Employers

Government fee increases from 1 July 2019

Visa Application Fee increases The Department of Immigration has announced a planned 5.4% increase to lodgement fees for almost all applications lodged on or after 1 July 2019. Approximate fees based on the increase for some common visa types are below: Visa Type Current Fee From 1 July 2019 Approx. Increase Subclass 482 TSS visa…

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Personal liability for Westside managers for underpayment of workers

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a major service station chain, Westside Petroleum, and its management for allegedly underpaying 22 employees at sites across regional NSW and Victoria. Westside Petroleum and three of its management staff – including its general manager, company accountant and area manager ­– are each alleged to have…

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Coalition announces permanent migration cap and population policy

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Source: The Guardian The Australian Coalition has announced that it will introduce new skilled work visas that require three years’ residence in regional areas as a pre-condition for permanent residency, as part of its population policy launched on Wednesday 20 March 2019. Permanent Migration for 2019/2020 The Morrison government announced today that it will cap…

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Overview of key changes to Skilled Occupation Lists from March 2019

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The Department of Home Affairs has announced changes to the eligible occupations for permanent and temporary visas, with effect from 13 March 2019. Changes to the Short-term Skilled Occupation List, Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List, and the Regional Occupation List have been made following consultation with the Department of Jobs and Small Business based…

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Bogus employer reference letter results in PIC 4020 visa refusal

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The recent Federal Court appeal case of Fati v Minister for Home Affairs examined issues relating to an employment reference letter prepared by an employee of a business in the context of an Australian visa application, and whether that letter was a bogus document or information that is false or misleading in breach of public interest…

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New onus of proof on employers facing underpayment allegations

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The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced the first legal action utilising new reverse onus of proof laws that require employers to disprove underpayment allegations in Court when they have failed to keep adequate time and wages records or issue pay slips. The FWO has instituted proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court against A &…

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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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School fees waived for dependants of 457/TSS visa holders

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In an effort to attract skilled migrants, the South Australian Government is waiving Student fees for dependants of Subclass 457 and Subclass 482 TSS visas attending government schools. In a recent announcement, the Minister for Education, Hon John Gardner MP confirmed that the student contribution fee for dependants of the Subclass 457 and Subclass 482…

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Court imposes $335,664 penalties against 7-Eleven outlet and restaurant

Penalties have been secured by the Fair Work Ombudsman against a company in Melbourne for $335,664 and two individuals for the underpayment of international students. This brings the total amount to $1.8 million in penalties involving 7-Eleven franchisees. The Federal Circuit Court has handed down its judgement and penalised Xia Jing Qi Pty Ltd a total…

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Could a Labour Agreement give your business a competitive advantage?

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Sometimes a business needs an “out of the box” solution to secure a key talent into their business, outside of the standard visa sponsorship rules. In such instances, a Labour Agreement can provide a customised pathway for a business to sponsor someone into a position which would otherwise be unavailable to that person. What is…

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