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Monthly Archives: November 2015

New health requirements mean processing delays, especially for sc457 visas

An estimated 180,000 visa applicants currently doing an x-ray only to meet the health criteria will soon be required to complete a medical examination as well, under the department of immigration’s new health standards. In addition, 30,000 children under 11 years, will be required to be screened for TB. The new health requirements announced by […]

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Advisors to face huge fines from 1 December for helping foreigners break investment laws

On 1 December, the new penalty regime for illegal foreign property purchases is expected to come into effect. The new laws will for the first time capture third party facilitators like real estate agents, accountants, and lawyers, who will face fines of $45,000 for individuals and $225,000 for a company if they knowingly assist foreign […]

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Paris attacks: Opera House among icons to light up blue, white and red in solidarity with France

The Sydney Opera House was among a range of landmarks to light up in the colours blue, white and red as Australians showed their support for Parisians rocked by terror attacks. Vigils were also held around the country in solidarity with the French after more than 120 people were killed in a coordinated series of […]

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Victoria to guarantee minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios

The Victorian Government will introduce legislation to guarantee a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio as set out in current enterprise agreements. Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the bill would take the staffing issue off the bargaining table for future industrial agreements. There is no one figure for all public hospitals, as the minimum ratio depends on the type […]

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