BREAKING NEWS: Changes in Partner Visa

The Australian Government approved the Migration Amendment Bill on 28 November 2018 that will eventually suppress Family Violence especially on Partner Visa applicants.

For now, the Bill is not implemented yet and has to pass the Governor General's Royal Assent for the bill to take effect.

 It is unclear at this point, when it will commence but DoHA states it is likely to be sometime this year.

New Occupations Available for Employer Sponsored Work Visas for Northern Territory


The new Northern Territory Designated Area Migration Agreement (NT DAMA) lets the Northern Territory (NT) employers sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers for work visa Subclass 482.

A broader range of occupations are available for work visa sponsorship. Occupations that are not ordinarily in the work visa program have been added such as Aged or Disabled carers, Hotel receptionists, Truck/forklift drivers, accounts clerk/bookkeepers, car salespersons, and many others.

Update on the New Temporary Visas for Parents of Australians

A press release from Minister Coleman has announced that the new Temporary Long Stay Parent Visa will become available in the first half of 2019. 

The Senate passed the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 which includes provisions to introduce the new visa that will allow parents to visit their families in Australia for a continuous period of up to five years.

Mobile Consular Mission for Melbourne, Victoria

The Philippine Embassy is pleased to announce the details of the Mobile Consular Mission to Melbourne, Victoria:

Date: 14-18 January 2019 (Monday-Friday)
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: Monastery Hall, St. Francis Pastoral Centre, 326 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Total slots: 640

Are you eligible for Medicare?

Operated by the Department of Human Services, Medicare is the primary founder of health care in Australia. It is the basis of Australia's health care system and covers many health care costs. Eligible patients of Medicare may elect to be treated as either a public or a private patient.

I am not an Australian Citizen. Am I Eligible for Medicare?

You might be eligible for Medicare health care benefits if you are living in Australia and are: