September, Issue # 80
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Government considers mandatory 5 year regional settlement
The Govt is to consider a plan that would require some new
immigrants to settle for up to 5 years outside Sydney or
Melbourne, as part of a yet-to-be-released landmark
population policy to ease congestion in the two largest
A time period for mandatory regional settlement as part of a
new migration program had been due to go to the Turnbull
cabinet. It has yet to be put to the new cabinet under Scott
Two government sources have confirmed that a period of
regional settlement, of up to five years, was a key plank of
the population package put before the government.
It came with a requirement to locate in regional areas or
capital cities other than Sydney or Melbourne, where the
rate of migrant settlement has reached almost 90 per cent of
A senior government source confirmed that the regional
settlement timeframe was to have been discussed by cabinet
before the leadership coup that led to the resignation of
Under the five-year model it is believed the new visa class
would apply to certain categories of new arrivals under the
skilled and family migration program but in some cases could
also apply to refugees.
The five-year period is understood to be based on a
threshold, after which many migrants would be likely to
choose to stay in the regional location after establishing
ties in the community, including through employment and
The move to impose regional settlement as a condition of
migrant visas has been in development since the 2016
election, in response to increasing community concerns about
urban pressures and congestion as well as social
Mr Morrison, who is a supporter of a strong migration
program as a driver of economic growth, is said to have
signed off on the original package as treasurer but would be
likely now to seek to review the package before taking it to
the new cabinet.
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Australia's population hits 25 Million
Australia's population hit the 25 million mark last month
according to projections from the Australian Bureau of
Statistics (ABS), a milestone reached in record time as net
migration continues to outpace births.
While we cannot know for certain who the 25 millionth person
was, author and political commentator George Megalogenis
said they were most likely a young, female Chinese student
or skilled worker.
"The two biggest migrant groups in Australia are Chinese and
Indians since the turn of the 21st century," he told The
"So we're getting an extraordinary number of Chinese and
Indians from two countries that are actually rising.
"Since about 2005, we're receiving more people from overseas
than have been added to our population through natural
increase, so more migrants than babies.
"The biggest story in the 21st century for Australia is the
Net overseas migration — the number of arrivals minus
departures — currently accounts for 62 per cent of
Australia's growth. Natural increase makes up 38 per cent.
"Last time that happened was in the gold rushes of the
1850s," Megalogenis said.
If you look at arrival figures, as opposed to net overseas
migration, people born in China emerge as the largest group
of migrants accounting for 15.8 per cent of total arrivals.
Divided by visa category, international students are the
largest group of arrivals, and China is the most common
country of birth for international students in Australia.
Concerns over transport infrastructure and property prices
in Sydney and Melbourne have seen population growth become a
political issue in both cities.
Last month, there were calls for an inquiry into population
growth and further cuts to the migration intake from the
Coalition's backbench, while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten
said there was an "out-of-control" amount of people coming
to Australia on work visas.
Megalogenis said instead of "dog whistling" on migration
policy, politicians should be working to ensure the benefits
of migration are shared more evenly.
"If you're running a mass migration program — and you know
you're locked into it because otherwise your population
would age too quickly — why don't you get a discussion going
about spreading the benefits to all the other parts of
Australia," he said.
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Obtain a UK Pension (Final Salary) Transfer Value
I would encourage anyone with a private UK Defined Benefit
Pension Scheme (sometimes referred to as a final salary
pension) to obtain a transfer value.
Values have been increasing steadily over the years and it
is believed that they have now perhaps peaked.
We are seeing values on average standing around 25x the
current annual pension benefits.
This means that if you have a UK pension and the current
benefit gives you a yearly pension of £10,000 the transfer
value could be £250,000.
So if you are a deferred member of a Defined Benefit (final
salary) UK Pension Scheme and live in Australia we strongly
believe that you should be proactive in this area and we (Vista
Financial Services) can request the relevant transfer
values and information for you.
We can then if required provide advice around whether these
benefits are best placed where they are OR whether they are
going to work better for you in retirement elsewhere we can
then if appropriate carry out a transfer for you.
Our solutions include being able to transfer to an
Australian Super Fund (QROPS) where applicable which is a
solution only open to people above age 55 currently (due to
We are also able to provide advice on transferring into an
International SIPP (perhaps as an interim measure if under
age 55 until it can be transferred to an Australia Super
Fund) where the money can be appropriately invested as
advised by us into UK and Australian currency dominated
investments (I will expand more on this solution in another
Please note that government pensions such a NHS and Police
Pension cannot be transferred neither can the UK State
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Wesfarmers CEO says migration decline would be very bad news
Wesfarmers chief executive Rob Scott has warned a decline in
migration levels would be “very bad news” for the Australian
economy leading to fewer jobs and lower wages.
Acknowledging there is currently a “backlash” running
through the community over immigration levels, Mr Scott, who
as the boss of Wesfarmers runs Australia’s biggest non-food
retailer, said this type of backlash often occurred because
governments had failed to invest in infrastructure such as
housing and public services.
As debate around the nation grows over the levels of
migration Australia should target and any flow on affect to
the economy, housing prices and congestion in our key
cities, Mr Scott strongly defended Australia’s long history
of migration levels and the benefits had to the domestic
“Australia has benefited from having the highest population
growth of OECD nations for some time. That is, currently
around 1.6 per cent v the average of 0.6 per cent,’’ Mr
He said it was a leading factor in Australia’s extended
period of uninterrupted economic growth.
“Migration has contributed to a reasonable proportion of
this growth and also provided access to new skills and
capabilities, additional spending and it has also
contributed to the multi-cultural and diverse society that
“This is also one of the key factors that has led to
Australia having sustained economic growth over the last 27
Mr Scott warned that a drop off in migration rates would
damage that momentum and growth of the national economy and
spill over to rising unemployment and a worsening standard
of living, labelling any moves “bad news”.
“If this trend was to decline, this would be very bad news
for Australia’s economic growth and ultimately mean fewer
jobs, lower wages and being less competitive as a nation.”
However, he did concede there was a growing backlash against
high migration levels, but this could be smoothed by more
investment in key infrastructure projects.
“Population growth, and related to this immigration, can be
a sensitive subjects. Backlash often occurs in major cities
that haven’t invested enough in infrastructure, housing and
public services and where bottlenecks exist. This is one of
the reasons why I believe infrastructure investment is so
critical for our nation – both in regional areas and our
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Dogtainers Pet Travel TipsWe all know that moving is a
stressful time in life, especially when it’s
internationally. It’s up there in the top 5 most stressful
things one can do in life, so it’s no surprise when moving
with your furry family member, the stress levels can hit an
all-time high. So we at Dogtainers wanted to take a minute
to help relieve some of that stress, and give you some
helpful tips and answer some frequently asked questions when
preparing for your move.
Pets can be very perceptive, they almost seem to know what
we are thinking sometimes, so in the lead up to a move, it’s
important to try to keep your pet as calm as possible.
Try to be as relaxed as possible when around your pet, and
go about your normal daily business. As the move gets
closer, there a few things you can do to ensure and your fur
baby for is prepared for a safe and comfortable journey.
1) Have a Vet checkup to ensure a your pets has a clean bill
of health, and make sure all your pets’ vaccinations are up
to date. For overseas travel, you may be required to have a
specific set of vaccinations depending on the destination
country (Dogtainers Pet Transport can clarify the
requirements with you).
2) Keep your pet’s vaccination history and any other
relevant documentation available, and make sure it’s not
somewhere likely to be packed away. Dogtainers may require
these documents when booking flights, boarding kennels and
applying for the relevant permits from government agencies
or third parties.
3) Have a soft item with a familiar smell to place inside
the crate with your pet. An old shirt, a soft toy or blanket
that your pet is used to will help your pet get familiarized
with the crate and will limit the distress on move day.
4) Make sure your pets is acclimatized to the travel crate
prior to travel. We recommend introducing your pet to the
travel crate in a positive environment, where your pet is
most at ease in the household. This will help them develop a
positive association with the travel crate, and overall
comfort during the transport. In most cases, having the
crate delivered to your residence several days before
departure is included in the international service offering.
You can enquire about this with your Dogtainers consultant.
Frequently asked questions
1) Should I sedate my pets before the flight?
We receive this question from many pet owners,
especially those that feel their pets are more anxious than
others, and the answer is a resounding no. Sedation and
altitude are not a good mix. Animals can become easy
dehydrated, disorientated and suffer from travel sickness.
It can also make it difficult to assess your pet’s wellbeing
when they arrive at their destination.
We do recommend that you do not feed your pet 6 hours prior
to travel day to help avoid your pet getting travel
sickness. We also recommend talking your dog for a walk or
run prior to the flight to stretch their legs.
2) What size travel crate should I use when transporting
It is vitally important that the crate is a suitable
size for your particular pet. This means that the crate must
not be too small, or too big. A crate that is oversized can
result in the animal being to unsettled if the flight is to
suffer turbulence, and a crate that is too small will likely
be rejected from traveling by an airline, not to mention the
discomfort of your fur baby during the flight. Dogtainers
are experts at travel crate sizing and can provide a full
range of IATA approved travel crates. For a comprehensive
guide on choosing the correct travel crate, visit
3) Where do pets travel on the plane?
Pets travel in a compartment which is usually towards
the rear of the aircraft. This compartment is climate
controlled with the temperature usually being set at 18
degrees by the captain of that particular aircraft.
For more frequently asked questions and expert pet travel
advice, contact Dogtainers Pet Transport, on 1300 13 52 52
or visit us at
At Dogtainers we are proud to say we are the oldest pet
transport company in Australia, with 16 offices over
Australia and New Zealand, and a verified customer feedback
scores of 97.5%, we are Australia’s most trusted animal
Just ask our customers
New South Wales no longer the Top Performing State
If you're moving to Australia and haven't decided where to
want to live yet, it may be worthwhile keeping an eye on
CommSec's 'State of the States' reports.
The quarterly report attempts to find out how Australia’s
states and territories are performing by analysing eight key
construction work done
Just as the Reserve Bank uses long-term averages to
determine the level of “normal” interest rates; CommSec do
the same with the economic indicators.
Read the latest State of the States Report
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World's most liveable cities - 3 Australian cities in the
After being named the world's most liveable city for seven
consecutive years, Melbourne has finally been dethroned -
slipping to number 2, with Vienna taking out the top spot
The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Liveability Index
ranks 140 cities each year on those topics, as well as
stability, culture and environment.
Sydney was the next best Australian city finishing in fifth
spot, followed by Adelaide at number ten.
Melbourne scored 98.4 out of a possible 100, achieving
maximum scores for healthcare, education and infrastructure.
Elsewhere, London was the highest ranked UK city,
coming in at number 48.
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Temp Migrant numbers to fallInternational student
numbers are expected to decrease and fewer humanitarian
visas are likely be granted next year, driving a downturn in
temporary migrant numbers, Citizenship and Multicultural
Affairs Minister Alan Tudge said.
Figures released by the Home Affairs Department earlier this
month show there has been a 5 per cent rise in the number of
people holding a temporary visa in June this year compared
with the same time last year.
“It’s likely the temporary migration figures will come down
over the next 12 months because it’s likely student numbers
will come off, that fewer temporary skilled migrants, as
well as we will no longer have the peak obviously with the
humanitarians with the extra numbers (who were) coming in
from Syria,” Mr Tudge said.
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