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New Australia work visa plan scrapped as government seeks alternatives

16:52 30/04/2016
Plans to allow businesses to recruit specialist foreign workers for up to 12 months, without requiring a 457 visa , have been scrapped by Australia's federal government. The move comes as officials...

Fewer Irish backpackers applying for Australian working holiday visas

9:37 08/01/2016
According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald – a popular Australian newspaper – and as previously reported by, there are fewer Irish backpackers applying for Australian working...

IHMS can't locate refugees due to poor Australian immigration records

12:26 06/08/2015
A combination of poor recording keeping by the Australian Immigration department and bad data management by International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) has resulted in the IHMS being unable to...

Australia's Immigration Department to invest $100m in IT

13:33 20/09/2005
Australia's Immigration Department will spend an extra $100 million on IT over the next five years, and the figure could rise even further as the department considers whether it needs to spend more...

Australia's head of immigration quits

16:29 11/07/2005
The head of Australia's Immigration Department has resigned, after the release of a report on cases of wrongful detention and deportation. Prime Minister John Howard said he had accepted the...