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Skills shortages in Australia are greater among technicians and trades than for professions.

Skills shortages in Australia

30 April 2016 In: Jobs

Workers with experience are in greatest demand to meet skills shortages in Australia. There is a major shortage of child care centre managers. Shortages exist among five professions and among 15 technician and trade occupations. See below a list of skills shortages in Australia and occupations in demand. Professional occupations are still in demand but vacancies among technicians and trades are difficult to fill, government figures show. 81 per cent of vacancies for professions were…

family holidays in Melbourne

29 April 2016 In: Travel

The family holidays guide describes Melbourne as ‘a thrilling destination for kids’. The city boasts many child-friendly activities including cycling along the Yarra River cycle path and the beach from St Kilda to Brighton; the Queen Victoria night markets and the popular Australian Open kids’ tennis day. Highlighting the city’s suitability for family holidays the Lonely Planet guide highlights Melbourne’s reputation as the sporting capital of Australia along with its many festivals, galleries and museums….

Australian Skills Assessment

27 April 2016 In: Jobs

Skills Assessment is not always required for a visa application but you may still be required to undertake a Skills Assessment in order to obtain a licence to work in Australia. Skills Assessment will apply if your trade or occupation is a licensed occupation (if so you will need to submit the Offshore Technical Skills Record “OTSR” to apply for a provision licence). The occupational skills assessment process is technical and it can be confusing….

Darwin property prices

26 April 2016 In: Property

The average cost of a new home in the Northern territory capital is now $505,000, a fall of 1.8% compared to the price of Darwin property a year ago. Darwin property construction has increased with 12% more homes currently for sale across the city than at the same time in 2015. The average cost of a house in Darwin is $575,000 while the average unit costs $460,000. In central Darwin a one-bed apartment will cost…

Australia to change visa rules

15 April 2016 In: Study

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the changes to visa rules during a trade visit to China this week. Visa rules will be changed, making it easier for Chinese tourists to visit and study in Australia. Changes include having visa applications written in Chinese and a new online visa application process for Chinese visitors. The existing eight student visa categories will be reduced to two. The biggest change is for a new visa that lasts for…

Darrell Todd: living the Aussie dream

14 April 2016 In: Migration

Darrell Todd was born and raised in Melbourne and became a highly successful  businessman thanks to the ‘lucky country’. For more than two decades his passion for Australia has helped many thousands of people begin a new life down under. Darrell Todd has a life-long passion for Australia and wants to share this passion with others. “I’ve been lucky in my life and I want to help other people to achieve their dreams too,” he…

50,000 jobs in Western Australia

11 April 2016 In: Jobs

The Labor policy for jobs in Western Australia is described as the most comprehensive employment plan ever released in the state. The plan will involve massive investment in new infrastructure that will create tens of thousands of new jobs in Western Australia. Local projects and local workers are central to the Labor party’s employment plan. Investment will include $425 million over five years to increase jobs in tourism, $17 million for the Labor’s Science for…

Brisbane property now buyer’s market

10 April 2016 In: Property, Brisbane

The recent Brisbane property boom has faded with many of new apartments now worth less than owners and investors paid for them. One building alone in the Brisbane Central Business District has more than a dozen owners trying to sell apartments at prices well below what they originally paid for them. In the last three months of 2015 15.6 per cent of apartments were sold at a loss compared to 5.3 per cent of houses,…

Culture Club plan Australia tour

09 April 2016 In: Entertainment

Culture Club, fronted by singer Boy George, will appear onstage in their original line-up with all four founder members. Culture Club say they will perform concerts in the cities of Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Culture Club fans in other Australian cities have expressed anger because the group will not play shows in Adelaide, Brisbane or Hobart. Support act on the tour is ’80s band Kids In The Kitchen. And Aussie singer Dannii Minogue will be…

Affordable house rents in Perth

07 April 2016 In: Property

Affordable house rents have been hard to find due to Australia’s property boom. But while rents rise in other cities Perth still offers some good-value housing. There are a range of suburbs in the metropolitan area where it is possible to find affordable house rents or unit rentals for less than the city’s average weekly price of $400. Suburbs such as Armadale, Wembley and Kelmscott offer the most affordable house rents in Perth, according to research…

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