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The pros and cons of a career in accountancy

Source –  Gradaustralia

No job is all upside. As you prepare to go into the world of full-time work, it’s worth considering how much you’ll enjoy the pros and how disheartening you’ll find the cons of an accountancy career.

The world is full of accountancy grads who aren’t working as accountants. Some are musicians (Mick Jagger), some comedians (Eddie Izzard) and some novelists (John Grisham). Believe it or not, some are even mixed martial arts cage fighters (Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell). Of course, most accountancy grads do go on to become accountants, at least for a period of time. But before you do so it’s worth doing a little accounting of your own about the benefits and costs involved.

The benefits

  • Interesting work. Forget the clichés about bean counters toiling over stacks of musty financial records in sunless offices. Today’s accountants work on many different types of tasks. They often work in teams and many work in clients’ offices. Advances in technology mean many mundane activities have been automated, allowing accountants to focus on more challenging issues.
  • An exciting work environment. Your colleagues will – most of the time – be clever, motivated, and share your passion for accounting.
  • No career ceilings. A variety of career paths are available to accountants. These range from public accounting, to government and non-profit careers, to corporate accounting and academia. There are also many specialities such as tax, healthcare and environmental accounting. Accounting can also serve as a launching pad for careers in business, consulting, law, education, government and non-profits.
  • Travel the world. Accountants are in demand everywhere meaning it’s relatively easy to get a work visa for, or even citizenship of, a foreign country. If you work for one of the globe-spanning accountancy behemoths, you’ve got a good chance of being able to arrange a tour of duty somewhere like New York or London.
  • Autonomy. If you tire of working for The Man and want to be your own boss, you can join the heaving ranks of those accountants who’ve started their own firms.
  • Work in your tracksuit pants. Even if it’s something the big end of town has been slow to embrace, accountancy is a job that lends itself to telecommuting. Many self-employed accountants work from home offices and make themselves comfortable while doing so.
  • A healthy income. While salaries vary depending on the field and employer, Australian accountancy grads can expect to start on a salary of around $50,000. There’s the very real opportunity to double or triple that within 10 years. Should you continue to climb the greasy pole, it’s possible you could end up earning hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of dollars a year.
  • On-the-job learning. The accounting industry champions continuing education, which will help you keep your skills updated.
  • A free business education. Accountants get an inside view of how businesses operate and the mistakes business owners commonly make. This can come in handy as you move into the ranks of management. Or if you decide to hang out your own shingle.
  • Plentiful opportunities for career advancement. The bulk of the baby boomers—many of whom are in top management positions—are expected to retire in the next decade. This means Gen Y accountants should have many more opportunities for rapid advancement than their long-suffering Gen X counterparts did.
  • Increasing diversity. While once associated with middle-aged Anglo males, the industry in Australia has taken great strides in encouraging women and those from non-English-speaking backgrounds to get involved.

The costs

  • Long hours. You can expect to work a minimum of 40 hours a week and a lot more than that if you’re trying to climb the career ladder. Even if you’re not a career-obsessed workaholic, you’ll still be expected to burn the midnight oil during busy periods of the financial year.
  • Travel. Roaming across the country and globe can seem exciting when you’re young and single but it can get draining when you’re not so young and trying to raise a family.
  • Stress. Some accountants help manage multimillion-dollar enterprises. Even the humblest of suburban accountants is likely to be playing a crucial role in monitoring the financial viability of many small family businesses. So pressure will always be part of the equation.
  • Never-ending study. Ever-changing tax laws and certification requirements mean that accountants must continue to learn throughout their careers. As a graduate, you’ll probably need to combine long hours on the job with getting a qualification from an accountancy body such as CPA.
  • Office politics. Of course, this is an issue in every industry. But put a lot of ambitious, high-achieving types together and you’re going to get ego clashes and turf wars.
  • Conformism. Individualists may have a tough time in the industry because of its focus on teamwork and rules-oriented best practices.
  • Sedentary work environment. Accountants—especially those in more junior positions—spend a lot of time seated in front of their computers.
  • Competing demands. Accountants are usually assigned multiple projects at any given time. (You’ll need to learn how to prioritise and, when needed, learn to say no.)
  • Conservative culture. Other industries may have loosened up in recent years but the accountancy industry maintains a well-deserved reputation for staid respectability. Given the nature of the work and the expectations of clients, the industry is unlikely to change. If you’re looking for a workplace with ping pong tables and a casual dress code, you should consider other options.

Higher salaries inspire school leavers to consider accounting career

Source – accountantsdaily

Citing recent data from recruitment agency SEEK, where accounting was ranked among the NSW top professions as the highest for salaries, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) are encouraging school leavers to take up accounting.

Lee Whitney, CA ANZ group executive account management, said accounting has also taken the lead as one of the top jobs for career opportunities.

“A career in accounting means more than just strong employment prospects and great pay; studying accounting prepares you for many career paths from corporate roles to working in not-for-profits,” Ms Whitney said. “Accounting skills are strongly valued from a variety of roles and sectors.”

Ms Whitney said it is a “very exciting time” to take on a role in accounting, as many of the positions are gearing up for “sustained future growth”.

CA ANZ said, on top of this, it makes for interesting work, there are no career limits as well as on-the-job learning. Ms Whitney said continuing professional development will be core to the job, “so you will forever be learning, improving and expanding”.

Additionally, income and travel are some of the reasons CA ANZ said school leavers should look at an accountant’s career. It added that having a CA will ensure new starts will be globally recognised and have more opportunities to work overseas.

“Ultimately, studying accounting and the view to become a chartered accountant will inevitably open doors to a very bright and interesting future,” Ms Whitney said.

Further changes expected in accounting in 2020

Source – accountantsdaily

The changes in the last decade are set to continue and there are still many unknowns, said  Lielette Calleja, the founder and director of All That Counts, in her analysis of the year to come.

She predicts that accountants will have more data available to them than ever before, which by default means that their role will change from one of compliance to one of consultation and advice.

“Technology will take care of the compliance piece and accountants will need to be skilled in analysing, interpreting and communicating information to the stakeholders,” Ms Calleja writes.

Admitting that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the change and the infinite number of options available, she said that we will continue to see profession niching across industries or specialties.

Ms Calleja explained that while many will sell the dream of being a ‘one-stop’ shop, many will struggle to execute and deliver.

“Firms need to harness the urge to remain relevant by accepting change and gaining professional agility,” Ms Calleja said.

“Some have already abandoned the typical image of the profession, so they are more relatable to tomorrow’s client. This behaviour is not restricted to small firms as we will see the more substantial firms adopt this mindset too.”

She advised students entering the accounting profession to prepare for the challenges of dealing with constant change plus the ability to adapt and embrace new technology.

The nuances of the new accounting world

Ms Calleja is confident that accountants will survive “the media extravaganza that AI and bots would replace our jobs”, but believes that while technology will do the heavy lifting, it doesn’t mean that accountants will work less.

She predicts the following:

  • Client expectations will continue to soar through the roof;
  • Clients want their accountants to know everything from software selection to tax advice;
  • Clients are finding it harder to justify paying huge hourly fees;
  • Clients want their accountant to help them with their cash flow issues;
  • Clients want to be inspired and led by their accountant;
  • Clients wish to have more touchpoints with their accountant at no extra cost;
  • Clients want to succeed at business and expect you to help them; and
  • Clients will switch from one firm to the other easily if they don’t see value.
  • Firms will want to offer a one-stop shop for all service offerings including bookkeeping, payroll, tax, CFO advisory and tech expertise;
  • Firms will struggle to find the right talent for the different service offerings;
  • Firms will find it harder to win and keep business – loyalty will only go so far;
  • Cloud technology will make it easier for clients to switch from one firm to another;
  • New legislation like STP is the catalyst for an influx of micro clients;
  • Firms need to invest in upskilling their team on products continually; and
  • Firms will do well to have a more significant focus on mental health and wellbeing.

Lying on your resume could be a crime

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Embellishing facts on a resumé is rife in Australia, but few job applicants know they could be arrested for it.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has conservatively estimated that 25 per cent of job seekers have inaccuracies on their curriculum vitae.

UNSW criminal law professor Alex Steel says that, depending on the nature of the inaccuracy, the lie could be considered a crime.

“There are crimes of fraud and forgery, and sometimes inaccuracies in a CV or reference could amount to either,” he said.

“Additionally, the inaccuracies might mean the tort of deceit has occurred and leave the person liable for damages. It might also be a breach of a term of an employment contract and lead to termination of employment.”

As well as losing their jobs, resumé liars could face court and possibly career-ending media coverage, and the prospect of a ban by professional bodies.

“You are entitled to cast your personality and experience in the best possible light, but the main rule is that the underlying claim can’t be untrue,” Steel said.

“If there is something that an employer needs to know or has a right to know, you shouldn’t omit it either.”

There have been several examples in Australia of people who’ve faced criminal charges after embellishing their resumés:

Myer executive who lied his way to a $400,000 job

Department store Myer sacked its general manager for strategic and business development after discovering he lied on his resumé.

Andrew Flanagan, a court heard, had claimed he had worked in jobs with salaries of $180,000, $140,000 and $350,000 before landing the $400,000 package with Myer.

He engaged acquaintances to be fake referees, who also lied to confirm his fake job history.

Flanagan was found out on the first day of his work after Myer publicly announced his appointment and an old “employer” contacted the retailer to deny that he had worked for them.

He walked out of the office at 3pm that day to supposedly retrieve documents that would prove his past employment, but never returned.

“Your engagement of dishonest friends to falsely vouch for you lifts the level of sophistication in your frauds and thus the gravity of your crimes to a far more serious level,” said Judge Gerard Mullaly.

“That you got away with hoodwinking such senior people in business, who I take are not gullible people, also reveals your concerted efforts to deceive.”

Flanagan was sentenced to a three-year corrections order, which involved 400 hours of community service as well as alcohol and mental health treatment.

Woman jailed for having herself as referee

Veronica Theriault, who was appointed as the head of IT in South Australia’s department of premier and cabinet, was arrested in 2017 after lies were discovered in her CV.

She was sacked from her $270,000-a-year gig for writing a false 20-year work history as a tech executive and claiming fake university degrees.

Theriault also invented a fictional person, ‘Ms Best’, to act as her own referee.

A judge this month sentenced the Western Australian woman to 25 months in jail, with a minimum of 12 months to be served.

Skills to keep you employable during the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Source – HAYS

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here and rapidly gaining ground. Many jobs are being automated via technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things and cloud computing.

Research from management consulting firm McKinsey suggests less than 5% of occupations will become fully automated in the future. However, about 60% of occupations could see at least a third of their job tasks automated.

Technology is also increasing how fast our knowledge and skills are becoming outdated. A report published by Deloitte claims the half-life of learned skills is now about five years.

Added to all this are global trends impacting the skills needed to do a huge number of jobs, ranging from digital transformation to our ageing populations and even climate change.

So how you can stay relevant and employable in the face of all this rapid change? In this, the first article in our Upskilling Always series, we look at the skills employers’ value most as well as why skills building needs to be a top priority for employees and employers alike.

For starters, the majority of the 951 employers we surveyed (77%) told us they were more likely to shortlist a qualified candidate who regularly upskills.

Employers told us that continuous upskilling shows a candidate is proactive, takes their development seriously, is genuinely interested in their field and is willing to put in the effort to stay up-to-date.

However, while 96% of the 1,253 professionals we surveyed regard upskilling as ‘very important’ or ‘important’ only a minority are putting in the work to ensure they are keeping up with the changing demands in their sector.

Don’t let that be you. As our CEO Alistair Cox has previously said, some of the best leaders he knows are role models for lifelong learning. It’s time to get on board with continuous upskilling.

Employers reveal the skills they value most

As well as keeping up with the technical know-how relevant to your specific job, employers are looking to see evidence candidates are developing the skills needed to solve new problems and collaborate with peers to exchange knowledge and ideas. Employers also want their people to be able to pivot to a new role or area of responsibility as things change.

Our survey revealed most of the skills in highest demand with employers are soft skills – technical skills ranked 7th on the list.

The most in demand skill was “communication”, nominated by 77% of employers. This makes sense. As technology drives more of our work tasks, employers are looking to their people to make gains through the way they engage and build relationships both internally and externally as well as how they collaborate and communicate to solve constantly evolving challenges and problems.

“Adaptability” was next on the list of skills nominated by employers but a full 10 percentage points behind communication skills.

Not surprisingly, “digital proficiency in a new technology relevant to an individual’s job” was third (64% of employers).

“Innovation” was next, nominated by 63% of employers, followed by “critical thinking” (61%), “emotional intelligence” (53%), “technical skills” (43%), “self-learning” (40%) and “data-based decision making” (35%).

Coding was nominated by just 6% of employers.

We at Hays agree with demographer Bernard Salt who said in this article we should view change as an opportunity for growth and development instead of a threat to the status quo.

“The great challenge… is to engage, upskill, reskill – to actually bring everyone along in the journey,” he said.

It’s human nature to find change uncomfortable but to survive and thrive in the workforce of today and tomorrow we must not only learn to adapt to constant change but exploit it to build our careers.

IFRS: new challenges, new opportunities for accountants

Source – INTHEBLACK

Financial statements need the input of more stakeholders than accountants, and accountants, too, need to think more broadly – their skill set is becoming more valuable as the need for better communication and broader valuation expertise becomes a normal part of the job.

Accounting standards are designed to make the principles and requirements clearer for financial report preparers and investors alike. International-based financial reporting (IFRS) continues to evolve as standard-setters seek to address the demand for more and better information in financial statements.

Debate continues around what should be in the hard numbers and what should be in the commentary accompanying financial statements. Corporate value associated with intangibles remains a challenging area for capture in financial statements. What is the effect of climate change on corporate bottom lines, and should cryptocurrencies be included as assets?

Sue Lloyd, vice-chair of the London-based International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), and Kris Peach FCPA, chair and CEO of the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) have overseen some major changes in accounting standards in recent years, and they can see new challenges on the horizon for the profession.

Lloyd says that because of the way the new standards are written, being a good accountant requires enhanced skills, such as a better understanding of risk management – expected credit losses for example.

“Accounting used to be very rules-based, but to account for loan-loss provisions [under IFRS 9 Financial Instruments], you need to understand risk management and know how the business is run. It’s far more interesting than it was in the past.”

Lloyd and Peach believe accountants are becoming more important and more involved with the front office.

Peach notes that companies such as Wesfarmers are asking how they can improve documents, so they are not just ticking the boxes and submitting a stock annual report as required by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

“They’re creating a document that talks to investors, and that requires a different mindset. With the standards we’re writing, it means you have to apply judgement far better than under a rules-based regime. Softer skills are becoming important.”

 

AI to birth new era of accounting, not eradicate it

Source – Accountants Daily

AI will not eradicate the accounting profession; instead, the ease of access to sophisticated infrastructure is forecast to give rise to new client-orientated businesses and trust-based relationships, said Institute of Public Accountants chief executive Andrew Conway, on the sidelines of the national congress held in Adelaide in November.

“What their [large software vendor] prediction is, in the next 20 years there’ll be a proliferation of smaller practices. There’ll be thousands and thousands of new smaller practices, because as people gain better access and more ready access to information through things like AI, they’ll be able to have richer conversations in a far more efficient way,” Mr Conway said.

“So, they’re going to have all the infrastructure of a large firm. But if you’re like the bespoke element of sitting opposite the table with someone with a client, one-on-one in a client’s meeting room is what the client’s going to buy in the future.”

Mr Conway explained that AI is yet another wave of evolution, comparable to its predecessors, and that accountants need to be part of the conversation.

He advised them to focus on building human interactions and relationships, because while “AI is good, emotional intelligence or EI is better”.

“It comes back to the point of why does a person engage an accountant? Fundamentally, they engage them because they are trusted and they engage them to see the whites of the eyes.”

Mr Conway clarified that the IPA’s professional development program caters for the changing nature of the accounting profession.

“We’ve changed our professional program, for example, the way we’re training accountants now is very different to what it was when I did it and others have done it,” Mr Conway said.

“I think for us it’s about how do we provide resources to professionals, our own staff, and then encourage our members to be more mindful about where they’re at in their stage of their career and what can they be working on.

“I think as I say, AI is there, but the EI is what people will be buying from you as a trust relationship, and that EI is so important. [Ask yourself] what are you doing to bolster that trust relationship.”

He explained that the success of an accounting practice will depend on its ability to diversify, adding that clients not receiving a personalised service from their accountants will turn elsewhere.

“If you’re not providing that advice to a client and they’re not getting that trust relationship with you, they’ll get it from someone else. So, I think client retention is really important.”

Mr Conway encouraged accountants to be upfront and talk openly about the changing face of accounting.

“It’s about using all the accounting knowledge and the skills around the conceptional framework, all those skills about judgement and scepticism that we get trained in, from a technical point of view, and then applying that in a human context,” Mr Conway concluded.

“That’s the capacity of us, being able to transition from the technician into the coach. We’ve proved we can do it and we will do it. We are already doing it. I think for us, it’s that sense of realising that the technology that’s being used now is enabling richer conversations.”

 

Are skills and workplace experience more valuable than a college degree?

The debate of education vs workplace experience is in full swing because nowadays, employers are looking for skills, traits, and personality for future leaders.

According to the latest report, it is found that around 2,552 workers in Australia (70%) say that work experience is beneficial to advance their career in the future.

In another report which was given by recruiter Hays from a poll stated that approximate 21% of people say informal learning advances the career of an individual, and the other 9% say formal education is beneficial for the best career.

These two reports say that people who haven’t attended college or university have higher chances of getting the best job. This means when other candidates are attending college or university at that time; those candidates are polishing their skills and traits to get selected for the job.

So, you may think that whose value is more- a degree or work experience. So, from all the above surveys and according to the people’s perception, expertise is a far better and effective way to get successful.

Let’s take an example- the field of accounting needs more on-job experience, which you will not get while studying accounting. That’s why more and more students are losing faith in tertiary education. And nowadays, many universities have hit back on this topic that only college education offers training to the specification field, but not develop the candidate for the workplace.

Today, in the corporate world, most of the employers are looking forward to that type of candidate who has both knowledge and skills. This is because the corporate world doesn’t want those candidates who have traditionally passed through the classroom. That’s why students are focusing on gaining skills and experience over a degree.

If you see the latest report that is given by the government, it stated that around 8.5% of bachelor’s students are unemployed, almost 16.8% of college

students are underemployed as they are doing the job that doesn’t need a college degree.

And this number of both unemployed and underemployed has doubled from the year 2007. So, don’t just rely on a college degree only as of the importance of learning skills matters a lot in this corporate and professional world. These four essential skills are: –

· Communication

· Problem-solving

· Critical thinking

· Social skills

But according to another report, it is found that greedy employers need both education and experience. So, if you are getting confused about what road you must take- university or job after completing school, then you can go for gaining both the skills.

Professionals call for revamp of the accounting education system to attract the young crowd

Accounting professionals, accounts institutes, colleges, universities, and consultants are demanding new standards and education in the accounting sector so that more and more young group gets attracted towards them.

According to the accounting education department of Australia’s consultant Heath Smith and pre-eminent product ‘Hype girl’, something is missing in the fundamentals of accounting.

Firstly, when this debate started, Ms Smith thought that this argument is just a waste of time. They fear that nowadays, due to technological advancements, robots are taking the work of men as an accountant, as this is the world of artificial intelligence and countless technology opportunities.

In another report, she also stated that the Australian students are getting tensed as there is a considerable hype in AI, and their jobs are in danger.

Now the question arises, what can be the scenario if accounts jobs get more interesting after some changes?

On the other hand, Ms Smith has a firm belief that this accounting education needs some alignment so that it gradually focuses on technology in an applied manner. Nowadays, also in spite of so much advancement in technology, accounts are taught in the same way at the tertiary level. It means the future accountants have to learn various things before getting into the workforce.

The director of For Prime Partners, James Carey, says that the work done by accounts graduates right now must be reflected at a tertiary level so that the young faces choose it as their career.

Furthermore, emotional intelligence and relationship-building need to engage in professional accounting courses, Mr Carey stated.

Business is that sector that needs accountants no matter how much technology gets advanced as there is a stable relationship between the two. Business owners can only trust accountants and can take advice for future progress, Mr Carey said.

He also stated that if the future accountants get extra-ordinary relationship skills, then not only their relationship gets strong and excel, they can talk to

clients. They can explain complex subjects in a small way, making them perfect for this job.

All the above comments from Ms Smith and Mr Carey are mainly from the side of universities, professional bodies, and from the employers.

Latest Australian Immigration Changes 2019

With the passing of 2019, the Australian government has brought some tremendous changes in the ever-shifting Immigration system. These changes will be applicable from 16th November 2019. The individuals who will suffer from these changes are: –

· Australian Skilled (GSM)

· Employer-Sponsored visas (ENS)

· Family Visa Program

Australia had opened two new Visas called skilled regional visas which will be applicable from 16th November 2019. It will be replaced by the existing two visas- specialized regional visa subclass 489 and regional sponsored migration scheme visa 187 subclasses.

Apart from this, the government of Australia has also announced the first changes in the points system.

The key features of the new regional visas are: –

1. The individual who has a visa can easily apply for permanent residence after clearing the eligibility criteria

2. Subclass 491 will get additional points

3. A new plethora of occupation opportunities

4. The individual who has applied for regional visas can get priority processing

5. People can stay for a more extended time in parts of Oz.

The students who have done graduation will get an extra one-year visa from the regional institutes.

The students will get an additional one-year benefit, who will complete their graduation from a registered university. These students will hold a temporary graduate visa under subclass 485.

The regional areas are Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Lake Macquarie, Illawarra, Geelong, Wollongong, Adelaide, Hobart, and Canberra.

Five years sponsored Temporary Parent Visa

With this introduction, the overseas parents of Australian citizens and permanent citizens will get 3 to 5 years visa at the cost of $5,000 to $10,000. This visa is renewable and can be extended for another ten years.

In this, the sponsors can only sponsor two parents at one go and must have an annual income of $83,454.80 without any debt.

 

South Australia Entrepreneur Visa

The Australian government in the coming future will support innovation in South Australia. It means the individuals who have creative and innovative ideas or want to do business, ideally will be supported by the government.

Firstly, these businessmen will get endorsed by the South Australian Government, and after that, apply to the Department of Home Affairs based on Temporary activities for the participation. This is a three years program. On the other hand, the overall length of the visa will entirely depend upon when it is given.

The essential point is international students are not eligible for this.

 

Western Australia will attract international students for skilled labour

 

With the changes in the immigration system, the Australian government has also introduced the Graduate qualified migration list which will gradually attract best global talent who have an advance qualification, traits, experience, and other features to develop their economy.

 

Extra points for skilled migration

The visa applicants who are sponsored or nominated from the above regional areas will get the added benefit of five points in terms of their points tests. On the other hand, the Australian government also announced other 10 points for those applicants whose spouse is skilled and who don’t have a spouse. Whereas, there is an extra point on the STEM subjects.

 

More occupation added to medium- and long-term skilled trade

This was the excellent news for the individuals who are under medium- and long-term qualified list. In this list, 36 more occupations are added, and most of these occupations are in the field of science, which is delivering new hope to the doctorate students. By this, they can earn more points.

 

Some changes in health conditions and disability for PR

The applicant who has some permanent health conditions and disability can no longer be evaluated on lifetime cost. Before this change, the government has also surged the overall cost from $40000 from $49000. It means any of the individuals who have a permanent medical illness can successfully get an Australian Visa.

 

Occupation ceilings for 2019 -20

In the occupation ceilings, it will be a significant boost to skilled migration. In this, Australia wants other 17,000 registered nurses. Moreover, ceilings for different departments like electricians, carpenters, secondary school teachers, etc will be around 8,000. Whereas, other professions percentage is fixed, i.e. 1000.

 

Increase in show money for foreign students

From the next year, international students have to show extra cash and evidence of funds of around $20,290. If the student is bringing a partner, then an additional $7,100 will be charged, and for each child, the cost is $3,040.

 

Matching ATO tax records to salaries of employer-sponsored migrants

The Australian government has cracked down on those companies who are underpaying employer-sponsored migrants.

Partnering with ATO, the Australian department will see into the tax file of those applicants who are holding 457/482 TSS visa so that their income is matched with the current tax to ensure they will be paid the right amount of salary according to work.

 

Cap lowered for skilled metropolitan migration to Australia

The population of Australia is increasing in major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Gold Coast. Because of this, the government is promoting these skilled workers to regional areas.

Longer processing time for a partner visa

Last November, the Australian government has passed the Family Violence Bill because of which the sponsorships must be first approved before the application is lodged. It means the partners have to undergo a strict process for assessing the character and history of both.

After reading these points, you would have come to know about the significant changes done by the Australian government in their immigration.

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