Student Visas

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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Employer wrongfully terminates visa holder for breaching visa conditions

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The Fair Work Commission has found that an employee who was suspended indefinitely without pay after her employer decided that she had breached the conditions of her visa was unfairly dismissed. What happened in this case? The employee, Ms Devi was employed as a part-time food services assistant in an aged care facility run by…

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Bitter Deal for Oliver Brown Chocolate Café Workers

The Fair Work Ombudsman is taking an Oliver Brown café franchisee to Court alleging that 12 employees – including seven overseas workers – of the Oliver Brown chocolate café on the Gold Coast were underpaid more than $24,000. Facing the Federal Circuit Court are the franchise company, Oliver Brown Soul Pty Ltd, which operates the…

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Mamak Back In Court For Underpaying Migrant Workers

The operators of famous inner Sydney restaurant Mamak are again in Court accused of further underpayments, after being penalised almost $300,000 last year for exploiting overseas workers. Sydney’s Malaysian restaurant Mamak has again allegedly underpaid two employees from their Chatswood restaurant and has created false payslips to disguise the underpayments to authorities.  One employee was…

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7-Eleven store owner given record fine for exploiting workers

The owner of a Brisbane 7-Eleven store who systematically exploited workers has been fined more than $400,000, the largest penalty imposed in Australia by a court after action by the Fair Work Ombudsman     Background This case related to the underpayment of 12 employees, including a number of international students, a total of $82,661…

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Changes to Student Visa framework

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On 19 April 2016, the Government introduced far-reaching changes to the Student Visa program, which included the Subclasses 570, 571, 572, 573, 575 and 580. These changes form part of the Government’s previously announced simplification of the Australian visa application framework. The new Student Visa framework commences on 1 July 2016. The new framework has 2…

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Streamlined Visa Processing – simpler, faster student visas

Streamlined Visa Processing The Streamlined Visa Processing Program offers students from certain countries a more streamlined visa application process. Under this program, the Department will assess eligible student visa applicants as though they were a low immigration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1), regardless of their country of origin.To qualify, you must study…

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