COVID-19: Information for PTE Academic test takers and institutions

Pearson Australia have advised that the Darwin centre for PTE Academic test takers will re-open from today, 1 May 2020. Please note that availability is limited and current and prospective PTE Academic candidates are encouraged to directly contact Pearson PTE. For more information, please visit the Pearson PTE website here.

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Leaving and returning to Australia

Fully vaccinated Australians will soon be eligible for international travel without first seeking an exemption.The government has announced that Australian citizens or permanent residents aged 12 and over who have received two doses of a recognised vaccine will be able to travel without needing an exemption. This could start sometime in November but there will be…

New Agricultural Worker Visa is now available

The new Australian Agricultural Worker visa is now open for applications as a new stream in the subclass 403 (Temporary Work (International Relations) visa. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will manage the AAWP and will negotiate bilateral agreements with foreign governments for the program. Only visa applicants from countries that are a…

Federal Government’s 2020/2021 Budget and Migration Planning

Last night’s release of the 20/21 Federal Budget provided new announcements and information related to the Australian Migration Program for this financial year. Rachael Adolphe and Anke Nagel from our Migration Team have dissected the content to bring you these highlights: Overall Planning Levels The government will maintain the planning level for 160,000 places this…

Upcoming changes to the Working Holiday Maker Visa Programs

The Hon Alex Hawke MP announced yesterday of upcoming changes to the Working Holiday Maker programs to support tourism and hospitality sectors. The changes will include: From 1 July 2021, Working Holiday Makers who were unable to come to Australia or had to leave early because of COVID-19 will be able to apply for a…

Additional occupations for the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) announced

On 22 June 2021, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke MP announced the inclusion of a further 22 occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). This brings the total now to 41 occupations. The PMSOL is a list of critical occupations necessary for the ongoing recovery of…

Is interest payable on overdue levies?

Interest on Body Corporate Levies The recent decision of Richard Bruxner, president of the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“NTCAT”) in MacNaughton v The Proprietors – Unit Plan 91/181 has put a spotlight on whether a Body Corporate can charge a unit holder interest on overdue contributions and levies.[1] The Unit Titles Schemes (Management…