Working Holiday

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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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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New Age Limit for Working Holiday Visa Holders

Eligibility Age Limit Increase A number of changes to Working Holiday Visas have been announced as part of the 1 July changes. The eligible age limit for Working Holiday Visa applications will be increased from 30 to 35 years with effect from 1 July. However, the new age limit will only take effect once Australia…

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6 Month Work Rule Extended for Working Holiday Makers

Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) will now be able to work for the same employer for longer than 6 months while on the same working holiday visa, as a result of changes to the 6 month work rule introduced on 27 March 2017. What is changing? Until now, WHMs were limited by condition 8547 to work for a…

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Backpacker Tax Changes 1 Jan 2017

From 1 January 2017, working holiday and work and holiday visa holders, or backpackers, will pay 15 percent income tax from the first dollar they earn in Australia. The 15 percent Backpacker Tax rate has come into effect after a long and drawn-out political debate. Under tax law, the tax-free threshold for non-residents of Australia previously applied…

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Suppliers to major supermarkets use illegal migrant labour

Source: Australian Border Force Vizzarri Farms, the nation’s biggest asparagus producer and a supplier to Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and Costco, was raided last week in a major raid involving more than 75 Australian Border Force (ABF) agents with support of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), in relation to allegations of employing…

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China working holiday makers now welcome

The Australian Government has added China to list of eligible countries for Work and Holiday (462) visas. This change allows young, educated Chinese citizens to stay in Australia for up to 12 months with the ability to leave and re-enter Australia any number of times. Visa holders are allowed to work six months with an employer…

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