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Architects – expired skills assessments

There appears to be a problem with the reissue of skills assessment, that are more than three years old, by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

Currently the AACA has no process for reissuing skills assessments or reassessing architects with skills assessments that are more than three years old, which prevents affected architects from applying for visas requiring a current skills assessment. (more…)

Almost half of Australia’s technology professionals born overseas

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Technology Reporter

An international survey has found that almost half of Australia’s technology professionals were born overseas, which is well above the global average.

The Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2015 surveyed 3200 technology professionals from 49 countries including Ireland, Britain, the US and Australia.

Australia’s 48 per cent of technologists that were born outside the country is 18 per cent higher than the global average of 30 per cent. This figure was topped only by Switzerland, which had the highest proportion of technology workers who were working outside the country in which they were born, at 59 per cent. (more…)

Turning back boats where safe to do so, stopping the boats to help Iraqis and Syrians, counter terrorism, National Mosque Open Day

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, AM Agenda Sky News Programme

Kieran Gilbert: Minister Morrison thanks for your time. I thought you would be welcoming the fact that Labor is now supporting this key plank of your border protection policies.

Minister Morrison: I welcome the fact that they have admitted they got it wrong but I think it’s pathetic that they now can’t commit to getting it right on border protection. They say turn backs work but then won’t commit to do them. They will use any excuse under the sun not to actually proceed and commit to this policy. Richard Marles has already been smacked down by Jill Hall and others and Labor for Refugees and all the rest of it. That is the problem Labor has they are just completely divided on border protection. Kevin Rudd said he was going to turn back boats back before the 2007 election and we all know what happened after that 800 boats, none of them turned back.


TOEFL to be accepted by professional accounting associations

The Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Public Accountants and CPA Australia have announced they will all accept TOEFL test scores to demonstrate English language proficiency for skills assessments and professional accreditation from 1 November 2014.

Source: MIA

Subclass 050 (BVE) – changes to permission to work for persons who were in immigration detention

Legislative Instrument, No 162, 2014 – F2014L01460 – Migration Amendment (Subclass 050 Visas) Regulation 2014 – amends the Migration Regulations to make Condition 8101 ‘no work’ discretionary, rather than mandatory, for BVE visas granted under s195A of the Migration Act, to persons who were in immigration detention.

This Instrument commences on 23 November 2014

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Psychiatrist calls for overhaul of immigration detention

There are calls for a major overhaul of the way immigration detention centres are run following the findings of a coronial inquest in the Northern Territory.

One of Australia’s foremost academics in psychiatry has called for a major overhaul of the way immigration detention centres are run following the findings of a coronial inquest in the Northern Territory.

A 62 year old Afghan-born man, Haidar Ali Ikhtiyar, died at the Wickham Point Detention Centre in Darwin on June 15, 2013.


More nationalities now eligible for SmartGate use

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison today announced further expansion of foreign nationals now able to access the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s SmartGate automated border processing technology.

Speaking at the Tourism and Transport Forum’s Leadership Summit in Canberra, Minister Morrison confirmed SmartGate was now available on a trial basis to Canadian and Irish ePassport holders at all major Australian international airports.


Let Australians live and work in Britain: London mayor Boris Johnson backs migration report

Australians would find it easier and cheaper to live and work in Britain under proposals in a new report backed by London mayor Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson said he hoped the scheme would reverse the dramatic drop in Australian migration to Britain – from 40,000 in 1999 to 26,000 in 2011.

He – and the report – propose a “bilateral mobility zone” agreement between Australia and Britain, modelled on the trans-Tasman agreement between Australia and New Zealand.


Immigration debate ‘toxic’, Australia should take more refugees: report

Australia should take more refugees and needs a fresh approach in the “toxic” immigration debate, according to a report released today by a group of non-government policy makers and experts.

A high-level roundtable of 35 people including former ministers, current politicians, refugee advocates and a former Indonesian ambassador was run in July under the auspices of the Centre for Policy Development, Australia 21 and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, and releases its recommendations in Canberra today.

The report said the political debate had been boiled down to “stopping the boats”, but now that had been done, Australia needed a long-term refugee policy that dealt with the complexity of forced migration and its human consequences.


Chinese investors spend $2 billion on property to fast-track visas

Wealthy foreigners looking to move to Australia immediately have secured residential visas under the new Significant Investment Visa program.

VICTORIA has seen the greatest influx of wealthy Chinese investors looking to fast-track residential visas by spending more than $2.1 billion on property investment, business and shares in the past two years.

At least 436 high-wealth Chinese, and a sprinkling of Hong Kong, South African, Japanese and Malay individuals promising to invest at least $5 million each in the Australian economy have secured residential visas under the new Significant Investment Visa program.