- Budget boosts skilled migration program
- Now you’re really talking
- How far can a migrant go? Lanard Copeland: Basketball superstar!
- Aussie Surprise of the Month – The rotary clothes line. Invented in Adelaide.
- Staff Profile
- Students permitted to work
- A Town Like Geraldton
- One nation, many cultures – The Melbourne Comedy Festival
- Turkish workers ambassadors for Australia
- So how do you like Australia? Elton Carneiro – Master of IT
- Aussie Survival Guide – The colour blue
- Springboks stampede this way
- Aussie Recipe: Emu Pies
- In Brief
Our lead story this month covers the government’s new budget. The message is crystal clear: the government places a great deal of importance on skilled migration and its importance to the future prosperity of Australia.
What does this mean for you? With a huge 30% increase in skilled migration places, the opportunity to secure your visa has never been better.
A vital aspect of the immigration process is welcoming new arrivals and integrating them into the workforce and community. We are continuing to encourage all employers to look at the skills, talent and experience skilled migrants offer, and the commitment they demonstrate by coming to Australia to start a new life.
LIA itself employs many skilled migrants, most of who speak English as a second language and our company benefits from having a team of multi-lingual speakers, which adds a powerful capability to doing business both in Australia and overseas.
It remains our privilege to ensure your voice is heard by policy makers. As Australia addresses the core issue of productivity over the next half century, I think the government should encourage employers to develop all skilled visa holders, so they can contribute their skills and experience, to their benefit and that of the nation.
Budget boosts skilled migration program
In the Australian Budget 2008-09, the Rudd Government has added 31,000 skilled migrants to the 2008-09 Migration Program.
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said the extra places allocated to the permanent skilled migration program represented a 30 per cent increase on 2007-08.
The increase is further to a special one-off allocation of 6000 extra skilled migration places announced by the Rudd Government in February 2008.
Overall, permanent skilled migration will make up 133,500 places in the Migration Program, which totals 190,300 for 2008-09. The Family stream will be increased by 6500 places to 56,500. This increase in the Family stream includes a boost of 4000 places to the parent visas.
‘Australia’s skilled migration program is structured to target skills to meet the needs of the job market by maximising the use of employer-sponsored migration.’
Research has shown that the labour market participation rate for permanent skilled migrants is now more than 90 per cent.
The increase in the Migration Program from 2008-09 will cost an additional $1.4 billion over four years for settlement services and ongoing core government services such as health, education and employment services.
The Government has also committed $19.6 million to improve the processing and compliance of the temporary skilled migration program, which includes the uncapped 457 visa scheme.
A total of 39,500 subclass 457 visas was granted in 2003-04 compared with 49,700 in just the first half of 2007-08.
Senator Evans said the temporary skilled migration program is expected to exceed 100,000 places in each of 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Interested in one of those additional visas? Talk to a LIA Migration Advisor and get more information.
Now you’re really talking
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans announced measures to help migrants gain the language skills needed to join the Australian workforce. These measures include $40 million for the Employment Pathways Program and $9.2 million to Traineeships in English and Work Readiness.
‘The pathways program will help people with the lowest levels of literacy learn English in formal and informal settings while introducing them to the Australian workforce,’ Senator Evans said. ‘The traineeships will help new migrants continue to learn English while they develop knowledge, skills and experience in Australian workplace culture.
‘Ensuring migrants are equipped for the workforce is an important economic objective in an environment of labour shortages which are adding to inflationary pressures.’
The Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson, will continue funding for the National Action Plan for Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security that funds initiatives in education, employment, community integration and enhancing national security.
Australia works very hard to make immigrants feel at home. To find out more, contact LIA today.
How far can a migrant go?
Lanard Copeland: Basketball superstar!
After 12 years with the Melbourne Tigers, Lanard Copeland said it was an honour to play with the Club and to be recognised by having his number 21 retired. The next night, the dual-championship winning Atlanta-born guard who brought 530 games worth of excitement, athleticism, skill, energy and entertainment to basketball courts around Australia, played his last NBL game. But what a career!
In his first year with the Tigers, Copeland helped the team make it to the Grand Final series, which they just fell short of, but followed it up with a Championship win the following year in 1993.
“After my first couple of seasons I just couldn’t leave,” said Lanard. “Australia is such a great place to live that I had to stay, I’ve been all over the world but I consider this my real home.”
At 42, Copeland left the sport he helped legitimise in Australia and to do it with no regrets. “None whatsoever,” he said. “It’s been a fantastic ride. I probably wouldn’t change a thing about it. I’ve enjoyed myself tremendously.”
Over the years, fans have enjoyed watching Copeland. Now, he’s basically stepped straight into coaching after his retirement as a player. But it should be a smooth transition for Copeland, who played in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers before embarking on 17 seasons in the NBL with the Melbourne Tigers, Brisbane Bullets and Adelaide 36ers.
Lanard Copeland was a superstar who changed the way basketball was perceived in Australia.
Lanard Copeland, the Tiger
LIA shares that will-to-win that always leads to higher performance. Contact LIA now and see what that means for you.
Aussie Surprise of the Month
The rotary clothes line. Invented in Adelaide.
Yes, the Hill’s Hoist Rotary Clothes Hoist was invented by Australian Lance Hill (1902-1986).
Lance was a motor mechanic and he made the first Hill’s Hoist for his wife, whose washing kept falling off the prop washing line. The year was 1945. The place was Adelaide, South Australia. Lance’s line was a single steel pole with metal ribs spreading out from the centre pole. Between the ribs he strung rust-proof wire from which the clothes would hang.
Now, although a Geelong bloke called Gilbert Toyne made a simple rotary line way back around 1912, Lance Hill then invented a way of winding up the top part of the centre pole.
This was the crucially attractive part of the device, that led to worldwide acceptance. The clothes could be raised high to dry in the wind. The line was so successful that soon all the Hill’s neighbours wanted one too. Lance Hill was happy to build them. At first he built them in his backyard workshop. And then they got famous.
Today, the company Lance started to make clothes lines also is in the business of Home, Hardware and Eco Products, Electronic Security and Entertainment Products and Building and Industrial products.
From Adelaide to the world
If a career in Australia’s atmosphere of innovation sparks your imagination, log onto LIA and see how your skills fill the bill.
Name: Colin Linke
Position: Commercial Manager
My role: As the Commercial Manager of LIVE IN australia.com I am responsible for delivering projects and system enhancements that improve or enhance the overall performance of the business. I support the business units of our organisation in the delivery of their responsibilities from a strategic, tactical, financial and operational perspective.
Tell us a bit about your family name. Where does Linke originate from?
Linke is a name of German origin which is apparently quite common in Germany. The name is synonymous with German settled regions of Australia – such as the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
Favourite overseas destination?
Great value place to see, with fantastic people, great scenery, many “fun” and “touristy” things to do. It was also my first overseas destination and really enjoyed the whole time there.
What was the last thing that made you laugh so hard you almost cried?
My little girl Hannah just makes me laugh every day. She amazes me how easily she recalls things although sometimes more quickly than her mouth can cope with. When she gets excited and has to tell me what happened you can see how frustrated she gets and sometimes she just gives up. I must admit that I love watching The Simpsons and whenever Faulty Towers is on, I simply have to watch it.
Outside of work, what else do you love doing?
Aussie rules footy, squash, walking my very masculine Maltese-Shitzu through the streets of my neighbourhood, reading too much technical accounting books, understanding the intricate workings of Linux, and spending as much time with friends and family as possible.
What do you love most about Australia?
The lifestyle. How lucky are we that we can be in the centre of Melbourne and drive for an hour south to enjoy beaches that are wondrous. Or drive an hour in another direction and enjoy “the bush” or a desert or mountains or rugged coast line. We can enjoy wonderful cafes and restaurants that create some of the most wonderful and diverse cuisine imaginable. We get to live a fantastic standard of living that allows us to enjoy some of the better things in life such as the most exquisite wine available. It is a great place to live.
Why would prospective migrants be bananas not to use our services?
Because unlike anywhere else that I have worked there is a real passion and desire to make one of the most difficult times imaginable as smooth as possible. Because the people who are the company take it extremely personally to ensure Clients get the best chance of getting the VISA that they desire…and because it is great value.
Students permitted to work
Now, students studying in Australia can work to support their studies, if they so wish. The Australian government has declared that international students will be able to work part-time automatically under a new streamlined visa arrangement introduced this week.
Senator Chris Evans, the minister for immigration and citizenship, said: “All student visas will be granted with work rights attached, removing the need for people to make a separate application. It means that international students can apply for part-time jobs in Australia as soon as their courses start.”
The minister added that the move would reduce red tape for those wanting work and would allow a more efficient use of his department’s time. “Making it easier for international students to work while they study will also assist industries currently suffering serious labour shortages,” he concluded.
Senator Evans said that international students would be allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week during their courses.
“Successful applicants will now not need to have an Australian visa label in their passports as evidence of their visa grant. Instead, their visa information will be stored electronically for access through the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service,” Evans said.
The Changes have been welcomed in Britain, India and elsewhere.
Today, India is the second largest source of overseas students and a significant contributor to Australia’s international education market, which is worth Australian $12 billion ($11 billion) to the national economy.
A total of 34,146 student visas were granted to Indian citizens in the year ending June 2007. Overall, 228,592 students from 191 countries were granted visas during that period.
Now, studying in Australia is even more attractive. Your LIA Advisor can fully brief you on all changes in government policy.
A Town Like Geraldton
Geraldton is a bustling city of nearly 30,000 people located 424 kilometres north of Perth, capital of Western Australia. It’s the administrative centre of the mid-west’s diverse industry base and is the business hub of the region.
Situated on Champion Bay on a spectacular stretch of coastline known as the Batavia Coast, Geraldton offers all of the cultural, entertainment and shopping facilities of a major regional city. Locally caught lobster, prime beef and a variety of ocean fish combined with locally produced wines from nearby wineries, gives a unique dining experience in Geraldton.
An increasingly significant port city, it’s a major export centre for far flung pastoral, mining, agricultural, manufacturing, construction and fishing industries. Over three million tonnes of grain and minerals are shipped from the port each year.
With it’s Mediterranean climate, Geraldton is blessed with beautiful beaches and warm, sunny weather. The city provides a smorgasbord of water based recreational and sporting activities, with special emphasis on yachting, surfing and diving. The town is also world renowned as a Mecca for windsurfers.
Western Australia’s booming resources industry indicates a prosperous and growing future for this uniquely located city. The city and the region offer skilled tradespeople and professionals many opportunities.
HMAS Sydney Memorial
If you’re interested in a career in Aussie mining, manufacturing or agriculture, Contact LIA without delay.
One nation, many cultures
The Melbourne Comedy Festival
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the largest comedy festivals in the world, and has grown to be Australia’s largest cultural event.
The festival takes over Melbourne each autumn with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts. This year’s festival took place over March and April and featured funny business from Britain, Canada, the USA, New Zealand and just about everywhere with a sense of humour. A roadshow of the festival’s highlights travels around Australia between April and July.
The Comedy Festival is not only a hugely popular event but also an extremely accessible one. You can purchase your tickets via the comedy festival website or through Ticketmaster.
Next Melbourne Comedy Festival runs from April 1st to 29th, 2009.
So if you’re not doing anything, drop in for the month.
Melbourne Town Hall – Joking aloud
Turkish workers ambassadors for Australia
On the 40th anniversary of an immigration agreement between Australia and Turkey, the Australian Embassy in Ankara opened a exhibition of photographs “We came as workers — We stayed as citizens.”
The exhibition shows the successful integration of the Turkish workers into Australian society and the transformation of those workers from a foreign community into an established Australian community with Turkish backgrounds. The exhibition is a testimony to the successful integration policies of the Australian governments. One-third of Australia’s over 21 million citizens were born outside of the country, and there are about 60,000 Australians of Turkish origin.
One of the major reasons behind Australia’s success was its recruitment of immigrants as future citizens and, unlike Europe in its handling of migration, its willingness to encourage the workers to come to Australia with their families and couples and settle there. It would be interesting to contrast early photographs of all male Turkish workers migrating to Europe with the family scenes of Turks migrating to Australia.
The exhibition enjoys the support of the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality and Istanbul’s Besiktas Municipality, together with several Australian companies established by Australians of Turkish origin or companies investing in Turkey. Today’s Zaman is one of the media sponsors of the exhibition. The exhibition will open in Ankara and then move to Istanbul’s Akatlar Kültür Merkezi.
Concerned how you might fit in in Australia? Contact LIA and see just how welcome you are!
So how do you like Australia?
Elton Carneiro – Master of IT
After completing his Masters degree at the Australian National University, Brazilian student Elton De Simone Carneiro decided to stay and work in Australia ‘to learn about a different culture’.
Elton found work through the Australian Government’s Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme working for Stepsoft, a specialist IT company. ‘Here I have more free time than when I worked for a similar IT company in Brazil,’ Elton said.
‘I’ve been in Canberra since 2004 and I love it here. ‘The work and life balance is excellent.’ Stepsoft Web Services Manager, Melanie Rooney, said the company has found an exceptional talent in Elton. ‘He brings important technical skills and the experience of working with overseas companies,’ Melanie said.
Elton said Brazilians seeking a new experience should consider working in Australia. ‘I’m happy I did. Working in Australia has given me the opportunity to learn about a different culture and see things with a broader perspective.’
If you’d like be master of your career and a whole new life, Contact LIA and see what Australia can offer you!
Elton having a ball in Australia
Aussie Survival Guide
The colour blue
Another thing you have to watch out for … in Oz, redheaded people are often known as Blue, or Bluey. Sometimes it even becomes the person’s nickname. So strong is the contradiction, when Richard Branson established Virgin Blue, his Australia airline, he felt compelled to paint his planes red.
No one seems to know how blue came to mean red.
Just in case you’re not confused enough, a ‘blue’ can also mean a fight and ‘bluey’ also refers to the bundle carried by a swagman (tramp/hobo).
So conceivably, you could hear that Bluey got into a blue with Blue and hit him with his Bluey. Don’t worry. You’ll get the hang of it.
Bluey – the ruggedly
Springboks stampede this way
In South Africa, crime, politics, power cuts and political uncertainty are driving a new wave of emigration from South Africa. Australian firms and local shipping companies all report stimulated South African intention to emigrate in planning to emigrate, particularly over the past six months.
Shipping company Stuttaford Van Lines reports the biggest increase in international relocations since 1994, when the last big exodus of South Africans to the UK, Australia and New Zealand took place.
“It is people aged 30- 40 with young children, and easily as many as the numbers who left in 1994,” says Stuttaford Van Lines shipping manager Ria van der Erver. She says her company relocates 20 families a month from Gauteng alone.
An Australian immigration expo held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, attracted unprecedented interest.
Biddulphs, a shipping company and stand-holder at the Opportunities Expo, said the Cape Town event had attracted 7000 people, all of whom reported advanced plans to leave SA.
International relocations from Biddulphs’ Cape Town branch for March and April 2008 have quadrupled compared with the same period last year. “Crime, jobs and the panic of leaving it too late [the cut-off point for some Australian visas is age 45] are the reasons they gave,” says Frances Attenborough, shipping controller at Biddulphs.
Intending immigrants include business people trades people individuals and professionals.
Many South African immigrants with the means to make at least a $AU500,000 investment in Australian government bonds apply as an “investor retiree”.
If you’re a skilled South African in any area, check with an LIA Advisor and see how your skills fit in with Australia’s urgent employment needs.
Aussie Recipe: Emu Pies
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
1/2 kilo of emu rump; 2 teaspoons of avocado oil (macadamia or olive if unavailable); handful of pepper berries; 2 onions; 1 1/2 cups of red wine; 1 cubed/skinned egg plant; 2 cubed/peeled sweet yams; 2 cups of beef stock – keep a little for sauce.
Packet of puff pastry or short crust pastry
Blue gum honey
What you do
Place cubed emu rump, cubed and skinned eggplant and sweet yam in a large pot.
Add 2 cups of beef stock and cup of red wine.
Add about 3 – 4 pepper berries
Leave to stew for about 30 mins stirring every 10 mins.
The eggplant will break down and create liquid, but the mixture will reduce considerably.
Add 2 tbspns flour and a tbspn of butter to thicken the sauce sufficiently for a pie mix.
Make pastries squares roughly 15cm square.
Place smaller squares in the middle these squares to strengthen the crust under the meat.
Place 2 heaped tbspns of meat in the centre.
Pull up the sides of the pastry to make a parcel – and pinch in the middle.
Cook in moderate oven for about 15 – 20 mins.
1 sliced onion
More pepper berries
Splash of wine
Add beef stock
2 tbspns of blue gum honey
Cook sauce until it reduces a little
Pour over cooked pies.
Speeding up 457 visa approvals
The government has allocated more resources to clear the backlog of 457 visa applications and make sure skilled migrants get here faster. Officials have been given the deadline of June 30th to process all delayed skilled migrant’s visas.
More students apply for Australian permanent visas
The number of foreign students choosing to stay in Australia after completing their education in the country has increased rapidly in the last year. From the previous figure of 8,200, 20,900 students chose to do so last year, reports the Herald Sun.
More Brits choose Oz
The Earth Times reports that Australia is more than ever becoming a hotspot for British expatriates. Figures indicate that the land downunder is the most popular destination for the 2,000 people who leave Britain each week.
Aussie Word of the Month
Blue(noun): argument/fist fight.
Aussie words in action: The husband and wife had a big blue about whether they would watch the football, or the Eurovision song contest.
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