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Australia’s 50 highest paid jobs revealed in Tax Office data

ORDINARY Australians are struggling to make ends meet as wage growth stagnates and the cost of living soars but the one per cent are living large.

And while the true rich listers have their earnings tied up in complex company structures, the tax returns of the nation’s top salary earners reveal that they are living very comfortably indeed.
With high rates of underemployment, many ordinary workers would need to add an extra zero to their pay packet to match these earnings.

 

And while the true rich listers have their earnings tied up in complex company structures, the tax returns of the nation’s top salary earners reveal that they are living very comfortably indeed.

With high rates of underemployment, many ordinary workers would need to add an extra zero to their pay packet to match these earnings.

The latest Tax Office data reveals that male neurosurgeons have the best-paid job in the country, taking home a whopping $577,674 a year.

For women, it’s judges who lead the pack with $355,844, confirming the age-old cliche that studying law or medicine is the ticket to a life of comfort.

The gender pay gap is writ large in the results, with female neurosurgeons taking home just 56 per cent of their male counterparts’ salary, despite being the second-highest-paid professional women.

Medical specialists dominate the list of the 50 highest paid men’s jobs, with investment bankers, MPs, chief executives, dentists, company secretaries and mining engineers also making the list.

The worst-paid jobs involved manual labour and traineeships, many of them in industries that tend to employ part-time workers including fruit pickers, farm overseers, leaflet or newspaper deliverers, crossing supervisors, fast food cooks, dishwashers and kitchen hands.

Men and women in these positions reported earnings of a measly $13,307 to $20,575 a year.
AUSTRALIA’S 50 BEST-PAID JOBS

Men

Neurosurgeon $577,674
Ophthalmologist $552,947
Cardiologist $453,253
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon $448,530
Gynaecologist; Obstetrician $446,507
Otorhinolaryngologist $445,939
Orthopedic surgeon $439,629
Urologist $433,792
Vascular surgeon $417,524
Gastroenterologist $415,192
Diagnostic and interventional radiologist $386,003
Dermatologist $383,880
Judge — law $381,323
Anaesthetist $370,492
Cardiothoracic surgeon $358,043
Surgeon — general $357,996
Specialist physicians — other $344,860
Radiation oncologist $336,994
Medical oncologist $322,178
Securities and finance dealer $320,452
Thoracic medicine specialist $315,444
Specialist physician — general medicine $315,114
Intensive care specialist $308,033
Renal medicine specialist $298,681
Neurologist $298,543
Financial investment manager $288,790
Investment broker $286,530
Paediatric surgeon $282,508
Clinical haematologist $271,738
Futures trader $264,830
Endocrinologist $258,972
Cricketer $257,527
Rheumatologist $256,933
Dental specialist $253,442
Magistrate $246,737
Equities analyst; Investment dealer $245,826
Paediatrician $239,405
Stock exchange dealer; Stockbroker $238,192
Psychiatrist $234,557
Emergency medicine specialist $232,595
Member of Parliament $232,093
Pathologist $224,378
Company secretary — corporate governance $218,432
State governor $212,652
Actuary $196,144
Sports physician $187,468
Petroleum engineer $185,808
Chief executive officer; Executive director; Managing director; Public servant — secretary or
deputy secretary $181,849
Mining production manager $179,439

Women

Judge — law $355,844
Neurosurgeon $323,682
Plastic and reconstructive surgeon $281,608
Futures trader $281,600
Vascular surgeon $271,529
Gynaecologist; Obstetrician $264,628
Gastroenterologist $260,925
Magistrate $260,161
Anaesthetist $243,582
Ophthalmologist $217,242
Cardiologist $215,920
Urologist $213,094
Surgeon — general $210,796
Medical oncologist $208,612
Specialist physicians — other $207,599
Specialist physician — general medicine $207,225
Otorhinolaryngologist $200,136
Dermatologist $195,030
Diagnostic and interventional radiologist $180,695
Cardiothoracic surgeon $175,500
Paediatric surgeon $175,314
Endocrinologist $174,542
Member of Parliament $173,331
Rheumatologist $169,409
Intensive care specialist $169,369
Emergency medicine specialist $165,786
Orthopedic surgeon $159,479
Neurologist $155,217
Renal medicine specialist $155,133
Psychiatrist $152,437
Clinical haematologist $147,970
Paediatrician $147,347
Securities and finance dealer $145,208
Dental specialist $140,505
Actuary $136,819
Radiation oncologist $135,678
Financial investment manager $134,481
Petroleum engineer $133,315
Mining production manager $133,061
General medical practitioner $129,834
Thoracic medicine specialist $127,645
Stockbroker $124,433
Paving plant operator $123,281
Mining engineer $119,564
Tribunal member $119,219
Occupational medicine specialist; Public health physician; Sports physician $118,310
Geophysicist $117,575
General medical practitioner $184,639
Chief executive officer; Executive director; Managing director; Public servant — secretary or
deputy secretary $116,855
Metallurgist $110,359
Engineering manager $116,732

Sources:news.com.au


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NSW announces Entrepreneur Visa Nomination Criteria

NSW Department of Industry – Skilled and Business Migration has announced its nomination criteria for Entrepreneur Visas.

To be eligible for NSW nomination for the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) – Entrepreneur stream, applicants must:

  • meet DIBP eligibility criteria
  • submit a business plan for complying entrepreneurial activity
  • demonstrate sufficient funds to settle in NSW

Skilled and Business Migration’s nomination criteria align the DIBP key eligibility requirements with those of the NSW Government of creating jobs, boosting productivity and generating genuine economic activity.

Further information and details on applying for NSW nomination are available at the NSW Department of Industry (http://nswmigrationupdate.e-newsletter.com.au/link/id/zzzz58057cdad6584266Pzzzz560c81174dee9977/page.html#zzzz5803fe7cde37d624)

Source: MIA and NSW Government


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Fake Department of Immigration and Border Protection website

DIBP is aware of a fake Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. Please ensure you use the department’s official website (http://www.border.gov.au) to find information about visas and citizenship products, and lodge applications.

It is your responsibility to maintain your safety and personal information online. You can report instances of alleged fraud on DIBP’s website at: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/migration-fraud-and-scams

Source: DIBP http://www.border.gov.au/News/Pages/fake-website.aspx


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DIBP Industrial Action – Important information for travellers and clients

Department of Immigration and Border Protection employees, who are members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), will take part in protected industrial action at various work sites around Australia starting from 11 August 2016.

The CPSU has given notice of work stoppages at all Department of Immigration and Border Protection work areas, in all states, including international airports, client service centres, ports, container examination facilities and international mail facilities.

The department has contingency arrangements in place to minimise the impact of stoppages on business operations.

The health, safety and security of the public and DIBP staff continues to be our priority during protected industrial action.

While DIBP staff are working closely with stakeholders to minimise the impact on the travelling public and on cargo and mail operations, and is ensuring appropriate measures are in place for visa and citizenship services, DIBP strongly  encourage passengers booked on international flights get to the airport early.

See below for detailed information about where and when protected industrial action is planned to occur.​

11 August 2016

Western Australia

  • Perth International Airport – 9.15 pm to midnight

12 August 2016

Across Australia

  • Midnight 12 August to midnight 13 August 2016 13 August 2016

Queensland

  • Brisbane International Airport – Midnight to 4.30 am
  • Cairns International Airport – Midnight to 12.30 am
  • Source: DIBP http://www.border.gov.au/News/Pages/travellers-clients.aspx

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10-year tourist visa trial set to start soon

After over a year of considering the lengthy multiple-entry tourist visa for Chinese visitors, the Australian Prime Minister has finally announced that a trial for the 10-year visa will start soon but neither the PM, the DIBP or DFAT have provided any details except that the trial will for the first time allow for tourist visa applications to be lodged in Mandarin.

 

The trial is expected to boost tourist numbers particularly those of return visitors to Australia. For years now the industry has complained of the inordinate visa demands, such as bank records and other documentation, all of which they say have made travel to Australia less attractive even to those have been here and inclined to return.

 

The Australian trial lags well behind the US, Canada and Britain which have already moved to permanent 10-year, repeat-entry tourist visas for the Chinese.

 

The Australian Prime Minister is currently in China with a 1000-strong business delegation looking to strengthen economic ties with a focus on tourism and education.

 

“China is Australia’s most valuable tourism market. More than a million Chinese visited Australia last year (and) contributed A$8.3 billion to our economy,” Mr Turnbull said at a function in Shanghai’s sprawling Expo Centre.

 

To encourage further growth, Australia will not only relax its visa rules but will also embark on a major tourism campaign. Mr Turnbull said, next year has been designated the Australia-China Year of Tourism. “Both our governments are working on a program of events in China and Australia throughout 2017 to promote the tourism relationship,” Mr Turnbull said.

 

Government figures released in January showed a million Chinese tourists flocking to Australia over the previous 12 months, up from 100,000 just 15 years ago. Beaten in absolute numbers only by New Zealand, China is the fastest growing group with a total spending of A$7.7 billion (US$5.9 billion) last year.

 

Australia has launched a A$40 million global tourism campaign to help fill the economic hole left by a commodities downturn, targeting a growing group of Chinese holidaymakers who favour independent itineraries over traditional large group packages.

 

Tourism is among Australia’s fastest growing sectors, employing 500,000 people. Tourism Research Australia forecasts Chinese spending to double to A$13.7 billion by 2024–25.  The government forecasts the industry to rake in A$113 billion by June 2016, with foreign tourists accounting for one third.

 

Source: Migration Alliance


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School fee shock for SC457 Visa workers

Education Minister for South Australia Dr. Susan Close has announced that 457 visa workers earning a household income of more than $77,000 will have to start paying school fees of up to $6100 from next year, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.

 

Now, the children of sc457 workers do not pay public school fees. The move brings South Australia into line with WA, NSW and the ACT.

 

According to the newspaper, for the first year, the new charge will only apply to people who arrive in SA from January 1, 2017. From January 2018 it will apply to all 457 visa holders living in the state, regardless of when they arrived.

 

The report states that any family supported by a 457 visa worker, with a household income of $77,000 or more, will have to pay $5100 per year for primary school students and $6100 for secondary students.

 

Explaining her reasons, the Dr Close said that it was ““fair to ask 457 visa holders who make a temporary home here to make a modest contribution to the cost of providing public education…The money will help fund early childhood education, which is one of the most crucial areas of our education system.

 

It is estimated the new fee requirement will generate more than $11 million in extra revenue for the state over the next four years.

 

Source: Migration Alliance


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ACT SKILLED NOMINATION PROGRAM CLOSED TO OVERSEAS APPLICANTS

Important announcement

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa – closure of ACT nomination program to overseas applicants for 2015/16

 

The Australian Capital Territory is pleased to announce that program targets for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa have been met for the 2015/16 financial year.

 

Effective 18 March 2016 at 4:00pm AEST, applications for ACT nomination from overseas residents will not be accepted. If you are living overseas you are not able to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens in July 2016.

 

Applications for ACT nomination already submitted before 4:00pm 18 March 2016 will be processed in queue order.

 

Canberra Residents

This action does not affect Canberra-based applicants. If you are living in Canberra and working in a skilled occupation, the program is open. You are still able to apply for ACT nomination of the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa if you meet the current nomination criteria for Canberra residents.

 

Skilled – Nominated (190) visa

The Skilled – Nominated (190) visa is a points-based visa for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory.

 

You may apply for ACT nomination if you are: (1) living overseas; or (2) living in Canberra, subject to additional criteria as outlined below.

 

Canberra residents must be employed by an ACT employer in a skilled occupation and demonstrate you have lived in Canberra for three months prior to applying for ACT nomination.

 

International graduates from an institution located in another Australian state or territory must be employed fulltime by an ACT employer in your nominated occupation for at least six months.

 

You will not meet the ACT’s eligibility criteria for nomination if you are currently living in another Australian state or territory.

 

Please note overseas applicants who have lived or studied in another Australian state or territory within the last year may not meet the ACT’s eligibility criteria. If this situation applies you should discuss your circumstances with our team prior to lodging your application. Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis.

 

Please refer to the ACT nomination guidelines below for verification of limited or closed occupations.

 

Skilled – Nominated (provisional) (489) visa

Please note the ACT does not have access to nominate subclass 489 visas.

 

Source: ACT Government


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$1000 fee to fast-track visa

From today, Chinese nationals can pay an additional $1000 to have their visa applications for a Visitor visa in either the Tourist or Business Visitor stream, fast-tracked.

 

As part of a trial to speed-up visa-processing for those who need to travel to Australia on short-notice and can afford to pay for the priority-processing, the department of immigration has announced that it will start fast-tracking such applications but did not commit to a minimum processing timeframe.

 

The department of immigration says there is no regulatory requirement that the application be decided by a particular timeframe despite the promise of priority processing and accepting the payment of $1000.

 

“While the Department will endeavour to make a decision within a shortened timeframe, there is no guarantee of a faster outcome, as issues such as character and health matters may delay processing” noted the department’s explanatory statement for the Legislative Instrument – F2016L00295

 

If an application fails, the DIBP states that “No refund will be available unless the visa application charge is being refunded. Invalid requests for this priority service, for example applicants holding passports not specified under the Regulation, would receive full repayment of the AUD1,000 fee.”

 

The department said that processing times for Visitor visas, more generally, will not be affected by this service.

 

The instrument currently provides for passport holders from the People’s Republic of China who are applying for a Visitor visa in either the Tourist or Business Visitor stream. It may be extended to other countries. The Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia recommended a number of key visa initiatives including this trial of a priority service for eligible Chinese nationals seeking to visit Australia.

 

Source: Migration Alliance


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The Benefits of Studying in Australia

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Australia is one of the most popular study destinations for students all across the world. And for good reason, too, since Australian universities rank quite high among International universities and the Australian Education system is recognized internationally.

 

High Quality Education

There are 43 universities in Australia, many of them being in the top 50 worldwide rankings. Australian cities are also ranked among the best cities for education which means a degree from an Australian institute is going to look really good on your educational portfolio.

 

Qualified and Professional Instructions

Australian Professors and teachers are highly educated and equipped with the advance knowledge and latest developments in their respective fields.

 

Work while you study

In Australia, International students are allowed to work while they are on student visas. This usually helps them earn enough to cover the cost of living in the country.

 

Advanced facilities and Equipment

Universities in Australia are equipped with the most sophisticated and advanced equipment to aid the learning of students. From classrooms to laboratories, universities in Australia utilize the latest technological tools to make learning easier for their students.

 

Multicultural Environment

Australia is home to students hailing from a spectrum of cultural and geographical backgrounds, and so it is likely that you will be able to settle right in once you get here. Apart from this, you will also be able to make friends form different countries and understand their culture. This will prepare you for working as part of an international workforce and help sharpen your social skills.

 

Learning opportunities

Living in a new country, meeting people of different nationalities, class, and culture will teach you lots of things and help you grow as an individual. When you come to study in Australia, you are definitely going to learn a lot more than the course you are enrolled in.

 

Study anything you like

Australia has some of the most top ranked universities in the world offering a wide range of study areas including arts and humanities, medical sciences, Life sciences, engineering and IT, business and social sciences.  So, it is almost guaranteed that you will find the course you are looking for at an Australian university.

 

Beautiful places and lots of fun things to do

Australia is a beautiful country with lots of places to see and many things to do for entertainment on a budget. So when you have some free time on your hands, you could go out with your friends and have fun! Whether you are living in a large city or a small one, you are definitely not going to be bored during your stay.

 

Gain points for General skilled migration

If you wish to stay permanently in Australia after your studies are over, the fact that you have a professional degree from an Australian university will get you extra points for immigration.

 

Source: Migration Alliance


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Australian Business Groups demand 457 Visa reforms

The 457 work visa is regarded as extremely useful by Australian businesses; however, there are people who do not like the scheme. Many people in Australia hold the view that the programme takes jobs away from Australians and gives them to immigrants who work for much lower salaries. Those people will not like the recent letter penned by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who wants to decrease the market testing limitations which are attached to the 457 visas.

 

Market Testing

The whole point of market testing is to prevent jobs from being taken away from Australians. The business groups argue that the whole reason for market testing is a lie. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) alleges that the limitations actually end up hurting the local economy. The basic idea which they dispute is that they will hire foreigners over the locals. The main reason that the ACCI is disputing the requirements of the 457 visa is that the programme is used by companies to fulfil positions for which they do not find suitable local candidates.

 

The market testing aspect of the visa limits employers from hiring people below the average salary rates from other countries. Basically, if the market rate of a job is 20 dollars an hour, then a company cannot sponsor someone’s immigration and have them work at 10 dollars an hour. This is a great idea in principle and it makes sense, but the problem is that the figure does not take geographical differences into account.

 

Different limits for different areas

One proposal by the ACCI which is very reasonable is that the salary below which people cannot be hired should be based on the locality as well. The main metropolitan cities of Australia have a much higher cost of living than some of the other cities. When companies hire employees in bigger cities, they pay more, since the market rate is high due to the cost of living. The opposite is true for other, smaller cities. Those cities are the ones which are hurt the worst by these limits, as they can often not hire foreigners without paying them a much higher salary then they would have to pay someone already in Australia.

 

Understanding Skilled Immigration

One aspect which is often not understood by many locals is that skilled immigration is based on the needs of Australia. In the year 2015, for example, there was no need for auditors to be hired from other countries because the demand for auditors was met with local residents. Thus, there were very few visas available for auditors. The Skilled Occupation List outlines which skills are required in Australia; the openings are usually for specific degrees and qualifications for which there is a need in this country.

 

Basically, the 457 scheme is already designed to fulfil the positions which local residents cannot, because there aren’t enough skilled people or because there are just too many jobs available. Thus, the jobs are not being taken away from the locals. Some people may dispute it however, as we have heard anecdotes from people about how they were fired and someone from another country was hired in this place. Have you heard of such a case? If you have then do share the information with us in the comments.

 

Source: Migration Alliance


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