- One in ten Australians (1.5 million of the nation’s adult population) believe that some races are inferior or superior to others.
- 18 per cent of Australians surveyed said they had experienced discrimination because of skin colour, ethnic origin or religion. The most often reported location of discrimination was the neighbourhood (58 per cent), followed by shopping centres (42.8 per cent) and at work (39 per cent).
- Of the 500 complaints lodged under the Racial Discrimination Act in 2012-2013, 192 related to incidents of racial hatred. This was a 59 per cent increase over the previous year, with a large proportion of the complaints (41 per cent) involving material on the Internet.
- Around one in three (35 per cent) recent migrants said they faced hurdles in finding their first job. Of those who experienced difficulties:
- 64 per cent reported a lack of Australian work experience or references,
- 33 per cent experienced language difficulties
- 23 per cent reported a lack of local contacts or networks
- 15 per cent had difficulties having their skills or qualifications recognised.
- One in four of Australia’s 22 million people were born overseas; 46 per cent have at least one parent who was born overseas; and nearly 20 per cent of Australians speak a language other than English at home.
- In 2013, overseas migration represented 60 per cent of Australia’s population growth in the year.
- People born in the United Kingdom continue to be the largest group of overseas-born residents (5.3 per cent), followed by New Zealand (2.6 per cent), China (1.8 per cent), India (1.6 per cent) and Vietnam (0.9 per cent). In 2013-14, 163 017 people from more than 190 countries were approved to become Australian citizens.
- Migrants make an enormous contribution to Australia’s economy and provide an estimated fiscal benefit of over 10 billion dollars in their first ten years of settlement. In 2010-11, international education activity contributed $16.3 billion to the Australian economy.
- At 30 June 2015, 28.2% of Australia’s estimated resident population (ERP) (6.7 million people) was born overseas.
Queensland is seeking to attract highly skilled and employable international post graduate alumni in target occupations which are difficult to fill from the local labour market.
Queensland makes nominations for eligible post graduate alumni under the Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190), which allow alumni to live and work in Queensland permanently.
You can apply for this visa through the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) using SkillSelect.
To be eligible, you must have the criteria relevant to an occupation on the relevant Queensland Skilled Occupation List.
To check if your occupation is eligible, you can download the relevant list below:
- Skilled Occupation List for International Post-Graduate Alumni [PDF] (subclass 190 visa) for holders of a Masters degree
- The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List for holders of a PhD
- The criteria for both the Masters and PhD clients is shown on the Alumni QSOL.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) now accepts TOEFL iBT® scores to fulfill their English language proficiency requirement for skilled migration.
To meet the requirement, applicants must achieve a minimum total score of 94 on the TOEFL iBT test and the following minimum scores in each section:
- Listening – 24
- Reading – 24
- Speaking – 23
- Writing – 27
More information about registration and test center locations can be found atwww.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register.
Engineers Australia have announced that China, represented by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) became full signatory of the Washington accord on the 2nd June 2016.
Holders of Chinese accredited qualifications completed in or after 2016 will be eligible for Membership of Engineers Australia as well as Migration Skills Assessment via the accredited qualifications pathways.
Whilst CAST is the signatory of the Washington Accord, the list of accredited courses is held on the website of the Chinese Engineering Education Accreditation Association, a body affiliated to CAST.
For the qualification to be recognised as accredited under the Washington Accord, it needs to be listed on the list of accredited qualifications and be completed in or after 2016.