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Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Visa

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Skilled Independent (subclass 189) Visa

How this visa works

To be able to lodge a valid application for this visa you need to first submit an Expression of Interest through SkillSelect. You can do this in or outside Australia.

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Australian company plans to hire Indian workers for its abattoir

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Australian Agricultural Company (AAco), the country’s largest beef producer, is eyeing the Indian labour market to fill up 260 positions at its AUD 80-million abattoir located in Darwin.

According to business daily Australian Financial Review report, AAco Chief Executive, Mr David Farley, said the company had been working on a plan for 18 months, which includes importing workers on 457 and 417 visas from India.

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Bleak jobless outlook for Bunbury workforce

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BUNBURY’S staggering unemployment rate, the end of the region’s major projects and no employment replacements in sight has resulted in a bleak outlook for the city.

The city’s unemployment rate is currently 6.3 per cent, well above the state average of 3.8 per cent and the national average of 5.1 per cent.

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Bosses fined for shortchanging staff by $120,000

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BOSSES of two childcare centres, a nursing home and a restaurant have been stung a combined $160,000 after they were caught underpaying Victorian workers by nearly $120,000.

They have also been forced to pay back the missing wages.

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Australia to import more IT workers

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Despite layoffs, recruiters say there are gaps in the market.

ICT workers accounted for 10 per cent of approved skilled migration 475 visas between July 2011 and May 2012.

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Government IT Contractors in limbo

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The Australian jobs market looks set to be hit by a wave of high-tech unemployed, as scores of Queensland government IT contractors wait to learn whether they have jobs in a fortnight's time and others are told to accept rate cuts if they want to stay on.

The uncertainty comes as the NSW Government announced last week another 10,000 jobs would go from the public service. The move is likely to affect ICT and office workers as front line staff in policing, nursing and teaching will be spared. The Victorian government is also "reorganising" its main IT agency, CenITex.

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DIAC Subclass 457 Visa State/Territory Summary Report 2011-12 to 30 April 2012

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Key points

* The number of subclass 457 primary visa applications lodged from July 2011 to end April 2012 was 35.4 per cent higher than the same period last program year.

* The number of subclass 457 primary visas granted from July 2011 to end April 2012 was 48.6 per cent higher than the same period last year.

* The number of primary visa holders in Australia at 30 April 2012 was an all time high of 90,400 and reflected anincrease of 28.4 per cent in comparison with the same date in the previous year.

* Offshore primary visa lodgements from July 2011 to end April 2012 were 39.8 per cent higher than the same period last program year, reflecting continued strong employer demand for temporary skilled workers.

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Indian Miner denies seeking EMAs (Enterprise Migration Agreement)

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An Indian-based mining giant has denied it is pursuing an enterprise migration agreement from the federal government to bring in foreign workers for a $10 billion coal mine in central Queensland.

In Senate question time on Tuesday, Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young grilled the government on reports the Adani group has brought in a small number of foreign staff on short-stay visas.

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Hospitality Industry fuming after Immigration snub

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The hospitality industry is furious after chefs and cooks were left off the Federal Government's updated migration eligibility list, even though the market continues to suffer a crippling skills shortage that's forcing businesses to close.

The culinary snub comes despite the fact food-related businesses are performing better this year – yesterday's forecast by Access Economics pegged food as growing faster than most sectors.

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Subclass 457 Visa State/Territory Summary Report

2011-12 to 31 December 2011 © immi.gov.au

Key points

The number of subclass 457 primary visa applications lodged from July to end December 2011 was 36.7 per cent higher than the same period last program year.

The number of subclass 457 primary visas granted from July to end December 2011 was 50.7 per cent higher than the same period last year.

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