Legal News - February 2012

Same-sex marriage could contribute $161 million to the economy
Date: Feb 28, 2012

The case for same-sex partnerships to be legally recognised in Australia has received some support from an unusual source -....

Barriers to student entry removed by university
Date: Feb 27, 2012

A leading tertiary institution in New South Wales has moved to reduce the barriers to entry faced by some international....

Facts to consider before contesting a will
Date: Feb 24, 2012

The whole purpose of estate planning activities is to produce a will and testament that accurately reflects the....

ABS figures show positive immigration impact on employment
Date: Feb 22, 2012

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have shown how the renewed focus on skilled migration has had....

International event focuses on Australia's skills shortage
Date: Feb 21, 2012

The troubles faced by Australian businesses in sourcing skilled labour in local markets will be highlighted at a conference to....

International conference addresses student visa issues
Date: Feb 20, 2012

The ongoing changes wrought by the Knight reforms have been the subject of a recent two-day event held in Victoria.

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Life's milestones can inspire estate changes
Date: Feb 17, 2012

One common assumption among people under the age of 30 is that they do not need to draw up a....

Student visa access becomes easier
Date: Feb 16, 2012

Students from 29 countries will soon be able to apply for education visas with fewer restrictions after the federal government....

More than 123,000 business visas applications received by DIAC
Date: Feb 15, 2012

Of the 881,688 visitor visa applications received by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in the September quarter of....

Enterprise migration agreement talks begin
Date: Feb 14, 2012

A number of mining companies have reportedly begun talks with government officials over the use of the new Enterprise Migration....

NSW skilled migrant worker issues addressed by officials
Date: Feb 10, 2012

February 20 will see the arrival of a number of officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on....

Calls for visa requirements to include health insurance
Date: Feb 09, 2012

A leading figure in the healthcare industry has come forward to suggest a change in visa regulations may benefit the....

DIAC support officers to visit Port Pirie
Date: Feb 08, 2012

As part of its ongoing commitment to deliver information on visa options to those outside of the country's capital cities,....

Queensland civil partnerships legislation approved by state governor
Date: Feb 07, 2012

In what has been described as a "landmark occasion", the Queensland government has moved one step closer to recognising the....

Kym Bonython's art collection opened for public purchase
Date: Feb 06, 2012

One of Australia's leading art collections is to be sold off through a combination of auctions and online purchases as....

Estate planning for dependants and children
Date: Feb 03, 2012

When it comes to estate planning, many people may like to think that their current activities will not....

Tourism industry the focus of new immigration agreement
Date: Feb 02, 2012

With the increase in demand for workers from resource projects around the country, skilled and semi-skilled workers in other sectors....

Student visas proving popular in Australia
Date: Feb 01, 2012

The 12 months to December 31 2011 saw 135,793 applications for student visas received by the Department of Immigration -....