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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.


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!!


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.


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.

Australia ranked ‘The happiest nation in the world – again

For the third consecutive year, Australia has been ranked as the world’s happiest nation (among developed economies).

The Better Life Index compiled by the OECD, ranked Australia first, largely due to the overall strength of its economy

The annual survey ranks more than thirty countries on criteria such as health, safety, housing and income levels.

According to the OECD, “Australia performs exceptionally well in measures of well-being, as shown by the fact that it ranks among the top countries in a large number of topics in the Better Life Index,”

More than 73% of Australia’s 23 million people aged 15 to 64 hold a paid job, which is above the OECD average.

Life expectancy at birth is also higher, at almost 82 years.

Australia’s economy has posted more than two decades of straight growth due to demand for its natural resources.

The nation also managed to sidestep the worst of the financial crisis and was the only major developed nation to avoid the global recession in 2009.

The country’s economic strength has been reflected in the Australian dollar, which is currently trading close to 30 year highs.

A challenge Australia does face is the widening income gap. According to the OECD, the top 20% of Australia’s population earn six times more than the bottom 20%.

The World’s Top Ten Happiest Countries

1 Australia
2 Sweden
3 Canada
4 Norway
5 Switzerland
6 United States
7 Denmark
8 The Netherlands
9 Iceland
10 United Kingdom

Australia in top 10 countries to be a mother

Save The Children has just released it’s annual ‘State of the Worlds Mothers’ report which is a yearly ranking of countries, showing the best (& worse) places to be a mother.

This year, Australia has been ranked as the 10th best country to be a mother. (ranked 07th last year)

Researchers assess the health, educational, economic and political conditions for mothers and children in 176 countries

This year, Nordic coutries led the way with, with Finland coming in first place, followed by Sweden, Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Australia is the only non-European country listed in the top 10.

Save the Children’s Annie Bodmar-Roy says there is not much separating the top 10 countries.

“You can think about it like an Olympic race,” she said.

“The person who comes in second, third and fourth are half-seconds behind the person who comes in first so it’s a very small difference.

“But really I think what we need to look at for Australia is access to education and health for all different groups across the country.

“It would make a difference in getting us back up there.”

The UK was ranked 23rd this year (falling 13 places from 10th last year) and the United States is 30th.

The Democratic Republic of Congo came in last, behind Somalia and Sierra Leone.

Visitors to Australia owe millions in unpaid health bills

VISITORS to Australia are racking up tens of millions of dollars in unpaid health bills, prompting calls for restrictions on their access to public hospitals.

In Victoria last financial year, taxpayers were left to cover bad debts of $11.6 million, a third of the cost of treating patients not eligible for Medicare in that state, while in NSW hospital staff could recoup only $25m of the $40m cost for treating such patients. Western Australia has problems with HIV-positive 457 visa holders who require expensive antiretroviral drugs, while in Queensland the cost of treating some non-residents, especially those with tuberculosis, can exceed $1m a patient a year.

Taxpayers have even had to fund the transport of patients to their home countries.

The states are demanding the commonwealth enforce the requirement in some 40 visa subclasses that visitors have appropriate health insurance so the cost burden can be shared with insurance companies, and take into account previous unpaid hospital bills when considering applications to re-enter.

While Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has agreed to review the insurance issue, it is understood the commonwealth has concerns about collecting data on hospital bills.

Enforcing the insurance requirement alone may do to reduce the cost burden on the states. In one case, a foreign student with an eating disorder has required repeated, lengthy stays in a public hospital, and already cost that state government more than $200,000. Health officials contacted the woman’s doctor in her home country, who recommended she be treated there for clinical reasons, but the woman did not want to leave Australia.

The state asked the commonwealth to intervene, but it was powerless to deport her because she had met the insurance requirement – even though the insurer would not cover her treatment because she had a pre-existing condition.

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner said her state was fortunate to have a higher cost recovery rate than others, but her Queensland counterpart, Lawrence Springborg, said the impact on his state was still significant.

The debate comes as health ministers, who are meeting in Perth today, prepare to discuss the impact of the commonwealth’s decision to accept more refugees and asylum-seekers.

A paper prepared for the meeting notes that almost all new arrivals require catch-up immunisation, 30 per cent have anaemia, up to 21 per cent in some cohorts have hepatitis B and between 17 per cent and 63 per cent of tuberculosis screens are positive.

The ministers will discuss whether translators should be extended to more health services and whether more asylum-seekers should have access to subsidised pharmaceuticals and Medicare-funded treatment.

The paper notes that there are “significant challenges in engaging private GPs to work with this population group, particularly in areas where the overall GP workforce is low. Without GP participation, refugee and asylum-seeker healthcare shifts to higher cost settings that are not sustainable,” the paper says.

Western Australia jobless rate at 2 year high

Given the continuing resource sector boom and the clamour for skilled migrants in WA, the latest unemployment stats for WA are somewhat surprising.

The rate has increased from 4.0% to 4.6% in October, with 8300 new people added to the jobless list,  rocketing the state’s unemployment rate to its highest level in 2 years.

There are now 63,100 people looking for work in WA, including 30,400 women and 32,700 men.

While the unemployment rate has not been higher since October 2010, the actual number of people looking for work is the highest since March 2010.

The unemployement rate jump follows decisions by several large resource sector companies to make hundreds of positions redundant.

Fortescue Metals Group axed 1000 jobs in September, while BHP Billiton also has cut hundreds of positions and delayed a large project.

WA has been the only state to continuously record a low unemployment rate this year and while it added tens of thousands of jobs during 2011-12, the rest of the nation collectively lost a similar amount.

However, today’s latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed a turning of the tide.

More than 10,000 new jobswere added nationally in October in a signal that recent weakness in the national labour market may be stabilising.

National unemployment remained at 5.4 per cent, the same level it reached in September, as the jobs market bucked expectations of a further rise in the rate.

The economy added 18,700 jobs full-time for the month, well ahead of expectations, but lost 8000 part time jobs, with a net gain of 10,700 jobs. But the participation rate also fell as some job seekers gave up looking for work, helping to cap any rise in the official jobless rate.

Moving to Australia?

According to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics in the UK, Britons are upping sticks and moving overseas at the rate of 4,800 per week!
Anecdotally, when looking at the statistics for our ‘Moving to Australia’ forum –, it appears as though a large percentage of Brits making the exodus want to head down under. Indeed, interest and visitors to the forum have never been higher, with the site recording nearly 1.5 million visits over the past 3 months. Visits, visitors and the number of posts made on the forum are all at record highs.

It’s not just Brits that are leaving the Uk and heading to Australia either. – According to a recent survey by TrackMeBack, thousands of Australian expats are abandoning the “economic doom and gloom” of the UK and Europe and are heading back to Oz to seek better job opportunities.

Australia’s continued jobs growth and downturn-defying economy are proving too good to resist for ambitious expats looking to further their careers on home soil.

UK Home Office figures show that the number of Australian citizens entering the UK for employment has dropped by 35% over the past three years.

The top ten jobs that Australians are returning home for this year are in mining, resources, engineering, energy, digital media, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, trades, construction and insurance, according to Caroline Rafferty, general manager of Track Me Back.

According to, many returning expats have been living and working abroad for a number of years.

“We see a whole range of candidates but our typical returning expat is degree qualified with ten or more years’ professional experience, with at least half of that being gained overseas,” Ms Rafferty said.

“They have usually worked in multiple cities globally and are now returning to work in Australia because there are better job opportunities and the economic outlook is more positive.”

“Many of our expats left home 10 years ago with a backpack, thinking they’d be gone for six months! Now they’re returning with a spouse and a family, and they’re looking to settle at home for the long-term.”

With the European economic forecast looking ever gloomier, predicts more of the same in the coming months.

“There’s obviously a lot of buzz around jobs in the mining and resources industries but we’re also seeing a steady growth in demand for candidates in sectors such as insurance, FMCGs, healthcare, management consulting and digital media so they’re definitely ones to watch in the coming year.”



Four Australian cities in the world’s top ten

For the second year running, Melbourne has laid claim to the title of “world’s most liveable city” in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Global Liveability Survey.

This year Australian cities hold four out of the top ten positions in the survey.

The survey measures cities across five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. It surveyed 140 cities worldwide.

The top 10 cities are as follows:

1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
5. (equal) Adelaide, Australia
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Helsinki, Finland
9. Perth, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand

First place for Australia in OECD’s Better Life survey rankings

A newly released survey by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranks Australia first in it’s annual ‘Better Life’ index.

34 member nations are surveyed on 11 topics: housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance.

While the survey does not name a nation as highest ranked, if all fields were given equal weight Australia would emerge on top.

Australians gave their life satisfaction a score of 7.4 out of 10, above the average of 6.7 among the nations surveyed.

Australians still have faith in the nation’s governance, with the survey finding 74 percent trust their political institutions.

In its latest economic outlook the OECD forecast Australian growth of 3.1 per cent in 2012 and 3.7 per cent in 2013, after a 2.2 per cent expansion in 2011.