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Australia – New Labour Market Testing Rules

New rules were announced by the Federal Government and implemented in August 2018. Employers need to advertise in Australia for roles that are to be filled by a Temporary Skills Shortage visa applicant (the main visa category for 1 – 4 year international assignments to Australia). The employer must demonstrate that Australians are not excluded …

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Australia – Big rent increases in Melbourne & Canberra

Tight rental markets generating big rent increases in Melbourne and Canberra Latest capital city rental data for apartments affirms the link between vacancy rates and rent increases. It seems a logical outcome of the working of supply and demand, however this is not always the case. In the latest available data (March quarter of 2018) …

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Australia – Temporary Skills Shortage Visa Regime

Background: Profound changes to the business visa regime were announced in April 2017, some with immediate effect and some to take effect in 2018. The Government has discontinued the sub-class 457 visa that had been in operation since 1996, and replaced it with a “Temporary Skills Shortage” (TSS) visa from March 2018. On 18 March …

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Australia – Healthcare

Healthcare – 1. The Basics Australia’s health system is made up of both public and private care and is considered one of the best systems in the world. The public system is called Medicare and is available to all Australian citizens, permanent residents and temporary visa holders who come from a reciprocal health agreement country. …

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Australia – Eligibility to Work

All foreigners, other than New Zealand nationals, coming to Australia require a visa. There are many visa categories –  a few are discussed below. Visitors for business purposes may come on an Electronic Travel Authority, which is straightforward to obtain, however this does not permit the visitor to “work”. A common definition of “work” is …

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Australia – Visa and Immigration Key Facts

Last Updated: September 2017 To learn more, or for assistance with visa and Immigration matters, jump to Reloc8 Asia Pacific Group Australia’s contact page. Framework for Visa and Immigration Law Migration Act 1958. Migration Regulations 1994. Approval Authority Department of Immigration and Border Protection (a part of the Federal Government). Areas of Risk Substantial reduction …

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Australia – Useful Phrases

Names: Be aware that names are often abbreviated by friends – perhaps despite a personal preference for a full name ! Examples include Susan will often be shortened to Sue; Elizabeth to Liz; John MacDonald might be known as “Macca”; Garry Smith might be known as “Gazza” Expressions in daily life: “See you later” might …

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