Reporting measures for Education Agent performance

Did you know that there were 693,750 full-fee paying international students in Australia last year? International students were worth $35 billion to the Australian economy and support 240,000 jobs last year.

75% of these international students used an education agent to assist them. 


Australia Cancelled a Visitor Visa due to Undeclared Food in Her Luggage.

Due to the strict new quarantine laws intended to keep Australia free of African Swine Fever (ASF), a woman from Vietnam who was carrying 4.5 kilos of pork and other undeclared foods was sent back home. The passenger has breached Australia’s biosecurity rules which lead her visa to be canceled and be banned in coming to Australia for three years.


Transition to a New Model of Assessment for International Qualified Nurses and Midwives

Frequent Asked Questions on New pathway for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives (IQNMs)

  1. What is the new model of assessment for International Qualified Nurses and Midwives?

 The new model of assessment has some new components to how we assess IQNMs wanting to register in Australia. The assessment of qualifications will continue to be against the current three criteria. 

IQNMs who are assessed as holding a qualification that is substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who meet the mandatory registration standards), will be eligible to apply for registration. 

IQNMs who are assessed as holding a qualification that is relevant but not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an Australian approved qualification (and who meet the mandatory registration standards), will be required to successfully complete an outcome-based assessment (OBA) prior to being eligible to apply for registration.


Upcoming closure of 489 program and commencement of new visa 491

From 16 November 2019, 489 visas will be closed to new applicants and will be replaced by the new 491 visa, with 14,000 places allocated per year.

This is a points tested, skilled migration visa which requires either state government nomination, or sponsorship by an eligible family member who is settled in a designated regional area.


RDA Far South Coast - NSW

Occupations currently eligible for nomination in the Far South Coast, NSW Region

Regional Development Australia - Far South Coast welcomes applications for Skilled Regional Sponsored (provisional) Visas, subclass 489, from qualified applicants in professions listed below.