457 Visa

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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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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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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Bitter Deal for Oliver Brown Chocolate Café Workers

The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking an Oliver Brown café franchisee to Court alleging that 12 employees – including seven overseas workers – of the Oliver Brown chocolate café on the Gold Coast were underpaid more than $24,000. Facing the Federal Circuit Court are the franchise company, Oliver Brown Soul Pty Ltd, which operates the…

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$447,300 Penalty for Cleaning Company Treating Migrant Workers As “Slaves”

Operators of a Sydney cleaning company face near-record penalties of $447,300 for treating vulnerable migrant workers as “slaves”. The Federal Court has found that Grouped Property Services deliberately exploited 51 non-English speaking workers, who were predominately foreign nationals on temporary visas, by underpaying them  amounts ranging from $58 to $23,474. According to a Fair Work Ombudsman…

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Get Ready for 1 July 2017

End of financial year is a significant time for business, and with one of the most complex immigration and 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. Below we summarise the key changes arising…

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In-Depth: 457 Visa Changes

On 18 April 2017, the Australian Government announced changes to the skilled worker visa program, including the 457 visa and employer nominated permanent residence visas. Some of the changes seem to implement recommendations of an independent review into the integrity of the temporary work (skilled) visa (Subclass 457) programme conducted in 2014. The integrity review panel looked at…

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What’s next for innovation?

Political events like Brexit and Trump’s presidential election might have seen Australia benefit from their aftermath, with Australia’s technology, research and engineering industries set to poach key talent to drive a boom in its innovative, new-economy industries.   With Donald Trump’s presidency and anti-immigration policies now upon us and the UK’s “Hard Brexit” about to start in earnest, the…

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New Visa Fees From 1 July 2017

The Australian government has increased fees for almost all visas. The new measures, announced in the Federal Budget 2017-18, will come into effect on 1st July, 2017. A full list of new visa fees is outlined below. Visa applicants can expect annual fee increases with all Visa Application Charges being increased annually in accordance with the…

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