Employment Education Visa and Settlement Expo in Melbourne

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Newcomers Australia are hosting the following expo.

Date: 25th October 2014
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: The MCEC, 1 convention center place, South Wharf VIC 3006

Register Online for FREE ENTRY

The Newcomers Melbourne event, is the only event of its kind that targets the Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement needs of both newly arrived and settled migrants, as well as temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community currently living in Victoria.

The Newcomers Melbourne event offers the complete spectrum of information crucial to helping you live, work, study and settle in Victoria. The event will connect you with knowledgeable experts able to provide you with information and services for visas, employment opportunities, education options and a host of other settlement services all under one roof, that will help you settle into your new life.

Why visit?

For newly arrived or settled migrants, the Newcomers Melbourne event is an opportunity to learn about having your international credentials and skills assessed and recognised. The event will also connect you with education and training organisations that can help you find employment in your profession or trade. For all newcomers; settlement and arrival services will be available including private healthcare, banking (opening a bank account, applying for credit cards), housing, taxation, education and much more.

Who will be there?

A full list of participating organizations and seminars will be listed on the website in a printable PDF format, closer to the event. The Newcomers Melbourne event will include Government immigration seminars, visa eligibility and assessment clinics as well as a dedicated introductory IELTS Masterclass, provided in association with our Education sponsor, IDP:IELTS.

The IELTS Masterclass is a free 90-minute presentation for anyone aiming for an IELTS band score of 6 or above. The talk will include tips on how best to enhance one’s English, guidance on avoiding the common mistakes, and help understanding the IELTS assessment criteria.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR FREE ENTRY

Employment Education Visa and Settlement Expo in Sydney

Sydney Migration expo

Newcomers Australia are hosting the following expo.

Date: 06th Sept 2014
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Sydney (Lower) Town Hall, Druitt Street, Sydney 2000

The Newcomers Sydney event, is the only event of its kind that targets the Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement needs of both newly arrived and settled migrants, as well as temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community currently living in New South Wales.

The Newcomers Sydney event offers the complete spectrum of information crucial to helping you live, work, study and settle in New South Wales. The event will connect you with knowledgeable experts able to provide you with information and services for visas, employment opportunities, education options and a host of other settlement services all under one roof, that will help you settle into your new life.

IELTS MASTERCLASS

The Newcomers Sydney event will include Government immigration seminars, visa eligibility and assessment clinics as well as a dedicated introductory IELTS Masterclass, provided in association with our Education sponsor, IDP:IELTS.
The IELTS Masterclass is a free 90-minute presentation for anyone aiming for an IELTS band score of 6 or above. The talk will include tips on how best to enhance one’s English, guidance on avoiding the common mistakes, and help understanding the IELTS assessment criteria. Places at the IELTS Masterclass are limited so register online NOW to avoid disappointment!!

COMPETITION

SCAN YOUR TICKET AT THE DOOR TO ENTER: Be in with a chane to win a brand new iPad Mini! To be entered into the draw, simply scan your ticket at the door of the Newcomers Sydney Event on 6th September. Entry to the competition can only be made once, must be 18 years or older to enter. Best of luck!

Take the first step towards securing your future in Australia by visiting the Newcomers Sydney event; there will be a range of information and services to help you settle into your new life in Australia.

Register online for FREE ENTRY to this event.

Free Moving to Australia webchat

Our sister site – Poms in Oz is hosting a live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals, pet transportation and vehicle importation. The chat event will take place on Wednesday 25th June 2014 from 19:30 – 21:30 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services, Taylor Made Immigration and IronLady Imports will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move.

If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to www.pomsinoz.com, login, then click on the ‘chat’ menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different ‘rooms’ for each of the different companies.

If you don’t have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link – Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the ‘Guest’ option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click ‘Login’.

 
National Australia Bank

Peter Kerr will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider.

 
Moneycorp

Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with.

 
PSS International Removals

One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS.

 
PetAir UK

Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably – worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a ‘one of the family’ policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team.

 
Vista Financial Services

Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.

 
Taylor Made Immigration

Taylor Made Immigration (TMI) provides Visa and Migration Services to individuals and families wishing to travel to or live and work in Australia.
Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor is a Registered Migration Agent and the manager of TMI, we recognise that each and every visa application is unique. TMI provide a user friendly and personal service, and professional management of your visa application process, we can also provide a consultation service and can assist with other immigration matters.

At TMI we believe that it is important to consider a visa strategy based on your personal circumstances to ensure the optimum pathway forward towards your long term plans. Many people have more than one option open to them and there may be pros and cons to be considered. Others may not be eligible for permanent residence visa immediately, and in this situation it is important to consider not just obtaining a visa but rather the longer term pathway leading to permanent residence as some temporary options may limit your later options.

A UK Expat, Tee lived and worked in a number of countries before settling in Australia. Being a migrant herself places Tee in a position to better understand some of the concerns and stress that can arise during the visa application and migration process. Tee has been an active member of Poms in Oz since 2009.

 
Iron Lady Imports
Iron Lady Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle’s import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly – no hidden markups! We’re also happy to advise you if it’s worth bringing your car over before you start (that part’s free!).

Newcomers Adelaide Event – Helping you settle and stay in South Australia

Newcomers Australia Event

Newcomers Australia are hosting the following expo.

Date: 10th May 2014
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Crowne Plaza Adelaide, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide 5000

The Newcomers Adelaide Event is South Australia’s only event of its kind that targets the Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement needs of both Australia’s newly arrived and settled migrants. It also focuses on the needs of temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community, currently living in South Australia.

The event offers the complete spectrum of information crucial to helping you live, work, study and settle in Australia. The event will connect you with knowledgeable experts able to provide you with information and services for visas, employment opportunities, education options and a host of other services all under one roof that will help you settle into your new life in Australia.

For newly arrived or settled migrants, the Newcomers Adelaide event is an opportunity to learn about having your international credentials and skills assessed and recognised, while also connecting you with education and training organisations that can assist you in seeking employment in your profession or trade. For all Australian newcomers; settlement and arrival services will be available that focus on private healthcare, banking, housing, taxation, education and much more.

IELTS MASTERCLASS

The Newcomers Adelaide event will include Government immigration seminars, visa eligibility and assessment clinics as well as a dedicated introductory IELTS Masterclass, provided in association with our Education sponsor, IDP:IELTS

The IELTS Masterclass is a FREE 90-minute presentation for anyone aiming for an IELTS band score of 6 or above. The talk will include tips on how best to enhance one’s English, guidance on avoiding the common mistakes, and help understanding the IELTS assessment criteria. Places at the IELTS Masterclass are limited so register online NOW to avoid disappointment!!

COMPETITION

We have TWO prizes up for grabs at the Newcomers Adelaide Event! One lucky winner will win the all-new and powerful Google Nexus 7!! The runner up will win a fantastic Barossa Valley Tour for two people! The tour will take in the sights of the world’s largest Rocking Horse and the Whispering Wall, including FOUR wine tasting sessions! To enter the competition, simply register for FREE online and then scan your ticket at the door of the event!!

Take the first step towards securing your future in Australia by visiting the Newcomers Adelaide event; there will be a range of information and services to help you settle into your new life in Australia.

Register online for FREE ENTRY to this event.

 

Emigrating to Victoria?

Our Emigrating to Victoria Forum – www.lifeinvictoria.com has had a recently overhaul and been given a fresh new look. The forum is getting busier by the month and last month, recorded it’s highest ever number of visitors to the forum. If you’ve moving to Melbourne or elsewhere in Victoria and have any questions about the big move, the members will be only too happy to help and assist where they can. Tap into the memberships knowledge about subjects such as visa/migration, shipping/removals, flights, accommodation, schools, suburbs, jobs and anything else!

 

School leavers competing with influx of backpackers for work

A recent study by the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University has found that Australia now has 1 foreign backpacker for every Year 12 school leaver – all competing for entry-level jobs in retailing, construction and hospitality.

WORK-hungry backpackers are flocking Down Under to work in record numbers, and competing for jobs with local school-leavers.

New immigration data reveals a one-third surge in the number of foreigners granted “working holiday” visas since the start of the global financial crisis.

The Immigration Department issued a record 249,231 backpacker visas during 2012/13, latest official data shows.

Three times as many young backpackers from China, Italy and Taiwan were granted visas during 2012/13 than at the start of the global financial crisis in 2008/09.

Backpacker numbers have jumped 52 per cent from France, 29 per cent from Germany and 15 per cent from the UK.

The visas are popular with employers in regional areas, who rely on foreign backpackers to pick fruit, work on farms, clean hotels, pour beers and wait tables.

But the university study claims the working holiday-makers, aged 18 to 30, are taking entry-level jobs that could go to Australian school leavers.

“(Backpackers) coming from these countries are not the traditional holiday and work seekers, but rather job-hungry migrants anxious to maximise their income from work here,” the report says.

“In effect, the Australian economy is acting as a safety valve for the youth unemployment problems of other countries, at the expense of its own young people’s employment prospects.”

Australia now hosts nearly half a million working-age migrants who have arrived since 2011 on permanent or temporary visas.

“Recently arrived migrants …. are dominating the growth in the number of employed persons in Australia,” the report says.

“Young people have to compete for less skilled entry-level work with an increasing number of job-hungry temporary migrants looking for the same work.”

The report says the number of recently-arrived migrants of working age jumped by 168,700 during the 12 months to May this year – and 108,200 were working.

New migrants accounted for 85 per cent of the 126,900 total increase in the number of workers in Australia during the year.

“This means that almost all of the recent net growth in employment is attributable to recently-arrived migrants,” the report says.

The report says 14.5 per cent of 15-to-19-year-old jobseekers, and 9.4 per cent of those aged 20-24 were unemployed in May, compared to 5.6 per cent in the general population.

Backpackers from 29 nations can work in Australia for up to a year, so long as they do not spend more than six months with each employer.

Those who spend at least three months working in a remote area can apply to stay for a second year.

Australian backpackers can also work overseas in the same countries, under reciprocal agreements.

Argentina and Uruguay were added to the working holiday program this year, and the federal government is negotiating with 13 more countries including Greece, Spain, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Israel and Vietnam.

Four Australian cities in the world’s top 10

The Economist Intelligence Unit has just released the results of its annual ‘Global Liveability Survey’.

140 cities worldwide were surveyed under five categories:

  • stability
  • healthcare
  • culture and environment
  • education
  • infrastructure.

Scores in each category and sub-category are compiled and weighted to give a total out of 100. 100 is considered ideal and 1 intolerable.

The top cities and indeed much of the rankings remained similar to last year, with Australian and New Zealand cities landing five of the top 10 spots. Canadian cities made up another three of the top 10 positions.

Top 10 most livable cities (unchanged in 2013 from 2012):

1 Melbourne, Australia, 97.5
2 Vienna, Austria, 97.4
3 Vancouver, Canada, 97.3
4 Toronto, Canada, 97.2
5 Calgary, Canada, 96.6
5 Adelaide, Australia, 96.6
7 Sydney, Australia, 96.1
8 Helsinki, Finland, 96.0
9 Perth, Australia, 95.9
10 Auckland, New Zealand, 95.7

Australia tops expat Quality of Life Index

The Latest ‘Quality of Life’ report was released this week by Natwest International Personal Banking and as last year, Australia has retained it’s number one ranking.

The sixth annual survey of British expatriates revealed 80% of expats believe they enjoy a better quality of life living abroad.

Over the past five years, Australia, Canada and New Zealand topped the Quality of Life Index (provided by the Centre for Future Studies).

For expats who have chosen to live abroad on a permanent basis, over 70% feel their work/life balance is good to excellent and over 85% believe their standard of living is tops.

Brits who emigrated to Australia are on top of the world as Australia is judged to have all that’s needed for a healthier, wealthier and happier life.

Over 80% of British expats in Australia cite the natural environment and quality of life for their children as the number one reason for moving there.

The global Quality of Life study of British expatriate opinions and attitudes on lifestyle, employment and financial status reveals 84% British expats in Australia say the weather is one of the top five reasons for living there and 92% percent of expats cite the overall lifestyle keeps them in Australia.

73% of expats, their health has improved whilst living there.

British expats in Australia are financially confident and, whilst some restrictions exist, find buying a property attractive and relatively easy.

71% own a property (compared to the global expat average of only 33%).

While the majority of people say that the improved quality of life is their main motivation for staying, the lower cost of living is a factor too with the majority rating their cost of living as very good.

In July 2012, Australia marked 21 years without a recession, an achievement unmatched by almost any other developed country.

Dave Isley, Head of NatWest International Personal Banking, comments: “It seems life down under really is the cream of the crop according to this year’s NatWest IPB Quality of Life Index. Continual sunshine coupled with a strong economic stability make Australia the perfect destination for Brits to set up home. Factors such as an efficient health care system, low crime rates, a clean environment, good education, civic engagement, and a longer-than-average life expectancy also factored in the high scoring.”

UK expats in Oz – The majority of expats (74%) are in professional/managerial occupations while 19% are self-employed professionals and 28% have taken up clerical positions.

Brisbane has recently overtaken Perth as the most popular migration destination in Australia and has the fastest-growing population of all Australian cities.

Other Countries
This year sees New Zealand fall out of the top three to fifth position with the third ranking being taken by UAE. Career opportunities are the key driver for expats heading to UAE (75%). Only 8% of respondents believe they will stay in UAE for ever with the majority (92%) consider themselves as on ‘temporary assignment’. A large disposable income is enjoyed by 96% of those living in UAE, Hong Kong, China and Singapore on a temporary basis.

Singapore is increasingly attracting expats particularly those from the UK and Europe. Singapore has built a reputation for offering a good quality of life, as well as a range of interesting career opportunities. Expats living in Singapore have higher average incomes and greater wealth than expats living anywhere else in the world.

Overseas workers on 457 visas rise 20 percent over past year

Data released today show the number of overseas workers coming to Australia on 457 visas has jumped more than 20 per cent over the past year.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor said the significant growth in the program highlighted the need for further reform.

‘There are now 108 810 457 visa holders – a 20.4 per cent growth in the 12 months to April 30. This is at a time when employment growth remains soft in some industries and regions,’ Mr O’Connor said.

‘A recent survey by the Migration Council revealed that 15 per cent of employers anonymously surveyed said they used 457 visas, although they could find appropriate local labour.

‘Increasingly we are seeing the misuse of the system by employers who are not making an effort to find local labour first, or who exploit overseas workers under this scheme, which is why the government will take further action to stop employers misusing the program.’

Mr O’Connor said the Gillard Government was committed to ensuring local workers were given local opportunities wherever possible.

‘Genuine skill shortages do exist in industries and locations right across Australia and we are attempting to ensure they get filled, while at the same time making sure locally skilled people don’t miss out on work,’ he said.

Mr O’Connor also announced the revised annual Skilled Occupation List (SOL), which reflected changes in skill shortage areas.

‘This list, designed to fill gaps in the workforce by attracting skilled migrants to Australia, no longer includes the skill categories of retail pharmacy and aircraft engineering,’ Mr O’Connor said.

‘The SOL is an important tool to meet demand for skills and includes a number of highly valued and skilled occupations across a range of industries including medical, engineering and mechanical services.

‘It’s important this list focusses on occupations in genuine need in the medium to long term and the up-to-date SOL maintains the government’s targeted approach to skilled migration.’

The SOL is based on the advice of the independent Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) and applies to independent migrants seeking to come to Australia.

The SOL is available from the Department of Immigration of Citizenships (DIAC) website.

Asia now the leading source of permanent migrants to Australia

immi2011-12New report reaffirms the ‘Asian Century’.

According to Australia’s Migration Trends, a new report released today by the Minister for Immigration & Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor, Asia has become the  leading supplier of permanent skilled migrants to Australia

 

The report contains comprehensive analysis and commentary on migration activity for 2011-12, and provides a clear picture of substantial changes in the origins of Australia’s migrants, reflecting the trend towards an Asian Century.

For the first time, India and China were the two main source countries of permanent migrants.

‘Seven of the top 10 source countries in 2011-12 were located in the Asia region,’ Mr O’Connor said.

The substantial growth in overseas born residents is changing Australia’s ethnic composition.

In the past 15 years the number of China born Australian residents has more than tripled.

birthplaceThis growth rate was surpassed by the number of India born residents which increased fourfold over this same period.

Between 1996 and 2011, Australia’s overseas-born population grew by more than 40 per cent to reach six million. This was more than double the rate for the Australian-born population and is essential in addressing the demographic challenges of an ageing population,’ Mr O’Connor said.

‘With the government’s strong emphasis on skilled migration, this sort of growth is also crucial to ensuring depth in Australia’s labour force.

Mr O’Connor said patterns of migration are also changing.

‘In 2011-12, half of Australia’s skilled migrants applied while they were already living in Australia on a temporary visa. This was more than twice the rate of a decade earlier and reflects a growing trend of migrants seeing what Australia has to offer before making a commitment to settle permanently,’ Mr O’Connor said.