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Telstra boss on immigration: “Build skills, not walls”

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The need for Australian companies to source ICT talent from overseas is stronger than ever, with the local pipeline continuing to fall short. That was the message from Telstra CEO Andy Penn, who delivered a strongly-worded address at the Committee for Economic Development Australia in Melbourne on Wednesday. “We need to build new skills and…

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Practical guide to labour market testing

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How to: Deal with Labour Market Testing requirements Many sponsors struggle to satisfy the strict requirements for advertising a role, set by the Department of Home Affairs. And yet, this requirement does not have to be a barrier to sponsoring your new hire. We have compiled our top tips for handling labour market testing so…

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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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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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$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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Coffee Club franchisee in Court over 457 visa fraud

A Coffee Club café franchisee in Brisbane allegedly coerced an overseas worker to repay $18,000 of his wages by threatening to cancel his 457 skilled worker visa if he didn’t do so.  The accusations come amid the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to the 457 visas which are common in Australia’s cooking profession. Summary A Coffee…

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Unfair dismissal for 457 visa sponsors

unfair dismissal for 457 visa sponsors

Employers must comply with fair work laws when employing local and foreign employees in Australia – including providing the minimum terms and conditions of employment as prescribed by the Fair Work Act, the applicable modern award (if any) or enterprise agreement. Employees on temporary visas (such as work visas, working holiday or student visas) can make a…

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Immigration Update for Business – 1 July 2016

Accredited Sponsor Program The change:  More business will be able to access the benefits of accreditation from 1 July 2016. The benefits of accreditation include: Accredited sponsorship approval for a term of 6 years rather than 5 years. Priority process – 2 weeks for nomination and subclass 457 visas, rather than the current 6-8 weeks.…

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Immigration and Work Visas – webinar

About the webinar Earlier this month, Sarah Thapa joined the NSW Business Chamber for a Workplace Info webinar. where she explained everything Australian businesses need to know when employing overseas workers and as a sponsor of visa holders, including to how to fulfill their general compliance and sponsorship obligations. Many employers are not aware that immigration compliance is…

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Consumer watchdog takes action against company management for visa fraud

ACCC takes action against visa fraud

Reference: ACCC v Clinica Internationale Pty Ltd [1] The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has won a legal battle against Clinica International Pty Ltd (Clinica) and Mr Radovan Laski for contraventions of the Competition and Consumer Act associated with false and misleading advertisements and offers of sponsored employment in regional Australia to foreign workers. Clinica International is…

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