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Australian Immigration Daily Briefing: 12 July 2018

Executive Summary

  • Macro Business and Hello Care report on the Australian government’s proposal to offer ‘boutique’ visas to the country’s regions to boost skills shortages.
  • The Daily Mail reports Australia has moved up one position in the 2018 Henley Passport Index to rank on the sixth tier of the world's best passports.

Political Announcements

No relevant coverage today.

Legislation Changes

Government opens new migrant visa rort pathway

Macro Business, Other, 12/07/18, Leith van Onselen

Ever since the Turnbull Government supposedly tightened 457 temporary ‘skilled’ visas last year, we’ve seen it quietly loosen the immigration spigots in other areas. Yesterday, we witnessed another example, with the Coalition allowing special visas to regions with so-called skill shortages.

‘Boutique' visas help aged care operator find bilingual staff, Other, 11/07/18, Caroline Egan

A Melbourne aged care operator has a ‘special agreement’ with the Federal Government for ‘boutique visas’ that has enabled it to recruit 22 aged care workers from Greece, after it wasn’t able to find enough Greek-speaking carers from within Australia. Under the agreement, Fronditha Care is allowed to nominate Greek speaking people for visas to work as carers. To date, it has been granted 60 of the special visas by the government.

Industry News

The power of an Aussie passport: Australian document now gives holders visa-free access to 183 countries

Daily Mail, Other, 11/07/18, Brooke Rolfe

Australia has moved up one position in 2018 to rank on the sixth tier of the world's best passports to possess, level with Greece. While the Land Down Under trails the likes of Japan, Singapore and Germany, which make up the top three, its passport allows entry to 183 destinations without a visa.

Migrants to contribute $1.6 trillion to Australia’s GDP by 2050

finder, Other, 11/07/18, Alison Banney

Dulce Munoz arrived in Australia with her husband in 2008 from Mexico. The pair came to Australia seeking a better lifestyle, and arrived without knowing a single person. Dulce is now an active member of Mums 4 Refugees, a group of more than 3,600 mothers fighting to support mothers around the country and mothers migrating to Australia.

The importance of recruitment and selection process

hrdaily, Other, 11/07/18, Emily Wilson

Hiring people from abroad and immigration rules: Australian immigration law and regulations are complex, but they allow hiring people from other countries. This is something HR departments like to use especially in the industries that are growing and are promising for the company when it comes to its growth and financial gain.

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