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Australia Employment Update

19 May 2020 In: Jobs, Family, General

Australia Employment arrangements have changed over the past ten weeks as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. The proportion of Australians aged 18 years and over working paid hours increased from 55.8% in April to 59.0% in May; Nearly half (46%) of all Australians who were working in late-April to early-May said they were working from home; and Women were more likely than men to have been working from home (56% compared with 38%). Australia…

COVID-19 Impact on Aussies

19 May 2020 In: Health, Economy, General

COVID-19 Impact on Aussies: Loneliness was the most widely reported source of personal stress for Australians during April, according to the latest ABS survey. Figures show that loneliness affected more women (28 per cent) than men (16 per cent). “Around one in five people (19 per cent) also reported that they were experiencing difficulties maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said Michelle Marquardt, ABS Program Manager for Household Surveys “This is more of a problem for those aged…

COVID-19 cases in Australia

18 May 2020 In: Health, Economy, General

COVID-19 in Australia: The country has had 7,060 confirmed cases of COVID-19 but there are now less than 600 active cases with 45 people in hospital including 12 in ICU and seven on ventilators. More than one million tests have been conducted, with less than one per cent positive and more than 10 million telephone consultations have taken place. Across Western Australia cafes, restaurants and pubs have re-openeddoors and workers returning to offices. Tasmanian restaurants…

COVID-19 Down Under

18 May 2020 In: Health, Economy, General

COVID-19 Down Under: The Australian share market has begun the week in positive territory but coronavirus-sparked volatility is set to reign supreme as the week progresses. Thousands of Australian healthcare workers have come forward offering to take part in Coronavirus treatment trials in a bid to speed up research into the virus. Major banks are hiring more staff to cope with a tide of new paperwork as they begin to assess the status of tens of…

Aussie Flights Resume

16 May 2020 In: Travel, Health, General

Australia air travel resumes – Etihad has resumed Melbourne to London flights and Emirates airline says it will resume Melbourne and Sydney flights next week. The Australia football League will re-commence on June 11, 81 days after it was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian Rugby League is also due to resume soon. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged $48.1 million in additional government support for mental health in the wake of…

COVID-19 Update

14 May 2020 In: Property, Health, Economy, General

COVID-19 Update: NSW will be a “buyer’s market” in coming months as house prices are set to plummet. That’s according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian who believes it will take at least a year for property prices to recover. Government figures show that almost 600,000 Australians lost their job last month, the single largest rise in jobless in the nation’s history. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the pandemic’s economic hit will be tougher than the global…

Jobs in Australia April 2020

14 May 2020 In: Jobs, Migration, Economy, General

Jobs in Australia – Seasonally adjusted employment fell by 594,300 people between March and April, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Large changes were seen across all labour market indicators in April. “The large drop in employment did not translate into a similar sized rise in the number of unemployed people because around 489,800 people left the labour force”, stated Bjorn Jarvis, head of labour statistics at the ABS. Unemployment increased by 104,500 people…

House Prices to Fall

14 May 2020 In: Property, Finance, Economy, General

Australia house prices could fall by up to 30 per cent if coronavirus restrictions are extended for another six months. Property prices are set to fall by 10 per cent as a result of the recent economic lockdown but decline in values will be greater if the restrictions continue. If a second wave of the virus occurs and restrictions are prolonged, property analysts predict a “major fall” in housing prices. Price of houses and apartments…

Student Visas Fall

13 May 2020 In: Study, Family, General

The number of people visiting Australia on a Student Visa fell by over 11 per cent in March. Of all arrivals to Australia travelling on an international student visa in March 2020, there was a Decrease of 11,790 students (-16%) compared to the same month in the previous year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics International students The outbreak of COVID-19 which started in China in December 2019, has continued to disrupt the movement…

Fall in Overseas Visitors

12 May 2020 In: Travel, Economy, General

Australia has recorded its largest ever drop in overseas visitors with arrivals falling 60 per cent in March 2020 compared to a year earlier. There was also a record fall in the number of Australian residents returning from short-term trips overseas, down 29 per cent to 538,400. These large decreases reflect the travel restriction progressively put in place by the Australian Government from the beginning of February due to the outbreak of COVID-19. “In March…

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