New data from Domain shows the important role Aussie parents have played in the boiling-hot property market, with house prices near key school catchments as much as 45 per cent higher today than they were 12 months ago. Domain’s latest School Zones Report revealed that huge demand for homes close to primary and high schools have resulted in property…

NSW to trial a home quarantine program

The NSW and Commonwealth governments will launch a home quarantine pilot in Greater Sydney next month, as NSW transitions towards opening up international borders. The pilot, to be operated and monitored by NSW Health and NSW Police, will trial a seven day home quarantine program for around 175 people. Participants in the pilot will have…

Vaccinated international students to return to NSW by the end of the year

International students fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved jab will start returning to NSW by the end of the year. Hundreds of fully-vaccinated international students are set to return to New South Wales in the coming months after a state government pilot was signed off on by the Commonwealth. The NSW government on Friday morning revealed…

Most permanent residency grants went to onshore applicants in 2020-21

The 2020-21 Migration Program has delivered 160,052 places against the ceiling of 160,000, with most permanent residency grants going to onshore applicants. The intake has increased from 140,000 places delivered in 2019-20. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said the migration intake in 2020-2021 exceeded expectations, despite border restrictions and visa processing delays induced by the ongoing…

Victoria warns it will reject 888A applicants engaging in parallel exporting

Parallel exporting in simple terms is the exporting of a product without the permission of the manufacturer or the intellectual property owner. The Victorian Government has advised that it does not support parallel exporting and will reject state nomination applications from 888A applicants who engage in parallel exporting. All subclass 188 Business Innovation visa holders…

New Travel Exemption For Prospective Marriage Visa Holders

If you are overseas and have a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, you can now apply for a travel exemption to enter Australia. The conditions are that You must hold the Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa; and Your visa application was lodged at least 12 months before submitting a travel exemption request. Until now, fiancés have…

New agriculture visa provides pathway to permanent residency

The federal government will introduce a dedicated agriculture visa to help fill a COVID-induced labour shortage across the farming, fisheries and forestry sectors. The Australian Agriculture visa, aimed at enticing Pacific and Southeast Asian workers, is not capped and will include pathways towards permanent residency and regional resettlement. It will operate from September 21, ahead…