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Month: June 2019

Hands-free ban for new drivers across the ACT

A question that seems to be on every young-person or new driver’s lips at the moment is whether the new total ban of hands-free mobile phone usage will actually reduce the road death toll? From July 1st, learner drivers those on P-plates in the national capital will be fined for talking hands-free on a mobile …

Life on the boat

The stories told by migrants about their attempts to get to Australia are often harrowing but always awe-inspiring. This story of some Vietnamese migrants is no different. It is fascinating to hear first hand what they went through to get here. Listen to a recent interview on the ABC for just the briefest of insights: …

How far will people go to stay in Australia?

Would you risk your health to ensure a ‘better life’ for your family? Sometimes people go to extraordinary lengths to keep their families in Australia, as we can see from this story. After seven years in Sydney, a Chinese teacher was told he failed Australia’s visa health requirement despite his hepatitis B medication costing just …

DHA Visa Fee increases as of 1st July 2019

The department of Home Affairs has announced that a 5.4 percent Visa Application Charges (VAC) increase in fees will apply to applications made on or after 1 July 2019 on most visa subclasses. We may be able to lodge an application on your behalf before the fee increase, but you would need to be quick! …

‘They wanted a second wife’: Tourists detail working holiday exploitation

This is quite a tough subject to broach, but it seems it is very real. Young people are so keen to stay in Australia that they are willing to be exploited in ways that are just not reasonable. And it seems it is not hyperbole. Next month the working holiday visa program is due to …

Singletons to benefit in the visa points system update

The points system for Australian visas is due to change in November of this year, with single men and women set to benefit. According to the new rule, applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto partner will get 10 extra points. In the new legislation (read more here), it suggests “points are …

Indian population increases 30% in just 2 years

After England and China, India ranks third on the list of residents born overseas according to the latest figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Indian population in Australia has exponentially grown in the last two years according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS’s preliminary estimates suggest there …

Ration packs arrived for Refugee Challenge

As mentioned in a previous post, two members of the TranQuill Legal team, Bronwyn Huntley and Owen Harris, are taking part in the ‘Act for Peace Ration Challenge’ shortly and the ration pack has arrived. Despite the fact that they are going to be eating only what the pack provides and no diet coke, no …

‘Crying out for workers’ – Five regional areas to receive new migrants

This could be a bit of a bone of contention. Is it fair to say someone can’t live in a particular place or town? Should we be able to choose where our migrant workers move to? It is felt that the Metropolitan areas of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane cannot take anymore people settling in certain …

Is this ‘extreme vetting’ or a sensible amendment to immigration requirements?

Australians requiring a visa to enter the US will be forced to disclose their social media account details when they apply under strict new “enhanced vetting” procedures. The US State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for US visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. Under the Visa …