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Major changes to the skilled occupation lists

In a surprise announcement, the Government has introduced significant changes to the occupation lists used for skilled migration visas, including the subclass 457 visa commencing 19 April 2017. Two new, amended skill lists have been introduced: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) (to replace the Skilled Occupation List (SOL); and Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) (to …

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Government announces new employer sponsored visa

Source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 18 April 2017 Today the Australian Government has announced a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) work visa to replace the Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa from March 2018. After the 2014 review into the integrity of the temporary work (skilled) visa (Subclass 457) programme we have been expecting some broad …

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How to Avoid Delays in Partner Visa Processing

Waiting for a decision on your partner visa? In a recent briefing to members of the Migration Institute of Australia, the Department of Immigration has advised some key changes to Partner processing times. Due to pressure to decrease staff numbers in line with the Government’s wider plans to reduce public sector expenditure, the Department is experiencing resourcing …

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As the rock stars of the restaurant world arrive Australia is struggling for chefs

Source: Sydney Morning Herald The rise of the celebrity chef and the cooking show star machine is sending the wrong messages to would-be chefs and contributing to skills shortages. That’s the view of Massimo Bottura whose restaurant Osteria Francescana was last year ranked as the number one restaurant in the world. “Too many people, too …

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We all benefit from having migrant workers

Over the past few years, migrant workers have become the default political solution for policy problems. Not enough jobs? That’s because foreigners are stealing them. Wages aren’t going up? That’s because foreigners drag them down. Graduates aren’t finding positions? That’s because skilled worker visas are being given out too easily. Maybe there is something to …

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Company accused of “slavery”, penalised $227,300

Source: HC Online A labour-hire company and its director have been penalised $227,300 for underpaying employees and luring them to Australia with false promises. Maroochy Sunshine has been penalised $186,000 and its sole director, Emmanuel Bani, an additional $41,300 in the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane after legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Twenty-two …

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Fast Food, 457 visas and Labour Agreements

Last week the Federal Government announced it is cracking down on the number of 457 skilled worker visas handed out to McDonald’s and other fast-food chains.  Media reported that there was a “short cut” 457 visa process for the industry after Julia Gillard’s Labor Government approved the Fast Food Industry Labour Agreement in 2012. Consequently, …

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Landmark 457 Visa Changes for Fast Food Industry Announced

(source: HC Online) Fast food businesses will no longer be able to sponsor foreign workers on temporary visas unless they can prove a specific need, the federal government has announced. The announcement will impact the likes of KFC, McDonalds and Hungry Jacks, and is the first time an entire sector has been banned from using …

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