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South Australia adds 18 new occupations to State Occupation List

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The South Australian Government has announced that it has just added 18 new occupations to its State Occupation List.

The 18 added occupations are;

  • Corporate Services Manager (ANZSCO 132111)
  • Medical Administrator (ANZSCO 134211)
  • Health and Welfare Service Managers, nec (ANZSCO 134299)
  • Customer Service Manager (ANZSCO 149212)
  • Equipment Hire Manager (ANZSCO 149915)
  • Financial Investment Adviser (ANZSCO 222311)
  • ICT Trainer (ANZSCO 223211)
  • Librarian (ANZSCO 224611)
  • Database Administrator (ANZSCO 262111)
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer (ANZSCO 271214)
  • Pharmacy Technician (ANZSCO 311215)
  • Cook (ANZSCO 351411)
  • Shearer (ANZSCO 361211)
  • Hairdresser (ANZSCO 391111)
  • Gas or Petroleum Operator (ANZSCO 399212)
  • Fire Protection Equipment Technician (ANZSCO 399918)
  • Diversional Therapist (ANZSCO 411311)
  • First Aid Trainer (ANZSCO 451815)
The State Occupation List is the list of occupations eligible for state nomination in South Australia. To be eligible, applicants must meet a range of eligibility criteria including having a positive skills assessment from the relevant assessing authority for their nominated occupation, as well as meeting relative federal and state requirements for the visa applied for.

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Hospitality industry wants broader use for 457 visas

Monday, April 07, 2014
The Australian hospitality industry has renewed calls for the Department of Immigration to alter the requirement for 457 visa holders to have 'functional English' where they are being sponsored as chefs and cooks. The industry would also like to see waiters and bar staff eligible for the 457 visa, arguing that the hospitality industry has a significant shortage of Australian staff and overseas workers are needed for the industry to survive.

More from The Australian;

Strict English language requirements for foreign workers are being reviewed as the Immigration Department negotiates a new labour agreement for the hospitality industry.

The department is evaluating an industry request to fast-track thousands more foreign chefs and cooks on temporary work visas.

Separately, the department is considering lowering the existing requirement for 457 visa workers to have “functional ¬≠English’’, as part of a government-ordered inquiry into the temporary work scheme.

Restaurant and Catering Australia chief executive John Hart yesterday revealed the hospitality industry wants the agreement to extend 457 visas to cover waiters and bar staff, as well as skilled chefs and managers.

The industry also wants to waive English language requirements and axe the $53,900 minimum salary.

Mr Hart said foreign workers should be paid the same award rates as Australian staff. And he said kitchen staff did not need to speak English.

“The reality is that most of the people coming into the business are cooks and chefs and many of the kitchens, especially in the ethnic cuisine, don’t use English at all,’’ he said. “The language of the kitchen is the language of the cuisine. It is not appropriate to set the bar so high where there’s no requirement for English in the workplace, particularly with cooks and chefs.’’

Mr Hart said the industry needed to recruit 3500 more chefs and cooks because of a shortage of local labour.

Restaurateur Philip Thompson, who owns the Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, said he had sponsored two chefs and two managers on 457 visas, and relied heavily on backpackers and foreign students to staff his popular Circular Quay eatery.

Mr Thompson said he paid award wages, but still could not find suitable Australian workers.

Only three of his 40 staff, including the head chef, were Australian. He has hired seven Italian waiters — “they’re fantastic and really understand service’’ — but backpacker visa rules prevented him employing them for more than six months.

To read the full article at The Australian, click here.

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Australia named best country in the world for teenagers

Friday, April 04, 2014
Parents considering migrating to Australia but who are held up by concerns about whether their children will benefit from a big move, rest easy. Researchers have found that Australia is the best country in the world to be a teenager. According to a report, Australia's education, safety, job prospects and healthy living are some of its highest-achieving aspects, however the world famous beaches, beautiful weather and sporting culture all get acknowledgements also.

More from The Australian;

The United Kingdom is ranked fourth, behind Sweden and South Korea, but above Germany and the US, according to the Global Youth Wellbeing Index published yesterday.

The report, by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, gathers data from 30 nations which are home to 70 per cent of all those aged 10 to 24.

Wealthy countries dominate the top spots, but there are surprises. Vietnam is ranked 11th, mostly on the strength of its healthy young population and their growing economic opportunities.

Russia, one of the ten richest nations examined, but with an oppressive approach to free speech, languishes in 25th place and is considered the worst place in the world for young people when it comes to measuring whether they feel valued by their society. The study puts Russia 29th out of 30 on issues of safety and security.

Australia does especially well on the quality of its education, job prospects, healthy living and safety issues, while Britain scores highly in areas such as life expectancy and literacy.

To read the full article at The Australian, click here.

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