Individuals

Five face court over sham spouse visa scam

Marriage Visa Scam

The Department of Home Affairs has refused the partner visa applications of 164 foreign nationals who were allegedly found to be linked with the scam. An Indian national has faced court over allegations of masterminding a marriage visa scam that targeted South Asian communities, involving 164 partner visa applicants who were willing to pay large…

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New bill makes it easier to cancel a visa on ‘character’ grounds

A new bill that makes it easier to cancel or refuse the visa of a non-citizens on character grounds is before Parliament. The Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018  amends the character test in section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 to broaden the grounds for visa cancellation or refusal where the person has been convicted of a serious…

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Regional migration: Is this the answer to crowded 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. The Government’s proposed regional migration policy According to recent Department of…

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State Nomination – Occupation List and other changes for NSW WA & SA

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A number of states and territories have updated their skilled migration occupation lists and requirements for nomination for 2018/19.  Each state and territory has its own specific requirements matched to local needs. Below is a summary of changes announced by the New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia Governments. NSW Priority Skilled Occupation List…

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Skilled Points Test – new minimum 65 points

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General Skilled Migration – Increase to pool and pass marks For visa applications lodged from 1 July 2018 in response to an invitation issued on or after this date, the pool and pass mark is now 65 points for the following visa subclasses: Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) (Points tested) stream Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass…

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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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Insight: The top 10 in demand tech jobs and skills in Australia

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Source: Australian Financial Review Top 10 in demand tech jobs and skills Australia will need another 100,000 tech workers over the next five years. Customer service, management and leadership are the three most in demand skills. The most in demand jobs are project manager, business analyst and business development manager. Australia has created 63,000 new…

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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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Widespread Crackdowns on Dodgy Labour Hire Companies

Source: Workplace Info South Australia has announced it will introduce legislation to weed out “dodgy” labour hire companies and to make the labour hire industry safer. The state government will introduce a state-based licensing scheme that would make it unlawful to operate as a labour hire provider without a licence. Significant penalties may be introduced…

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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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