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Job Vacancies Rise 60%

01 October 2020 In: Jobs, Economy, General

Job Vacancies Rise 60% The number of job vacancies in Australia increased by 59 per cent over the August 2020 quarter. Job vacancies in the private sector increased by 65 per cent over the quarter, and by 22 per cent in the public sector. Private sector vacancies were around 9 per cent below February, and public sector vacancies were around 13 per cent below. In original series terms, increases in vacancies were seen in all…

Jobs In Australia

17 September 2020 In: Jobs, Migration, Economy, General

Jobs In Australia: More than 110,000 jobs were created across Australia in August as the national jobless rate dropped to 6.8 per cent from 7.5 per cent. Total employment in Australia is now 12.5 million, back to the level it was in July 2018. Of the jobs created, 74,800 were part-time positions. The Northern Territory’s jobless rate fell to 4.2 per cent from 7.5 per cent, in Western Australia it fell to 7 per cent…

Housing approvals rise 12%

10 September 2020 In: Property, General

The number of new houses and apartments approved for construction in Australia rose 12.0 per cent in July according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The rise was driven by private sector dwellings excluding houses, which increased by 22.7 per cent in July, after falling to an eight-year low in June. Meanwhile, private sector houses rose by 8.5 per cent, which was the strongest monthly increase since January 2014. “The July results likely reflect improved…

Home loans at record high

10 September 2020 In: Property, Finance, General

The value of new loans for housing rose sharply in July, up 8.9 per cent, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. ABS head of Finance and Wealth, Amanda Seneviratne, said: “July owner occupier home loan commitments rebounded with the largest month-on-month rise in the history of the series, as social distancing restrictions eased in most states and territories.” The value of new loan commitments for owner-occupier housing rose 10.7 per cent, while…

Australia Universities in World Top Rankings

04 September 2020 In: General

Study in Australia – Nine of Australia’s 12 top-ranked universities have improved their position on the annual Times Higher Education rankings. The University of Technology Sydney showed the most improvement, bolting 34 places to joint-160th, while Macquarie University nudged into the top 200 for the first time, at joint-195th. The University of Melbourne remained the country’s highest ranked university at 31st on the table, which is regarded as the most influential in higher education and…

Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

03 September 2020 In: Jobs, Migration, General

Australia Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List – The new 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are: · Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111) · Construction Project Manager (133111) · Mechanical Engineer (233512) · General Practitioner (253111) · Resident Medical Officer (253112) · Psychiatrist (253411) · Medical Practitioner nec (253999) · Midwife (254111) · Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412) · Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415) · Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418) · Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)…

Housing Approvals Rise

03 September 2020 In: Property, Economy, General

The number of dwellings approved rose 12.0 per cent in July, in seasonally adjusted terms, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. “The rise was driven by private sector dwellings excluding houses, which increased by 22.7 per cent in July, after falling to an eight-year low in June,” said Daniel Rossi, Director of Construction Statistics at the ABS. “Meanwhile, private sector houses rose by 8.5 per cent, which was the strongest monthly increase since January…

Changes to Critical Skills and Travel Rules

03 September 2020 In: Travel, Jobs, General

There have been changes to Australia travel exemption requirements for individuals in critical sectors or with critical skills. The Commissioner of the Australian Border Force may grant an individual exemption if you are a non-citizen: travelling at the invitation of the Australian Government or a state or territory government authority for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 response providing critical or specialist medical services, including air ambulance, medical evacuations and delivering critical medical supplies…

Australia GDP Falls 7%

02 September 2020 In: Economy, General

Australia Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell 7.0 per cent in the June quarter, the largest quarterly fall on record. The combined effect of the pandemic and the community and government responses to it led to movements of unprecedented size, not only in GDP but also in many of the other economic aggregates in the June quarter National Accounts. Head of National Accounts at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Michael Smedes said: “The global pandemic and…

Record Surplus for Australia

02 September 2020 In: Finance, Economy, General

Australia’s current account surplus in seasonally adjusted terms increased $8.7 billion to $17.7 billion in the June quarter 2020, driven mainly by increased goods and services surplus, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Branko Vitas, Program Manager of the International Statistics Branch said: “The balance on goods and services surplus in the June quarter 2020 was $23.9 billion, a rise of $4.7 billion on the March quarter 2020 surplus of $19.1 billion. Exports of…

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