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Thursday, 17 February 2000
Page: 13892


Ms Jann McFarlane asked the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 9 December 1999:

(1) How many applications for permanent residency were made by accountants from South Africa in (a) 1993-94, (b) 1994-95, (c) 1995-96, (d) 1996-97, (e) 1997-98 and (f) 1998-99.

(2) How many of those applicants were granted permanent residency in each year.


Mr Ruddock (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) - (2) While a person with Accountancy skills may enter Australia under any visa subclass, only those entering under the Skilled Stream of the Migration Program are required to have their skills assessed as part of the migration process. The relevant visa subclasses are 105 (Skilled Australian Linked, formerly Concessional Family), 106 (Regional Linked), 121 (Employer Nomination Scheme) and 126 (Independent). Table 1 below gives a summary of the number of South African accountant applications received and processed in Pretoria in each year in the Skilled Stream.

Table 1: Accountant Applications Lodged and Processed

Year

Lodged

Decided

Granted

% Approved

1993/1994

198

89

83

93%

1994/1995

162

153

118

77%

1995/1996

367

155

91

59%

1996/1997

287

152

112

74%

1997/1998

195

304

234

77%

1998/1999

277

395

368

93%

A detailed break down of this, including the relevant visa subclass is at Table 2 below.

Of those cases that were not approved, this does not necessarily mean that they failed to meet the skill level for the occupation of Accountant. There could be a number of reasons for this, including withdrawals or applicants not achieving sufficient points for the age or sponsorship factors.