Chris Evans

Macmahon pioneers apprentice scheme

MINING and construction company Macmahon has become the first employer in Western Australia to adopt a new scheme designed to fast-track experienced workers through apprenticeships.

Australian apprenticeship system: reform

Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, today announced the government’s intentions to modernise and simplify the Australian apprenticeship system i

Navitas welcomes student visa review

Education provider Navitas has welcomed the federal government's announced review of the student visa program, saying it will be a crucial step forward in revitalising the international education industry.

Students cop another hit to the hip pocket

Labor and the Greens have moved quickly to impose an ideological agenda on universities.

Evans releases new migration list

Cooks and hairdressers have been replaced by an increasing demand for professionals in the health and engineering sectors in the federal government's new migration list.

Political staff to resources roles

A SERIES of moves by political staffers into roles linked to the resources sector reveals the growing need for corporate players to find their way around bureaucracy and political roadblocks.

Details will test migration plan

A remarkable set of numbers lies behind the federal government’s new skilled migration policy.

Dominating the federal sphere

DESPITE a major spat with federal Liberal deputy leader Julie Bishop, political observer Peter van Onselen still puts her in his top 10 most influential Western Australians.

Business wary of red tape in visa process

THE Western Australian business community has given a mixed reaction to the latest review into 457 visas, the Deegan Report, released by Immigration Minister Chris Evans last week.

Gov releases review into 457 visas

The results of a broad review into the integrity of the temporary skilled migration program, known as the Deegan Report, has been released by Immigration Minister, Senator Chris Evans.

Slowdown fails to dent demand for skilled labour

SOME of the Western Australia's top companies have cut or redeployed staff in recent weeks.

Evans calls for more permanent migration

Employers should be encouraged to recruit more overseas workers as permanent migrants, rather than relying on 457 visas, and a state-based approach to migration should be adopted, according to Immigration Minister Chris Evans.

457 visas to be processed quicker

Three new dedicated centres in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne have been opened to speed up the applications process for 457 visas.

Minimum salary lifted up for 457 visas

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, today announced that Minimum Salary Levels (MSLs) for temporary skilled overseas workers will increase by 3.8 per cent from 1 August 2008.

Migration changes positive

Four years ago, WA Business News started writing about the shortages of skilled labour that had emerged in economic hot spots such as engineering and mineral exploration.

Visa scheme under review

The federal government is looking for quick answers from a review it has established into the ability of temporary skilled migration schemes to help ease labour shortages.

Federal skilled migration package finds support in WA

Western Australia's Chamber of Minerals and Energy has welcomed the package of skilled migration measures announced by the minister for immigration and citizenship, senator Chris Evans.