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?

1. TOEFL accepted in Australia

2. Easier Australian Skill assessment

3. Career opportunities in Australia

4. Australian work visas situation

5. Tech jobs and Australia

6. Australian Mining industry job situation

7. South Australia attractive destination for International students

8. Vocational studies in Victoria

9. Business Investment in Australia

10. Come to Australia for studies

11. IT in Demand

12. Simplified Australian student visa

13. Accounting skilled migration, Australia

14. Action from China

15. Migration and Australian population




1. TOEFL accepted in Australia

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:
•Chinese Medicine
•Chiropractic
•Dental
•Medical
•Medical Radiation
•Midwifery
•Nursing
•Occupational Therapy
•Optometry
•Osteopathy
•Pharmacy
•Physiotherapy
•Podiatry
•Psychology
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.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/toefl-gains-toehold-in-australia/story-e6frgcjx-1227413966818


2. Easier Australian Skill assessment

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 [321111]
Cabinetmaker [3941111]
Carpenter [331212]
Carpenter and Joiner [331212]
Diesel Motor Mechanic [321212]
Electrician (General) [341111]
Electrician (Special Class) [341112]
Joiner [331213]
Motor Mechanic (General) [321211]
Motorcycle Mechanic [321213]

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-29/government-not-to-assess-chinese-electricians-skills/6579290

3. Career opportunities in Australia

A podcast about “The Future of jobs in Australia”
http://www.abc.net.au/overnights/stories/s4261026.htm

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.

Review: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/visa-review-jobs-list-to-be-examined/story-fn9hm1gu-1227411780127

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.
Review: http://indaily.com.au/business/2015/06/16/new-tech-could-cost-5m-australian-jobs/


6. Australian Mining industry job situation

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.

Source: http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/News/Mining-jobs-continue-to-lose-ground

7. South Australia attractive destination for International students

More funds to attract overseas students to South Australia.

Complete article: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/more-funds-to-attract-students-to-sa/story-fn3dxiwe-1227396919565

8. Vocational studies in Victoria

Victoria is an excellent place for international students to pursue vocational education and training (VET).

Check: https://www.studyinternational.com/news/vocational-education-training-in-victoria-australia

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.

http://migrationblog.border.gov.au/2015/06/18/investing-in-australias-future-changes-to-business-and-investment-migration/

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.
Source: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/6/17/technology/shortage-it-and-communications-tech-talent-costly-economy

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.

Source: http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/private-colleges-win-from-student-visa-changes-20150617-ghp806

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.
Main points:
– Changes to migration criteria
– Update with migration assessments
– 1 July 2015 changes to criteria

Check the respective webpages:

http://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/become-a-cpa/migration-assessment

http://www.charteredaccountants.com.au/The-Institute/Migration-assessment/Changes-to-Migration-Assessments.aspx

14. Action from China

Australia’s visa policy aims to attract more Chinese visitors
http://www.globalpost.com/article/6597617/2015/06/29/interview-australias-visa-policy-aims-attract-more-chinese-visitors

15. Migration and Australian population

Overall, immigration remains the main driver of Australia’s population growth
http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2015/6/26/australian-news/key-engine-economic-growth-faltering


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