November 18, 2008

IEA-A glad to announce that TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute is  offering international students an opportunity to undertake a two year  combined Diploma in Hospitality Management and Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery customised program to be delivered through our Snowy Mountains based Cooma Campus and our coastal based Nowra Campus. As you know commercial cookery program is one of the Migration Occupation Demand List.


A key feature of the program will be four “guaranteed” paid seasonal employment placements in both Australia’s spectacular Snowy Mountains region for the 2009 and 2010 Australian winter ski seasons (June – October) and on the pristine New South Wales South Coast for the peak summer holiday period (December 2009 – January 2010 and December 2010 – January 2011).


During these 4 “guaranteed” paid seasonal employment placements (total guaranteed employment placement is 56 weeks), students can earn minimum 550 AUD up to  750 AUD per weeks.


It means during these 56 weeks student can earn 30800 AUD – 42000 AUD. In addition to that students still can work 20 hours per week while they are studying.


There are very limited number of places are available, so please make required announcement to your student base now to not miss this great opportunity.

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November 15, 2008


Australia has traditionally been the home of inventors and scientists right from its early settlement. As a far colony, this was partly out of necessity because in our early days, Australians were a long way from the rest of the world and they had to rely on what could be produced locally. However, it is also true that Australian education system, and especially Australian universities, is responsible for developing a culture of innovation and discovery.



Australian culture of innovation aims to:

             make the best use of national and international information networks,

             encourage creativity in all forms of research,

             promote collaboration between university researchers and industry,

             disseminate the outcomes of research to the wider community.

Australian scientists and researchers have been responsible for many advances in business and industry, and have made significant contributions in medical science. Their investigations over the years have had a profound impact on the lives of ordinary people around the world.

Australian population is only 20 million but Australians have already won many prestigious international awards including eight Nobel Prizes which are:

             2005 – Medicine

             1996 – Medicine

             1975 – Chemistry

             1973 – Literature

             1963 – Medicine

             1960 – Medicine

             1945 – Medicine

15 – Physics

Australians are acknowledged as being dynamic and innovative. Australia has been a pioneer in solar energy research and Australian scientists are investigating other potential energy sources.

Australian advances in technology include the development of an internationally accepted aircraft landing system, the black box flight recorder, bionic ear implants, a heart pacemaker, the vaccine for cancer of the cervix, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for sleep apnea treatment  and computer hardware and software.

Australia is also at the forefront of producing new technologies such as wave-piercing ocean catamarans, solar-powered cars and the revolutionary orbital engine.

Innovations in science and technology are strong drivers of economic growth. Australia is both

well-positioned and well-resourced to make a difference in the global innovation race.

Some other significant Australian inventions in recent years include:

             Penicillin – (Howard Walter Florey).

             Ultrasound scanners – (Sonography)

             Radio telescopes.

             Photovoltaic cells (Solar cells).

             The Boomerang.

             The Xerox photocopying process.

             The Electric Drill.

             Postage stamps.

             Regular “around the world” airline services.

             The inflatable aircraft escape slide.

             The automatic letter-sorting machine.

             The two stroke lawn mower.

             The rotary hoist washing line.

             Lithium as a treatment for manic depression.

             Latex gloves.

             Flexible wine casks – (Box wine).


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November 12, 2008


AUSTRALIA remains the best country in the world 

For the third year in a row, Australia has been named the top country brand by the 2008 Country Brand Index (CBI).

The CBI is a comprehensive study of global travel patterns and is conducted by leading brand consultancy FutureBrand along with PR firm Weber Shandwick.

CBI was analysed with Australia, Canada and the US the most successful country brands.

Australia was ranked No.1 in the categories of best country to extend a business trip, best country  for resort and lodging options, the best country for outdoor activities and sports and the best country you would most like to live In.

The CBI named China, the United Arab Emirates and Croatia as the top three countries most likely to become favoured tourist destinations in the next five years.

It also noted that Africa, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East are experiencing higher growth rates than the average world demand.

CBI, now in its fourth year, is a study of approximately 2700 international business and leisure travellers from nine countries.


By David Coombs

November 11, 2008 12:00am


November 10, 2008

Changes relating to the provision of evidence of English language ability for the Skilled – Graduate (subclass 485) visa are being introduced from 27 October 2008. People who have made an application for a Skilled – Graduate (subclass 485) visa before 27 October 2008 will not be affected by the changes.

People lodging an application for a Skilled – Graduate (subclass 485) on or after 27 October 2008 must provide evidence at the time they lodge their application that they have met the relevant English language standard. 

The standard for professionals, para-professionals and managerial occupations is ‘competent’ English (a score of at least six (6) on each of the four (4) components of the International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) test or equivalent standard in a specified test). 

For people who nominate an occupation in the Major Group IV in the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, the standard is ‘vocational’ English (a score of at least five (5) on each of the four (4) components of the IELTS test).

IELTS test results must be no more than two (2) years old at the time of application.

This is a departure from the current regulations which allow an applicant to apply having only booked an English language test.  Please note that from 27 October 2008, applicants will need to provide evidence of English language ability when lodging their application.  Failure to do so may result in applicants being unable to satisfy the criteria for this visa, and this application may be refused.
Exception: Applicants who hold an eligible passport from one of the following specified countries are not required to submit evidence of their English language ability:

  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States of America (USA).

Original note form Australian Government, Department of Immigration.

Please write to [email protected] or contact us to check if you your application is affected.

November 9, 2008


AUSTRALIA needs places for an additional 10,000 university students a year — or an extra 200,000 by 2026 — to cope with the probable demand from record levels of fertility and immigration, the Group of Eight says.

In a finding that will put even greater pressure on efforts to address the looming academic shortage, the Go8 paper uses the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data to challenge the faltering growth scenarios on which recent policy-making is based.

The paper Demographic Impacts on Higher Education Enrolments was released as Australian National University vice-chancellor Ian Chubb told the National Press Club last week that Australia’s educational attainment was considerably below that of the world’s leading universities.

“Two-thirds of the Australian workforce over 25 have no post secondary qualifications; one-third have achieved less than upper secondary education; only 70 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men aged19 have completed Year 12 or equivalent,” Professor Chubb said.

He said to bring Australia up to the educated population equivalent of the world’s leaders would involve an additional one million people aged 25 to 44 getting a tertiary education.

“That’s a big ask, a big challenge, a big demand and we need the infrastructure and support to be able to do that,” he said in the televised address.

The Go8 paper is the second in recent weeks to challenge the steady-state outlook of the Bradley review, the discussion paper for which noted little sign of unmet demand among school-leavers.

As the Bradley review finalises its report to Education Minister Julia Gillard, due next month, a Go8 spokesman told the HES the group aimed to highlight the upwardly revised ABS population projections.

“Our analysis of the latest ABS population projections shows that Australia will face significant increases in demand for post-school education options as a result of predicted population growth in the key 15-29 age group,” the spokesman said. “We believe our estimates of demand for tertiary education are conservative as they are based on the bureau’s mid-range forecast and don’t take account of the anticipated increases as a result of the increased participation rate.”

ABS demography director Patrick Corr told the HES that the previously projected dip in the key 15 to 17-year-old age group almost disappeared under the latest projections.

Mr Corr said he had extended the top end of the 2006 chart to plot the almost one million 15 to 17-year-olds now expected about 2026.

“If enrolments remain constant, then the number of anticipated new applicants (is) projected to remain relatively stable until 2020 and after 2020 will start to increase.”

The numbers of 15 to 29-year-olds are projected to increase from 4,290,993 in 2006 to 4,669,570 by 2011 and 4,841,818 by 2016. In the longer term, the paper says, an additional 460,000 places will be needed by 2041: nearly 170,000 in Queensland, more than 70,000 in Western Australia, about 100,000 in Victoria and 95,000 in NSW.

The paper notes warnings by University of Adelaide geographer Graeme Hugo that universities are likely to lose one-fifth to one-third of their staff in the next decade or so.

With the projected loss of 8500 to 14,000 academic staff, the Go8 said the development, renewal and expansion of the academic workforce would need careful strategic attention from universities and government.

Demand for university places in Australia to surge by 2026

Guy Healy | November 05, 2008 | The Australian



November 9, 2008

When the purpose of overseas study becomes immigration
by Feifei Guo

As an international student, it’s time for me to make a decision as to whether I should stay in Australia or go back to China. According to the immigration policy, international students who study full time for two years can apply for Skilled Migration, but I’m going to complete my master course within a year. If I don’t take another one, I will lose the chance to immigrate.

To be honest, Australia is such a natural wonder. Less pollution, the beautiful landscapes, and the cute koala all made me fall in love with this country. Although I enjoy my life here, however, I am still struggling because I miss my parents so much and I really want to go back.

Unlike me, many Chinese students made their decision to stay on the first day. And many of them see overseas study as an immigration ticket.

Last year, a study called What attracts mainland Chinese students to Australia higher education showed that the most important factors motivating Chinese students to study in Australia are future migration opportunities after graduation.

Lidia Nemitschenko, head of the International Student Support Unit (ISSU) of the University of Sydney, said, “Certainly I know that some students make a choice or subject because it’s going to help them to get permanent residency, but I don’t think that are majority students.”

However, the study has found that most of the Chinese students claimed that their program choice was based on the profession list of Skilled Migration, with around 87% of respondents currently studying an accounting program and 10% studying an information technology program.

According to the statistics released by the Australian Education International, China was the largest source of students in Australia in 2007 with 107,071 enrolments. The most popular field of study for Chinese students was Management and Commerce – including accounting, business and management and tourism.

In 2007, there were 40,975 enrolments for Management and Commerce with 10,569 enrolments in Accounting. Many Chinese students prefer to take business courses, because majors like Accounting have one of the highest vocational skills points as announced by the Department of Immigration.

“Of course I will apply for permanent residency once I graduate. I came here because the immigration policies are good for overseas students who want to apply for permanent residency,” said Weining Tao, a Chinese student who has now been studying accounting in Australia for a year and a half.

“Post-graduate level accounting classes in any university in Sydney are full of Chinese students. Those enrolled in Master of Professional Accounting, nine out of ten have plans to apply for Permanent Residency,” he said.

This is true. Australia’s skilled migration policy has a great impact on students’ choice of destination and program selection. A number of Chinese students spend huge money each year in Australia not only to improve English or to get a better university education. Future migration opportunity becomes one of the most significant reasons for Chinese students coming to Australia.

Danny Wang, a study-abroad adviser who works in Study Abroad Service Centre of Beijing Language and Culture University said, “Australia is one of the most popular destinations for Chinese students. Not only because the good quality of higher education attracts Chinese students, but also the immigration policies.”

“Almost every student who wants to study in Australia came to my office with their parents to ask questions about the relationship between their study choices and the immigration policy.”

“Some students don’t want to study in university and hope we can help them to find an easy and quick course to immigrate. In this situation, I suggest they take a course like cookery or hairdressing in TAFE. This is the quickest way to achieve the goal,” Danny said.

The question is raised here: Why are there many Chinese students planning to get Permanent Residency in Australia? After I talked to several Chinese students, I found three main reasons.

“You can’t deny that Australia has much a better living environment than China. Compared with Australia, the population in China is huge. Also Australia has a better social welfare system. Once you get permanent residency, life will become easier.”

“Even if you can’t find a job, the government will support you. Education loans, health care entitlement and the social security benefits all support your living. My parents are getting old; I want to organize them to come to Australia to enjoy their retirement. This country is just good for living,” Chinese student Weining Tao said.

Obviously, the environment and the social welfare system are the most important reason why Chinese students choose to stay. Almost every Chinese student is satisfied with the Australian lifestyle.

Secondly, the money exchange rate motivates Chinese students to stay. The tuition fees and living cost are expensive for international students, especially those are studying in big cities such as Sydney.

Some Chinese students see their overseas study as an investment. They need payback.

“I have already spent 300,000 RMB in Australia. My parents support me with all the costs in here. They worked very hard in China to support me. I don’t want to disappoint them,” said Bo Deng, a Chinese student who has been in Australia for two years, majoring in Accounting at the Holmes Institute Sydney. After he graduates, he will apply for temporary residency, then for permanent residency. He thinks it will be easier for him to get the education investment back if he works in Australia.

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November 8, 2008



Taking a Year Off after High School Graduation in Australia

Are you ready to take a break from learning while sitting indoors in rectangular classrooms for High School years? Are you wondering how you’re going to stay motivated for another four years of academics? Do you ever wish you could learn by doing, or by being in a very different culture or country? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you may want to take a “gap year” between high school and University.

You take a gap year to get out of that stale classroom, explore your interests in a way that you want to, experience a different culture, learn by doing something real, let your well fill back up, and learn by giving to others. During a gap year, you get to determine where you go and what you do – and in the process you get a break from jumping through academic hoops.

Australian Universities and High Schools are looking more and more favorably on gap years, understanding that people who take time to explore their interests before college become better motivated and more effective students. It doesn’t make sense to make start your first year of university or college if you don’t have a clear reason for being there. And unfortunately, for many students their freshman year becomes a year off as they major in partying and procrastination.

The end of high school marks three major transitions: high school to college, family to independence, and adolescence into adulthood. A year between high school and college can be one of the freest times in a person’s life to explore the world while contemplating these three big life transitions, before college obligations and responsibilities begin to weigh on you.

So how do you put together a gap year? The great thing about a gap year is that it can take any form that you like. It’s your life, after all, and a gap year is a great time to remember that while coming out of the trance induced by sitting in school for many years.

Here are important elements to consider making part of your gap year:

As you are planning, consider these important questions:

  • Do I want to travel with a group or alone? Group travel is more expensive, but it’s a great way to start a year because it gives you the safety net of a group, adult leaders and formal orientation. Definitely plan some alone time into your year – you will learn a lot about yourself.
  • Do I want to the freedom to take initiative and find my own way, or do I need a firm outer structure?
  • How much money do I need to pay for this year? A gap year is a great way for your parents to take a financial breather since gap years generally cost significantly less than college.

If you don’t feel up to setting things up on your own, there are consultants that you can pay a fee to help you plan and set up all the logistics of a full and well-structured year. And now there are even college programs that incorporate all of the best elements of a gap year with college credit so that you can keep making progress toward your degree.

Remember that life isn’t a race. Those who take a gap year universally report that they have learned much more than they did in a year of school. Rest assured that your college of choice will still be there for you when you are done. A gap year is a great way to get a life before getting the rest of your education.

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November 6, 2008
November 6, 2008

Demand for places in the Bachelor of Nursing (course code 4642) at the Parramatta campus has been very strong and all places for Parramatta have now been filled for 2009.

Places are still available at Campbelltown and Hawkesbury and we strongly encourage students to consider these campuses and act now to secure a place in one of Australia’s premier Nursing programs.

Here are some great things about studying at the Campbelltown campus!

  • students will belong to UWS’s leading medical and health science precinct
  • students will benefit from UWS’s first-class nursing education facilities which include state-of-the-art teaching centres that include advance mannequin simulators to reflect real-life patient scenarios.
  • the campus is also home to the new $52 million state-of-the-art School of Medicine teaching and research facility.

For students thinking about studying at the Hawkesbury campus here’s why they should…


  • students will be learning at one of Australia’s important educations sites for scientific and agricultural leaders of the future
  • it is home to multi-million dollar research facilities and with no more than 2, 300 students studying at the campus, students will benefit from close personal contact with academics and great access to support services. 
  • the campus is part of the Hawkesbury river valley region which is surrounded by world heritage listed National Parks and based at the bottom of the world famous tourist destination – the Blue Mountains. 

Places are also filling up fast for the Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) (course code 4643) program at the Hawkesbury campus and we anticipate that the UWS School of Nursing quota will be met well in advance of the January 2009 intake.   To avoid disappointment students should secure their place now by accepting their offer and paying the required commencement fees.    

IEA-A welcomes acceptances on conditional offers to assist your student to secure their place for the programs above.

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International Education Agency-AUSTRALIA


185 Elizabeth Street   |   Level 3 No:310   |   Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

T: +61 2 9266 0238   |   F: +61 2 9261 1560  | [email protected]   |



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