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Starting in Sydney News, Issue #029
November 01, 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 279

Report Worth Reading

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship published its annual report which shows that the 2010–2011 migration program was set at 168,700 places out of which two thirds represent the skilled stream (113,850 places). Quite a good part of the skilled program went to employer-sponsored visas.

An interesting survey shows that 96% of the migrants sponsored by employers are in the work force within 6 months after obtaining their visa, thus contributing to the economy of the country.

The report mentions the new Skilled Occupation List and the new points test applicable since 1 July 2011. The test places a higher importance on work experience, high qualifications and strong knowledge of English.

Many migrants have chosen to become Australian citizens - the report shows that, just on the Australia Day this year, 13,000 people received the citizenship.

There is a lot of information and interesting case studies, so if you are interested in relocating to Australia, it is a good read.

You can view the report at

News about Sydney

Sydney won two new awards in October:

  • it was rates as the best city by readers of the Condé Nast Traveller magazine,
  • it was recognised as the world's most outstanding city in the over one million population category by the International Festivals and Events Association.

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Sydney Life

The 2011 Art and About Festival hosted the outdoor photography exhibition in Hyde Park, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the event.

Photographers who captured interesting and unusual aspects of life in Sydney, submitted their works, which were displayed as huge banners lining the park walkway. This year's selection included a section dedicated to very young artists, under 11 year olds.

What to Do in Sydney in November

The third month of spring is the month of the Melbourne Cup, which extends its power of attraction to Sydney too. Everyone dresses up for the first Tuesday of the month to celebrate the horse racing carnival. But there is so much more to horses than just the races - the Equitana exhibition is proof to this, as it comes to Sydney from 10 to 13 November.

Money matters

Peter Lavelle, an economics writer with UK foreign exchange broker PureFX contributes more snippets about the Australian dollar exchange rate. If you are thinking about transferring your money overseas or sending it to Australia, he can provide you with a free quote or can answer your questions. Fill in this fill in this form and he will contact you.

Peter's updates for our website in November are:

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