Welcome to the April 2013
Poms in Oz Newsletter
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March was another busy month with over 1,300 new members
This month we've got 457 visa news, our monthly competition
and a feature on 'My Visa Manager'.
All the best
Government rhetoric continues against 457 visas
The Australian Government says a 21% increase in the number of foreign
skilled visa holders in February, compared to the same month last year,
justifies its crackdown on the 457 visa program.
However the figures, revealed in a report from the Immigration
Department, also show the number of visas granted has been on "a
general downward trend" since peaking last August.
The report states the number of visas granted this financial year to the
end of February was just 4.8% higher than the same period a year
It also says the February figure of just more than 5,000 visas granted
represents a 12.3% decrease from the previous month.
Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor instead chose to highlight the 21%
rise in the total number of visa holders, saying it is much higher than
any increase in the employment rate and underlines the need to tighten
"The 457 increase continues... which completely and utterly
underlines the need to bring about the reforms so that the 457 visa is
used for the purposes it was constructed - which of course is to fill
temporary shortages," he said.
"I say to those naysayers and critics of the reforms that there is
clear evidence that the increase in 457s is running much faster than the
and migration issues
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457 Visa workers earning 15pc more than Australian average
FOREIGN workers granted a
457 visa are earning base salaries that are $10,708, or 15%
higher than the Australian average for full-time employees.
In every industry, apart from mining and information
technology, and in every area outside of the ACT, the most
recent temporary visa-holders earn more than the average
industry or state rate.
Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor expressed concern this
week at the rate of growth of the program and the potential for
457 visas to be used to drive down the wages of local workers.
"We are of the view that you need a temporary skill stream to
respond to shortages in sectors across this country,'' he
said in Perth last Thursday. "But what we do not accept is people
should be using 457s in a manner that is contrary to the
intentions of that scheme.
"What we do not accept is that the 457s should be brought in
to reduce employment conditions and reduce the nominal and real
rates of pay of local workers."
Discuss visas and migration issues
According to figures issued last week by the Department of
Immigration and Citizenship, there were 46,870 primary
applications granted for the subclass 457 visa category in the
eight months to the end of February.
The average base salary (not including overtime, superannuation,
bonuses or salary package items) nominated by sponsors for these
new entrants was $83,300. The average annual ordinary-time
earnings for a full-time adult worker in Australia was $72,592
in November, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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Australian PM committed to 'sizeable' immigration program
Australian PM, JULIA Gillard says Australia will
continue to run "a sizeable immigration program"
as she steers the nation towards a population of
more than 40 million by 2050.
The former "big Australia" opponent said she did
not anticipate a change in the overall rate of
immigration and would not impose population
targets, while defending her government's
treatment of asylum-seekers.
The Prime Minister, who has ordered a crackdown
on visas for foreign workers, said her
government was appropriately focused on skilled
migrants and those who would become permanent
residents and later citizens of Australia.
"We will continue in the years to come in my
view to be a nation that welcomes migrants and
particularly welcomes skilled migrants, and we
continue to operate quite a sizeable immigration
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures
released recently, show net overseas migration
jumped by almost a third, to 228,000, in the 12
months to September 30 last year.
When the Prime Minister warned in the 2010
election campaign against "hurtling towards a
big Australia" of more than 35 million by 2050,
net overseas migration was running at about
176,000 a year.
But, in her first comments since last week's
figures, Ms Gillard was uncritical of the rate
of immigration or population growth.
"We will continue to see immigration. It will be
important to economic growth," she said.
"In terms of estimating population numbers for
the future, I'm not one that says you need to
set a target.
"I think what you've got to do is manage your
migration program in line with your nation's
needs, which means that there will always be
some year-by-year adjustment."
She said the government was concerned with
settlement patterns, and suggested the national
broadband network would boost the number of
migrants locating themselves in regional areas.
British expat pensions value halve in 10 years
New research shows the income of British expat
pensioners has fallen by 50% in the past 10
years – and as if that wasn’t bad enough rising
inflation is expected to push company pension
funds deeper into the red.
The falling value of the pound has hit pension
income by nearly 50% says international pensions
payment firm Equiniti Paymaster.
They looked at how the currency fluctuations hit
50,000 pensioner expats and just about everyone
has seen the value of their pension go down.
Most expat pensioners are living in the Eurozone,
that’s around 12% of them, and a retiree who
stopped working in March 2003 would have
received a pension of 7,300 Euros.
However, that figure has now dropped to 5,692
Euros, a fall of 22%.
Expats who retired to Canada saw a 36% slump;
those in New Zealand are now 38% poorer while
those living in the US saw a small drop of 8%.
One of the biggest British expat communities
is in Australia and those who retired there are
the biggest losers with pensions dropping in
value by 47%.
Two countries saw pension values increase in the
past 10 years – Jamaica, which saw pensions rise
by 66% as Sterling performed well against the
island’s dollar while South African retirees saw
a 6% rise.
Keith Boughton, a director at the firm, said:
“Sterling was worth significantly more 10 years
ago than now. Expats retiring abroad enjoyed
good value from their pension.
“Now expat pensioners are struggling to
safeguard their spending power and income as the
plunging pound has left them with a financial
hole to plug.”
To compound the worrying situation, the value of
company pension schemes is set to drop
considerably because of falling corporate bond
yields and rising inflation – and this will
impact what the pension firms will pay out in
the coming months.
With inflation predicted to rise later this
year, company pension schemes will be hit hard.
competition this month is for Australian
residents only. The winner will receive an
electronic portable luggage scale - ideal for
helping you avoid those excess baggage charges!
To enter the competition, head over to the
April competition page on the forum
Australian news in brief
- Short-term visitor arrivals to Australia decreased in
February 2013 for the first time since April 2011.
- WA govt announces plan to give magnetite iron ore miners
a royalty concession in a bid to get big mining projects off
- Latest IPSOS 'Mind and Mood' report reveals that on the
457 visa issue, Australians were confused about skilled
migration, what type of workers the economy needed and
whether foreign workers were going to "take away Australian
State Specific Forums
In addition to Pomsinoz, we operate several state specific
Australia migration/expat forums. Our regional forums are a
great place to meet new friends and get detailed information
about the area you're moving to.
Pomsinoz features several vendor forums which allow members to
directly liaise and get information from the companies that
we partner with. The forums are:
Banking: Ask NAB - Chat with Rebecca Joils at National
Australia Bank about migrant and expatriate banking and
opening an Australian Bank account before you move to
Money Transfer: Ask Moneycorp - Chat with John Kinghorn
at Moneycorp about buying Australian dollars and making
international money transfers.
Pension Transfers: Ask Vista - Chat with Andrew Williams
at Vista Financial Services about transferring UK Pensions
to Australian Superannuation funds.
Shipping Pets: Ask Pet Air - Chat with Bob Ghandour at
Pet Air about shipping your pets to Australia.
Removals Insurance: Ask IYM - Chat with Insure Your Move
about insuring your shipment of household goods & effects to
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