Residents are abandoning Australia at record levels, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The government is to pilot a visa scheme to make it easier for big business and tech start-ups to hire overseas talent for highly skilled roles.
The summer holiday period is a time to bring the family together but for Martin Ward the new year brings an agonising choice that may tear his apart.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced he is scrapping the controversial 457 visa program for skilled migrants as part of a bid to tackle unemployment.
Western Australia has held off on implementing school fees for 457 visa holders.
Changes to 457 work visa program, which passed through the Senate on Friday, have been criticised by the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry.