Employers

Regional migration: Is this the answer to congestion in our cities?

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The Morrison Government has proposed that changes to our regional migration program are required to address population growth in our major cities. Whilst details of the proposed policy are still being developed, many are questioning how effective such a policy will be in practice. Benefits of encouraging regional migration According to recent Department of Home…

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Business leaders leverage skills of refugee global talent pool

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Talent shortages will affect the future of the world’s largest economies in upcoming years, and developing new and creative solutions to address these critical shortages is an economic imperative. The global refugee population should be part of the solution. A report commissioned by Talent Beyond Boundaries highlights the contributions from businesses who are spearheading efforts…

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Fair Work Ombudsman recovers $746,000 in unpaid wages

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Source: Smartcompany The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has asked consumers to consider the real price of cheap food after recovering $746,203 in unpaid wages for almost 400 workers including migrants in recent blitz of sushi restaurants. The FWO has audited 45 sushi businesses in NSW, Queensland and the ACT, finding widespread non-compliance with workplace laws…

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The diversity and inclusion revolution: Eight powerful truths

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​While most business leaders now believe having a diverse and inclusive culture is critical to performance, they don’t always know how to achieve that goal. Deloitte Insights has published a report The Diversity and Inclusion Revolution: Eight Powerful Truths which can help turn aspirations into reality.  The report looks at Qantas as a case study for…

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400 Visa – not as straight forward as it used to be

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Since the more restrictive TSS visa was introduced this year, we have noticed there is now increased scrutiny on Subclass 400 visa applications which can vary between processing centres.  This may be due to the influx of Subclass 400 visa applications, which we expect have been caused by: Increased and uncertain 457 processing times which…

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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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Employers must now pay Training Levy

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Employers are now required to pay levies to the Skilling Australia Fund for business nominations lodged on or after 12 August 2018. The Australian Government has implement the collection of a training levy from employer sponsors under the Skilling Australians Fund Act 2018 and the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Regulations 2018. The levies are intended…

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ACS: Australia needs 200,000 more tech workers in five years

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ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse Report The technology skills gap in Australia is deepening, with an extra 200,000 technology workers needed in the next five years if the country is going to be a world leader in the digital economy, according to a new report from the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and Deloitte. The ACS Australia’s Digital…

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Increase to Visa Application Charges

On 1 July 2018, the visa application charges for most visa subclasses increased in line with CPI. The credit card surcharge for Visa and MasterCard credit cards have also increased from 0.98% to 1.32% on this date. Below is a summary of some of the key visa subclass increases for primary applicants: Visa Type Current…

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Fair Work High Income Threshold increase

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From 1 July 2018, the Fair Work High Income Threshold (“FWHIT”) is now $145,400. As this is an increase from last year’s threshold of $142,000, the change may affect the following business sponsors and visa applicants: Sponsors who are conducting labour market testing in preparation for a TSS nomination application Labour market testing policy states…

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