Posts by Prue Gorman

Increase to Visa Application Charges

On 1 July 2018, the visa application charges for most visa subclasses increased in line with CPI. The credit card surcharge for Visa and MasterCard credit cards have also increased from 0.98% to 1.32% on this date. Below is a summary of some of the key visa subclass increases for primary applicants: Visa Type Current…

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Skilling Australians Fund & Training Levy Update

Skilling Australians Fund (“SAF”) update and implementation timeline   When the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Act 2018 and associated Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Act 2018 come into effect, the nomination training contribution charges (“training levy”) will be introduced. Although we do not have an exact date when the training levy will be implemented,…

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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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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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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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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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