Archive for June, 2012

The 2011 Australian Census   data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that 24.6 per cent of Australians were not born here, while 43.1 per cent have at least one overseas-born parent.

The UK is the main country of birth outside Australia, accounting for 20.8 per cent of the population who were born overseas.
New Zealand took second place with 9.1 per cent

Census Executive director   Andrew Henderson said that Australia is evidently a multi-cultural destination for those in search of a better standard of living.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) a total of 89,911 people living in Australia listed Ireland or Northern Ireland as their country of birth on  census forms collected on August 9 2011

67,316 people listed the Republic of Ireland as their country of birth, and 22,595 residents in Australia listed Northern Ireland as their country of birth.

A total of 2.08 million people said that Ireland was their most common country of ancestry when surveyed.

Changes to Australia’s immigration laws announced by the minister for immigration on June 17th will provide greater assistance for people on provisional partner visas who are victims of family violence.

The new measures will see the evidence requirements for visas based on claims of family violence streamlined.

According to Ms Collins, minister for the status of women, the measures –   to be implemented on November 24 – “will make a real difference to the lives of women on temporary visas that have experienced the trauma of family violence”.

The changes to the Migration Act have come about following discussions between Bowen and the Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association.

Interim updates to Department of Immigration and Citizenship policy guidelines that take effect ahead of November 24 outline that any evidence provided on top of the mandatory statutory declarations should also be considered by immigration officers when making decisions on this type of visa application.

DIAC is to hold meetings with a number of organisations that work with the victims of family violence to determine exactly what types of evidence will be accepted.


The new SkillSelect process will be in place from July 1.”
Migrants without an employer sponsor wanting to live and work in Australia will need to complete an online EOI, and then allocated a score against the points test.
SkillSelect will rank intending migrant’s scores against other EOIs.
The highest ranking migrants across a broad range of occupations may be invited to apply for a skilled visa.
The revised pass mark will encourage a broader range of people with the skills and attributes needed in Australia to register their interest in migration.

The Australian government has announced an updated General Skilled Migration   Skilled Occupation List (SOL) to take effect from 1 July 2012

(There will also be a Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) for employer sponsored visas, to be announced July 1st.)

The new   Skilled Occupations List  adds four occupations:

ANZSCO 133513 Production Manager (Mining)
ANZSCO 234912 Metallurgist
ANZSCO 251411 Optometrist
ANZSCO 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer

But also removes four occupations:

ANZSCO 234211 Chemist
ANZSCO 252711 Audiologist
ANZSCO 331111 Bricklayer
ANZSCO 333411 Wall and Floor Tiler

The updated SOL will apply to all new Independent (unsponsored) and Family sponsored skilled migration applications lodged on or after 1 July,

The first ever enterprise migration agreement (EMA) has been pushed through by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), going to the iron mining project at Roy Hill in The Pilbara.

According to the minister for immigration and citizenship Chris Bowen, the delivery of the EMA was a powerful move that would help to ease the employment markets and the skills shortages that were prominent in the area.

Mr Bowen asserted: “With more than 8,000 workers required during the construction phase of the Roy Hill project, there simply aren’t enough people in the local workforce to get the job done.

Enterprise migration agreements are tailored through applications and negotiations with the DIAC to suit a specific business or project – delivering a standard set of conditions under which international workers may be hired.

These agreements look to benefit larger projects by providing access to the skilled workers they need in the development phases and beyond.

The minister for resources and energy Martin Ferguson echoed Mr Bowen’s remarks, adding that each use of an EMA would help to create new opportunities, drive employment and help to grow the local economy.

Mr Ferguson stated: “We need Enterprise Migration Agreements to cut red tape for very large resources projects such as Roy Hill which have a very strong demand for labour.

“EMAs address one of the biggest risks to many of these projects which is inadequate supply of labour and skills in the short-term construction phase.”

Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Announce Events in Sydney July 12th 2012

Visa   & LAFHA changes: What does it mean for me and my business?

An evening of expert opinion  .

Thursday 12th July, Sydney

6pm for 6:30pm

We are delighted to welcome back Sean Urquhart to our Networking Series on Thursday 12th July to give us a short presentation on the momentous changes in LAFHA. Sean is a subject matter expert who is a commentator of choice for Sky Business News in Australia and is an entertaining & accessible orator as those of you who attended his presentation last year will attest.

To provide us with an insight on the rapidly changing landscape regarding migration, we will have Sydney-based IACC member John McQuaid of Arrive Australia presenting on the night. Some of you will be aware of John through his regular column in the Irish Echo and we look forward to his honest and positive guidance on a complex subject. John will be joined by another Sydney-based IACC member, Fred Molloy of Konnecting.

We would encourage all members and prospective members to attend, connect with relevant people in the room and build your business networks in Australia.

Recent functions have seen a number of business and job opportunities emerge for attendees and we hope that this continues in 2012 and beyond.

This will be the first of a number of events in Sydney to be held in 2012-13 so we would invite you to ensure that your IACC membership is up to date in order to get first option on places to public events as well as invitations to private functions.

Admission is strictly by pre-booking only.

This event is free to IACC Members who should simply fill out the booking form to confirm their place.

Guest places, subject to availability may be purchased for $10 . Upon receipt of your payment confirmation, you may book your place using the form