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Australia plans to reopen International Borders by Christmas

Is it true for Temporary Visa Holders?

Everyone is talking about how achievable International Travel will be to resume on Christmas if all states keep to the national plan. December 18th is now the most significant day for many Australians, having Qantas planned at least six international routes for this date and five the following day. 

The idea obeys the intentions of opening up internationally with markets whose vaccination levels are similar to Australian Targets, 80%. UK, North America, Canada, Japan, Singapore, and Fiji are within the released list of routes available for the aperture. However, the question that remains is, 

what would be the case for temporary visa holders that want to reunite with their families overseas? Would they be able to return safely to Australia even when the International return gap is limited for Australian Citizens?

At this stage, it is unclear if the situation would change for Temporary Visa Holders. However, according to the Department of Home Affairs, Temporary visa holders in Australia can depart Australia at any time. Still, they will generally not be permitted to return.  

What are the options to leave and return to Australia if I hold a Temporary Visa?

Temporary visa holders seeking to leave and then return to Australia may apply for an inwards exemption before leaving. Applications will only be approved if:

  1. The applicant meets the requirements for an individual exemption from Australia’s Inward Travel Restrictions, 
  2. The applicant has a strong compassionate or compelling reason to leave Australia, including 
    • attending the funeral of a close family member overseas, 
    • visiting a close family member who is seriously or critically ill
    • or seeking necessary medical treatment not available in Australia.

*Evidence should be provided at all times.

Applications for Travel Exemption must be lodge at least two weeks, but not more than two months, before your planned travel.

Applications must include:

  • traveller details: name, date of birth, visa type and number, passport number
  • proposed residential address and phone number in Australia
  • your reasons for coming: why you should be granted an exemption
  • a supporting statement: setting out how you meet one of the grounds for an exemption
  • accompanying evidence.

 

Please note - If you are not granted an exemption, you should not continue with your travel plans, as you will not be permitted to board a flight to Australia. If you are granted a travel exemption, you need to take evidence of that exemption decision to the airport.

Department of Home Affairs

How do I know if I am entitled to an automatic travel exemption?

You can only leave and enter Australia without obtaining an individual exemption if you are, 

  • an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia
  • an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, including defacto relationships. However, marriage certificate, evidence of your de-facto relationship, shared finances or property, birth certificate for your children, among others, documents should be presented as part of the evidence at the airport. 
  • a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia
  • a diplomat accredited to Australia, including their immediate family members (each member of the family unit must hold a valid subclass 995 visa)
  • a person transiting Australia for 72 hours or less
  • airline crew, a maritime crew including marine pilots
  • a person recruited under the Government approved Seasonal Worker Program or Pacific Labour Scheme
  • a person who holds a Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa
  • A person who holds a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa in the ‘Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery Event’ stream and who is supported by the Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce.

What are the Individual exemptions from Australia’s Inward Travel Restrictions?

Individual exemptions are granted if you are, 

  • a foreign national travelling at the invitation of the Australian Government or a state/territory government authority to assist in the COVID-19 response
  • a foreign national whose entry into Australia would be in the national interest, supported by the Australian Government or a state authority
  • providing critical or specialist medical services, including air ambulance, medical evacuations and delivering critical medical supplies
  • a foreign national with critical skills or working in a critical sector in Australia
  • a foreign national sponsored by your employer to work in Australia in an occupation on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)
  • Military personnel, including those who form part of the Status of Forces Agreement, Commonwealth Armed Forces, Asia Pacific Forces and Status of Armed Forces Agreement
  • A student who has been selected to take part in an International Student Arrivals Plan. 
  • A student in the final three years of study of a medical university degree, where they have evidence of a confirmed placement in an Australian hospital or medical practice. Placements must commence within the next two months of the arrival. 
  • A student in the final two years of study of a dental, nursing or allied health profession university degree, where they have evidence of a confirmed placement in an Australian hospital or medical practice which begins within the next two months.
  • A higher degree research student enrolled in an Australian education institution (including Masters by research and PhD students) with evidence of a current research grant from a Commonwealth agency or support from a relevant government agency outlining why the research is considered essential and/or in Australia’s national interest and how their role is critical to the research.
  • Travelling for compassionate and compelling reasons.
  • a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa holder whose visa has been granted and the application lodged before 18 August 2020.

All information provided via The Australian Department of Home Affairs. For more information, please check the latest updates on COVID-19 and border travel restrictions and exemptions here 

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International Students To Return to NSW Early Dec 2021

Exciting News

International Students To Return to NSW Early Dec 2021

Following the news about International Travel resuming on the 18th December, NSW Treasurer – Dominic Perrottet – announced last week that hundreds of international students would start returning to NSW by the end of this year.

We Understand there is a lot of expectation and commotion from Offshore students, so we have collected a few of the most commonly asked questions to bring more clarity to all our members abroad.

These FAQs will be updated as more information is received, so please check the page regularly.  

Who will be Eligible to return?

To be eligible, students must satisfy and agree to some requirements:

  1. Only a small number of students will initially be eligible to return. Priority will be given to those pursuing medicine and health-related degrees or those close enough to complete their studies with one of the participating providers. 
  2. Students will need to have already a valid Australian Student Visa and return a negative COVID-19 test pre-departure.
  3. All inbound international students need to be fully vaccinated with one of the TGA-recognised vaccines.
  4. Students must follow strict quarantine protocols in purpose-built student accommodations located in Redfern.

Which Vaccine do I need to have to be eligible?

All participating students will be required to be fully vaccinated with one of the therapeutic Goods Administration recognised vaccines, which includes Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

Which Education Providers have signed up for the Pilot Program to bring International Students back to NSW in late 2021?

Providers who signed up to the industry-funded pilot plan are as follows,

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Macquarie University
  • The University of Newcastle
  •  The University of Sydney
  • UNSW
  • UTS
  • the University of Wollongong 
  •  Western Sydney University
  • Independent providers include International College of Management Sydney, Kaplan, Navitas, RedHill and Study Group

 Information via NSW Government website 

How can I register my Interest?

At these stage, students cannot register their interest in the pilot program. NSW Government and Education Providers will contact eligible students directly once they have been selected. 

What sort of Travel and quarantine Arrangements are involved in the Pilot Plan?

During the first phase of the pilot plan, 250 international students will return to NSW per fortnight on chartered flights at their own expense. They must quarantine for 14-days in a specifically approved student accommodation, such as Scape Accommodation – which would be accomodating up to 650 returning International Students as per COVIDSafe standards. All information will be communicated directly to the international student at every step of the NSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan, so they are clear about their responsibilities and obligations. 

How much will returning international students be paying?

All costs associated with travel and quarantine will be borne by participating education providers and returning students. Specific details about the costs will be communicated directly to international students by their education providers. 

Will returning international students be able to commence on-campus learning?

Education providers will resume on-campus learning with COVID-safe arrangements in accordance with the National COVID-19 Transition Plan agreed by National Cabinet. including tutorials, workshops, libraries, and practical requirements. In due course, students will also be able to meet with teaching and support staff, in an appropriate campus setting.

Will returning international students be able to commence on-campus learning?

Education providers will resume on-campus learning with COVID-safe arrangements in accordance with the National COVID-19 Transition Plan agreed by National Cabinet. including tutorials, workshops, libraries, and practical requirements. In due course, students will also be able to meet with teaching and support staff, in an appropriate campus setting.

Will the weekly number of returning   students eventually increase?

NSW Government will continue to work with education providers and the wider sector to deliver a successful International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan, so that more international students who remain abroad can get back to NSW as soon as possible. A successful, scaled return will lead to an expanded pilot and allow for more students from a range of institutions to return to NSW in due course.

What happens Next?

NSW Government will continue to work with education providers and the wider sector to deliver a successful International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan, so that more international students can get back to NSW as soon as possible.  

  • The weekly number of returning students will be eventually increased if the pilot program proves to be safe and successful, which will lead to an expanded number of education providers and returning students. 
  • For those students who are still unable to return to NSW, Education providers will continue to provide online classes and support while they can return and recommence their studies. 

Please visit the Study NSW Return Program for further information about the program to return international students to Sydney. 

Contact us whenever you have questions or
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Top 10 highest paying jobs in Australia

Did you know that Australia's average full-time salary is $89,000, or about $1712 a week?

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) released in June 2021 the latest Taxation Statistics report, revealing Australia’s ten highest-earning professions. These highly appealing occupations allow specialists to take home over $150,000 a year, with the highest-paid career rewarding its professionals with an average salary of almost $400,000. Unsurprisingly, careers in the medical field take out half of the top ten spots on the list. 

We know Money is not everything, but it is a good starting point to judge or evaluate certain education and career paths. Thus, you can clearly understand how much money you might earn after completing your degree or qualification. However, the information provided is based on average taxable income, meaning that people might be making more or less depending upon their skills and experience in the industry.

Engineering Manager

10. Engineering Manager

🖇️ Field

Engineering

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Strong

💸 Average Annual Income

$159,940

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

25,578

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

Bachelor's or Masters degree in Engineering Management. Certificates and Diplomas might take place when they are combined with industrial experience.

📚 Available Courses

Starting from $9000 a Year

9. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Managing Director

🖇️ Field

Business and Management related

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Stable

💸 Average Annual Income

$164,896

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

190,386

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

Any business-related course might help you undertake a career as an Executive Director. Courses in Accounting, Business, Marketing, Project Management will be an excellent way to start.

📚 Available Courses

Starting from $4000 a Year

CEO
Mining Engineering

8. Mining engineer

🖇️ Field

Engineering

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Strong

💸 Average Annual Income

$184,507

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

8,856

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

Engineering qualification, either on a bachelor or Masters level, with a major in Mining.

📚 Available Courses

Starting from $24,000 a Year

7. Judicial or other legal professionals

🖇️ Field

Law

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Moderate

💸 Average Annual Income

$188,798

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

3,866

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

Law Degree

📚 Available Courses

Starting from $55,000 a Year

Legal Professionals
Medical Practitioners

6. Medical Practitioners

🖇️ Field

Healthcare (Cardiologist, Oncologist, Radiologist, Gynaecologist, Dermatologist, among others).

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Strong

💸 Average Annual Income

$222,933

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

28,404

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

Formal Qualification are a must, including Higher Degrees + specialisation in the selected area.

✅Additional Requirements

Registration with the Australian Medical Board.

📚 Available Courses

Medical Degree Starting from $33,000 a Year

5. Psychiatrist

🖇️ Field

Healthcare (Psychiatrist)

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Strong

💸 Average Annual Income

$235,558

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

3,001

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

Medical Degree plus additional training with Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

✅Additional Requirements

Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

📚 Available Courses

Medical Degree Starting from $33,000 a Year

Psychiatrist
Financial Dealer

4. Financial dealer

🖇️ Field

Finance

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Stable

💸 Average Annual Income

$275,984

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

4,720

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

Degrees in Commerce, Finance or Accounting

📚 Available Courses

Starting from $14,000 a Year

3. Internal medical specialist

🖇️ Field

Healthcare

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Moderate

💸 Average Annual Income

$304,752

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

9,559

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

A medical degree and a fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

📚 Available Courses

Medical Degree Starting from $33,000 a Year

Internal Medical Specialist
Anaesthetist

2. Anaesthetists

🖇️ Field

Healthcare

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Strong

💸 Average Annual Income

$386,065

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

3,412

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

Medical degree with 1-year internship and hospital training as a resident doctor. An anaesthetist will undergo five years of specialist training with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

📚 Available Courses

Medical Degree starting from $33,000 a Year

1. Surgeons

🖇️ Field

Healthcare

📈 Future Demand and Growth

Strong

💸 Average Annual Income

$394,303

🧍Number of Individuals in the profession

4,150

👨🏽‍🎓Qualification Required

Medical Degree and specialised training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

📚 Available Courses

Medical Degree starting from $33,000 a Year

Surgeon

Additional Occupations earning more than $100,000 per year are

1. IT Manager- $130,027
2. School Principal – $121685
3. Electrical Engineer – $115,687
4. Train or tram driver $114,296
5. Construction manager – $109,000
6. Advertising and sales manager – $105,451
7. Auditor, company secretary or corporate treasurer – $105,337
8. Computer network professionals – $101,202

If you would like to find out more about courses or you are planning to study in Australia, please book a free consultation with one of our Education Experts. Otherwise, let us know which qualification you are currently studying in Australia.

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How good are your literacy and numeracy skills ? LNN Explained

Do you know many Universities in Australia require the language, literacy and numeracy skills testas part of the admission process?

What exactly the LLN is?

LLN stands for language, literacy and numeracy skills. It is a test to evaluate people ability to understand and interpretate daily situations, including work-related tasks. It believes that different training processes and live experiences significantly impact on an individual ability to read, write, speak and make calculations for everyday life. Thus, Australian Universities are not enquiring applicants to take this exam as part of the enrolment process for both – Domestic and International Students.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

LNN Components

Language

Language includes communication forms such as speaking, listening, reading, writing and visual communication.

Literacy

Literacy means being able to read and use written information. It also means being able to contextualise your writing appropriately.

Numeracy

Literacy means being able to read and use written information. It also means being able to contextualise your writing appropriately.

Find more examples at the Australian Council for Educational Research  or click the links below, 

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Recognition of prior learning (RPL): What it is and how to apply.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process in which a person’s skills and Knowledge are validated independently if they were gathered in Australia or overseas. The assessment then determines to what extent a life experience, work or other activities such as short courses or volunteering have provided learning outcomes similar to the desired qualification. Thus, it recognises and provides credits against units of competency, often shortening the time needed to undertake a qualification.

To RPL takes up to 2 weeks to receive the certification. Still, time is relative to how well you can confirm your experience and Knowledge through a series of documents, including but not limited to:

100 ID points (passport, driver's license, bank card, etc.)

Resume

Two Reference Letters

Photos and videos (may or may not be required for each certificate of completion)

Evidence of work (i.e Payslips and invoices)

RPL can be applied to all areas of Knowledge, including automotive, building and construction, business and finance, civil construction, community services, engineer, fitness and recreation, hair and beauty, health and massage, commercial cookery and hospitality, information technology, meat processing, plumbing services, transport and logistics, retail services and entertainment.

Please remember that the proof of experience, knowledge and skills may be subject to variations based on the industrial sector to which it applies. Please get in touch if you require a one-on-one consultation to see how RPL can be applied to your particular circumstances.  

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internship programs for international students in australia

Living in Australia is guaranteed to be a fun and exciting experience. It offers endless opportunities, and the culture is fascinatingly multicultural. Interning in Australia does not stay behind; people constantly learn inside and outside the office while exposed to different environments and ways of thinking. Every day has its highlight, and what’s more, you will never get tired of exploring your new host environment.

Australian Internships are available throughout the year and all around the country. However, major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth will have more business-oriented internships. At the same time, wildlife or environmental research are most likely to be found at the Great Barrier Reef or in Western Australia.

How do I find a suitable Internship for me?

Three main ways to secure an internship are through an internship program provider, Universities career and training departments, or a major job search platform, such as SEEK, and CareerOne.

If you would like to proceed with an Internship program, we have listed a few of them here for your reference: The Intern Group,  Intern OZ and Intern NZ, Australian Internships, INTERNeX International Exchange, and CareerUp. Be mindful of checking their previous customer feedback and the alignment of their offerings to your career goals.

Universities in Australia have career and internship programs available to current students and alumni to ensure they get their feet in the workforce and grow within the industry. Please contact your University and inquire about the career and Internship advisor to secure your career development in Australia. 

Are Internships paid or unpaid in Australia?

Fair Work OMBUDSMAN, the legal and regulatory body of employment interactions in Australia, defines work experience and internships are types of on-the-job training. They can span different lengths of time and can lead to ongoing employment. They can be unpaid or paid based on specific parameters, such as:

Unpaid Internship

Must not last longer than specific periods (i.e. 3 or 6 months) and should include both benefits for you and commercial gain for the company.

Paid Internships

Covers all tasks and work that a paid employee would usually do. This indicates an employment relationship, and the employer should pay the trainee for the hours it works.

What visa do I need to have if I would like to pursue an internship in Australia?

There are three visas you can aim for when applying for Internship programs in Australia. If you are a student in Australia, you can participate in internships, and other paid work for up to 40 hours a fortnight during the teaching period or 40 hours a week during holidays. If you hold this visa, you are eligible to engage in both paid and unpaid internship programs that do not require you to commit more than 20 hours a week. 

On the other hand, if you are between 18 to 30 years old (or up to 35 for Canadian, French, and Irish citizens) and belong to an eligible country, you can apply for a working and holiday visa in Australia. This visa type will allow you to work full time for the length of your visa, including internships and any other form of employment relationship. 

Finally, if you are overseas but would like to gain some work experience in Australia, you can apply for the Training Visa. For this visa, you will need an employer to sponsor and nominate you. It should be a lawful Australian organization, a government agency, or a foreign government organization. To learn more about Eligibility and Obligations for both the sponsor and applicant, visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website

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Skilled migration program

According to the Department of Home Affairs, the Skilled stream of the Migration Program is designed to attract migrants who make a significant contribution to the Australian economy and fill positions where no Australian workers are available. It plays a crucial role in providing skills and labour that can’t be sourced locally, encouraging regional development, and promoting local investment.

To be eligible for the skilled migration program, applicants must hold specific qualifications, work experience and language ability requirements to be granted a skilled migrant visa in Australia. 

Migration agents list the following as the highlight points for Skilled migration,

2. Meet the minimum points required at the time of the application.

1. Obtain a Skilled assessment to showcase your qualification and work experience in the nominated occupation.

3. Lodge expression of interest, and once the invitation is received, you will have 60 days to lodge your visa application.

*Please be mindful that all states and territories are subject to their own rules and procedures, so it is essential to receive professional assistance while proceeding with these processes.

If you are after the dream of staying in Australia for Good, we have worked closely with a migration lawyer to summarise trade and non-trade courses that would help you undertake a profession listed in the priority skilled migration list, released June 2021.  

To learn more about these courses and how they can help you stay in Australia for good, please book a consultation with one of our experts by filling the form.  

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22 occupations added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

Since June 30, 22 occupations were added to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) to support Australia’s COVID recovery through Skilled Migration.

“The PMSOL, first announced in September 2020, is developed in conjunction with the National Skills Commission to ensure a small number of critical occupations are filled to continue to create Australian jobs and aid in Australia’s ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19”

 

This update brings the list to 41 priority occupations, where the expert advice of the National Skills Commission and different Commonwealth departments are laying their eyes on to fill critical skills needed to support the Australian economy. The list is temporary, and priority occupations may change as Australia recovers from the pandemic.

Here are the 41 occupations now listed on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List,

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Accountant (General) (221111)*
  • Management Accountant (221112)*
  • Taxation Accountant (221113)*
  • External Auditor (221213)*
  • Internal Auditor (221214)*
  • Surveyor (232212)*
  • Cartographer (232213)*
  • Other Spatial Scientist (232214)*
  • Civil Engineer (233211)*
  • Geotechnical Engineer (233212)*
  • Structural Engineer (233214)*
  • Transport Engineer (233215)*
  • Electrical Engineer (233311)*
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) (233611)*
  • Petroleum Engineer (233612)*
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611)*
  • Veterinarian (234711)
  • Orthotist or Prosthetist (251912)*
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioners nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Multimedia Specialist (261211)*
  • Analyst Programmer (261311)*
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399)*
  • ICT Security Specialist (262112)*
  • Social Worker (272511)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)
  • Chef (351311)*

All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but occupations on the PMSOL will take priority. If you would like to evaluate your migration pathways and study options, please fill in the form. We will be pleased to assist you with your intentions to live, work and study in Australia!

Disclosure: Information provided via the Department of Home Affairs and the latest communication of the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs. Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website or book a one-on-one consultation meeting with our migration partners for the latest updates.

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Superannuation Explained to International Students

BEFORE WE START

What is Superannuation?

Superannuation (or super) is money set aside while you’re working in Australia, so you’ll have money to live off when you retire. An employer must pay the employee super to the nominated super account. Please note that you should make your regular super contributions to comply with the law if you are self-employed.

How does Superannuation work?

The super is a percentage of your salary paid into the nominated super account for every issued payment. Your super fund then invests this money intending to help your retirement savings grow and for you to get the best possible retirement outcome.

How do I know if my employer is paying my super?

If you are working and earning $450 or more per month, your employer is obligated to pay your super. You can verify your employers’ contributions and discriminate those payments between salary, taxes and Super on your Payslip. However, your employer should be paying 10% of your before-tax income to your super. 

How do I choose a Super fund?

If you do not have a super account, you have two options: allow your employer to open an account for you with the super fund of their preference. Otherwise, you can compare the available options and see which one is the one that performs better and has the most reasonable fees. The Australian Taxation Office has created a comparison tool to help all citizens with this process. To compare super funds, click here. 

Essential considerations for you to remember, 

Make sure you only have one super fund to avoid paying extra fees.

Monitor your Super fund's performance and fees to ensure they are investing your money wisely 

Cancel the insurance that you do not require. 

I do not know who my Super Fund is - how do I find out?

If you don’t know where your superannuation money is, contact your employer to find out what super fund they paid money into for you. You can also find your MyGov account and linking to the ATO: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/Keeping-track-of-your-super/#Checkyoursuper

What happens with my Super when I leave Australia? 

Once you have departed Australia, you can lodge a claim to receive the ‘Departing Australia Superannuation Payment’ or DASP. 

 

You may be eligible to claim your superannuation money only if:

You were on an eligible temporary resident visa (eg. overseas student visa), and your visa has expired or been cancelled.

What information do I need to receive the DASP?

Before you leave Australia, you need to collect enough information to make your claim. Please consider the following list as a starting point. Still, feel free to confirm the information provided with an accountant or directly with the Government to avoid any difficulties during the submission.

  • Your Superannuation provider’s Australian business number (ABN)
  • Superannuation product name
  • Superannuation fund number (SFN)
  • Your Member/Account number
  • Superannuation product identification number (SPIN)
  • Superannuation provider’s Client ID
  • Date you joined the superannuation fund
  • Your employer’s name
  • Your employer’s address
  • Your Employment dates (from/to)
  •  If you have more than $5000 in your super fund you must complete Form 1194 Certification of Immigration Status from the Department of Home Affairs (‘Immigration’) website: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1194.pdf

My visa is still active, but i left Australia and I do not intent to return. Can i claim my super?

In this case, you will need to ask the Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs to cancel your visa before you are eligible to lodge your application for DASP.

Important Disclaimer:

This information does not constitute legal advice. This information is primarily a summary of the information provided by the ATO and other available sources to help International Students solve their most common enquiries. 

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Benefits of studying in a Regional Area

Do you know that those who have graduated from a regional educational institution and have lived in regional Australia are eligible for a second Temporary Graduate Visa?

 

As defined by the Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs, the regional definition is comprised of 3 categories. However, additional incentives for skilled migrants are offered to those who migrate to locations classified as Category 2 or Category 3. Thus, the applicant who studies and lives in any of these regional locations is eligible for a second Temporary Graduate Visa. 

 

What are the conditions, 

  1. The applicant needs to remain in the regional area for the duration of their new visa, which could be a year-long or up to two years based on the regional location. 
  • If you study in a regional area – category 2, you may be eligible for an additional year on a second Temporary Graduate visa.
  • If you study in a regional area – Category 3, you may be eligible for an additional two years on a second Temporary Graduate Visa. 

What is the category of the city I am currently living in, or I am planning to live in? 

  • Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – Category 1 
  • Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle/Lake Macquarie, Wollongong/Illawarra, Geelong and Hobart – Category 2 
  • ‘ Other Regional Centres and Other Regional Areas’ – Category 3 

 

More details here on the immigration website.

Additional to this extension on the graduate stream, regional areas have, since November 2019, the skilled regional permanent resident visa or the skilled provisional visas (2), leading to Permanent Residency. Furthermore, those who have lived, studied, and worked in a regional area will receive additional points on their migration profile.

 

We have now discussed one of the main reasons for the rising number of international students who prefer regional areas to live, study and work in Australia. However, there are other great reasons for everyone to select regional areas as the primary destination, 

 

Tailored Courses

They are a vast range of quality courses and first-world education providers in all regional areas. However, although they have the same offerings as those in major cities, they also offer a more tailored portfolio to locally demanded skills and needs. 

Relaxing lifestyle with many pleasures

It is a more relaxing lifestyle where getting  involved in the host culture and new community is pretty easy. You can still also enjoy the pleasure of the big cities. 

Unique local experience

Regional Areas provide you with a unique experience at University, enjoying the natural scenery and increasing your opportunities to get a job in the first place due to lack of active workforce and skilled personnel.