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Top tips on how to find a job in Australia

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Australia is one of the most popular destinations among immigration aspirants. High quality of life, low unemployment rate, better job opportunities and higher salaries are some of the factors that attract many. 

If you too aspire to work in Australia, here are some tips on how to find a job in Australia: 

  • Do your homework 

Do thorough research on the kind of job openings that are available in Australia. Also research on the roles and skills that are currently in-demand in the country. You will then be able to evaluate whether your skills are in demand or not. It will be worthwhile to pursue your job search in Australia only if you have skills that are in demand. 

  • Explore your visa options 

Before you start hunting for a job, check out the various visa options that are available for you. Australia offers the following visas for skilled workers: 

-Permanent Residence Visa 

-Employer Nomination Visa 

-Temporary Skilled Working Visa 

-Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa 

When looking at a job opening, look at the “right to work” clause. If you have skills that are high in demand and there is a shortage, only then an employer may be willing to sponsor your visa. 

Eligible candidates can also use the Work and Holiday Visa Program to find a permanent job. If you excel at your job, your employer may be convinced to sponsor you for a Work Visa in Australia. 

Eligible candidates can also apply for a Permanent Residence Visa. A Permanent Residence Visa allows you to live and work permanently in Australia. You also have the freedom to work for any employer in any field. With a PR Visa, you have the freedom to go to Australia and look for a job. 

  • Choose where you want to work in Australia 

For those who already have a visa to work in Australia, choosing the right place is very important. You will have better chances of finding a job of your choice if you live in an area where there are many job opportunities in your field. 

  • Do research specific to your field 

Check out the employers in your chosen location that have job openings in your field. Bigger cities have better infrastructure and facilities. Hence, industries tend to establish clusters in such big cities. For example, there are several IT firms, law firms, banks and telecom companies in Sydney. Based on your field of work, choose the area where there are better chances of landing a job. 

  • Follow tried and tested methods 

Once you have narrowed down your location, send out your resume with a cover letter to prospective employers. Do not send out the same resume to every company. Tailor your resume as per the needs of the job opening and the company. 

Do not forget that you would be applying for an international job as an international employee. Highlight your qualifications and experience so that they fit the job requirement. 

Also, remember to mention your visa status or application status in your cover letter, as per SBS News. 

It is highly advisable to include a Skill Assessment report by a relevant authority and your English proficiency scores. 

  • Looking for a job 

You can use various online job sites to look for a job in Australia. Using your Linkedin account to connect with Australian companies is also a good idea. Those who have moved to Australia with no job offer should network with the locals there. Besides your community also network with the people who work in the same industry or profession as you. 

  • Be prepared to take a step back 

Initially, you may not find your desired job in Australia. However, it is advisable that even if you find a job that is below your expectation, you should take it. Australian employers prefer employees with Australian work experience. The work experience that you gain will at least help you get your foot in the door to your desired job. 

Y-Axis offers a wide range of visa services and products for aspiring overseas immigrants including Australia General Skilled Migration Program via RMAAustralia Skilled Regional VisaAustralia Temporary Skilled Work Visa, and Australia Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485. We work with Registered Migration Agents in Australia. 

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Increasing refugee intake could boost the Australian economy by billions

Australia Economy

As per an Oxfam Australia report, increasing refugee intake by 44,000 by 2023 could boost the Australian economy by $37.7 billion in the next 50 years. 

Australia’s current refugee intake is 18,750. Increasing the same could help sustain 35,000 jobs annually. It could also increase the demand for services and goods by $18.2 billion. 

The Oxfam report called the Federal Govt. to increase the humanitarian intake. It also called for a separate visa stream for 10,000 refugee family reunifications per year. 

Lyn Morgain, Chief Exec. of Oxfam Australia, says that Australians believe that families who have gone through terrible hardships should not be separated. 

The 44,000 number represents an equal share of the current number of refugees who are seeking asylum across the world. 

As per Morgain, most of the refugees are being settled by low-income countries like Bangladesh, Uganda and Turkey. Less than 70% of the refugees were settled successfully in 2018. The Australian community should step up as the number of displaced people increases in the world. 

The report also said that the economic benefits of increasing refugee intake would increase with time. Once these refugees settle down, complete their education and training and start work, they could play an important role in meeting labour needs. 

The Oxfam report underlined many hurdles to the refugee family reunification process. The demand is far higher than the number of visa places available. The current ratio is just 7:1. 

Another hurdle is that the definition of a “nuclear family” by the Dept. of Home Affairs does not match the definition by the UNHCR. Also, the reunification process is expensive, has a complicated application process and requires stringent documents for evidence. At times, the documents required by Australia are not available in a refugee’s country of origin, as quoted by The Guardian. 

Australia also has a blanket restriction on refugees who seek asylum by boat. 

Morgain further added that Oxfam is calling for a separate process for family reunification. The process should help the refugees get on with their lives in Australia. 

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Important update for Skill Assessment through Engineers Australia

Australia Skilled Visa

Engineers Australia, the skill assessing body, has published important updates for applicants applying for Australia Permanent Residence Visa. The new updates will come into effect from 1st September 2019. 

Here are the important updates published by Engineers Australia: 

  • Starting 1st September, Engineers Australia will implement a new fee structure. The Skill Assessment fee will be increased to $1270 inclusive of GST. 
  • Engineers Australia has updated the RMA appointment form 
  • For unethical conduct, Engineers Australia has updated the length of the ban that can be implemented. Candidates found engaging in unethical behaviour may be banned for 12 to 24 months. 

Engineers Australia has also published the below reminders regarding the application process: 

  • Applicants must lodge their skill assessment applications under their own name and EA ID. 
  • Applicants should not request information regarding their skill assessment through MyPortal 
  • Applicants are advised to read the Migration Skill Assessment Booklet thoroughly. This will help them avoid any errors in the application form. 

Engineers Australia is one of the most popular skills assessing bodies in Australia. It evaluates whether a candidate’s work experience and educational qualifications are in accordance with Australian standards or not. 

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Australia Skill Select update for August 2019

Australia Skilled Visa

The results of the August Skill Select round of Australia were shocking, to say the least. Even though this is just the beginning of a new program year, the Subclass 189 saw only 100 invitations. This was a 90% decrease in the number of invitations as compared to the previous draw. Also, most of the invites went to candidates scoring 85 points or above. The low invitation numbers could be disappointing for prospective immigrants to Australia. 

100 invitations were issued under the family-sponsored Subclass 489 Visa keeping in mind the impending termination of the visa. The minimum score for an invite was 80 points. The latest date of EOI was January 2019. 

Occupations whose demand exceeds the number of available visa places are called pro-rata occupations. 

Here are the cut-off scores for the pro-rata occupations in the August Skill Select round: 

Occ. ID  Occ. Name  Minimum score  Latest date of EOI 
2211  Accountants  90  20-07-2019 8:54 pm 
2334  Electronics Engineers  85  15-07-2019 2:50 pm 
2212  Auditors, Company Secy and Corp. Treasurers  85  11-03-2019 7:14 pm 
2335  Industrial, Mechanical & Production Engg.  85  31-07-2019 3:21 pm 
2611  ICT Business & System Analysts  85  30-07-2019 12:04 pm 
2339  Other Engg. Professionals  90  07-08-2019 4:41 pm 
2631  Computer Network Professionals  80  14-07-2019 8:37 pm 
2613  Software & Applications Programmer  85  31-07-2019 7:57 pm 

Looking at the ongoing high cut-off, candidates who are scoring low should consider the new Regional Visas that will become effective from November 2019.  

Applicants who are living and working in Australia should consider applying under the Subclass 190 Visa, as per SBS News. However, states and territories could have other requirements like additional work experience or higher English scores. 

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South Australia no longer accepting Subclass 489 applications

South Australia Sponsorship

South Australia opened the state nomination program in July this year. Ever since Immigration SA has received a huge number of applications.  

States and territories can only nominate candidates for the Subclass 489 Visa till 10th September. This is as per the guidelines issued by the Dept. of Home Affairs. Nominated applicants will get 60 days to lodge their Subclass 489 Visa application. The Subclass 489 visa will be terminated on 15th November 2019. The new Subclass 491 Skilled Work Regional Provisional Visa will replace the Subclass 489 Visa from 16th November. 

Immigration SA has stopped accepting Subclass 489 applications from 14th August 2019. This is done to enable Immigration SA to deal with the huge volume of applications. Applications which had been saved but not submitted have also been deleted. 

Immigration SA is currently processing Subclass 489 applications to meet the 10th September deadline set by the Dept. of Home Affairs. 

Subclass 190 applications will not be affected and South Australia will continue to accept them at present. However, processing of Subclass 190 applications will resume after the 10th September deadline, as per SBS News. 

For onshore Subclass 190 Visa applicants, if you have an impending document expiry, you may lodge an inquiry online on the Immigration SA website. Immigration SA takes 7 business days to respond to your inquiries. 

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Australia needs many more workers to fill in the tech jobs

WiseTech Global, Cochlear, CSL, Rode Microphones, Freelancer, Atlassian– just a few of the world’s biggest tech companies. And they are all Australian. In recent years, Australia has carved a niche for itself in the hi-tech market. However, leading tech companies say that running the business is becoming increasingly difficult. 

Richard White, CEO of WiseTech Global, says that they are running short of more than 200,000 skilled techies in Australia. A $10 billion company, it hires about 15 workers a month in its Sydney office alone. Mr. White says that they could easily double the hiring numbers provided they find qualified people to do so. 

Peter Freedman, Founder of Rode Microphones faces the same issue as WiseTech Global. He says Australia does not have the kind of people that tech companies need. However, getting skilled workers from overseas is not easy due to visa restrictions and redtape. 

The top 5 companies in Australia are: 

  1. BHP 
  2. The Commonwealth Bank 
  3. Rio Tinto 
  4. CSL 
  5. Westpac 

Out of the above, only CSL can be considered as hi-tech. 

In contrast, the top 5 companies in the US are: 

  1. Microsoft 
  2. Apple 
  3. Amazon 
  4. Alphabet 
  5. Facebook 

Mr Richard White says that it is high time Australian parents and teachers focus on technology as a career. In the meanwhile, he is looking overseas to fill in the skill gaps. 

The university sector in Australia also agrees that there is a shortfall of skilled techies in Australia. 

The heads of all schools and universities teaching tech subjects come under the purview of the Australian Council of Deans for Information & Computer Technology. It said that currently 400,000 students are enrolled in the fields of information and computer technology. However, much more is needed, as quoted by ABC News. 

The unemployment rate in Australia at present is 5.2%. This means that there are about 700,000 people who do not have a job. If the 200,000 vacant tech jobs could be filled by local people, the unemployment rate would plummet well below 4%. 

Mr White says what Australia urgently needs are skilled, value-creating, qualified workers who can make a difference to the country. 

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Australia needs more migrants in regions to fill vacant jobs

The Australian Govt. is trying to increase the number of immigrants moving to regional areas. More migrants are needed in regional areas to fill job vacancies and ease the pressure on the major cities. 

As per the Federal Govt, 1 in 5 migrants who came to Australia between 2006 and 2011 chose to settle in regional areas. 

So why is Australia struggling to settle more migrants in the regional areas? 

Regions vs City 

67% of Australia’s population lives in the big cities making it one of the most urbanized countries in the world. There are more migrants in urban areas than non-migrants, as per The Conversation. 

The two most important aspects of attracting migrants to regional areas are attraction and retention. 

The Australia Govt. has announced two new regional visas which will come into effect from November this year. These are: 

  • Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa 
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa 

Both these visas have a provision of PR at the end of 3 years. Most migrants aspire for Permanent Residency which is a big plus for both these visas. 

Staying in the regional areas 

The major factors that impact the retention of migrants in regional areas are: 

  • Employment 
  • Education for children 
  • Availability of services 
  • Lifestyle 
  • Welcome by the local population 

A national survey of 915 skilled immigrants settled in regional areas found that 2/3rd of them liked their job. 2 in 3 felt welcomed by the local community. 

Most migrants were also found to be happy with the schools, medical services and entertainment options available in the regional areas. 

Migrants in regional areas, however, were dissatisfied with telecommunication and transport services. 

Regional refugee success 

The Australian Govt. decides the primary location for refugees to settle in the country. The Govt. has settled many refugees in regional areas like: 

  • Toowoomba in Queensland 
  • Logan in Queensland 
  • Wagga Wagga in NSW 
  • Wollongong in NSW 
  • Coffs Harbour in NSW 
  • Shepperton in Victoria 

Research done with 111 refugees found that most of them found Australia to be safe. They felt that the locals were friendly towards them and their children had good prospects in Australia. 

Getting a job 

A major issue for immigrants in regional areas like Logan and Toowoomba is getting employment. In 2018, only 13.2% of refugees found jobs in Toowoomba and 13.8% in Logan. However, most of these refugees were still in the process of learning English and were not actively looking for jobs. These refugees were surveyed again in 2019 and there was a significant increase in the employment results. 

The survey also found that most refugees had experience of running their own business before moving to Australia. Programs like “Ignite Small Business Startups” assist such refugees to build their own businesses. 

Yet another threat to migration to regional areas is exploitative employment experiences. Wage-theft is a major concern of most migrants moving to regional areas. Fair Work Australia recently found that out of 1,300 regional businesses, 22% were found to be stealing wages from its employees. 

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There will be no further cuts to migration numbers: Australia

The Australian Govt. has announced that there will be no further cuts to migration numbers. However, the Govt. will focus on how to encourage migrants to move to the regional areas. 

Julian Leeser, Liberal MP, said that Australia’s quality of life depends on solving the challenge of how to better redistribute Australia’s migrant population. The immigrant population in Australia will increase by 25% to 31.4 million in the next 15 years, as quoted by The Guardian. 

Mr Leeser says that most of the population growth is expected in major cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. The Govt. is not looking to make any further reductions in the immigration intake. However, the permanent visas places will be capped at 160,000 per year. 

Mr Leeser also adds that it is not about how many people should be in the country. The bigger question is that where should all these people go. He says that the Govt. is trying to formulate policies which will encourage the immigrant population to move to regional areas. The goal of the Govt is to currently encourage more people to move to regional areas to address the skill shortages in these areas. 

The Coalition Govt. has been focusing on pushing more people to the regional areas. However, many critics have raised concerns that the regional visa push is not workable. 

A report by Infrastructure Australia found that it will cost $40 billion in annual infrastructure to cope with future population growth. The population in Australia is forecasted to grow to 31.4 million by 2034. The report points out that most cities are not equipped to handle the current rate of population growth. 

Mr Leeser says that people of his electorate often complain that there are too many people in Sydney. However, even though these people agree with the annual cap on migration numbers, they also believe that more people should move to regional Australia. Many jobs go unfilled in regional Australia due to a shortage of labour. 

Mr Leeser also adds that regional areas in Australia offer a high quality of life. There are many opportunities available in regional areas. Plus, the cost of living is much lower and getting around is much easier in the regional areas. 

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Hiring increases as Australia adds thousands of new jobs

Australia added three times the number of jobs as was forecasted in July. While the unemployment rate remained at 5.2%, the economy added 41,400 new jobs in the previous month. Economists had forecasted the possible addition of 14,000 new jobs while in reality, Australia added nearly thrice the same. The workforce participation rate increased slightly to a new high of 66.1%. 

The growth in employment options has also increased the need for hiring. Sarah Hunter is the head of macroeconomics of BIS Oxford Economics in Sydney. She says that the spare capacity of the Australian market is much larger than what was previously imagined. 

The Liberal Party of Australia was re-elected to power in May this year and the labour market clearly reflects the outcome. 

Philip Lowe, RBA Chief, says that the increase in workforce participation and hiring speak of a healthy labour market. However, the increase in the number of job seekers makes lowering the unemployment rate a tough task. 

Callam Pickering works as an Economist with the Jobsite Indeed. He says that the employment growth in Australia in the last two years should have got the unemployment rate down. However, increasing population growth and rising workforce participation has put more pressure on employment growth. 

The rate of underemployment and underutilization are at 8.4% and 13.6% respectively. These rates indicate that an increase in the wage growth rate may be unlikely anytime soon, as per Live Mint. 

Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales saw the most number of new jobs created in Australia. These states are on the east coast of Australia and they benefited from the RBA’s low cash rate. This created a surge in apartment construction in the states thereby creating thousands of new jobs. 

The Australian economy slowed down sharply in mid-2018. Despite this, the labour market has been seeing steady growth. This can be attributed to the fact that most of the hirings were govt-related which are not affected by economic conditions. 

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What are the top reasons for Australia PR Visa rejections?

Australia is a popular choice among people wishing to immigrate abroad. However, the process of obtaining a Permanent Residency Visa for Australia is a long and complex one. Several unfortunate immigrants also have to face visa rejections every year. 

Here are the top reasons why an Australia PR Visa application may be rejected: 

  • Applying under the wrong visa subclass 

A major chunk of all skilled immigrants apply under the following subclasses: 

-Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa 

-Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated Visa 

-Subclass 489 Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa 

The Subclass 189 and 190 are permanent visas while the Subclass 489 is a provisional visa issued for 4 years. Subclass 489 visa holders can, later on, apply for a permanent visa. 

The qualifying criteria of each of the above 3 visas are different. You should ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria before applying under a specific visa subclass. 

  • Violating the conditions of your previous visa 

Your PR visa application may be denied if it is found that you had violated the conditions of your previous temporary visa. Applicants who had overstayed their temporary visa may also face a PR visa rejection. 

  • Inconsistent or incomplete information provided on the visa application 

Your PR visa application may be denied if found incomplete or if the information provided is inconsistent. It is highly advised to double-check your PR visa application before submission. Also, make sure to provide all the supporting evidence with your application as it will be scrutinized for any discrepancy.  

  • Not meeting the health requirements of the visa 

If you have a health condition that the Australian authorities feel may be a burden on their medical system, your PR visa application may be denied. Health conditions such as TB, HIV etc often end with visa rejections. 

  • Not meeting the character requirements of the visa 

Your PR visa application may be rejected if the Authorities find out that you have a criminal record. Your visa may also be denied if you have a history of harassing others or any association with a criminal organization. 

  • Not having sufficient funds 

Visa subclasses like the Subclass 190 and the Subclass 489 require applicants to show maintenance funds as per the state they are applying to. Failure to show proof of having sufficient funds could get your PR visa denied, as per SBS News. 

  • Not getting the required score on the English proficiency test 

Australia is pretty strict in terms of English language proficiency. If you do not get the required score on your English proficiency test, your PR visa application may be rejected. 

  • Inability to clear the visa verification process 

Your PR visa application may be rejected at the final stage if you are unable to clear the health, character or any other verification regarding the information on your application. Submitting false documents at any stage may also get you banned from entering Australia for several years. 

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