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Our 2013 Melbourne Cup cocktails at Wooden Spoon is still being talked about, from fun company, to fabulous food and the race that stops the nation!

This year, Liana Allan - Migration Alliance and Stacey Martin - Expat Advisors Community, would like you to join us for a Private Party at the swanky new venue Café del Mar overlooking sparkling Darling Harbour.

·        Flute of Moet & Chandon on arrival, delicious canapés and unlimited Peroni and specially selected wine over four hours

·        Private room and covered outdoor lounge area, with sunset deck overlooking Darling Harbour

·        Own screen to view races with onsite betting via Sportsbet.com

·        Fashion parade and prizes for best dressed

·        All day entertainment till late

Cost is $145 per head and with numbers capped at 70 let Liana know asap if you would like to join in and if you will be bringing guests. Payment date and details to be provided.

Café del Mar, 35 Wheat Rd, Rooftop Terrace, Cockle Bay 02 9267 6700

For those in the city, just swing past PwC at the end of Market Street and turn left over the overpass to the restaurant entrance just next to Chinta Ria.

Please email Liana your details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join her on the day.

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Natalie O'Brien, a reporter from the Sydney Morning Herald has written a news story today.  She says "A blacklist of registered migration agents and lawyers the Department of Immigration tried to keep secret has been reproduced online, escalating calls for an inquiry and a possible class action against the department."

As migration agents would already be aware, Migration Alliance's Convenor, Accredited Specialist immigration lawyer, Christopher Levingston said that the creation and maintenance of what he called a "shi* list" of registered migration agents  "is a complete disgrace and shows the absolute contempt that the department has for the profession".

Mr Levingston said the department had acted deceitfully and in a manner that damaged the clients of agents because of some unspecified criteria. 

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Australia’s $15 billion dollar education industry which saw a revival over the last year is now facing a significant threat because international students in popular courses like accounting, nursing and engineering are being shunned by employers due to alleged racism, reports the Australian Financial Review.

A senior bureaucrat in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship who consults with Australian employers extensively, was quoted in a recent report by the Deakin University as saying there is an “inherent degree of racism amongst middle management in Australia”, states The Australian Financial Review. This is making it difficult for international students to find jobs after graduation.

The Deakin University report, Australian International Graduates and the Transition to Employment, bluntly concludes international graduates without a permanent visa are unlikely to find work in their discipline area in Australia.

“According to our interviews with employers, academics, peak bodies and international graduates, without permanent residency (PR), international graduates are unlikely to secure employment in their field in Australia,” the report states.

The report also found racism remained a problem for students, with “many [participants] in this study experienced discrimination in some form during their time in Australia”.

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Is DIBP encouraging independant applications without properly warning applicants of the risks? The answers in DIBPs FAQ website seems to suggest this. Arguably, the answers may even be misleading and deceptive to applicants and possibly in breach of some basic tenets of Australian Consumer Law. Perhaps readers of this blog can let us know their views?

DIBP may be leading applicants to attempt applications on their own without properly letting them know of the risks involved. Many of DIBP commentaries seem to encourage independant applications. For instance, DIBPs FAQs website’s answer to the question, “Do I need to use a registered migration agent?” states:“You do not need to use a migration agent to lodge a visa application...

You can apply for a visa without using a registered migration agent.

  • Application forms for a visa are available at no cost.
  • ...visa applications can be lodged online.

The Visa Finder can help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your needs and circumstances.”

Nowhere in DIBPs FAQ answer is there the suggestion that Australian immigration law is complex. Visa application charges are high. DIBP fees are not refundable, generally. If a visa is refused in Australia, the applicant may be barred from making further applications, with only limited exceptions. Nowhere is there the suggestion that registered practitioners are required to undertake regular training in migration law to maintain their license to practice and are obliged not to make vexatious applications. Instead, DIBP spends its words twice in that answer, suggesting RMAs are not needed. Surely this answer must be detrimental to unwary applicants. Would it not be reasonable to let consumers know the risks involved?

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The strong support Accountants had from CPA Australia and Chartered Accountant ANZ is gone with the peak industry bodies now preparing a report to the department of immigration acknowledging that international graduates are having difficulties finding jobs in Australia, according to the Australian Financial Review

The federal government is expected to review the skills occupation list early next year and will have little basis to justify keeping the occupation on the list given the about-face of the peak bodies.

Recently, based on the Australian ­Workforce and Productivity Agency’s recommendation, a reduced ceiling of approximately 5000 places, or 3 per cent of the domestic workforce, was set for Accountants in 2014-15. This was despite the claim by the major accounting bodies that there were shortages in the occupation. However, now for the first time, they have publicly acknowledged the difficulties international ­accounting graduates have in finding professional work in Australia, says the AFR thus effectively wiping the significant support the occupation has had to keep it on the SOL.

“In an about-face, CPA Australia and Chartered Accountant ANZ now say the difficulties of overseas graduates have finding jobs are “well ­understood”, and they have “a number of programs in place at the local, state and federal level, and through ­universities around Australia aimed at supporting international ­students” reports the AFR.

It is understood the change in stance will form part of a joint submission from the accounting bodies to the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection next week.

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