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VET Sector Received Streamlined Visa Processing Arrangement

  • Sunday, 29 March 2015 01:04

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) arrangements are now extended to 55 new education providers, following the implementation of a legislative instrument by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The new Streamlined Visa Processing guidelines will allow international students studying with “low-risk” providers to be assessed against Assessment Level 1 criteria, even if their respective home countries belong to Assessment Level 3. Moreover, students attending an SVP-eligible education provider will not have to provide as much evidence of their intention to study as was previously required.

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, who announced the intention to allow SVP to these new providers earlier this year, stated that it "will enable eligible education providers in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and higher education sector to directly access SVP. This will make studying in Australia even more attractive to overseas students, while at the same time ensuring that immigration risk is appropriately managed."

Minister for Education, Chris Pyne said that these changes will substantially benefit Australia’s high quality VET and higher education sectors, supporting the sustainable growth of Australia’s international education industry while providing a vital boost to the economy. "The number of international students seeking to study in Australia continues to rebound positively, with an increase of over 27 per cent in the number of visas granted to offshore applicants in the 2013-14 programme year," Minister Pyne said. "Extending SVP arrangements will help capitalize on these trends, reducing red tape and helping to attract further students from overseas."


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Australia should welcome more than 250,000 migrants for a year

  • Sunday, 29 March 2015 00:54

A new analysis report submitted by Independent modelling commissioned the Migration Council of Australia discussed the danger of decreasing the number of migrants coming to Australia. They show a deep positive impact on not only population growth, but also labor participation and some sectors, such as wages and incomes of employment depending on national skills and net productivity. "Migration is central to Australia's future prosperity", this is the conclusion of the impact of migration on key economic after almost a decade of study.

The migration report comes as the government releases the five-yearly Intergenerational Report (IGR) which shows that migrants are expected to make up a smaller percentage of the population in coming decades.

The analysis predicts Australia's population will be 38 million by 2050 and Australian migration will contribute around 1.6 trillion to GDP. Furthermore, migration can add 15.7% to the country's labor force participation rate, 21.9% for real wages after tax for low skilled workers and 5.9% of GDP per capita growth.

The analysis also shows that if Australia doesn't have migration program, its population in 2050 would be 24 million and the economy will be less exciting. The report said that: "In the next 35 years, migration can lead to increased employment growth. Because the age of migrants focuses on the prime working sector and they have higher education so they can have a positive impact on employment rate."

By 2050, the percentage gain in employment of 45.1% outstrips the population gain of 37%. Further, migration will ensure Australia remains a highly skilled nation, as it will have led to a 60.4% increase in the population with a university education,’ it says.

In fact, migration helps save the expense in education, transfer payment and the infrastructure of government network. Immigrants, who enter with an Australian student visa will pay the full cost of their education. Moreover, the government budget will be saved by migrants compared with the subsidy offered to Australia citizens.

The report expresses that migration will push up Australia's economy in the future. It is better to keep active policy and be ready to adapt to any changes in the global situation.

According to Migration Council chief executive Carla Wilshire, the research also rejects the opinion that migration reduces the opportunity for Australians to find jobs or impacts on unemployed.

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Indian cook wins $186000, kept as a slave at Sydney restaurant

  • Sunday, 29 March 2015 00:43

The Federal Circuit Court has today ordered a restaurant and its owner to pay $186,000 in wages withheld from a man who was trafficked from India under a sham 457 visa arrangement and held in forced labour, working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, for 16 months.

In Ram v D&D Indian Fine Food Pty Ltd & Trivedi [2015] FCCA 389, Judge Driver found that Mr Divye Kumar Trivedi had trafficked Mr Dulo Ram from rural India, to work at Mr Trivedi's Mand's Indian Restaurant in Eastwood, Sydney. Mr Ram was functionally illiterate, spoke virtually no English and had no contacts in the Australian community.

Mr Ram was held as a slave. He lived, ate, worked and slept in the restaurant kitchen, with only one day off in for 16 months. He was not paid. When the restaurant was visited by the Department of Immigration, it was "fobbed off with lies and fabricated documents". Mr Ram told officials exactly what Mr Trivedi had instructed him to say. The Court found this to be unsurprising - Mr Ram "spoke no English, was alone in this country, was under a trafficking debt, and was afraid".

The Court described a façade built upon sham documents by Mr Trivedi and his company, to deceive the Department of Immigration, the Australian Taxation Office and the Court, in an effort to convey the illusion of a legal employment arrangement. False wage books and time records were created by Mr Trivedi, and a false bank account controlled by Mr Trivedi was opened in the Mr Ram's name.

The Court found that the case was a "grotesque abuse of the 457 visa programme", with Mr Ram being trafficked to Australia for "exploitation in breach of Australian law".

Mr Ram was covered by the Restaurants Employees (State) Award, and the Court ordered that Mr Trivedi and his company pay $125,431.22 for wages, superannuation and annual leave for the 16 month period, as well as a further $60,607.81 in interest on the judgment sum.

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A new pilot visa programme launched for Indian visitors

  • Sunday, 29 March 2015 00:22

A new pilot visa programme has been launched in January, 2015 to make it easier for business and tourist visitors from India to apply for a visa by allowing them to apply online for a visa to travel to Australia.

Andrew Robb, Trade and Investment Minister said: 'India is one of the world's fastest growing outbound travel markets. This trial will make it easier for Indian visitors to apply for visas to travel to Australia'

The pilot programme enables Indians to make online applications under Subclass 600 as long as the visa application is made via selected travel agents across India. The Subclass 600 visa is for temporary visits to Australia for business or pleasure.

Robb, who was speaking at the Australia Business Week event in India, said that this new visa trial comes under the Australia-India Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism (MoU) which was signed last year during Prime Minister Modi's visit to Australia. The purpose of the MoU is to encourage cooperation between Australia and India to promote tourism between the two countries.

Robb said: 'Under the Australian Government's national tourism strategy, Tourism 2020, India has the potential to contribute between $ 1.9 billion and $ 2.3 billion annually to our tourism industry by 2020. That's why in the first half of 2015, the Australian Government is rolling out a trial of online visa applications to capitalize on this rapidly growing visitor market and create jobs.'


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Key Immigration Changes from 1 July 2014

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:27

1. Changes in SOL and CSOL lists:
Skilled Occupation List (SOL) The SOL is relevant for applicants for:

  • independent points-based skilled migration who are not nominated by a state or territory government agency
  • a Family Sponsored points-based skilled visa
  • Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) - Graduate Work stream.

Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)
The CSOL is relevant for applicants for:
  • points-based skilled migration who are nominated by a state or territory government agency under a State Migration Plan
  • the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), who must have been nominated by an Australian employer to fill a position in an occupation that appears in the CSOL
  • the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
  • the Training and Research visa (subclass 402).

Summary of changes
The following occupations will be added to the SOL:
  • Chef (ANZSCO) 351311)
  • Bricklayer (ANZSCO 331111)
  • Wall and Floor Tiler (ANZSCO 333411)

The following occupations will be added to the CSOL:
  • Hydrogeologist (ANZSCO 234413)
  • Exercise Physiologist (ANZSCO 234915)

The following titles of occupations will be changed:
  • Ship's Surveyor will be titled Marine Surveyor (ANZSCO 231215)
  • General Medical Practitioner will be titled General Practitioner (ANZSCO 253111)

New or changes to skills assessing authorities have been specified for the following occupations:
For new applications for the above visas made on or after 1 July 2014, new assessing authorities will be specified for the following occupations:
  • Nurse Manager (ANZSCO 254311): Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)
  • Nurse Educator (ANZSCO 254211): ANMAC
  • Nurse Researcher (ANZSCO 254212): ANMAC.
  • Marine Transport Professional not elsewhere classified (ANZSCO 231299): Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services (VETASSESS)

2. Migration Regulation changes summary :
  • The Visa Evidencing Charge (VEC) will increase from $70.00 to $150.00. The Visa Evidence Charge is the cost of having a visa label put into your passport. Visa Evidencing is generally not required these days because Immigration can verify your status electronically.
  • The visa subclasses exempt from the VEC will be reduced with 12 visa subclasses being removed.
  • Clarify that a student visa applicant must declare all family members in their application or before their student visa is granted. If an undeclared family member applies for a student visa on the basis of family relationship with the student, they will be ineligible for the grant of the visa, except where they have become a family member through marriage or birth. Please note this does not apply to people who became family members after you lodged your initial student visa application - for example if you get married or have a child after you apply.
  • Skills assessments issued by assessing authorities for the purpose of visa applications will only be valid for three years, or if the skills assessing authority has specified a shorter validity period, for that shorter period. The default three year validity period is to align with the existing three year validity period for English Language tests. From 1 July, Skills Assessments will be valid for a maximum of 3 years for the following visa types:

- Skilled Independent Subclass 189
- Skilled Nominated Subclass 190
- Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489
- Graduate Temporary Subclass 485
- Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 (Direct Entry Stream)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Subclass 187 (Direct Entry Stream)

If you lodge prior to 1 July, there is no expiry date for skills assessments. The change affects all applications lodged on or after 1 July 2014. Please contact us urgently if you wish to lodge prior to this.
  • Substitute all relevant references to the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) with equivalent Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) terms, as AusAID no longer exists as an executive agency and its functions are now administered by DFAT.
  • Make technical amendments to clarify the references to penalties in the Infringement Notice requirements for alleged breaches of the Civil Penalty provisions.

3. Citizenship Regulations changes summary:
  • Update references to instruments made by the Minister which set out information relating to payment of fees in a foreign country and using a foreign currency.
  • Update references to the social welfare payments and associated codes that qualify an applicant for concessional application fees when applying for citizenship by conferral.
  • Expand the information that may be included on the back of a notice of evidence of citizenship to include the date or dates that previous notices were issued. The information on the back of a notice is used to assist other agencies in conducting identity verification.
  • Repeal an obsolete note in Schedule 2 to the Citizenship Regulations that provides that in limited circumstances dependants may be listed on the back of a parent’s notice of evidence of citizenship.

4. More anticipated changes
There is no official announcement as yet but it is quite likely that application fees for most visa types will also rise by approximately 5% from 1 July 2014.
Reducing processing time for some visa applications - processing times for Permanent Skilled Entry visas (ENS/RSMS) have significantly shortened in recent weeks. ENS applications are currently being allocated in approximately 8 weeks and RSMS applications in 2 weeks.
Please contact Khalsa Education and Migration Solutions if you would like advice on your situation and how the above changes would affect you.

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Introduction of validity period for skills assessments

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:25

The following information has been provided by the Business Innovation, Occupation and Employer Sponsor Policy Section.
Dear registered migration agent
Introduction of Validity Period for Skills Assessments
Following amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994, from 1 July 2014, if a skills assessment is mandatory as part of a visa application, it will only be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issue, unless a shorter validity period is specified on the assessment.
A skills assessment must be valid at the time of lodgement for the following visas:

  • Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa;
  • Direct Entry stream of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa; and
  • Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

A skills assessment must be valid at the time of invitation to apply through SkillSelect for the following visas:
  • Skilled—Independent (subclass 189) visa;
  • Skilled—Nominated (subclass 190) visa; and
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa.

PAM documents for the above visa subclasses have been updated to reflect this change.
These changes do not affect the Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) visa.
Should you have any questions please select the ‘Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas’ channel available in the Registered migration agents enquiry and feedback form on the Agents Gateway:
Business Innovation, Occupation and Employer Sponsor Policy Section
Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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No boats for 6 months

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:25

I received this email this morning from the Immigration Minister:

Dear Liana,
Today Australia reached a significant milestone, marking six months since the last successful people smuggling operation.
Operation Sovereign Borders is working. The boats are stopping and this is saving lives.
Stopping the boats is saving the Budget $2.5 billion over the next four years – around $50 million a month.
We need your help to share the message that Australia’s borders are secure again.
Under Labor’s watch, 190 boats arrived in the equivalent six month period last year.
Combating the work of people smugglers is an ongoing effort. The Government will remain vigilant in ensuring that our borders remain strong.
Help us let all Australians know that we are honouring our commitment to build a safe and secure Australia.
Scott Morrison
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

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New Skilled Occupations List (SOL)

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:24

The Department of Immigration has announced the new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) which will apply from 1 July 2014.
No occupations are removed from the list and three occupations have been added to the new SOL, as follows:

  • Chef ANZSCO 351311
  • Bricklayer ANZSCO 331111
  • Wall and Floor Tiler ANZSCO 333411
According to the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, chefs, bricklayers and wall and floor tilers are added to the SOL to help meet the needs of the Australian economy.
Minister Robb said the addition of chefs to the SOL reflects that the occupation is in short supply, coupled with strong growth projected in the café and restaurant sector.
“The inclusion of chefs, as well as the further inclusion of building and construction occupations will ensure Australia can fill the workforce needs of the next wave of tourism infrastructure,” Mr Robb said.
“We are seeing investment interest from a number of international hotels groups. Luxury high-yield Banyan Tree resorts visited Queensland recently.
Hong Kong-based Marriot hotel group have announced their Ritz Carlton brand is re-entering the Australian market after more than a decade with a new hotel in Perth and Crown’s plans for Barangaroo in Sydney will add to the city’s luxury tourism offering.”
“These developments will need a tourism and hospitality workforce that will ensure Australia can compete at the high-value end of the tourism sector – including international quality chefs,” he said. Minister Cash said the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) provide annual recommendations on the SOL to ensure it responds to Australia’s changing skill needs.
“The AWPA analyses evidence such as the labour market, education and training, migration and general economic and demographic data to make sure we get the balance right,” Minister Cash said. “In this case, bricklayers and tilers have been added to the list because of an increase in demand predicted for these occupations as well as a decrease in apprenticeship completions.”
The SOL is used for people applying for the independent or family sponsored points tested visa or temporary graduate (subclass 485) graduate work stream. Before prospective migrants can apply for independent skilled migration, they must submit an expression of interest via SkillSelect.
The SOL is used in the following contexts:
Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 Visas - Graduate Work Stream
Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visas
As a result, Chefs, Bricklayers and Wall and Floor Tilers will now be able to apply for the above work visa types. Contact Keams to know more.

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Fees and costs for international students

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:24

You should carefully consider all the costs involved when applying to study to Australia.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) requires evidence that applicants for a student visa have sufficient funds to complete their studies.
Tuition fees are not your only expense – you may need to find accommodation, travel to and from university, buy books, pens, paper, and think about food and entertainment, such as joining clubs.
When we have to calculate the total cost of a student studying in Australia we have to taken into consideration few important details about:
Tuition Fees
Text books, equipment & supplies
Computer & Internet
Establishment Costs
Groceries & Food
Utilities - The service (electric power or water or transportation or phone etc…) provided by a public utility)
Public Transport
Ancillary (Furnishing added support – accessories etc…)
Visa and medical (predeparture) fees
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Return air fares
To help you plan and prepare your budget, these tables from Latrobe university provides estimated costs of living and studying at their each campus. The costs will vary depending on your accommodation type, lifestyle and other factors.

Important table key

  • Assumes shared with two others.
  • Bond is usually refunded at the end of your stay provided no money is due, you have given the required period of notice, and that you have caused no damage to the property.
  • Note that some private student accommodation providers will deduct a cleaning charge at the end of your stay.
  • Transport for education and work purposes.
  • Placement fee for Homestay service.
  • Includes non-refundable costs of social and transition programs and other miscellaneous fees. This cost may be lower for students who are in-residence for only one semester or who commence at Semester 2 (July).
  • Limited on-campus accommodation is available at Shepparton.
  • Tenants are legally liable to pay rent for 52 weeks when signing a lease for one year.
  • This includes facilities, services and internet connection and usage. This cost may be lower for students who are only in-residence for one semester or who commence at Semester 2 (July).
  • Catering is available at all on-campus accommodation in Bendigo for an extra A$130 per week. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Fridays.
  • Multiple accommodation options are available at Bendigo. In addition to The Units, there are the new Hillside Apartments, Orde House and The Terraces.
  • Costs will vary depending on your lifestyle.

Average living costs for one student (A$)
AccommodationHomestay (fully catered meals)Homestay (shared room no meals)Renting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat or apartment8Chisholm College (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond2 0 0 563 1213 500
Rent in advance 1100 760 563 1213 0
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 0 0 50 130 500
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 2404 2404 500 1000 2155
Total 1340 1000 1676 3556 1988
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800 800 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 275 190 130 280 179
Food, groceries and personal items 20 90 90 90 90
Personal items/health/clothing11 30 30 30 60 30
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 20 20 60 100 10
Travel (public transport, fuel)3 50 50 50 50 20
Spending money 80 80 80 80 80
Average weekly costs 475 460 440 660 409
Estimated for academic year (37 weeks) 18 615
18 060
18 193
27 563
17 130

AccommodationHomestay (fully catered meals)Homestay (shared room no meals)Renting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat or apartment7Campus (non-catered)10
Establishment costs
Bond2 0 0 529 966 500
Rent in advance 1100 760 529 966 0
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 0 0 50 130 5008
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 2404 2404 510 1000 2205
Total 1340 1000 1618 3062 1220
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800 800 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 275 190 122 223 164
Food, groceries
20 90 90 90 90
Personal items/health/clothing 30 30 30 60 30
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 20 20 60 100 10
Travel (public transport, fuel)3 25 25 25 25 10
Spending money 80 80 80 80 80
Average weekly costs 450 435 407 578 384
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 17 690
17 135
16 948
24 282
16 228

Accommodation Homestay (fully catered all meals) Renting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat7Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond 0 520 650 433
Rent in advance 1100 520 650 0
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 0 50 130 0
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 2404 500 1000 505
Total 1340 1590 2430 550
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 275 120 150 125
Food, groceries
20 90 90 90
Personal items/health/clothing11 30 30 60 30
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 20 60 100 20
Travel (public transport, fuel)3 30 30 30 10
Spending money 80 80 80 80
Average weekly costs 455 410 510 355
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 17 875 17 040
21 450
14 485

AccommodationRenting (shared house or flat)One bedroom flat7Campus (non-catered)
Establishment costs
Bond 433 715 500
Rent in advance 433 715 0
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 50 130 0
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 500 1000 250
Total 1416 2560 750
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 100 165 130
Food, groceries
90 90 90
Personal items/health/clothing 30 60 30
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 60 100 30
Travel (public transport, fuel) 30 30 10
Spending money 80 80 80
Average weekly costs 390 5025 370
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 16 213
22 070
15 240

AccommodationRenting (shared house or flat)1One bedroom flat7
Establishment costs
Bond 433 650
Rent in advance 433 650
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 40 130
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 500 1000
Total 1406 2430
Annual costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 100 150
Food, groceries and personal items 90 90
  30 60
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 60 100
Travel (public transport, fuel) 26 26
Spending money 80 80
Average weekly costs 386 506
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 16 055
21 302

Average living costs for families (all campuses) (A$)
The following table shows estimated average costs for a couple with one child, living in a two-bedroom unit/house and a child to study at government school.
Establishment costsCouple with pre-school aged child (0-5)Couple with primary school aged child (5-11)Couple with secondary school aged child (12-18)
Establishment costs
Bond 1360 1360 1360
Rent in advance 1360 1360 1360
Telephone, internet and utilities connection 60 60 60
Establishment costs (household items, furniture 1500 1500 1500
Total 4280 4280 4280
Annual family costs
Books, stationery, photocopying, etc. 800 800 800
Health insurance 870 1487 1487
Clothing 850 850 1000
School/Kindergarten fees (incl. application fees) 1220 7590 11 130
School uniform N/A 250 300
Miscellaneous school costs (incursions, excursions, etc.) N/A 150 500
Total 3740 11 127 15 217
Weekly costs
Weekly rent/board 340 340 347
Food, groceries and personal items 190 220 250
Utilities (gas, electricity, mobile phone, internet) 90 90 90
Travel (public transport, fuel) 75 94 94
Spending money 150 200 200
Average weekly costs 845 944 981
Estimate for one academic year (37 weeks) 39 284
50 334
53 093

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What to do soon after arrival in Australia: list of 8 important things

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:24

Below is a list of 8 important things you should do as soon as possible after arriving in Australia. Tick them off as you do them.


A. Apply for a Tax File Number 

It is one of your most important forms of identification in Australia. Your TFN is valuable. A Tax File Number (TFN) is a unique number issued to you by the Australian Taxation Office to assist the Tax Office administer tax and other Australian Government systems.

To apply for TFN, Please click on this link: 

A TFN will help you:

  • lodge a tax return
  • ask the Tax Office about your tax affairs
  • start or change jobs
  • limit the amount of tax you pay on interest of dividends earned if you have savings accounts or investments that earn income.

Apply for a Tax File Number

Do this first. To receive an income in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN).

Income includes wages or salary from a job, payments from the government, and money earned from investments including interest on savings accounts.


In Australia, you can telephone the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and have an application form sent to you. Alternatively, you can apply for a TFN at the ATO website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Forms are also available from ATO or Centrelink shopfronts which are listed in the White Pages telephone book. 

Australian Taxation Office (ATO) contact details

Telephone 13 2861

Apply for a TFN online Online individual TFN registration

In person ATO shopfront locations

Centrelink shopfront locations

ATO website



B. Register with Medicare 

Welcome to Medicare - Australia’s universal health care system. Medicare ensures that all Australians have access to free or low-cost medical, optometrical and hospital care while being free to choose private health services and in special circumstances allied health services.

To apply for Medicare, Please click on this link:

Medicare provides benefits for:

  • consultation fees for doctors, including specialists
  • tests and examinations by doctors needed to treat illnesses, including X-rays and pathology tests
  • eye tests performed by optometrists
  • most surgical and other therapeutic procedures performed by doctors
  • some surgical procedures performed by approved dentists
  • specified items under the Cleft Lip and Palate Scheme
  • specified items for allied health services as part of the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program—contact Medicare on 132 011 for more information
  • You can choose the doctor who treats you for out-of-hospital services.



C. Open a bank account 

As we all know, A bank account is a financial account with a banking institution, recording the financial transactions between the customer and the bank and the resulting financial position of the customer with the bank.

The best bank in Australia is "The Commonwealth Bank" and the Melbourne CBD branch in Elizabeth-Bourke Street Intersection is famous for providing its great services to its Clients. 

The Information regarding, How to apply bank account can be found at;

According to Australian Government Website, "In Australia, most income including salary or wages and government benefits are paid directly into a bank account.

You should open a bank account within six weeks of your arrival, as you usually need only your passport as identification. After six weeks you will need extra identification to open an account." 


D. Register with Centrelink/Department of Human Services 


Centrelink, now Department of Human Services is a Federal Government Statutory Agency which provides financial support to families and individuals to assist them to maintain independence.

Financial assistance is given to students by way of income-tested schemes such as Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or Austudy. These allowances are usually paid fortnightly during the period of eligibility.

It can also be beneficial to book an appointment to see the Centrelink Social Worker or Disability Officer. They can be a useful resource in navigating a tricky system as they can do a lot of the groundwork for you.

For more Information about Centrelink, Please click on:



E. Contact the Health Undertaking Service 

F. Register for English classes 

G. Enrol your children in a school 

H. Apply for a driver’s licence



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Changes to ENS/RSMS from 1 July 2014

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:24

The following information has been provided by the Business Innovation, Occupation and Employer Sponsor Policy Section.

Dear registered migration agent

Changes to ENS/RSMS from 1 July 2014

On 1 July 2014 the Regulation 5.19 PAM3 which provides policy advice concerning the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)(subclass 187) nomination legislation will be updated.  A major change to the provided policy advice will be the alterations made to the requirements under the Temporary Residence Transition stream when demonstrating two years’ work with the same employer.  The department has determined that the previous policy which utilised section 50AAA of the Corporations Act 2001 was too restrictive, particularly where businesses have undergone change in the form of restructures, takeovers and sales.
As a result, the department has determined that on 1 July 2014 policy advice will be updated and will instead read as is attached to this email.  Please note that the Regulation 5.19 PAM3 excerpts attached will not be published on LEGEND until 1 July 2014 and will therefore only come into effect from 1 July 2014.  The updated policy advice will apply to all applications on hand at 1 July 2014, as well as all applications lodged from this date onwards.
Should there be any further questions on this issue, please direct them through the ‘Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas’ channel available in the Registered migration agents enquiry and feedback form on the Agents Gateway: 
Kind regards
Business Innovation, Occupation and Employer Sponsored Policy Section
Migration and Citizenship Policy Division
Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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DIBP: The year "2012–13" at a glance

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:24

The following information is taken from the DIBP annual report 2012-2013.

The year at a glance

Table 1: Snapshot of activity in 2012–13

Migration and temporary entry

Total permanent and temporary visas granted

4 691 476

Total temporary visas granted

4 478 858

Total visitor visas granted1

3 753 819

Electronic Travel Authority grants

2 079 642

Working Holiday and Work and Holiday visas granted

258 248

Student visas granted (includes student guardians)

260 303

Temporary residents (other) visas granted

80 140

Temporary skilled migration visas granted (subclass 457)2

126 350

Family stream outcome

60 185

Skill stream outcome

128 973

Special eligibility


Total Migration Program outcome3

190 000

New Zealand citizens granted permanent visas

2 599

Revenue generated by visa applications

$1 163.1 million


Refugee and humanitarian entry

Humanitarian Program visas granted

20 019


Border security

Passenger and crew arrivals and departures

33.16 million

Immigration clearances refused at airports

2 306

Immigration clearances refused at seaports


Irregular maritime arrivals intercepted (excluding crew)

25 091



Percentage of temporary entrants and permanent visa holders who complied
with their visa conditions


Unlawful non-citizens located

15 077

Notices issued to employers of illegal workers


Removals and assisted departures

13 486



Foreign fishers taken into immigration detention


Foreign fishers in immigration detention on 30 June 2013


Visa overstayers or people who breached visa conditions taken into
immigration detention

2 813

Visa overstayers or people who breached visa conditions in
immigration detention on 30 June 2013


Irregular maritime arrivals taken into immigration detention (including crew)

25 724

Irregular maritime arrivals in immigration detention on 30 June 2013

11 402

Total number of people taken into immigration detention

30 895

Total number of people released or removed from immigration detention

25 907

Total number of people in immigration detention on 30 June 2013

12 027



Refugees who arrived and received help through humanitarian settlement services

15 827

Grants to community based organisations under the settlement grants program




Number of people conferred Australian citizenship at ceremonies

123 438

People approved as Australian citizens by conferral, descent and resumption

156 371

Presented telephone calls to citizenship information line

432 040


Multicultural affairs

Event registrations for Harmony Day

5 006

Multicultural affairs grants to community organisations to build social cohesion



Client contact

Presented telephone calls to service centres
(general enquiries and citizenship information lines)

2 580 846

Presented telephone interpreting calls

1 432 826



Administrative law matters resolved in courts and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

2 336

Percentage in favour of minister (that proceeded to defended hearings in court)




Australia-based staff

9 133

Overseas staff (locally engaged employees)

1 106

Total staff as at 30 June 2013

10 239

  1. 1. Includes onshore grants.
  2. 2. Rounded numbers may differ from numbers appearing elsewhere in the report.
  3. 3. 4000 places allocated under Expert Panel Partner are reported separately (refer to Program 1.1 Overview).
  4. 4. Figures reflect changes in data entry processes and data quality management throughout the year.
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Labour shortage looms for northern horticulture

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:24

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A major labour shortage is looming for the horticultural sector in Australia's north and growers want the Federal Government to step in and help by expanding the Seasonal Worker Program.

Northern Territory grower Ian Quinn says the mango industry is particularly worried about a lack of pickers for this year's season.

"This year we've had very few enquires for work and we're very concerned as to where the labour is going to come from," he said.

Some in the industry have blamed what they say were Working Holiday visa scheme changes for the drop-off in backpacker labour, but the Federal Government says there have been no recent changes to the system.

A spokesperson for the Federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told ABC Rural that despite calls from the tourism and hospitality industries to expand the Working Holiday visa scheme to people working in those industries, the government has 'no plans to restrict the access to this program for the agricultural sector'.

"Any changes to the regional Australia or specified work definitions would need to be carefully considered, taking into account the need to balance the wider economic benefits that may come from expansion, and the potential impacts on the agriculture and other industries currently supported by the program," the spokesperson said.

"Currently, holders of first Working Holiday visas who have undertaken three months' specified work in agriculture, mining or construction in regional Australia are eligible to apply for a second Working Holiday visa.

"Tourism and hospitality work is not included in the current definition of specified work."

Mr Quinn believes the key to avoiding the 'worker crisis' in northern horticulture is to expand the Seasonal Worker Program to include South East Asian countries like Vietnam and Thailand.

It's an idea that's got the backing of the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA), the NT Farmers Association (NTFA) and the Northern Territory's Vietnamese Horticultural Association (NTVHA).


Mango grower Tou Ruchkaew says the Northern Territory has a large population of Asian growers, and being able to source workers from their home countries would be a win-win.

"We'd be targeting people in rural areas and farmers (of South East Asia), and because we are counter-seasonal to them, when they finish their rice farm (harvest) or taro harvest they can come here for eight to twelve weeks and probably make the most money they've ever made in their lives," she said.

"They appreciate the money, work hard and, importantly, they'll come back next year."

"We can go and interview them ourselves and be responsible to make sure they go home after the work."

Wayne Quach, from the NT Vietnamese Horticultural Association, says his members have 'serious concerns' about getting enough workers for the harvesting of various crops and would embrace changes to the Seasonal Worker Program.

"To get more workers, I think it would mean better quality produce, better for the management team, there's safety benefits, and it will give Asian growers the opportunity to expand the business.

"But right now all we focus on is how we can harvest and how can we find the staff and get them going."

The Seasonal Worker Program has been running since 2012 and currently allows farmers to employ workers from eight Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste, but only when they cannot find enough local workers to meet seasonal demands.

References: Matt Brann (

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MRT-RRT – M1, M2 and R1 Application for Review Forms

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:24

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The Migration Act 1958 and the Migration Regulations specify which decisions the Tribunals can review, who may seek review of a decision, how an application for review must be made, the time limits within which applications for review must be lodged, and whether an application fee is payable. The rules vary depending on the type of matter.

The Tribunals cannot accept an application for review lodged outside the relevant time limit or which has been lodged by a person who is not entitled to apply for review. Depending on the decision under review, the person applying for review must be the visa applicant, the former visa holder, the sponsor or a close relative.

The MRT and RRT application forms contain detailed information about lodging an application for review, who can apply for review, and the time limits. These are available from the MRT- RRT website or from any registry.

Form M1 is the MRT application form for persons not in immigration detention. Form M2 is the MRT application form for persons in immigration detention. Form R1 is the RRT application form.

Latest changes: 

As of 1 July 2014 the only valid MRT and RRT application for review forms are those with design date 03/14 or those generated by the tribunals’ online application system.

Updated versions of the M1, M2 and R1 application for review forms were released on 12 March 2014 (design date 03/14).

Further information can be found at the tribunals’ website.

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Business migration program branded a ‘dismal failure’

  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:24

The former Labour government’s overhauled business migration program saw a 90 percent fall in visa grants to business migrants due to unrealistic criteria. A joint parliamentary inquiry, essentially set up to study the failure of Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP),  and make recommendations,  has heard the program is “plagued by slow processing, unpredictable outcomes and selection criteria that deter good candidates in a search for ideal, younger migrants”.

The Australian reports that only 652 visas were granted over the first 21 months of the BIIP scheme, since its introduction in 2012.  That compares with 6790 in the final year of the system it ­replaced, the Business Skills ­Program. The department, in its submission to the inquiry, indicated the plunge in applicants “will make it increasingly difficult to maintain the number of business migrants as a proportion of the overall permanent migration program”.

“While there are sufficient ­applications under the previous business skills program to guarantee the 2013-14 program, the application rate may put the delivery of the 2014-15 program in question,” the submission read.

Sydney legal firm Immigration Solutions Lawyers, in its submission, blamed the “enormous decline” in applicants to “overly onerous” selection criteria that strive for an unrealistic ideal.

“A desirable candidate is someone between 35-39 years of age with a business turnover that is not under $1 million, with at least four years business experience and who has $1.3m in assets,” it read. “However, such a candidate would be unlikely to elect Australia due to heavy government regulation, taxation, and it being a relatively small market on the very outskirts of the Pacific Rim.”

The “venture capital entrepreneur” stream — for migrants who have secured $1m from a local firm and have the endorsement of a state or territory government — has attracted only one applicant since July 2012. That person was not successful as of March 31.

Migration specialist lawyer, Christopher Levingston, argued mainland Chinese applicants were deterred by possible information sharing between the department and communist law enforcement. “Candidates correctly believe (the department) sharing information with (China) is not only a breach of privacy but also places at risk persons who might be considering migration to Australia in order to spread the risk of having to operate a business in a totalitarian regime.”

Brisbane lawyer Dolf Van Zyl said in a submission “the current program is a dismal failure and not reaching any objects whatsoever”.

“The BIIP program makes a negligible contribution to the generation of economic growth and drastic changes need to be made to the program.’’

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  • Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:23

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is urging people to beware of a global scam offering overseas residents a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) and Australian visas to gain jobs with cruise companies.

Scammers have been targeting people in several countries via emails offering job opportunities with cruise lines operating in Australia, and a relevant visa. AMSA became aware of the email scam in October last year and a number of people have reported being targeted by the scam or have been scammed.

The email scam offers job opportunities with bogus cruise lines, including Silver Cruise and Princess Line Australia, operating in Australia and a relevant visa on the completion of paperwork of the inaccurately named 'Australia Maritime Security Identification Card' (AMSIC).

Ship Safety Division General Manager Allan Schwartz said the form sent to those responding to the email is fraudulent but has fooled some with a reasonably sophisticated look.

“The form has AMSA’s logo and name at the top and requests a payment, along with scans of passport and identity cards to apply for the identification card,” Mr Schwartz said.

“AMSA does not issue Maritime Security Identification Cards.

“Not only will the scam cost people money for something they will never receive but it also risks their personal information.”

The scam has also implicated other Australian Government agencies, non-existent overseas embassies and a local union in a bid to appear authentic, but may come in various forms.

Anyone who receives the scam email or has fallen victim to the scam should contact local police authorities. Suspected scams should be reported toSCAMwatch, an independent website run by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).

See the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for information about working in Australia.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has information on how to apply for a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) and offers a list ofissuing bodies that provide them.

Further important information on scams is available on our website.