Malaysia and Australia
Australia and Malaysia have a long history of interactions, beginning in the 18th century when Malay pearlers dived off the northern Australian coast. Australian troops fought in Malaya (and Singapore) during World War Two and assisted militarily during the Malay communist insurgencies of the 1950s. Formal relations between Australia and Malaysia began in 1955 and the countries signed a free trade agreement in 2013. Today Malaysia is Australia’s 10th largest trading partner.
The Australian Department of Social Services reports that “The latest Census in 2011 recorded 116 196 Malaysia-born people in Australia, an increase of 25.8 per cent from the 2006 Census. The 2011 distribution by state and territory showed Victoria had the largest number with 39 791 followed by New South Wales (27 257), Western Australia (24 967) and Queensland (12 790).”
Malaysian Students in Australia
One important link between Australia and Malaysia is the increasing number of Malaysian students studying in Australia. To date, more than 300,000 Malaysians have attended school in this country.
In 2017, there were 32,899 Malaysian students enrolled in Australian schools.
SBS reports that in 2018 “China [made] up the largest proportion of [international] students from a single country at 31 per cent, followed by India, Nepal and Malaysia at 12, five and four per cent respectively.”
Singapore and Australia
Singapore, situated at the bottom of the Malaya peninsula, became an independent country in 1965 when it separated from Malaysia. Australia was the first country to recognise Singapore’s independence and since then the two countries have had excellent relations. Australia and Singapore signed a free trade agreement in 2003 and Singapore is currently Australia’s largest trading partner in South East Asia.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has noted that overall “Singapore is the 8th largest market for Australian exports. Major exports include gold, crude & refined petroleum, animal oils & fats.” Source: The Currency Shop.
The Australian 2011 census recorded that there were then “48 646 Singapore born people in Australia, an increase of 21.7 per cent from the 2006 Census. The 2011 distribution by state and territory showed Western Australia had the largest number with 13 973 followed by Victoria (13 697), New South Wales (11 227) and Queensland (5984).” Source: Australian Department of Social Services.
Since 2011, about 7,000 Singaporeans have migrated to the state of Victoria in southern Australia. Source: Live in Melbourne.
To read more information about Singaporean Australians.
New Australian Visa for Singaporeans
The Strait Times reports that since January 1, 2018, “Singaporeans who travel to Australia can get a new visa that will let them enter the country for up to three months at a time over six years.
“This will make it easier for them to travel to Australia for business and pleasure, instead of having to apply for a fresh permit every few months.”
Singaporean Students in Australia
Australian Visa Experts for Malaysian and Singaporean Citizens
If you need advice regarding an Australian visa, permanent residence or citizenship, book a consultation with one of our registered migration agents. Migration Ways offers personal consultations at our Melbourne CBD office and Skype consultations over the Internet. Our Skype address is: migrationways.australia
A review of Migration Ways by Siew.
“We engaged Migration Ways services for the entire process from verifying my education credentials with Engineers Australia to submitting the visa application. In all stages of the process, she explained to us what was needed and what was the expected outcome.
“Apart from our first meeting with Alberta in Melbourne, everything else was done through email including document submission and payment, as we were based in Malaysia. Alberta and her team also made it a point to update us on intervals, allowing for a peace of mind that they were taking care of our application as we expected them to.”