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Australia Movie Industry Gets $400m Boost

18 July 2020 In: Jobs, Economy, Entertainment, General

Australia movie industry has received a $400 cash boost thanks to a new scheme that aims to attract Hollywood producers to make moves down under. The federal government has announced a new $400 million cash grants scheme to lure overseas film and television productions to Australia. Hollywood producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Ron Howard have already expressed an interest Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. The cash incentive is aimed at protecting more than 8,000 jobs in…

Jobs in Australia Increase

17 July 2020 In: Jobs, Economy, General

Jobs in Australia: Employment increased by 210,800 people between May and June according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. “The easing of COVID-19 restrictions in June saw an extra 280,000 people in the labour force, with more people in employment, and more actively looking and available for work,” said Bjorn Jarvis, head of labour statistics at the ABS The 210,800 rise in employment was underpinned by a large increase in part-time employment (249,000 people) and…

Jobs in Australia Recover

16 July 2020 In: Jobs, Economy, General

Jobs in Australia have seen a boost with a high proportion of lost jobs being regained. “By the end of June, around 35 per cent of payroll jobs initially lost had been regained,” said Bjorn Jarvis, head of labour statistics at the ABS Since the low in mid-April, total payroll jobs have increased by 3.3 per cent. Payroll jobs worked by females recovered through June (recording a 0.8 per cent increase compared to a 0.1…

COVID-19 Aussie Vaccine

14 July 2020 In: Health, General

COVID-19 could be beaten by scientists down under. Australian scientists could be first in the world to develop a workable vaccine to beat COVID-19. Scientists in Queensland and Melbourne say their vaccine could be available by the end of the year. The scientists have experimented with 250 different formulations and have launched human trials this week. The Queensland government says that human trials of the University of Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccine will assess the immune reaction…

Student Path to Residency

13 July 2020 In: Study, Migration, General

The Australian government will offer Hong Kong international students a five-year post-study graduate visa after which they will be able to apply for permanent residency. An estimated 10,000 Hong Kong folk in Australia – including temporary skilled workers – will be eligible for residency programs, as well as 2,500 that are overseas and 1,250 in the process of applying for visas. Those already in the country on temporary graduate visas will be offered a five-year…

Study in Australia 2020

12 July 2020 In: Study, Health, General

Study in Australia has again been delayed, as students hoping to resume their study must wait to return. Plans to bring back thousands of international students have been put on hold amidst a new outbreak of the virus. Universities in NSW had developed a plan with NSW state government to fly into Sydney 250 international students every day for 100 days, beginning later this month, while Victorian universities had a proposal to bring in 7000…

Western Australia Study Boost

12 July 2020 In: Study, Western Australia, General

Western Australia economy is boosted by International students to the tune of $2.1 billion. International students studying in Western Australia contributed AUD$2.1 billion to the economy in 2019, according to a new report by StudyPerth. The report suggests that international students directly contributed $549 million to the WA economy in 2019, with a further $1.5 billion boost to the economy indirectly as a result of international student expenditure. When the contribution of visiting friends and…

Australia relationships improve

12 July 2020 In: Health, Family, General

Australia family relationships have improved during the pandemic a new study has found. Parents living with a child had seen the biggest improvement, the study found. An Australian National University study of 3200 people found that more than a quarter felt their relationships had improved. Researchers say respondents were referring to their closest relationships, including partners and children. Parents living with a child have seen the biggest improvement in their relationships, with 32.7 per cent…

COVID-19 Update 10 July

11 July 2020 In: New South Wales, Victoria, Health, General

COVID-19 update: This week in Australia there has been 14 new coronavirus cases in NSW and 288 in Victoria – the highest daily increase since the pandemic began. New South Wales and Victoria have now each conducted one million COVID-19 tests. The total number of deaths remains at 106. The federal government says it will reduce the weekly number of international arrivals to 4000 people (down from 6500) across all airports to ensure proper management…

Who owns Australia?

11 July 2020 In: Entertainment, General

The British still own most of Australia when it comes to agricultural land, according to a national survey of foreign-owned farmland. The Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land was prepared by the Turnbull government in 2016 in response to growing concerns about Chinese investment in Australia’s agriculture sector. The six colonies federated in 1901 and the Commonwealth of Australia was formed as a Dominion of the British Empire. The United Kingdom remains the second…

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