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Starting in Sydney News, Issue #025
July 05, 2011

Discover Lifestyle in Sydney.
Keep up with News about Australia


Starting in Sydney News brings you our latest tips about living in Australia. And a lot of information about things to do in Sydney and its attractions.

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Issue 25

As of 1 July 2011 a number of changes apply to migration programs to Australia.

There is a new points system, which places more importance on stronger levels of English, higher qualifications and more work experience. Also the age up to which you can apply has been increased to 49, however no points are awarded for people who are older than 45. For all the updates check: immi.gov.au/skilled/whats_new_457.htm and also download a pdf that will give you clear details on the points test: immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-test.pdf

In addition, the government has announced a major reform in the way migrants are selected, with a proposed skilled migrant selection register. The applicants should first express their interest to migrate online and then wait to be invited to submit an application. This proposal is under review and is expected to launch on 1 July 2012. You can find the details at: immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/skillselect.htm

New Pages at start-a-new-life-in-australia.com

How to Transfer Money Overseas

Have you already received your visa to relocate to Australia or are you planning to transfer money there? Then you would be interested to see how you could save money when you exchange your funds.

We have asked some questions to Peter Lavelle, an economics writer with foreign exchange broker PureFX. He talks about ways to save when transferring your funds overseas. If you want to ask PureFX a question then fill in this form and they will contact you.

And if you want to know more about Peter, you can read an interview with him and get to know what makes him tick and how he writes about Foreign Exchange Market Updates.

His June updates for our website are:

For those who are applying for new jobs, writing a resume can be a daunting experience, especially if it is in a new country, with different requirements. But is doesn't have to be.

Gavin Redelman, founder of Sydney based RedStarResume can help. His company is providing a professional resume writing service. He is also offering some tips about how to write resumes.

And he is offering a 5% discount for any resume package purchased by readers coming from our website. So you get to save for a great service and we get a small fee that helps us continue to provide free and useful information on our website. To get your discount insert the discount code "NEWLIFE" and receive 5% off the price of a resume service.

Speaking of jobs and resumes, you may be interested in furthering your studies in Australia. We continue our series about universities:

Finally here is What to Do in Sydney in July: visit an international boat show, learn about Aboriginal history and culture, taste some delicious coffee in The Rocks.

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That's all for now. We'll be adding more pages about Australia, life in Sydney and tips on how to make the most of it.

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