5 Things I Dislike About Living in Australia

5 Things I Dislike About Living in Australia

Things I dislike about living in Australia  I have been living in Oz for 4 years and love it here except for 5 things that really irritate me. Remember this is the lucky country so I reckon that everything should run pretty smoothly, no excuses. That’s quite naive coming from an old goat like me […]

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New Vocations Added To Regional Occupation List

New Vocations Added To Regional Occupation List

New Vocations added to the 2018 Regional Occupation List – Visa 489   Since March 2018, most of the focus has been on the changes made to the new TSS 482 employer sponsored program. Finally, new positive changes have been made to the Regional Occupations List (ROL) for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa. […]

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Vivid Sydney 2018 Light Show Spectacular

Vivid Sydney 2018 Light Show Spectacular

Vivid Sydney 2018 Spectacular Video by Natgrapher Video Published 25 May 2018 I can’t believe its that time of the year again and according to everyone I know who have seen it they agree that it’s the best light show, ever. Vivid Sydney 2018 celebrates 10 years of amazing light shows and displays around Sydney […]

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Eight Great Reasons To Live In Australia

Eight Great Reasons To Live In Australia

Great reasons to live in Australia I want to share my eight great reasons to live in Australia.  It took me a bit of time (4 years) but as I learn more about Australia’s fascinating fauna and flora and see it’s beautiful natural wonders, the more I love it here. Here are eight reasons to […]

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Expat Quality of Living Survey 2018

Expat Quality of Living Survey 2018

2 Australian cities in the top 2018 The 2018 Mercer expat quality of living survey released in March 2018 places Sydney in 10th position and Melbourne 16th position. Mercer is the leading provider of data on quality of living for expats sent to work abroad. The 2018 expat quality of living study compares 230 cities […]

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Two Tasmanian Visa Options – 2018

Two Tasmanian Visa Options – 2018

Two Tasmanian Visa Options Tasmania values its migrants so if you are thinking of moving to Australia then the Tasmanian option may be worth looking into. Tasmania is considered by most people who have visited there as one of the most spectacular places in the world. I have yet to come across anyone who has […]

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Australian Sponsors Obligations for TSS Visa

Australian Sponsors Obligations  for TSS Visa

Australian sponsors obligations for the 482 TSS visa – 2018 The 457 visa was abolished on the 18th March 2018 and replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 visa. Changes to the legislation are extensive and affect all employers who sponsor staff. Here is a summary of important information which you the employee […]

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Australian Business Visas in 2018

Australian Business Visas in 2018

Business Visas for Australia requirements The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for Australian business visas. If you’d like to start a business in Australia, but you’re not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you should know: how to go about getting the correct visa finding out about the legal and government requirements […]

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Australian Employer Sponsorship 2018

Australian Employer Sponsorship 2018

Employer sponsorship update 2018 Australian employer sponsorship 2018 Last April 2017 the Australian government announced that the 457 visa will replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa in early March 2018. Since then there have been many changes to the employer sponsored program including this January 2018 and the remainder due early March 2018 New occupations […]

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Australian Pet Owner

Australian Pet Owner

Australian pet ownership is high Maria Venter – South Africans to Oz According to the RSPCA, Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. About 63% of Aussie households own pets, with dogs being the most common at 39%, and 29% going to cats. The rest goes to birds, horses, […]

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5 Reasons to Love Australia in 2018

5 Reasons to Love Australia in 2018

5 Reasons to love Australia in 2018 1) Climate When you think about why you love Australia the first thing that comes to mind for most people is blue skies with lots of sunshine. Yes, most of Oz basks in the wonderful warm glow of that big yellow ball up above but you must take […]

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Australia’s Stricter Visa Controls In 2018

Australia’s Stricter Visa Controls In 2018

Stricter visa controls in 2018 Frank Rijkers – South Africans to Oz Will stricter visa controls in 2018 make visa application processing faster for genuine applicants in Oz? MARA migration agents think it is probable that there will be stricter visa controls in Australia 2018. Agents expect the Australian Immigration Department to introduce a new […]

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Use an Expert Migration Agent – 5 Reasons To

Use an Expert Migration Agent – 5 Reasons To

Top 5 Reasons to Use an Expert Migration Agent Should you use a MARA Migration Agent to lodge your visa application, that is the question? Firstly you must decide if the added expense of engaging an expert migration agent is really worth it? Below are 5 prime reasons why you might consider using an expert […]

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Australian Christmas – Tradition

Australian Christmas – Tradition

Australian Christmas celebrated the Aussie way Maria Venter  Well first of all, as the Aussies tend to shorten every longer word they can, it’s not Christmas, but rather Chrissy! Coming from SA we are used to the warmer kind of festive season, but there are still some major differences in the way Aussies celebrate Christmas. […]

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Australian Religious Groups – Census 2016

Australian Religious Groups – Census 2016

Australian religious groups census results Australia recently held a plebiscite to ask the nation if marriage between gay people is acceptable by many Australians. This has been a big deal here and the yes vote won the day quite handsomely. The marriage equality bill will become law before Xmas this year. For many Aussies their […]

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Future Australian Occupations For 2030

Future Australian Occupations For 2030

Future Australian occupations for migrants from South Africa A new report has predicted that in little over a decade every job in Australia will change. Some jobs will disappear altogether due to automation while other jobs will be less repetitive. Future job seekers must enhance their writing and communication skills to stay employed. I often […]

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My Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

My Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

My exciting Sydney Harbour Bridge climb Maria Venter – South Africans to Oz So what’s it like climbing one of the world’s most recognized landmarks? I have only one word that sums it up….magical! And this is how I got to do it: During my first year in Australia as a broke backpacker, I took […]

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Australian RSL Club Culture

Australian RSL Club Culture

  Maria Venter – South Africans to Oz Returned and Services League of Australia The Clubs were established to provide hospitality for war veterans as well as a place for them to build comradeship. Today they are profitable organisations which are frequented by most Australian families. You find these clubs in almost every town, ranging […]

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Australia’s Great Kangaroos

Australia’s Great Kangaroos

Kangaroos – a hop, skip & jump Frank Rijkers – South Africans to Oz When arriving in Australia a while back to visit our daughter it was my mission  to see Australia’s great kangaroos in their natural environment. I had already seen them at the Sydney Taronga Zoo and the Australian Reptile Park which was […]

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Australian Citizenship – No Changes

Australian Citizenship – No Changes

Australian Citizenship – No Changes I recently heard on the news that the proposed changes to Australian Citizenship the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment  Bill 2017 lapsed on 18th October 2017. This means that applications are again being assessed against previous residence requirements. It seems that applications lodged after the 1st July 2018 may be affected after new […]

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