Saturday, May 29, 2010

Another baby fell off a train platform

I couldn’t believe when I saw the news that another Australian baby fell on a train track in Melbourne. You probably remember when a similar case happened in October last year. Thank God it was another baby survivor!


As if this were not a sufficiently startling news, I’ve just read some very concerning figures in Sydney. According to the Daily Telegraph, “one child a day fell off a Sydney train platform.”

“Internal RailCorp safety logs revealed that 68 people fell on to the tracks or between the train and the platform from March 18 to April 18 this year.

Distressingly, 32 were children.”


Friday, May 21, 2010

Australia’s more competitive


Did you know that Australia is the 5th most competitive country in the world? At least according to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, considered “the world’s most renowned and comprehensive annual report on the competitiveness of nations, ranking and analyzing how a nation’s environment creates and sustains the competitiveness of enterprises.

IMD, a company based in Switzerland which has been publishing this study since 1989, compared 58 industrialised and emerging economies on the basis of 327 criteria divided into four groups: Economy Performance, Government Efficiency, Business Efficiency  and Infrastructure.

Australia is more competitive than last year jumping from 7th to 5th place; New Zealand however dropped from 15th to 20th this year. The United States which was being ranked first lately dropped to third giving place to Singapore; Hong Kong kept its second place from last year’s rank. The biggest surprise was Taiwan that came from 23rd to 8th place on the rank.

Here are the ten most competitive countries in 2010:

1- Singapore

2- Hong Kong

3- USA

4- Switzerland

5- Australia

6- Sweden

7- Canada

8- Taiwan

9- Norway

10- Malaysia

You can check all the 58 positions at IMD’s website clicking here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New list of occupations in demand

The new list of occupations for immigration has been released and, as promised by Immigration Minister Chris Evans earlier this year, the list is much smaller, dropping from 400 to only 181 occupations.

Popular occupations between immigrants, such as cooking and hairdressing are out. Doctors, nurses and engineers are still needed, and probably will be for a while. According to the Immigration Department in its new guidelines, “the new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will be reviewed annually, but is expected to remain stable for some time.”

Australia’s been passing through a discussion about its population growth, which is set to grow 65 percent by 2050, totalling nearly 36 million people. Australia currently has 22 million people.

A Global Post article written by Marina Kamenev, which I really recommend, stated that “the year leading up to June 2009 saw a record population growth of 2.1 percent, the bulk of it coming from immigration.”

Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world, with a landmass of 7,617,930 square kilometres, while its population is ranked as the 55th highest in the world. Those figures could give you margin to think the country has space  for more inhabitants, however it may be arguable once you know that only 6 percent of the country is considered productive and therefore 80 percent of its residents live on the coast.

In fact this is not an easy subject, everybody has a different opinion and in the middle of all of this is the upcoming federal election. The candidates have to show their position about it and they’ll certainly upset one or another, that’s probably the reason why SOL took longer to be released that it was said to.


Anyway, if your occupation is not on the list you still have some options:

- Do a new course on one of the careers on the list (taking the risk of it being cut out as well anytime in the future);

- Get a sponsor. The Graduate Skilled Visa (485) is still available (see conditions here), which gives you the chance to work full time in Australia after completing your studies here. Once you have that visa you can try to find a job to show your talent and impress your employer so they want to sponsor you;

- Finally, you can always marry an Aussie guy or girl… (just kidding on that one, unless you’re really in love, please!)


Check out the new occupations list below:

133111 Construction project manager
133112 Project builder
133211 Engineering manager
134111 Child Care centre manager
134211 Medical administrator
134212 Nursing clinical director
134213 Primary health organisation manager
134214 Welfare centre manager
221111 Accountant (general)
221112 Management accountant
221113 Taxation accountant
221213 External auditor
221214 Internal auditor
224111 Actuary
224511 Land economist
224512 Valuer
231212 Ship's engineer
231213 Ship's master
231214 Ship's officer
232111 Architect
232112 Landscape architect
232211 Cartographer
232212 Surveyor
232611 Urban and regional planner
233111 Chemical engineer
233112 Materials engineer
233211 Civil engineer
233212 Geotechnical engineer
233213 Quantity surveyor
233214 Structural engineer
233215 Transport engineer
233311 Electrical engineer
233411 Electronics engineer
233511 Industrial engineer
233512 Mechanical engineer
233513 Production or plant engineer
233611 Mining engineer (excluding petroleum)
233612 Petroleum engineer
233911 Aeronautical engineer
233912 Agricultural engineer
233913 Biomedical engineer
233914 Engineering technologist
233915 Environmental engineer
233916 Naval architect
234111 Agricultural consultant
234112 Agricultural scientist
234113 Forester
234211 Chemist
234611 Medical laboratory scientist
234711 Veterinarian
241111 Early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher
241411 Secondary school teacher
241511 Special needs teacher
241512 Teacher of the hearing impaired
241513 Teacher of the sight impaired
241599 Special education teachers nec
251211 Medical diagnostic radiographer
251212 Medical radiation therapist
251213 Nuclear medicine technologist
251214 Sonographer
251411 Optometrist
251412 Orthoptist
252111 Chiropractor
252112 Osteopath
252311 Dental specialist
252312 Dentist
252411 Occupational therapist
252511 Physiotherapist
252611 Podiatrist
252711 Audiologist
252712 Speech pathologist
253111 General medical practitioner
253211 Anaesthetist
253311 Specialist physician
253312 Cardiologist
253313 Clinical haematologist
253314 Clinical oncologist
253315 Endocrinologist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253317 Intensive care specialist
253318 Neurologist
253321 Paediatrician
253322 Renal medicine specialist
253323 Rheumatologist
253324 Thoracic medicine specialist
253399 Internal medicine specialist nec
253411 Psychiatrist
253511 Surgeon (general)
253512 Cardiothoracic surgeon
253513 Neurosurgeon
253514 Orthopaedic surgeon
253515 Otorhinolaryngologist
253516 Paediatric surgeon
253517 Plastic and reconstructive surgeon
253518 Urologist
253521 Vascular surgeon
253911 Dermatologist
253912 Emergency medicine specialist
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253914 Ophthalmologist
253915 Pathologist
253916 Radiologist
253999 Medical practitioners nec
254111 Midwife
254411 Nurse Practitioner
254412 Registered nurse (aged care)
254413 Registered nurse (Child and Family Health)
254414 Registered nurse (community health)
254415 Registered nurse (critical care and emergency)
254416 Registered nurse (development disability)
254417 Registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)
254418 Registered nurse (medical)
254421 Registered nurse (medical practice)
254422 Registered nurse (mental health)
254423 Registered nurse (perioperative)
254424 Registered nurse (surgical)
254499 Registered nurse
261111 ICT business analyst
261112 Systems analyst
261311 Analyst programmer
261312 Developer programmer
261313 Software engineer
263311 Telecommunications engineer
263312 Telecommunications network engineer
272311 Clinical psychologist
272312 Educational psychologist
272313 Organisational psychologist
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologists nec
272511 Social worker
312211 Civil engineer draftsperson
312212 Civil engineer technician
312311 Electrical engineer draftperson
312312 Electrical engineer technician
313211 Radiocommunications technician
313212 Telecommunications field engineer
313213 Telecommunications network planner
313214 Telecommunications technical officer or technologist
321111 Automotive electrician
321211 Motor mechanic (general)
321212 Diesel motor mechanic
321213 Motorcycle mechanic
321214 Small engine mechanic
322211 Sheetmetal trades worker
322311 Metal Fabricator
322312 Pressure Welder
322313 Welder (first class)
323111 Aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)
323112 Aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical)
323113 Aircraft maintenance engineer (structures)
323313 Locksmith
324111 Panelbeater
324311 Vehicle painter
331111 Bricklayer
331112 Stonemason
331211 Carpenter and Joiner
331212 Carpenter
331213 Joiner
332211 Painting trades workers
333111 Glazier
333211 Fibrous plasterer
333212 Solid plasterer
333411 Wall and floor tiler
334111 Plumber (general)
334112 Airconditioning and mechanical services plumber
334113 Drainer
334114 Gasfitter
334115 Roof plumber
341111 Electrician (general)
341112 Electrician (special class)
341113 Lift mechanic
342111 Airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic
342211 Electrical linesworker
342212 Technical cable jointer
342313 Electronic equipment trades worker
342314 Electronic instrument trades worker (general)
342315 Electronic instrument trades worker (special class)
411211 Dental Hygienist
411212 Dental Prosthetist
411213 Dental technician
411214 Dental therapist


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