of tropical rainforests, deserts and mountains. They have over 500 national parks in Australia where you can explore Australia’s nature. Explore the outback, the Great Barri ...
Unemployment rate at its lowest!

Unemployment rate at its lowest!

Date: 11.12.2015
The growth of jobs hits its strongest since 1980s as the unemployment rate reaches 5.8%. The Australian Bureau of Statistics stated “That’s sent the unemployment rate to its lowest in two years, to 5.8% in November, easily beating expectations.” Official figures show that total number of people with a job had risen from 56,000 from the previous month to 71,400 ...

"NSW takes out top spot on construction league table"

Date: 09.12.2015
The 2015 Summer edition of the Construction Monitor (analysis and insights on conditions within non-residential building and engineering construction sectors) has been released by the Australian Construction Insights(ACI). “The gradual winding down of construction work related to the expansion of mining operations over the last few years is the most pervading factor affec ...
Room Hire at The Down Under Centre

Room Hire at The Down Under Centre

Date: 08.12.2015
The Down Under Centre is conveniently located adjacent to Ealing Broadway station, occupying the first floor of the original Ealing Station which was built in 1838. Surround yourself with an Australian atmosphere and hire out our newly renovated room, perfect for your training programmes, seminars, conferences and business meetings. Our venue  ...
Annual Picnic Day in Melbourne!

Annual Picnic Day in Melbourne!

Date: 07.12.2015
Building Unions Picnic Day 2015 This famous Picnic day is celebrating the union of all the tradesmen out there, in Melbourne, Victoria. It has existed ever since 1976 where BWIU, BLF, Bricklayers, Painters, Plasterers, Plumbers, Slaters and Tilers and the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters & Joiners, put their heads together and planned a trial joint picnic day, which was fi ...
IELTS Exam at the Down Under Centre

IELTS Exam at the Down Under Centre

Date: 04.12.2015
We run the IELTS tests at our location in Ealing Broadway in partnership with Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (EHWLC).   The IELTS Test is mandatory for the majority who are looking to migrate to Australia, in order to get more points for their Visa   There are 6 locations where you can sit your IELTS Test, including here at the Down Under Centre, Ealing B ...
Australia's economy growing!

Australia's economy growing!

Date: 03.12.2015
Australia's economy continues to grow because of the boost coming from increase in exports, household consumption and housing construction in the third quarter. From last year to September this year, the economy has taken it's annual rise to 2.5%, as it grows 0.9% in the third quarter The economy had it's exports rose whilst they had a slowdown in trading with China ...
Not sure what city to move to in Australia?

Not sure what city to move to in Australia?

Date: 02.12.2015
If you're at the beginning of migration journey or even once you've got your visa, deciding what city you'll move to is a big thing to consider. Is it right for your family? What kind of atmosphere are you looking for? Can you afford to live in certain places? What kind of transport is available? This article will inform you on different aspects within the different ...
Looking for TV stars!!

Looking for TV stars!!

Date: 01.12.2015
The Down under Centre has been asked to supply applicants for a New TV series. If you have completed one of our Skills assessments for the purpose of migration to Australia and you fit the below criteria why not give them a call!!! Maybe it can save you a few quid on flights and other migrating expenses. Are you and your family or partner emigrating to Australia? A brand new do ...
What's Christmas like Down Under?

What's Christmas like Down Under?

Date: 01.12.2015
Christmas in Australia falls into the Summer holiday period, meaning kids are off school which is the perfect time to spend with your friends and families! Many families may even want to go camping Traditions Christmas dinner usually takes place midday for Australians at a local beach or with their families by the pool or in their gardens to nourish the hot weather. Christmas f ...
Changes announced for the 457 Visa Program

Changes announced for the 457 Visa Program

Date: 30.11.2015
The Abbott Government has announced that they have taken in recommendations from a review of the 457 Visa program.  This includes banning businesses from seeking payment in exchange for sponsoring a worker's visa. Employers who abuse a scheme allowing skilled overseas workers to take jobs in Australia will face harsher penalties. The immigration department and tax offi ...
Top tourist attractions in Australia!

Top tourist attractions in Australia!

Date: 23.10.2015
Check out top tourist attractions in Oz! With the beautiful scenery and fun activities you'll never be stuck indoors!  http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions/australia-aus.htm
Dollarydoos?!

Dollarydoos?!

Date: 23.10.2015
What started off as a joke back in 1995, has now got a chance of it becoming reality. Catching it's name from The Simpsons, Australians are actually thinking of changing the currency name to 'Dollarydoos' What do you think? Should they change it to 'Dollarydoos'?  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/australia-could-change-countrys-currency-6645 ...

"Discover the Seven Secret Reasons Why Most People Struggle to Start a New Life Down Under"

Date: 23.02.2015
"Discover the Seven Secret Reasons Why Most People Struggle to Start a New Life Down Under" We're delighted to announce that Paul Goddard from Migration Planners will be speaking at a special one-off seminar at the Down Under Centre in Ealing Broadway on Wednesday 18th March from 6-8pm. Paul is flying in to explain how to successfully plan your move to Australia o ...
Queensland Government Seminar

Queensland Government Seminar

Date: 05.12.2014
We had a great event last night with Queensland Government to provide information and guidance for those looking at migrating to Australia. Thank you to everyone for coming along, Immigration2oz who provided one on one migration advice and to our excellent partners for being on hand to answer questions!
Oz opposition Leader Recognises Importance of Immigration

Oz opposition Leader Recognises Importance of Immigration

Date: 15.10.2014
The leader of Australia’s opposition Labour party has told an Australian newspaper that he favours the idea of a ‘big Australia’ and views immigration as a key driver to any population increase. Speaking to The Australian, Bill Shorten labelled immigration “a great economic driver, and noted that there is a disproportionately high number of immigrants am ...
Australian Start-Ups Reliant on Overseas Workers

Australian Start-Ups Reliant on Overseas Workers

Date: 13.10.2014
A board member for the not for profit organisation StartupAus has pleaded with the Oz government to make it easier, and not harder, for immigrants and temporary workers to enter Australia. According to Peter Bradd, Australian Start-up companies in the technology sector simply can’t afford to bring in much needed workers from overseas and believes that the country is not m ...
New Zealand Property Price Growth Slowing

New Zealand Property Price Growth Slowing

Date: 08.10.2014
New figures released by state-owned Quotable Value New Zealand, reveal that while property prices in NZ are still rising, the pace of the growth in September was at its lowest annual level for 15 months. The figures show that nationwide residential property values for September increased by 6.4 per cent over the past year and 1.1 per cent over the past three months. The nationa ...
Nursing in OZ Event

Nursing in OZ Event

Date: 02.10.2014
Australia to get tough on work visa fraud

Australia to get tough on work visa fraud

Date: 01.10.2014
Australia’s Assistant Immigration Minister, Michaelia Cash, has launched a national campaign to investigate allegations of unauthorised payments to visa sponsors in return for visas. The minister said that although the overwhelming majority of employers do the right thing, there is a small minority who don't abide by their obligations or attempt to defraud visa applic ...
NZ election result good news for future immigrants

NZ election result good news for future immigrants

Date: 29.09.2014
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will lead the country for a third consecutive term after his ruling National Party was elected to form a majority government earlier in Sept 2014 – a result which should be viewed as good news for immigrants. This is the first time since the Proportional Representation voting system was introduced to the country in 1996, that any party ...
New QSOL for 489 Visa Introduced by Queensland Government

New QSOL for 489 Visa Introduced by Queensland Government

Date: 11.03.2014
New Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) for the Skilled Nominated (provisional) subclass 489 visas has been introduced by Queensland Government on January 1, 2014. Accordingly, the new list is made up of 151 occupations, including Poultry Farmer (ANZSCO 121321), Mathematician (ANZSCO 224112), Mine Deputy (ANZSCO 312913) and Hairdresser (ANZSCO 391111) The introduction of ...
Australian Immigration Department Releases 2012-13 Annual Report

Australian Immigration Department Releases 2012-13 Annual Report

Date: 11.11.2013
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) formerly known as the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has recently tabled its 2012-13 annual report, detailing a busy year of activity. DIBP secretary Martin Bowles said that the past year has been one of unprecedented change. The department has dealt with often unpredictable challenges in supporting th ...
Australia's Fruit and Veg industry relies on backpackers

Australia's Fruit and Veg industry relies on backpackers

Date: 25.10.2013
AN army of backpackers is taking over Queensland's farms. The number of backpackers has jumped a third in just two years, filling jobs employers say work-shy Aussies have turned their backs on. Growcom, the peak body for fruit and vegetable producers has warned the entire sector now depends on overseas workers, particularly backpackers. "Australians are lazy,'' ...
Western Australia reduces school fees for 457 visa holders' children

Western Australia reduces school fees for 457 visa holders' children

Date: 17.10.2013
The Western Australian government has delayed the introduction of school fees for the children of international workers in the country on temporary work visas who are being educated in state schools In August, state treasurer Troy Buswell announced that the state would require any worker in Western Australian with a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) visa to pay AUS$4 ...
Australia and Greece to Sign Working Holiday Visa Agreement

Australia and Greece to Sign Working Holiday Visa Agreement

Date: 10.09.2013
Greece has commenced the necessary processes for the signing of a reciprocal working holiday visa agreement with Australia and is waiting on the Australian government to deliver the paperwork, according to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Akis Gerontopoulos. The new work and holiday visa arrangement will allow young people from Australia and Greece to ...
Spike in Aussie Working Holiday Visas

Spike in Aussie Working Holiday Visas

Date: 10.09.2013
According to figures from the Department for Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), there is an increase of 7 percent in the applications for Australian working holiday visas in the 12 months to the end of June. The figures show that foreigners applying for second working holiday visas went up by 28.5 percent over the same period. Australia is known as one of the most popular gap ...
More young people from abroad working for a year in Australia

More young people from abroad working for a year in Australia

Date: 10.09.2013
Working holiday visas for Australia are increasing in popularity with the latest figures from the Department for Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) showing an increase of 7% in applications in 12 months, as of June. The visa allows young people aged 18 to 30 from countries with agreements with Australia to work while travelling in Australia for one year, with the chance of exte ...
Opportunities for UK workers in New Zealand

Opportunities for UK workers in New Zealand

Date: 10.09.2013
New Zealand is looking for workers from the UK to help with the reconstruction of Christchurch. The city, which is situated on New Zealand's South Island, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2010. The New Zealand government has undertaken to rebuild the city. It estimates that the cost of the rebuild will be NZ$8.5bn (£4.7bn). Immigration New Zealand is keen to attract ...

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