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Barriers to racial equality in Australia

  • 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.

Cultural diversity in Australia

  • 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.

QLD -SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST FOR INTERNATIONAL POST-GRADUATE ALUMNI

FEATURES

 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.

 ELIGIBLE OCCUPATIONS

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:

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ)

 

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) is pleased to announce that new Queensland Business Criteria for the Business, Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) and a new Queensland Skilled Occupation List (QSOL) has been approved by the Queensland Government. These changes will come into effect from Monday 25 July 2016.

The headline changes include:

Subclass 132 Business Talent (Significant Business History Stream)

Net Business and Personal Assets of AUD$1.5 million to be transferred to Queensland within 2 yearsafter visa is granted including:

– minimum AUD$1million investment in a business

– minimum AUD$500,000 settlement costs

– must reside in Queensland

 

Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment

A. Innovation Stream: Net Business and Personal Assets of AUD$800,000 to be transferred to Queensland within 2 years after visa is granted including:

– minimum AUD$200,000 investment in a business

– must reside in Queensland

 

B. Investor Stream:

– Existing criteria remains the same

– must reside in Queensland

 

C. Significant Investor Stream (SIV):

– current Austrade Complying Investment Framework

– commitment to Queensland

ANMAC Accepts TOEFL iBT® Scores

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 – China signs to Washington Accord

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.

ANMAC – English language test changes 1 JULY 2017

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council has announced changes to English language requirements for skills assessments from 1 July 2016.

The changes will accept an increased testing providers and allow the results from more than one test to be used within specific guidelines.

The following tests and attempts will be accepted from 1 July 2016:

IELTS (Academic module)
ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves:

a) a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting
AND
b) no score in any component of the test is below 6.5

OET
ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant:

a) is tested in all four components in each sitting
AND
b) no score in any component of the test is below C

PTE ACADEMIC Accepted – effective 1 July 2016
Applicants must achieve a minimum overall score of 65 AND a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting OR a maximum of two test sittings, in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves:

a) a minimum overall score of 65 in each sitting
AND
b) no score in any of the four communicative skills is below 58

TOEFL iBT Accepted – effective 1 July 2016
Applicants must achieve a minimum total score of 94 AND the following minimum score in each section of the test:  24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing & 23 speaking

ANMAC will accept test results from one test sitting, OR a maximum of two test sittings in a six-month period only if the applicant achieves:

a) a minimum total score of 94 in each sitting AND
b) no score in any of the sections is below:
– 20 listening
– 19 reading
– 24 writing
– 20 speaking

MIA Notice No 49:2016