The world's largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney returns in 2018 with a spectacular new precinct at Luna Park, the return of much-loved Customs House, and a fantastical blend of everyday objects and Australian-inspired motifs on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall said, "Vivid Sydney has delighted and inspired people from around Australia and the world. With the Festival now in its 10th year, visitors and locals alike can once again expect to be mesmerised by the Vivid Sydney program, with larger installations… Далее
The Turnbull government has fully reversed a regulation that effectively doubled the income requirements for visa sponsors. The Coalition has officially scrapped its changes to so-called Assurance of Support visa sponsorship rules, weeks after media revealed a government backdown was negotiated to prevent a Senate defeat. Social services minister Dan Tehan tabled the documents in parliament on the last week to complete the reversal, less than two months after the changes were introduced. The government struck a deal with the Greens to restore the old rules when it became apparent… Далее
The Australian Council of Trade Unions has released projections that claim its push for a $50-a-week rise in the minimum wage will create up to 57,000 jobs. Unions have projected a $50-a-week rise in the minimum wage will create as many as 57,000 jobs in the first year after being introduced. The Australian Council of Trade Unions' projections rely on two methodologies outlined in a reply submission to the Fair Work Commission's annual wage review. They say between 40,000 and 57,000 jobs will be created a year after the minimum wage is lifted by $50 a week, with a further 27,000 to… Далее
The new visa comes with additional requirements that many international students in Australia may find difficult to fulfil. The controversial employer-sponsored 457 visa program has been abolished after the long-awaited legislation replaces it with a new visa program known as Temporary Skill Shortage visa which comes into effect on Sunday, March 18th. The Migration Legislation Amendment (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa and Complementary Reforms) Regulations 2018 repeals the 457 visa and replaces it with the new Subclass 482 visa.  The new visa enables employers to access a skilled… Далее
THE former prime minister is copping a lot of flak for his latest comments, including from his own colleagues. But one expert said he made a lot of sense. CUTTING immigration into Australia may improve living standards and housing affordability for residents but there are also trade-offs that need to be considered. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for Australia to drastically reduce immigration levels from 190,000 to 110,000 people a year. “My issue is not immigration; it’s the rate of immigration at a time of stagnant wages, clogged infrastructure, soaring house… Далее
Government plans to privatise the visa application system could include “premium services for high-value applicants”, different access for those able to pay more, as well as “commercial value-added services”. The Community and Public Sector Union has warned the changes – the department’s preferred option is to have all visa applications decided via an online platform – could cost up to 3,000 jobs and jeopardise the security of people’s private information. The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has said the proposal’s rationale is to modernise Australia’s visa… Далее
Home affairs minister says some Australia cities ‘overcrowded’ and migrants who are ‘going to be a burden’ should be rejected Peter Dutton has said Australia must reduce its intake of migrants “where we believe it’s in our national interest”. The home affairs minister told 2GB Radio on Thursday the Coalition had already “considerably” reduced the number of people entering Australia – by 100,000 on the levels when Labor was in government – and was not tied to the current level of migration. Dutton said it was a “perfectly legitimate argument” that… Далее