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Come join our team and experience a progressive & flexible work environment, access to high quality work and competitive remuneration. The Migration Agency is a full service migration firm with a vision to partner with innovative businesses to provide access to a global talent pool. The firm advises and services creative industries and leading Australian…

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Occupation Ceilings For General Skilled Migration Released For 2017-18

On 3 August 2017, the Department released the Occupation Ceilings for General Skilled Migration. The Occupation Ceilings are the upper limit on the number of invitations that can be issued to apply for the following visas: Skilled independent visas Skilled regional sponsored visas Skilled or business state or territory sponsored visas. The ceilings are intended…

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457 Sponsor’s Training Benchmark Obligations

Overview Businesses operating in Australia seeking to hire and sponsor talented migrant workers should be aware of the requirements associated with training Australian citizens and permanent residents. Currently, businesses operating for more than 12 months must meet either Training Benchmark A or B as set out below when seeking to apply for Business Sponsorship under…

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Record $660K Penalty Against Employer For Exploiting Refugee

Source: HRD The former owner of a fruit market in Melbourne and his company have been handed a record fine of $660,000 after ignoring warnings by the Fair Work Ombudsman and allowing an employee on a refugee visa to go weeks without pay. The substantial penalty is the latest in a series of crackdowns on…

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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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