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Study in Australia 2021

21 May 2020 In: Travel, Study, General

Study in Australia 2021: International students could be back at Australian universities at the beginning of 2021. International student arrivals would begin from countries deemed safe and be subject to self-funded quarantine requirements under a plan put to federal and state governments by the elite Group of Eight universities. The “secure corridor” framework could allow for students to return en masse subject to strict health checks and with the co-operation of government agencies and the aviation…

Australia Retail Sales April 2020

21 May 2020 In: Finance, Economy, General

Australia retail sales: Retail turnover fell 17.9 per cent in April 2020 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This is the strongest seasonally adjusted fall ever published from the Retail Trade survey, following the strongest ever seasonally adjusted rise in March 2020. Turnover was down 9.4 per cent when compared to April 2019. These preliminary figures show falls in every industry, with particularly strong falls in food retailing, cafes, restaurants and takeaways, and clothing,…

Australia property market

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

Australia property market: buyers and sellers are still active in the market despite current social distancing and auction regulations. There may be economic uncertainty but those who are ready to purchase and those who need to sell are not letting Covid-19 change their plans. Australia property market has been impacted by Government regulations introduced as a result of Coronavirus. In-person real estate auctions and public open homes have been banned, and this has had affected…

Australia Travel

20 May 2020 In: Travel, Health, General

Australia travel is increasingly possible within each state but wider travel remains on hold. Some international and inter-state passenger flights have resumed but most airline routes are halted with planes remaining grounded. Queensland will keep its borders closed until at least September, Western Australia and South Australia until the end of winter. Tasmania might stay closed until the end of the year, and even then only with a 14-day quarantine for visitors. Australia Travel is…

COVID-19 job losses slow

20 May 2020 In: Jobs, Health, Economy, General

COVID-19 job losses are slowing down across Australia as effects of the coronavirus emergency begin to ease. Over the seven weeks from mid-March to early May, total payroll jobs fell by 7.3 per cent, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. “The latest data shows a further slowing in the fall in COVID-19 job losses between mid-April and early May,” said Bjorn Jarvis, Head of Labour Statistics at the ABS. “The largest net job losses…

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…

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