Yearly Archives: 2016

Government Delivers 15% Backpacker Tax with Greens Support

The Australian Government has successfully delivered a last-minute deal on the controversial “backpacker tax”, thanks to assistance in the Senate from the Greens Party. In exchange for a series of concessions and new measures—which some experts say could cost the budget more than Labor’s original proposal—the Greens agreed to push the legislation through the Senate… Read More

Australia Inundated with Immigration Inquiries Following Successful Trump Election

Thousands of Americans are now looking to immigrate to Australia following the shock election of Republican presidential contender, Donald Trump. Last week’s election results have spurred a significant influx of migration inquiries from concerned US citizens across the globe, with Canada’s immigration portal crashing in the hours after the winner was announced due to excessive… Read More

457 Visa Workers to be Limited to 60 Day Stay Following Employment Cessation

A statement issued by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has suggested that significant changes may be underway for the Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa. Beginning November 19, 457 visa holders will now only be permitted to remain in Australia for 60 days following the cessation of their employment. The new regulations… Read More

Coalition Pushes for 2017 Arrival of Backpacker Tax, but Labor Refuses to Acquiesce

Despite strong opposition from a coalition of rural employers, the Australian Government has elected to proceed with its highly controversial “backpacker tax”. The contentious new policy was announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison, who confirmed that the tax changes will come into effect from January 2017. Under the latest round of proposed policy changes, Working Holiday… Read More

Government Announces Changes to Temporary Activity Visa Program

According to reports, the Australian Government is set to institute sweeping changes to its temporary activity visa framework, as of November 19. The new policies are still subject to approval by the Governor-General, and are part of an ongoing review of the skilled migration and temporary activity visa programmes. The migration program review is aimed… Read More

Australia has Settled Less than 4000 of the Promised 12,000 Syrian Refugees

Despite the government’s initial support for plans to grant 12,000 Syrian refugees asylum seeker status, reports are showing that after twelve months only a quarter have managed to successfully migrate to Australia. New figures have been released which reveal that only 3532 Syrians and Iraqis have arrived in Australia as part of last year’s one-off… Read More

Productivity Commission Calls for Significant Changes to Australia’s Migration Program

Earlier this week a report undertaken by the Productivity Commission was released which offered several highly controversial recommendations for Australia’s migration program. The report, entitled Migrant Intake into Australia, argues that Australia’s current migration policies fail to account for an overall population plan, which may lead to serious infrastructure problems in the future. In response… Read More

Evidence of Migrant Worker Exploitation at Blueberry Farms Uncovered

Another incident of temporary migrant worker exploitation has been uncovered, with a Coffs Coast blueberry farm found illegally forcing employees to work for 36 hours straight. The 26 workers—who were recruited from Vanuatu by a Melbourne-based labour hire syndicate known as Seasonal Labour Solutions Pty Ltd— were also underpaid almost $15,000, according to reports from… Read More