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SMEs must ensure workplace compliance

End of financial year is a significant time for SMEs and with one of the most complex workplace relations systems in the world, it is essential that business owners stay updated and compliant with the changes that come into effect on, or after 1 July 2017. Recent research conducted by Union NSW into migrant work…

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Australian Immigration to Embrace New Technologies

Source: International Business Times Immigration to outsource visa system as Australia prepares for tourists and migration surge A huge part of Australia’s visa system will be run by private operators. The Immigration Department plan allows them to charge migrants in order to avoid cost blow-outs. The changes to the immigration system allow companies to run…

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New Sponsorship Accreditation Rules and Obligations

Some welcome changes to the Accredited Sponsorship rules will mean more businesses can benefit from streamlined visa processing, quicker times and other benefits. This will accommodate certain low-risk sponsors who only use the 457 program occasionally.  What are the new accreditation characteristics? Category 1: Standard Business Sponsors that are Australian government agencies (Commonwealth, state and…

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Widespread Crackdowns on Dodgy Labour Hire Companies

Source: Workplace Info South Australia has announced it will introduce legislation to weed out “dodgy” labour hire companies and to make the labour hire industry safer. The state government will introduce a state-based licensing scheme that would make it unlawful to operate as a labour hire provider without a licence. Significant penalties may be introduced…

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Changes to Employer Sponsored PR Visas & Training Benchmarks – 1 July 2017

There have been a number of changes to the Employer Sponsored Permanent Residence visa program (ENS and RSMS) as part of the 1 July changes. This article outlines the changes and briefly explains the impact for applicants. These changes are part of a series of reforms announced by the Government in April 2017 with implementation…

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New Age Limit for Working Holiday Visa Holders

Eligibility Age Limit Increase A number of changes to Working Holiday Visas have been announced as part of the 1 July changes. The eligible age limit for Working Holiday Visa applications will be increased from 30 to 35 years with effect from 1 July. However, the new age limit will only take effect once Australia…

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New skill lists effective 1 July 2017

The Australian government has updated the occupations lists for a range of temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled visas, with the new lists effective from 1 July 2017. The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton states that whilst the changes to the lists are aimed at protecting Australian workers, he understands the important of enabling employers to recruit overseas…

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Market Consultation: Future of Visa Service Delivery in Australia

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced it is modernising the way it delivers visa and citizenship services and released a consultation paper “Delivering Visa Services for Australia” and is inviting the public to participate in a consultation to look at opportunities to improve technology and service delivery. The DIBP has stated…

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Talking About Race at Work Might Not Be the Worst Idea After All

Source: Bloomsberg Talking about race has long been taboo in the workplace. From a human-resources perspective, it feels like a legal liability, and no one at any level wants to offend a co-worker. Better to stay away. That instinct might do more harm than good. Across races, a majority of workers say open conversations about race…

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5 Ways Australia is Getting More Diverse (Census 2016)

Source: SBS Diversity in the Australian community is flourishing, according to fresh Census data. Australia’s increasingly close ties with its international neighbours are evident throughout many of the 68.9 million pieces of data published by the Australian Bureau for Statistics for Census 2016. This handful of insights about diversity is the first glimpse of the trove…

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