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Dating and Romance Scams


Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions. They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details. These scams are also known as 'catfishing'.

Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time, and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging. Scammers may use a fictional name, or falsely take on the identities of real, trusted people such as military personnel, aid workers or professionals working abroad.

Once they have gained your trust, they will ask you (either subtly or directly) for money, gifts or your banking/credit card details. The scammer may also claim they want to travel to visit you, but cannot afford it unless you are able to lend them money to cover flights or other travel expenses.

If you think you have been scammed, report it to the website, app, or social media site where the scammer first approached you. Let them know the scammer's profile name and any other details that may help them to stop others being scammed. If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

Who is a Member of the Family Unit (MoFU)?


Permanent visa subclasses (excluding refugee, humanitarian or protection visas) and some provisional and temporary visa subclasses allow applicants to include direct family members in their application under the 'member of the family unit' (MoFU) arrangements.

A person might be a member of your family unit if they are your:

1. spouse or de facto partner or

2. child or step child;
- have not turned 18 or
- have turned 18, but have not turned 23, and are financially dependent on you or your partner or
- have turned 23 and are dependent on you or on the partner as they have a mental or physical disability that stops them from earning a living to support themselves

3. grandchild or step-grandchild who is a dependent of a child who meets one of the criteria under

Please note that a child is not eligible if they are engaged to be married or have a spouse or de facto partner.

10-Year Frequent Traveller Visitor Visa


A trial of the new 10-year 'Frequent Traveller' Visitor visa will commence from 12 December 2016 for holders of passports from the People's Republic of China.

The visa will be valid for up to 10 years and will allow multiple short stays of up to three months for tourist or business visit purposes. The visa will complement existing visitor visas and will be suited to travellers from China who have known long term plans for frequent short-term travel to Australia.

The visa has been introduced as a trial and therefore numbers are limited. The visa might be extended to other passport holders in the future. 

For more information click here.

Notice of changes to Visa Application Charges
As part of the 2015-16 Commonwealth Budget, the Government is introducing an  increase, effective from 1 July 2015, to a number of Visa Application Charges (VACs).
The proposed adjustments to the VACs, which come into effect on 1 July 2015,  include:
?    A price increase in line with inflation (2.3 per cent) to specific visas within the Permanent Migration Skill Stream, Skilled Graduate, Temporary Long Stay Business (Subclass 457), Visitor and Student visa streams.
?    A 5 per cent price increase to specific visas within the Temporary Resident Short Term Business and Entertainment visas, Working Holiday visas, Resident Return and Retirement Investor visas, and Contributory Parent visa streams.
?    A 10 per cent price increase on specific visas within the Other Family (Remaining Relative, Carer and Aged Dependent Relative) visas, and (non-contributory) Parent visa streams where the underlying demand is not expected to be impacted by the price increase.
?    A 50 per cent increase to the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) stream in the permanent migration skill stream category where the VAC is a very small component of the minimum $5 million of investments required under the visa regulation.
?    An alignment of VAC prices where a differential currently exists for lodging an onshore and offshore application for specific visa subclasses.

For your information these are the new guidelines for "Significant Investors" from 1st July (ie: the $5m and $15m visa categories):

New SIV and PIV announced by Austrade

 The following email has just been received for MIA members information from Austrade:Today the Government announced the new complying investment framework for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) and Premium Investor Visa (PIV) programme. The Government intends that the framework will be implemented from 1 July 2015 and will encourage investment into innovative Australian ideas and emerging companies. Austrade will also become a nominator for the SIV, alongside State and Territory Governments, and the sole nominator for the PIV.

The new arrangements are part of the Government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, announced by the Prime Minister in October 2014. Since the announcement, Austrade has undertaken extensive consultations with interested stakeholders, including public consideration of complying investment design options through two rounds of public written submissions (receiving approximately 170 submissions). Austrade and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will continue to consult with stakeholders to explain the investment framework ahead of the changes to the programme being implemented on 1 July 2015.
Under the new framework, SIV applicants will be required to invest at least $5 million over four years in complying investments, which must now include:
?    At least $500,000 in eligible Australian venture capital or growth private equity fund(s) investing in start-up and small private companies. The Government expects to increase this to $1 million for new applications within two years as the market responds;
?    At least $1.5 million in an eligible managed fund(s) or Listed Investment Companies (LICs) that invest in emerging companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX); an  
?    A 'balancing investment' of up to $3 million in managed fund(s) or LICs that invest in a combination of eligible assets that include other ASX listed companies, eligible corporate bonds or notes, annuities and real property (subject to the 10% limit on residential real estate).
Previously, investment through the SIV programme was largely going into passive investments like government bonds and residential real estate funds – areas that already attract large capital flows.

Direct investment in real estate has never been a complying investment for SIV and this will not change under the new arrangements. Indirect investment in residential real estate through managed funds will also now be limited. Importantly, a SIV holder can still independently invest in residential real estate so long as it complies with foreign investment rules, but this would not count as a complying investment to qualify for a visa.

The Government intends to introduce a new PIV from 1 July 2015 targeting talented entrepreneurs and innovators. The PIV will offer an accelerated 12 month pathway to permanent residency, for those meeting a $15 million threshold. The PIV will be available at the invitation of the Australian Government only, with potential recipients to be nominated by Austrade. This programme will be rolled out over the next year, focussing on attracting a small number of highly talented and entrepreneurial individuals. States and Territories will play an important role in helping to identify potential applicants.
A link to the Government's announcement and further information on the new complying investment framework for the SIV and PIV can be found on Austrade's webpage. Information on the process of applying for a SIV can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's webpage.

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 The following job ads have been published on Austjobs :

Inside Sales (City - Sydney)
Automotive Service Centre Manager - Darwin, NT (City - Darwin)
Mechanical Design Engineer (City - Melbourne)
Data Analyst, Retention (City - Sydney)
Senior Network Engineer (City - Melbourne)
VIC-Looking for VR GP's for 2 Clinics - Narre Warren (Non DWS) & St Albans (DWS) (City - Melbourne)
Senior Systems Engineer - Active Directory (City - Melbourne)
Sonographer| Cairns| Permanent or Locum (City - Brisbane)
Senior Radiographer | Section Manager of General Xray Unit | Sydney (City - Sydney)
Physiotherapist | Northern QLD | Fixed term contracts OK | Graduate role (QLD Regional - Cairns)
GP locum roles for VR GP's in 2015 (City - Sydney)
UX Designer (NSW Regional - Outer Western Sydney)
Senior Technical Test Analyst (City - Sydney)
Consultant Psychiatrist - 4 month Locum - start 29 June (City - Melbourne)
General Surgeon - Upper GI & Bariatric (City - Melbourne)
Senior Software Engineer/ Project Manager (City - Melbourne)
QLD - 2 x VR GP - DWS location - Cairns (Smithfield north) (QLD Regional - Far North)
Senior Desktop Support Engineer (City - Sydney)
Desktop Support Engineer - Investment Banking (City - Sydney)
Geriatrician / Geriatric Physician - Locum or perm (City - Melbourne)
Locum Gastroenetrologist 3 month+ Immediate start! (City - Melbourne)
Paediatric Surgeon - Hamilton (City - Sydney)
Sonographer | Permanent | Brisbane (City - Brisbane)
Consultant Psychiatrist - 3 month Locum - Immediate start! (City - Melbourne)
SA - Radiographers and Sonographers Wanted - Adelaide CBD (City - Adelaide)
General Surgeon - Breast & Acute Surgery (City - Melbourne)
Emergency Medicine Consultant | Rororua & Taupo| NZ (City - Melbourne)
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists - Locum or Permanent (City - Melbourne)
Front End Developer | Bootstrap | Responsive Design | Contract to Perm (City - Sydney)
Mid - Weight UX Designer (City - Sydney)
Senior Java Developer (City - Sydney)
Senior Java Developer & Tech Lead: Java / JVM / Scala (City - Sydney)
Data Analyst, Retention (City - Sydney)
Heavy Vehicle Diesel Mechanics (Buses) (NSW Regional - South Eastern NSW)
Auto Service Workshop Managers - Tamworth & Armidale, NSW (NSW Regional - New England NSW)
Assistant Service Manager / Qualified Mechanic - Perth, WA (City - Perth)
Sonographers - Sydney (City - Sydney)
Dentist (NSW Regional - Sturt NSW)
Senior Digital Project Manager/Digital Producer (NSW Regional - Central Coast NSW)
Trainee Sonographer | Permanent Full time | Northwestern VIC (VIC Regional - Sunraysia)
Software Services / Senior Account Manager (City - Sydney)
Kentico Developer (City - Sydney)
Printing Service Technician (City - Sydney)
Oracle Database Administrator (City - Melbourne)
Sonographer - Canberra, ACT (City - Canberra)
SONOGRAPHER | Permanent Position | Adelaide (City - Adelaide)
Automotive Service Centre Manager - Darwin, NT (City - Darwin)
Data Analyst, Retention (City - Sydney)
BDM (City - Sydney)
BDM (City - Sydney)
Auto Service Centre Manager - Randwick, NSW (City - Sydney)
Diagnostic Technicians / Master Technicians (Subaru, Renault, Fiat, Alfa Romeo) (City - Canberra)
Qualified Mechanics - Perth (City - Perth)
Armature Winder/Fitter Winder (SA Regional - Adelaide Hills)
Boot maker / shoe maker (City - Brisbane)
Qualified Panel Beater & Spray Painter (ACT Regional -ACT/Queanbeyan)
Sales Engineer (Engineer) (City - Sydney)
Senior Technical Test Analyst (City - Sydney)
Client Relationship Executive (ACT Regional -ACT/Queanbeyan)
Data Analyst, Retention (City - Sydney)
Inside Sales (City - Sydney)
Sonographers | Locum or Permanent | Hobart TAS (City - Hobart)
FT or PT | CT & General Radiographer |3 Locations, Approx 90KM from Sydney CBD. (NSW Regional - Wollongong NSW)
MRI Radiographer | Permanent | Sunshine Coast (QLD Regional - Fraser Coast)
Darwin - Business Manager Occupational Rehab (City - Darwin)
Medical Recruitment Consultant - North Sydney (City - Sydney)
Sonographer | Permanent | Melbourne (City - Melbourne)
Psychiatrist - Permanent or fixed term - Christchurch (City - Melbourne)
Psychiatrist | North & South Island, New Zealand - Auckland, Whangarei & other (City - Melbourne)
Internal/General Medicine Consultant - Wellington (City - Melbourne)
Gastroenterology & GM Consultant - West Auckland (City - Sydney)
BI/DWH Consultant (City - Melbourne)
Orthopaedic Surgeon with exp. in Spinal surgery & care - Hamilton (City - Sydney)
Quality Advisor | Aged Care | Melbourne (City - Melbourne)
Aged Care | Nurse Unit Manager | Camberwell Area (City - Melbourne)
IT System Administrator (Level 1 & 2) - Linux/Unix support exp. a MUST (City - Melbourne)
Data Analyst, Retention (City - Sydney)

Jobs on Offer in Australia - Feb

The following jobs are advertised through AustJobs:


Analyst (City - Sydney)
Permanent RADIOLOGIST - Public Hospital Melbourne VICTORIA (City - Melbourne)
Senior Project Manager (City - Sydney)
Site Manager/Supervisor - Commercial (City - Sydney)
Business Analyst (City - Sydney)
Change Manager (City - Sydney)
Salesforce Developer - Sydney based (City - Sydney)
Director of Nursing |DON| Derby |Accommodation and Vehicle provided (WA Regional - Kimberley)
Business development/account manager - Analytics (City - Sydney)
Gastroenterology & GM Consultant - West Auckland (City - Sydney)
Agricultural Mechanics (WA Regional - Midlands/Wheatbelt)
Visual Designer/ Developer (City - Sydney)
Inside Sales (City - Sydney)
NSW-Lake Innes-Dentist-Full time/perm (NSW Regional - New England NSW)
DWS - NSW - Lake Innes, nr Port Macquarie, needs 3 FT GP's + a locum (NSW Regional - Hastings NSW)
NSW - Cowra is RRMA 5 (Non VR GP's considered) but not DWS (NSW Regional - Far West NSW)
Diagnostic Technicians / Master Technicians (Subaru, Renault, Fiat, Alfa Romeo) (City - Canberra)
Sales Engineer (Engineer) (City - Sydney)
NSW - Eden needs a GP w/ an interest in women's health (NSW Regional - Lower South Coast NSW)
Auto Service Workshop Managers - Tamworth & Armidale, NSW (NSW Regional - New England NSW)
Psychiatrist | North & South Island, New Zealand - Auckland, Whangarei & other (City - Melbourne)
Auto Service Centre Manager - Randwick, NSW (City - Sydney)
DWS - WA - Port Hedland needs a VR GP w/ an interest in men's health (WA Regional - Southern WA)
Business Analyst (City - Sydney)
Data Scientist (City - Sydney)
Healthcare | Quality Manager Leadership Role | Sydney (City - Sydney)
URGENT! Aged Care Clinical Care Coordinator (CCC) - Perth (City - Perth)
Internal/General Medicine Consultant - Wellington (City - Melbourne)
Sales Director (City - Sydney)

China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

The negotiation of high-quality, comprehensive bilateral and regional Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) is an important economic strategy for the Government. FTAs can consolidate and extend the open trading environment for Australian business, meaning greater economic activity and more jobs available.

On 17 November 2014, Australia and China announced the conclusion of negotiations for a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

ChAFTA will support increased trade and investment between the two countries by reducing barriers to labour mobility and improving temporary entry access within the context of each country's existing immigration and employment frameworks and safeguards.

ChAFTA will provide improved access for a range of Australian and Chinese skilled service providers, investors and business visitors, supporting investment and providing business with greater certainty. Innovative new Investment Facilitation Arrangements (IFAs), which will operate within the framework of Australia's existing visa system, will also provide greater flexibilities for companies to respond to unique economic and labour market challenges. IFAs will be available for large infrastructure projects above $150 million, strengthening investment in this key area and leading to the creation of jobs and increased economic prosperity.

Alongside ChAFTA, Australia and China have also completed negotiations on a Work and Holiday Arrangement (WHA) under which Australia will grant visas for up to 5,000 Chinese work and holiday makers annually. The WHA will increase demand for tourism services and support the development of Australia's tourism sector, particularly in rural Australia.

Curent Jobs in Oz

Land Rover Technicians (NSW Regional - Hunter NSW)
Dentist (NSW Regional - Sturt NSW)
Aged Care | Registered Nurse | Care Manager | ACFI |DDON | DON | General Manager (City - Brisbane)
Aged Care | Registered Nurse | Care Manager | ACFI |DDON | DON | General Manager (City - Sydney)
Automotive Service Centre Manager - Perth (City - Perth)
Sonographer| Locum Positions | Numerous Locations across QLD (QLD Regional - Far North)
Radiologist - Whangarei close to Auckland| North Island | New Zealand (WA Regional - Mid West and Gascoyn)
Consultant Radiologist - Dunedin /Invercargill | South Island |New Zealand (NSW Regional - North Coast NSW)
Dual Nuclear Med Radiologist / Nuc Med Physician - VICTORIA (VIC Regional - Bendigo)
Aged Care | Clinical Care Coordinator / 2nd in charge | Perth (City - Perth)
BMW Technicians (City - Sydney)
Qualified Panel Beater & Spray Painter (VIC Regional - Geelong)
Civil , Structural , Geotechnical Engineer (City - Canberra)
C/C++ Software Engineer (City - Melbourne)
Diagnostic Technicians - Perth, WA (City - Perth)
Inside Sales Representatives (City - Sydney)
Commercial Business Analyst (City - Sydney)
Analyst (City - Sydney)
Inside Sales | IT Sales | Sydney (City - Sydney)
Echocardiographer / Cardiac Sonographer (City - Sydney)
Sonographers - Sydney (City - Sydney)
Psychologist | Work from your home office (City - Sydney)
Motor Mechanics | Visa Sponsorship Available (City - Perth)

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Jobs in Oz

The following job ads have been published since your last notification:

VR GP + View - Beautiful Sunshine Coast (QLD Regional - Fraser Coast)
Automotive Service Centre Manager - Hurstville, NSW (City - Sydney)
Dentist (NSW Regional - Sturt NSW)
Sonographer - Sydney (City - Sydney)
JDE - Financials Functional Consultant (City - Sydney)
Developer | .NET & Javascript | Programmer (City - Brisbane)
Graduate .Net Developer | Junior Programmer (City - Brisbane)
Physiotherapist | Northern QLD | Fixed term contracts OK | Graduate role (QLD Regional - Gladstone)
Private Practice Physiotherapist | 12 month contract | Grads welcome (City - Adelaide)
Analyst (City - Sydney)
RHEUMATOLOGIST - min.3 month role - AUCKLAND (City - Perth)
Estimator (City - Sydney)
Project Manager - Ariba/Concur (City - Sydney)
Senior Estimator (City - Canberra)
Quantity Surveyor (City - Canberra)
Motor Mechanics | Visa Sponsorship Available (City - Perth)
C/C++ Software Engineer (City - Melbourne)
Production Estimator (City - Sydney)
Commercial Estimator (City - Sydney)
Leading Hand | Refurbishment | Renovation | Fit Out | Construction (City - Sydney)
Project Manager (City - Sydney)
Physiotherapist | Northern QLD | Fixed term contracts OK | Graduate role (QLD Regional - Gladstone)
General Surgeon - South Island - New Zealand (City - Canberra)
Commercial Site Manager (City - Canberra)
Commercial Project Manager (City - Canberra)
Arborists Climbers Required Nationwide (NSW Regional - Hunter NSW)
Locum Aged Care Physiotherapist | Brisbane (City - Brisbane)
Physiotherapist | Northern QLD | Fixed term contracts OK | Graduate role (QLD Regional - Cairns)
Auto Service Centre Manager - Broadmeadows, VIC (City - Melbourne)
Project Manager (City - Sydney)
Executive Digital Producer (City - Sydney)
QLD - Aged Care Facility in GC/Tweed F/T VR GP (locum initially OK) (QLD Regional - Gold Coast)
MRI Radiographer | Permanent | Queensland (QLD Regional - Mackay)
Sonographer| Western Australia (City - Perth)
SA - GP in RRMA 5 location (no DWS 2 hrs North of Adelaide (SA Regional - Kadina/Clare)
.net Sitecore Developer (City - Melbourne)
VR GP - Busy Private Billing GC Practice with $80 standard consult! (QLD Regional - Gold Coast)
Account Manager /Sales Engineer (City - Sydney)
Private Practice Physiotherapist | 12 month contract | Grads welcome (City - Melbourne)
Private Practice Physiotherapist | 12 month contract | Grads welcome (City - Hobart)
Private Practice Physiotherapist | 12 month contract | Grads welcome (NSW Regional - Central Coast NSW)
RADIOLOGIST |FRANZCR Perm | Locum |with View| DWS |19AB | Mandurah / Bunbury WA (WA Regional - Southern WA)
3 FTE VR GP's for an ASAP start in Melbourne non DWS locations (City - Melbourne)
NSW - VR GP for Forster (non DWS) - 70% (NSW Regional - Manning NSW)
Radiologist (Female) FRANZCR Sydney NSW - Flexible Perm or Part-time (City - Sydney)
Deputy Clinical Director/Senior GP in Tropical North QLD! Ongoing career options (QLD Regional - Cairns)
Sales Engineer (Engineer) (City - Sydney)
MRI Radiographer | Permanent | Sydney (City - Sydney)
Sonographer | Permanent & Contract| Perth WA (City - Perth)
Aged Care | Registered Nurse | Care Manager | ACFI |DDON | DON | General Manager (City - Sydney)

We hope there is something for you. You can find these and other jobs at:

Good luck!

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