Category Archives: Politics

New Zealand considers visa for climate ‘refugees’ from Pacific Islands

New Zealand is proposing a special refugee visa for Pacific Islanders who are forced to migrate because of rising sea levels, the Reuters reported on Saturday. This was announced by New Zealand’s new climate change minister at the United Nations climate talks in Germany last week. While some people are moving to flee worsening storms,…
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VIC government announces grant for international students

The Victorian government has announced 14 new projects worth $337,000 to help the state's international students through the International Student Welfare Program. One of the key projects is a $75,000 grant for Inner Melbourne Community Legal to provide legal support for international students studying at universities, TAFEs and private education providers. The funding will go…
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Australia and Pakistan extend their partnership on skills training

Australia is playing a key role in assisting Pakistan to enhance its capacity in technical and vocational education and training (TVET), with high-level meetings over recent weeks. A delegation from the Queensland University of Technology is visiting Islamabad to provide training for Pakistani TVET professionals, following a recent three-week course in Australia to develop Pakistan’s…
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Skills funding projects close to finalisation

The federal government's $3 billion Skilling Australians Fund is getting close to finalising projects that will be given the green light, according to the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews. Ms Andrews told the National Apprentice Employment Conference that discussions were well underway with the states, at both a ministerial and official…
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Change made to Public Interest Criterion 4020

The Governor General has made a change to the wordings of Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020. The change will be in effect from 18 November 2017 and will apply to all visa applications made on or after this date. Currently, the PIC 4020 reads: “4020 (1) There is no evidence before the Minister that the…
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Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement

Australia is seeking a modern agreement with Hong Kong, focused on securing significant access for services exports which continue to be a key driver of the Australian economy, Minister Ciobo said. The Minister was in Hong Kong this week to further progress negotiations and to drive more tourism investment into Australia. Hong Kong is an…
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