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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 May 2016
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 MAY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM New Skilled Occupations List released To apply for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested or Temporary Graduate visa then you must nominate an occupation from the SOL PHOTO: AP. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has released the new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for 2016-17, which will come into effect from 1 July 2016. The Skilled Occupations List is used for 189 (Skilled Independent Visa), 489 (Skilled Regional Provisional Visa) and 485 (Graduate Temporary Visa) visa applications. The DIBP has also released the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) which is used for 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa), 457 (Temporary Work Skilled Visa) and 186 (Employer Nominated Scheme) visa applications. Out of the 190,000 permanent migration places available, 128,550 places have been allocated for Skilled Migrants; a steady yearly increase. Skilled migration is not nationally biased as long as applicants hold the necessary qualifications to contribute to the Australian labour market, however, the process can be extremely complicated due to the strict occupational requirements when assessing your nominated occupation. It is imperative you nominate an occupation from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) if you are applying for an Independent or Family Sponsored Points Tested visa or Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream. Occupations in trade dominate the 2016-'17 SOL, including those of motor mechanics, chefs, metal fabricators, bricklayers, carpenters and painting trade workers. Accountants and IT-related professions such as systems analysts, developer programmers, software engineers and analyst programmers are also in demand. New categories also include audiologists, orthotists and prosthetists. Electrical engineering, elec- tronics engineering, mechanical engineering are high on the list, while metallurgists, mining and petroleum engineers have been removed from last year's catalog. Occupational health and safety advisers, environmental health officers, dental technicians, hygienists, prosthetists and therapists have also been excluded in the 2016-'17 selection. The 457 temporary visa program is the most popular for foreign workers trying to get into Australia, with about 50,000 applications per year. This visa allows people to work in the country for up to four years, during which they are allowed to bring their family to work or study. The program also allows travel in and out of Australia as often as the holders desire. For further information on skill assessment and requirements visit www.border.gov. au or www.ilmaustralia.com Addressing injustices facing new Australians A two-day national conference will examine the media’s role in representing ethnic communities In what is being celebrated as a milestone in relations between new migrant communities and the mainstream population, an inaugural two-day national conference will take place this month in Melbourne on Media, Migration and Integration. Co-hosted by Africa Media Australia, the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council, and the University of Adelaide, the overall theme will address the media's representations of ethnic communities and the impact on integration and social mobility. "This conference will be a critical milestone on the journey of migrant communities to address the persistent injustice of their negative representation by the media, and – even more importantly – to help journalists understand the impact that consistently negative reporting can have on individuals from these communities," said the conference's convenor, Clyde Salumu Sharady. The concern is that if some migrants are continually represented by the media as being 'un-Australian', 'criminal', potentially sympathetic to terrorists or oppressive to women, that the image of an entire community is being distorted. The negative impacts are numerous and can affect everything from an individual's chances of finding jobs, a home or new friends. Taking place at Rydges on Swanston in Carlton on May 31 and June 1, the forum will bring together some of the country's leading researchers, policy makers, journalists and social commentators. Delivering the opening address will be Victoria's Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, followed by presentations from some of Australia's most prominent 'cultural champions' and social justice campaigners, including World Vision CEO Tim Costello; chairman of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission John Searle; Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich; Press Council chairman David Weisbrot and prominent South African-born journalist Indira Naidoo. Among the forum's aims are the development of a mutually supportive framework to guide the media's reporting and engagement with migrant communities, namely relating to newer groups from Africa and the Middle East. It will also look at the bar- riers preventing journalists and newscasters from migrant communities from accessing high-profile media jobs, and forums through which media and community representatives can come together to discuss issues of mutual concern, including radicalisation, crime and family violence. The first conference of its kind, the sponsors hope it will become a regular event in Melbourne, which is home to more than 140 nationalities.
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