On 18 April 2017, the Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers. This new visa is part of the Government’s significant reform package to strengthen the… Далее
Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the government will abolish 457 visas. Current visa holders will not be affected by the changes, which will see the introduction of two new temporary skills visas — a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years "targeted at higher skills". Mr Turnbull said the new system would be "manifestly, rigorously, resolutely conducted in the national interest". "The migration program should only operate in our national interest. This is all about Australia's interest," Mr Turnbull said. From 19 April,… Далее
Australia is making it quicker and easier to apply for many visas. From 1 October 2015, access to electronic (online) lodgement for Visitor visas (subclass 600) and Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visas (subclass 400) will be made available to passport holders of the Russian Federation. This expansion of online visa access is being managed as part of a phased global rollout of this facility to all nationalities. The Visitor visa (subclass 600) allows people to visit Australia for a holiday, or visit family and friends or for business visits not involving work in Australia. It is… Далее
Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) changes the way global visa and citizenship processing times are updated. Global visa and citizenship processing times will now be updated monthly with an indicative timeframe. Processing times are for most visa subclasses and citizenship and will NOT include low-volume, closed, or capped and queued subclasses. The updates will be displayed in two processing times - how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of applications submitted globally. These processing times include both online and paper applications. You can view… Далее
More than 200 weather records were broken during Australia's most recent summer, a climate group has warned. The Climate Council report, titled "Angry Summer", said the season was defined by intense heatwaves and bushfires in eastern Australia but heavy rain and flooding in the west. It showed climate change was being felt across Australia, the researchers said. The report also warned that electricity networks were likely to be strained by increased demand in the future. Australia's summer - key records Hottest summer on record for Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra Moree, a town… Далее
The report indicates that a staggering 7.7 million temporary visas were granted to foreign nationals.  Close to 2 million temporary visitors were New Zealand nationals travelling on Special Category 444 visa. Detailed breakdown of each visa subclass is below: Temporary visas granted: 7.7 million + Visitor visas granted 4.8 million Student visas granted (includes student guardians) 310,845 Working Holiday Maker visas granted4 214,583 Special Category (subclass 444) visas granted 1.9 million Maritime Crew and Transit visas granted 345,873 Temporary… Далее
Compared with health systems in other developed nations, Australia delivers above-average health outcomes and despite the poor life expectancy of indigenous people, still ranks well for healthy life expectancy. According to the CIA World Factbook, Australians have a life expectancy of 81.9 years. In a Bloomberg study on the Most Efficient Healthcare Systems in the World released last year, Australia ranked 7th overall, with Hong Kong topping the list, closely followed by Singapore and Japan. Bloomberg ranked each country according to three criteria: Life expectancy (weighted… Далее