The links below cover news and updates on migration, immigration and education in Australia, as reported in June 2015.
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June 2015 migration news
What’s Covered in this Article?
11. IT in Demand
- 1 1. TOEFL accepted in Australia
- 2 2. Easier Australian Skill assessment
- 3 3. Career opportunities in Australia
- 4 4. Australian work visas situation
- 5 5. Tech jobs and Australia
- 6 6. Australian Mining industry job situation
- 7 7. South Australia attractive destination for International students
- 8 8. Vocational studies in Victoria
- 9 9. Business Investment in Australia
- 10 10. Come to Australia for studies
- 11 11. IT in Demand
- 12 12. Simplified Australian student visa
- 13 13. Accounting skilled migration, Australia
- 14 14. Action from China
- 15 15. Migration and Australian population
Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency(AHPRA) allows TOEFL alongside IELTS test
From 1 July 2015, regulated health practitioners in Australia will be able to use their TOEFL® test scores to demonstrate English-language proficiency required for initial registration.
The professions covered by AHPRA under the revised English language requirements are:
Applicants for student and skilled Australian visas will be allowed to use the widely available Test of English as a Foreign Language to demonstrate eligibility for employment in the health sector.
Skills assessment for 10 occupations including Electricians, will not be required for sc457 applicants from China under the FTA, a letter from Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb to his Chinese counterpart has revealed.
Australia will remove the requirement for mandatory skills assessment for the following 10 occupations on the date of entry into force of the Agreement:
Automotive Electrician 
Carpenter and Joiner 
Diesel Motor Mechanic 
Electrician (General) 
Electrician (Special Class) 
Motor Mechanic (General) 
Motorcycle Mechanic 
3. Career opportunities in Australia
A podcast about “The Future of jobs in Australia”
4. Australian work visas situation
Australia’s 457 visa system under review to determine which occupations should be removed or added to the 650-long list for the sponsored migration scheme.
5. Tech jobs and Australia
More than five million Australian jobs could disappear in the next 10 to 15 years because of technological advancements.
Australia needs to reconsider how it deals with reskilling workers as particular fields of employment disappear.
Mining jobs in Australia continue to lose ground.
The Western Australian iron ore market has been blamed largely for the drop in employment, with 45.6 per cent of vacancies lost in the state in the past year.
7. South Australia attractive destination for International students
More funds to attract overseas students to South Australia.
8. Vocational studies in Victoria
Victoria is an excellent place for international students to pursue vocational education and training (VET).
9. Business Investment in Australia
Australian Business Innovation and Investment Programme (BIIP) : Changes to business and investment migration, Australia
New framework is designed to encourage investment in innovative Australian ideas and emerging companies.
10. Come to Australia for studies
Australia’s export earnings from international students are booming.
Check the report : http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/foreign-student-boom-could-fill-the-resource-export-gap-20150614-ghmwcy
11. IT in Demand
Shortage of IT and communications tech talent costly to the Australian economy.
While the overall growth in ICT workers from migration has averaged between 16,000 and 21,000 in recent years, the dependence on migration could potentially leave Australia exposed to future skills shortages if the supply of skilled workers is unable to be maintained.
12. Simplified Australian student visa
Private colleges in Australia will find it easier to benefit from Australia’s booming international student business, following changes to the student visa system announced by the federal government recently.
Under the new system, to be known as the simplified student visa framework (SSVF), students applying to all education providers will be assessed for visa risk under a single framework. It will be based on the country they come from and the immigration compliance record of other students who have studied at that particular education provider.
13. Accounting skilled migration, Australia
The main Australian Accounting skills assessing bodies “CPA Australia” and “The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia” have announced similar changes to the academic units required for a skills assessment.
– Changes to migration criteria
– Update with migration assessments
– 1 July 2015 changes to criteria
Check the respective webpages:
14. Action from China
Australia’s visa policy aims to attract more Chinese visitors
15. Migration and Australian population
Overall, immigration remains the main driver of Australia’s population growth
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