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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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Government Announces New Global Talent Visa

The Australian government has announced it will pilot a new visa scheme this year to help companies lure skilled technology workers to Australia. The ‘global talent scheme’ will be trialled from 1 July 2018. It will allow established businesses with more than $4 million in annual turnover to sponsor a “highly skilled and experienced” individual …

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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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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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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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$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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Australian Federal Budget 2017 – How it impacts immigration

Overview On 9 May 2017 Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the 2017-18 Federal Budget which included announcements of a new ‘Skilling Australians Fund’ levy to support the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa from March 2018, increased visa application charges in line with inflation, limits on foreign investors intended to reduce pressure on housing affordability and the …

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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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