November 30, 2009

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans,  announced that the amount of funds international students will need to demonstrate and have genuine access to in order to be granted a Student visa will increase under proposed new changes.


Australian Migration Regulations require international students to show evidence of funds to contribute to the cost of living and studying in Australia. This helps to ensure students are better able to make the most of their studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia.


While international students are able to supplement their income with money earned through part-time work in Australia, the ‘living costs’ requirement helps to support the success of students in their studies by ensuring that they do not to rely on such work to meet all their expenses.


Legislation changes are being pursued to increase the basic rate of living costs under the Migration Regulations from the previous rate of $12 000 per year. Subject to approval by the Governor-General, it is proposed that these changes will come into effect from 1 January 2010.


Under the proposed new regulations, prospective Student visa applicants and their family members must have access to the following funds to meet the living costs requirements:


  • $18 000 per year for the main student
  • $6300 per year for the student’s partner
  • $3600 per year for the student’s first child
  • $2700 per year for every other child; and


where required demonstrate that the funds they are relying upon to meet the costs of studying in Australia will be genuinely available to them during their stay in Australia.


Also under the changes proposed for 1 January 2010, officers of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) assessing Student visa applications will have the discretion to consider a Student visa applicant’s circumstances to determine if the student genuinely holds the funds to which they claim to have access. This includes checking:


  • a prospective student’s previous financial and immigration history
  • the employment history of the student or the person providing the student with financial support
  • the source of the income used (for example, cash assets or a bank loan).


Where there is doubt about the student’s ability to access their claimed funds in Australia, the prospective student may be requested to provide further information in support of their application. For example, students relying upon a bank loan may need to show that these funds have been deposited into a bank account to which they have unrestricted access, and that they have the financial capacity to service the loan both before they depart for Australia and once they arrive.

November 30, 2009

Australian Job Vacancies begin to recover

The Skilled Vacancy Index (SVI) (trend) increased by 1.9% in October 2009 to 40.2 (2007 = 100).

Vacancies rose for all three occupational groups: Professionals (up by 1.5%), Trades (up by 2.0%), and

Associate Professionals (up by 3.9%). In annual terms, the SVI is 44.0% lower than in October 2008.


The Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) (three month moving average) increased in September 2009 (up by

8.3%) to 77.3 (March 2006 = 100). In September 2009, around 206 400 new vacancies were lodged on

the four online recruitment sites (SEEK, MyCareer, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch) on which the

IVI is based. In annual terms, the IVI is 44.2% lower than in September 2008.


Vacancies increased for all of the eight occupational groups with the largest increases for Machinery

Operators and Drivers (up by 13.2%), Community and Personal Service Workers (up by 12.5%), and

Labourers (up by 11.9%).

November 12, 2009

International Education Agency – Australia can assist those students affected by the closure of the Meridian International Group of Schools.


Affected Meridian International School students have the right to enrol in any school that they wish and their visa will not be affected. However, if they go to a school which does not respect the student  Tuition Assurance Rights then student will be disadvantaged.


IEA-A works with Institution that is member of ACPET and have offered the student deduction of the tuition paid to Meridian from their course fee. In addition we provide some schools that  are not charging any fee for submission of RPL.


Please be advised that :

•               Students have the right to select the school. It is part of their consumer rights.

•               IEAA will provide them a letter of offer from ACPET registered Institutions with respect to their TAS and consumer rights.

•               We will deduct the Money Paid to Meridian from their tuition.

•               We will not charge them any money for RPL or application of enrolment .

•               Their visa will not be effected if they enrol in a college by themselves.

•               No one has right to tell them NOT TO ENROLL if they want to accept or reject an offer including an ACPET offer. However, if they need to be aware of their TAS right .



•               All students are entitled to a credit free tuition period based on the pre-paid tuition fees they have lost due to the closure of The Meridian colleges

•               The new course must be similarly comparable to the costs and duration listed above, so relocation colleges must be prepared to make amendments where necessary to be able to take students.

•               The displaced students cannot be charged an admission or enrolment fee

•               Students finishing their qualification must be given their Certification/Diploma from the new  college, recognizing their entire studies, not just what they have completed at the new college

•               Students must be given the offer by the new college in writing, which includes costs, payment schedules/schemes and duration of the course

•               RPL cannot be charged for but must be available to each student


International Education Agency – Australia offers new school application and transfer services the following courses:


• Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

• Certificate III in Patisserie

• Diploma of Hospitality Management


International Education Agency – Australia also offers a number of other courses and migration services which you maybe interested in.


You can contact us on +61 2 9232 7055 or email us at  for further information regarding our programs.


International Education Agency – Australia


IEA-A Sydney Office | 428 George Street | Level 9, Suite: 9B

The Dymocks Building Sydney 2000 NSW Australia

T: +61 2 9232 7055 | F: +61 2 9232 7055   |   |

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