WRITING YOUR PARTNER VISA RELATIONSHIP STATEMENT – Things to consider

Applying for a Partner Visa is a challenging process and the fact that the partner visa has the highest refusal rate (37%) of all Australian visas, doesn’t make it less stressful.  In addition, due the current pandemic situation around the world, the Department of Home Affairs is aware that there...

Partner Visas – Application and Relationship Statement

Applying for an Australian Partner visa is an extremely detailed process designed both, to verify the legitimacy of the applicants’ relationship and to determine the acceptability of the individuals involved. This extensive detail comes at a substantial cost. Australian Partner visas are among the most expensive in the world, with...

GSM Updates

485 applications Recently there has been considerable discussion regarding 485 visa applications. One of the issues centred around changes in December 2020 around Reg 485.211 which essentially centred around whether previous secondary SC 485 visa holders were eligible to apply for a SC 485 as a primary applicant. The Migration...

Agritourism: regional economic recovery plan

Agritourism or agrotourism involves any agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch. In Australia, it has traditionally thought of as being farm stays and winery visits, but now the term agritourism encompasses a wide variety of activities where agriculture and tourism intersect. Essentially, agritourism...

Circular economy and clean energy

"We have a finite environment - the planet. Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth in a finite environment is either a madman or an economist." Sir David Attenborough The term "circular economy" was brought to prominence by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation when it first launched in 2010....

Mental health awareness and skilled migration

The importance of good mental health and its impact on Australians have long been recognised by Australian governments. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has never been more relevant to remain progressive in responding to the mental health impacts as they become better understood. In March 2020, the Australian...

Highly skilled migration and the METS sector: mining equipment, tech and services sector

The METS sector is one of Australia's largest, alongside other major economic drivers such as construction, agriculture and retail. Australia is recognised globally as the market leader in Mining Equipment, Technology and Services across many different technology platforms and commodity segments. This sector contributes an estimated 15% of GDP and...

How the professional services sector in Australia contributes to the economy (migration, employment and productivity)

In the pre-Covid-19 economy, Australia's services sector has expanded by an annual 3.6 per cent since 1992, well above the goods sector's annual average of 2.1 per cent. ICT, professional, scientific and technical services and financial and insurance have continued to see solid annual growth rates of above 4.5 per...

Priorities in the ICT sector including investments, global talent visas and r&d

With critical sectors identified across the nation in efforts rebuild the post-Covid-19 economy, certain prioritisation of visa programs together with their concessions are published as follows: Critical sectors for the 408 visa (Australian Government Endorsed Events) are in agriculture, food processing, health care, aged care, disability care and child care....

MedTech in Australia to grow exponentially and create jobs

The medical technology (MedTech) industry makes a significant social and economic contribution in Australia, improving healthcare outcomes and generating innovation and growth. There are currently over 500 MedTech companies in Australia, with a combined annual turnover of more than A$10 billion and employing more than 36,000 workers in total. Of...