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Warning to avoid unauthorised departmental website

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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) today warned web users to be aware of an unauthorised website posing as an official departmental site.

The website, www.immigovau.co, mimics the current departmental website in appearance and layout, particularly when using certain browsers.

A departmental spokesman said it was a well-camouflaged fake which should be avoided. All Australian Government websites end with the country code gov.au.

“While there is no evidence that the department’s own web presence has been compromised, we advise web users who are looking for information on the department to make sure they visit the department’s official site atwww.immi.gov.au,” the spokesman said. (more…)

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Visa protection for convicted NZ bikie

LISA MARTIN AAP NOVEMBER 19, 2013 10:41AM

THE Migration Review Tribunal did not check the criminal record of a New Zealand bikie who was given a special protection visa.

A Senate committee has been told the tribunal decided the 36-year-old Kiwi, who was in a witness protection scheme before flying to Australia in 2005, faced a threat of significant harm in his home country.

He was issued with complementary protection, which covers people who are not refugees as defined by the Refugee Convention but cannot be returned to their home country because of a real risk they will suffer harm.

Tribunal officials were asked to explain the decision during a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Tuesday. (more…)

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Victorian Government launches online Overseas Skills Registry

Thursday, 14 November 2013

 

The Victorian Coalition Government today launched an online service to connect newly arrived skilled migrants and overseas qualified professionals with Victorian employers.

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher said the Overseas Skills Registry is an online platform to connect skilled workers with employers seeking staff in occupations currently in demand in Victoria.

“A unique feature of the registry is that all candidates are living in Victoria, are legally permitted to work and either have an Australian skills assessment or Australian qualifications,” Ms Asher said.

“I am confident the Overseas Skills Registry will help skilled migrants and overseas qualified professionals to enter the local workforce, build their careers and contribute to the Victorian economy.” (more…)

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MSAR and Australia sign first deal on immigration issues

The first Memorandum of Understanding on immigration cooperation between Macau SAR and Australia was signed yesterday at the MSAR Immigration Department Building. It will take effect next week, facilitating greater exchange between respective immigration and border control authorities.

“Mostly [the memorandum] is aimed at providing training and capacity building, so that each of the immigration agencies can understand the other’s process better,” said the Consul-General. “Macau and Australia have already demonstrated a strong desire to cooperate on immigration matters. This memorandum will serve to further develop the framework.”

“Australia will lend its technical expertise, supporting senior Macau immigration officers to tackle passport and visa fraud,” announced the Council-General. “I’m sure Australia can learn also from Macau in terms of the way it handles the very large number of visitors that come to Macau.”

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Migration Tribunal case load increases

Sri Lankan asylum seekers had the highest rate of applications to the Refugee Review Tribunal. Source: AAP

AAP NOVEMBER 12, 2013 10:55PM

 

SRI Lankans asylum seekers had the highest rate of applications to the Refugee Review Tribunal in the last financial year.

The Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) annual report was tabled in the Senate on Tuesday.

The report said the Refugee arm of the tribunal received 4229 applications – 1518 from asylum seekers who arrived by boat. (more…)

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Migrant job skills not as relevant as resilience

December 1, 2013

Catherine Armitage

Packed: Our population is set to exceed 40 million by 2060. Photo: James Davies

 

The official number crunchers put our population on track to exceed 40 million by 2060, mainly because of migration. To some, this Bureau of Statistics forecast spells trouble, not just because Melbourne looks like getting bigger than Sydney.

The bureau projects that even with our migrant intake roughly steady at existing levels, migration will drive two-thirds of population growth over the next 50 years. So we will continue building our nation with migrants. But how do we ensure they are successful? Does past success guarantee the future? (more…)

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Investor migrants $50 million infrastructure boost for NSW

The NSW Government’s efforts to attract more overseas investors through the Significant Investor visa (SIV) have generated a AU$50 million boost to NSW’s economy which will help to meet key infrastructure needs.

Nineteen successful NSW nominated investors have been granted a SIV by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  The investment from these nominees totals $56.5 million in NSW Waratah bonds and an additional $38.5m in Australian companies.

In total, NSW has nominated 261 potential migrants for the Significant Investor visa. (more…)

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DIPB online changes update

DIPB has issued a Discussion Paper on Evaluation of Occupational Ceilings.

People wishing to submit comments to skillselect@immi.gov.au should do so by close of business on 16 December 2013

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Discussion paper on Evaluation of Occupational Ceilings

DIPB has issued a Discussion Paper on Evaluation of Occupational Ceilings.

People wishing to submit comments to skillselect@immi.gov.au should do so by close of business on 16 December 2013

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