What to See in Australia – Landscapes

What to see in Australia – a perplexing question

Australia is a vast and varied island. With many iconic sites spread far and wide. Do you choose

  • beaches
  • mountains
  • snow
  • desert
  • cities
  • rainforest
  • wilderness
  • islands
  • reefs
  • waterfalls
  • canyons
  • gorges
What to see in Australia Sunset over Camp Cove Beach
Sunset at Camp Cove

Uluru

Surrounding Uluru is a red desert for most of the year. Green ground cover, grasses, bushes and native flowers inhabit the desert after rain.  The Anangu people consider Uluru to be a living, breathing, sacred landscape. As the sun moves across Uluru, colours changing, ochres to purples, it evokes a sense of mystery.

Balaka Falls

Balaka Falls are a hidden gem thirty minutes drive from the centre of Sydney. Located in a wildlife sanctuary amongst woodlands and forests of Hunts Creek Reserve. They are a favourite with photographers and parents alike. An easy 200 metres walk from the road to the falls and another dimension away from the man-made noises of the city.

The area is typically Hawkesbury sandstone with remnants of Wianamatta shale soils in the upper reaches. It supports woodland and forest consisting of Blackbutt, turpentine, Sydney Red Gum and Red Bloodwood trees.

Thredbo

This image at Thredbo gives a glimpse of snow through the snow gums. Thredbo is one of the ski resorts in NSW. Victoria and NSW have the most extensive ski fields. Often seen in the snow are kangaroos and other native animals and birds.

Cronulla

Cronulla Rock Pools sunrise. Cronulla Beach is forty minutes drive from the centre of Sydney. White sand, blue skies – Cronulla is the typical Australian beach suburb.

Hassans Walls Lookout

This lookout is the highest in the Blue Mountains, five minutes from Lithgow, west of Sydney. The lookout affords views of

  • the western edge of the Blue Mountains,
  • the stunning Kanagra Walls and
  • the peaceful Hartley Valley.

Kata Tjuka

Kata Tjuka is about thirty kilometres from Uluru. Viewing the sunset over Kata Tjuka is breathtaking. Kata Tjuka means many heads. Thirty-six domes that makeup Kata Tjuka.

Kata Tjuka projects a sense of power and awe. It is a sacred place of  Anangu men’s business. A spiritual and magical place.

Field of Light

‘Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku’ by Bruce Munro is an art installation at Uluru. The name in the local Pitjantjatjara language means – looking at lots of beautiful lights. The art installation will be at Uluru until December 31, 2020.

There are over 50,000 spindles of light, connected and pulsing like a living organism in the desert. Immersed in the vastness of the coloured lights reality flees and enchantment commences.

Road to the Other Side

Following the long red road across the far-flung country. Travelling between towns in Australia can be lonely. It is not uncommon to drive 2 hours and see nothing but kangaroos and scrub.

Filled with beautiful landscapes and image deserving views – Australia is a must to visit. Friendly people and a relaxed lifestyle make Australia an easy place to live.

Australians have a free spirit and an ability to think outside the box, and that is why I like Australia so much.
Brian Schmidt

What to see in Australia is a much simpler question to answer when you are here for an extended period.

These images are all taken by Etienne Photography. The Etienne group is well travelled throughout Australia.

Got questions about what to see in Australia? Ask Etienne Migration Services, when they are helping you with your visas.

Visa Options

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Visa Holders and Sponsors – The ATO has your data

Visa Holders and Sponsors - The ATO has your data

 

  • Do you sponsor employees on a subclass 457 visa?
  • Do you have employees on work/holiday visas?
  • Do you have employees on student visas?
  • Are you an Australian visa holder and working either part-time or full-time?
  • Do you know that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIPB) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are now sharing your information?

The DIPB is sharing your information with the ATO. They are giving the ATO names, addresses and other details of visa holders, their sponsors and migration agents. The DIPB will give the ATO this information for the 2013/2104, 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 financial years.

The ATO wants to make sure that Australian visa holders pay the correct amount of tax. They also want to check that employer sponsors pay the correct amount of superannuation. The information is being matched electronically between the DIPB and ATO.

The ATO want see that:

  • visa holders are registered to pay tax;
  • visa holders have completed their tax returns;
  • visa holders lodge their tax on-time;
  • employer sponsors pay the PAYG tax
  • employer sponsors have correctly completed their Business Activity Statements and
  • employer sponsors pay superannuation.

The Australian Government estimates that the records of about 1,000,000 people will have their information given to the ATO by the DIPB.

 

Information Available to the ATO – Visa Holders, Sponsors, Migrations Agents

  • Address history for visa applicants and sponsors
  • Contact history for visa applicants and sponsors
  • All visa grants
  • Visa grant status by point in time
  • All migration agents
  • Address history for migration agents
  • Contact history for migration agents
  • All international travel movements undertaken by visa holders (arrivals and departures)
  • Sponsor details (subclass 457 visa)
  • Education providers (educational institution where the student visa holder intends to undertake their study) and
  • Visa subclass code and descriptor.

The ATO is trying to stamp out cheating and fraud by visa holders, sponsors and migration agents. They want to identify new types of fraud and find out who is controlling them.

Visa Holders Who have Breached Tax Obligations Should

  1. Stop breaching your visa conditions
  2. Pay all tax that is due to minimise the nature and length of the breach
  3. Do not wait, deal with the issue promptly.
  4. Seek Permanent Residency if you want to protect your right to be here.
  5. Discuss this with Etienne Migration Services ASAP so that you can be advised on the risks being faced, and the best approach to take to resolve that risk.

Penalties

Visa Holders and Employers found to be breaching conditions will be sent a letter and given 28 days to resolve any discrepancies. After the 28 days the ATO will take administrative action. If the ATO discover the breach first then the problem is significantly worse.

  • Detention for visa holders
  • Changes to bridging visas
  • Deportation
  • Bans on re-applying for a visa and applying for bridging visas

Don’t wait until DIPB or ATO are knocking on your door. Call Etienne Migration Services today to ensure your obligations are being met.

1300 882 032

Information about Visa Options

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Information about the ATO and data matching – ATO Data Matching

 

Etienne Migration Services Joins Parramatta Chamber of Commerce

Etienne Migration Joins Parramatta Chamber of CommerceJon Sujono on behalf of Steven Brown from Etienne Migration Services attended the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 at Parramatta Leagues Club to receive our Certificate of Membership.

It was a great night of networking with good food and lots of interesting people. Thanks to the Firehouse Restaurant and Grill.

Etienne Migration Services are looking forward to working with Parramatta businesses assisting them with all their migration needs.

 

Subclass 600 (Visitor) Visa

The Visitor Policy Section of the Department of Immigration has extended the number of countries that can utilise electronic lodgement of the Subclass 600 (Visitor) visa.

Subclass 600 Visa electronic lodgement
Albino Wallaby

The 66 additional countries and territories are:

 Angola, Anguilla, Armenia, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Cayman Islands, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Falkland Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, the Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the Republic of South Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Uzbekistan, the Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

BUPA Visa Medicals Supplier

Bupa Visa Medicals supplierBUPA are now the visa services provider for onshore visa medicals.

The Department has detailed information on their website on the changeover between the two providers, including how to contact BUPA, Carer visa assessments and FAQs.

The BUPA Medical Visa Services webpage also provides further information on locations, making appointments, payments and FAQs.