Category Archives: AES Information

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The Opening Ceremony of Elite institute Hong Kong Carlton College

Elite institute acquired an over-14-year-history college in Hong Kong, and renamed it as Carlton College. We are so glad that lots of guests and friends from different places could join this ceremony and we could also share happiness together. AES Group has established for over ten years. We began from an office which was not over 100 feet in Melbourne, Australia, and now, our branches have spread to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Australia. Meanwhile, we have expanded the business from handling registration procedures of overseas study and immigration to handling the certification of bachelor degree and qualified certificate. When we looked back, we were just like the other entrepreneurs, which had confronted lots of difficulties and tough decisions. However, we still insist on our original aims, the development of education can help our society to have a great progress. Thus, we believe that education can change our life. We can succeed because of the support from the students, the customers, the partners and our teammates.  “Your success is our success” is always our main purpose. We will continue to provide the best service to you. Also, we hope that you can continue to keep an eye on us, which can encourage us to do the contributions to the place where we live together!

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New Science Research Master’s for 2015 at Deakin University

We are excited to announce Deakin University’s newest degree program for students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in engineering, IT and frontier sciences: the Master of Science (Research).

This new, two-year degree program offers a number of specialisations for students who want to be leaders and innovators in their fields. Deakin’s Master of Science (Research) will prepare your students for professional success or doctoral level studies.

Applying and entry requirements

The application process for Master of Science (Research) is simple: Just submit an application with the student’s specialisation clearly stated.

The entry requirements for the course are also simple: The student must have an undergraduate qualification in a related field with a cumulative average of 65% over their final year of undergraduate studies. English language requirements also apply.


The specialisations offered for the Master of Science (Research) are in cutting edge fields that are in demand in the global job market. Your students can choose from:


Information Technology:

Frontier sciences:

Sustainable Regional Development (from Trimester 2, 2015)

Deakin University official Website-


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Partner visa fee increases – 1 January 2015

Members are reminded Partner visa fees will increase on 1 January 2015. Where possible lodge as early as possible to allow for the disruptions that may occur if the ImmiAccount system becomes overloaded with last minute applications.

The MIA has made strong representations expressing deep concerns on the increases to the Minister and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Treasurer and the Department.

The new visa application charges:

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Immigration SA – English test arrangements & SA VET international graduates state nomination

Immigration South Australia has announced broadened English test arrangements in line with the expanded English language test Regulations.  Changes have also been made to their website and GSM application forms to reflect the new tests.

South Australian Graduate List requirements have also been expanded to include Vocational Education and Training (VET) graduates from South Australia. These changes have been made in consultation with the South Australian branch of the MIA.

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Alternative English Language tests for visa applicants

From 23 November 2014, the department will accept English language test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) across the Temporary Graduate, Skilled, Former Resident, and Work and Holiday visa programmes.

Scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test will also be accepted from a test taken on or after 1 January 2015 (to coincide with the launch of Cambridge English Language Assessment’s new reporting system).

These tests are alternatives to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Occupational English Test (OET), and have been accepted in the Student visa programme since 2011.

Student visa applicants can continue to provide scores from the IELTS, OET, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) tests.


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GSM contacts and allocation dates

Members can access processing and other information on GSM subclasses 489, 189, 190, 175, 176, 475, 487, 496, 885, 886 and 887 by sending a blank email to  An auto reply email will provide information including allocation dates, HAP IDs and contact emails.

Subclass 189, 190 and 489 visas allocation dates are available on the Department’s website.

The GSM Support Team can be contacted visa email at For requests which require formal correspondence allow seven days for a response.

Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate and Subclass 476 Recognised Graduate visas are processed in either Brisbane or Adelaide.  The following generic email addresses are provided for these sections.

Brisbane processes all 485 visas (except China, Pakistan or Afghanistan)

Adelaide processes the remaining visas in these subclasses

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Additional English language tests – commencement dates

Two additional English language tests, the TOEFL and Pearson tests, will be accepted from the 23 November 2014 and the Department’s online lodgement systems will also be updated at that date.

The Cambridge English language test is expected to be accepted from 1 January 2015.

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Streamlined student visa processing – changes to eligible providers

Legislative Instrument – IMMI 14/075 – F2014L01511- Migration Regulations 1994 – Specification of Eligible Education Providers and Educational Business Partners.

This Instrument:

modifies the list of eligible educational education providers and their educational business partners for streamline visa processing
updates the details of some existing education providers
removes some existing providers from the list
adds 55 new education providers to the list


As the Schedule of eligible providers is extensive, members are advised to check education providers for new applications.

This Instrument revokes IMMI 14/047 and commences on 23 November 2014.

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No plans to remove accountants from the 2015 SOL

Some of our blog readers may have seen today’s Australian Financial Review, which has incorrectly reported that the department has dropped accounting from its list of skilled occupations in demand for 2015.

There are no plans to remove this occupation from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for the 2015 programme year. The Office of the Chief Economist in the Department of Industry conducts analysis each year on the composition of the SOL. The next advice is expected in March 2015 after the completion of extensive labour market analysis and a public consultation process.

This year, the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (whose functions have been incorporated into the Department of Industry) released a detailed analysis of accountants and concluded that they should continue to be included on the SOL.

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Temporary pause in Victorian state nomination system

The Live in Victoria website is undergoing a major technology upgrade. As a result the State visa nomination applications system will be disabled from 9am Monday 27 October 2014 and will be operating by Monday 3 November 2014.

Please note that applicants and agents will be unable to submit applications for State visa nomination during this time.

The processing of applications recently lodged and already in the system will also be temporarily paused during this time, as our representatives will be unable to access the system while the upgrade is being undertaken.

The Skilled and Business Migration Program will also be unable to answer queries about the progress of applications while the system is down.

The Significant Investor Services Directory and the Overseas Skills Registry application forms will also be unavailable.

We encourage applicants and agents to lodge submissions or make any applications enquiries before the temporary outage.

We apologise to applicants and agents for any inconvenience caused while we make these important system improvements.

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