Important information for subclass 888 applicants in Victoria

All Victorian business innovation and investor visa nomination applicants are required to provide genuine personal contact information. You must also inform the Skilled and Business Migration Program of any changes to this contact information. This ensures that the Victorian Government can continue to offer personalised services to business and investor migrants. The Skilled and Business…

Australian Tourism Minister weighs in on possibility of US and UK international travel bubble

With plans underway to extend the Trans-Tasman travel bubble to the Pacific Islands, there is speculation Britain and the United States could be next. Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with Jacinda Ardern in Queenstown last week where the pair were expected to discuss the expansion of quarantine-free travel to the ­Pacific Islands – including Fiji, Noumea and Vanuatu. In a shared…

South Australia approves plan for return of international students

The South Australian government has approved a plan to let incoming international students serve two weeks quarantine at Parafield Airport in Adelaide, reported ABC News. The new proposal by the state government, which is still pending endorsement by the federal government, would see CBD medi-hotels continue to be used for returning Australians. Last year’s plan…

How much Aussie farmland is foreign owned?

Australian agricultural land with a level (at least 20 per cent) of foreign ownership was 13.8pc, as at June 30, 2020. Graphics: Australian Taxation Office. According to a report by the Australian Taxation Office, China is the biggest offshore holder of Australian farmland in 2019-20 with 9.2 million hectares – 8.4 million hectares of which was leased…

Australia economy climbs back to pre-pandemic size

Australia’s economy has continued its rapid rebound, to grow larger than it was before the Covid-19 pandemic. Official figures show that gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 1.8% in the first quarter, beating expectations. Growth was spurred by a soaring demand for commodities around the world and spending by consumers and businesses. Last year, Australia…

COVID-19 disaster support payment for Victorian workers

The federal government has announced new financial support measures for regions that are locked-down for more than seven days in a row. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the temporary COVID disaster payment will be made on a weekly basis, in response to the extended lockdown affecting metropolitan Melbourne. “That will be a payment of $500…

Occupations receiving invitations for the 202-21 program year

The number of intending migrants who received nominations from State and Territory Governments from 1 July 2020 to the end of June 2021 is shown in the following table:   Visa subclass ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Total Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) 553 568 290 619 612 499 833 351 4,325 Skilled…

SA Slowly Becoming A Global Property Investment Hotspot

South Australia is shaping up to be a hotspot for property investment globally given the acceleration of its economic rebound, according to a study from ANZ Bank. The study said the state’s housing activity has reached a historic high on the back of robust interstate migration and an improving consumer sector. In fact, the volume…