Is the Australian Skilled Migration Program closed indefinitely? A response from the Department of Home Affairs

Is the Australian Skilled Migration Program closed indefinitely? A response from the Department of Home Affairs The State and Territory nominated visa programs will play an important part in Australia’s economic recovery and continue to be a part of the Migration Program. The Australian Government is considering how best to shape the Migration Program into the future to drive economic growth and support job creation. Nominations will be made available to States and Territories in line with these considerations, in the following categories: Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190). Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491). Business Innovation and Investment Program. …read more

Queensland International Student Crisis Assistance Grants

The portal to apply for the Queensland International Student Crisis Assistance Grant is now open. Students should only apply if you meet the eligibility criteria listed on the Study Queensland website. Eligible students can apply through the Queensland Government’s Community Recovery Portal via this link:

Updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

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Important message for people on temporary visas

Emergency relief and casework support. 15 April 2020 You may have heard that Red Cross is receiving funding from the Australian Government for the next six months to deliver emergency relief and casework support for people who are on temporary visas. We have welcomed this news. Red Cross has not yet received these funds. It may be one or two weeks before we do. Here is some important information to read before you contact us. What are the funds for? Who is eligible? What should I do? I need help now What are the funds for? These are emergency relief …read more

Latest on travel restrictions and visa holders

Financial support for temporary visa holders

The Australian government is looking at getting financial assistance for visa holders who are currently in Australia. A proposal for an assistance package will be going to National Cabinet next week. Visa Holder’s won’t be included into the Job Keeper Package as that will require a completely different set of legislative changes. Therefore a separate package is being considered in conjunction with Home Affairs. Once we have details we will share it here.

Department of Education COVID-19 FAQ for parents

Frequently asked questions for parents

Cairns Coronavirus Hotline


WHAT IS THE ASSISTED RETURNS PROGRAM? The Assisted Returns Program provides non-citizens with an option to voluntarily depart Australia. We listen to your needs, respect your choices, and give you options to return home. If you are deemed eligible, expenses related to your approved travel arrangements will be covered under the Assisted Returns Program. Your assigned Case Worker will also help you obtain travel documents and organise your travel bookings. This service is offered on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.   Assisted Returns


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