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New rules match best and brightest migrants to places. PEOPLE who want to come to Australia as independent skilled migrants will have to ask permission to apply from next year.
Best Job Ben starts Best Expedition – Backpacker Trade News. Tourism Queensland’s Ben Southall has set off on his four-month ‘Best Expedition in the World’, during which he will kayak and sail the 1,600km Queensland.
IELTS Test Monopoly Ends. The Minister for Immigration & Citizenship, Chris Bowen, has announced 3 additional English language test options for student visa applicants. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) &the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) from Cambridge ESOL will be added to the existing English language tests. More information will soon be available on DIAC’s website.
Property Auction results flat, no reprieve expected until Spring. While this weekend’s auction results remained largely in line with clearance rates from the past few months, the consistency of the figures leading into Winter have raised fears the property market may not recover until the Spring selling season hits in September. Such a prolonged downturn could bring down prices even further, with some experts, such as SQM Property managing director Louis Christopher, saying values will fall by at least 5% over the entire year.
Skills shortages re-emerge due to rebuilding demands and resources boom. Serious national skills shortages are re-emerging after a brief oversupply in the December quarter as Australia faces increasing demands from the rebuilding phases after natural disasters this year and the ongoing resources boom, according to the latest Clarius Skills Index. The March Index reports a net shortfall of 11,000 skilled workers across all occupation categories, predominantly in the Construction, Building and Engineering categories, across Professional, Associate Professional and Trades occupations.
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