Yearly Archives: 2017

10-Year Visa Ban Legislation Defeated in the Senate

The Australian government’s attempt to introduce new legislation that would have imposed a 10-year visa ban on any individual who provides false or misleading information to the Department of Immigration has been defeated in the senate. While the government initially appeared confident in the legislation’s passing, it was subsequently shot down by a coalition of… Read More

Population Survey Finds Half of Australia May Support Reduced Migration

A new national survey conducted by the Australian Population Research Institute has found that nearly three quarters of those surveyed agreed that immigration levels should be reduced, while almost half said they were in favor of a partial ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries. The Population Research Institutes survey—which canvassed more than 2000 people—found… Read More

DIBP Cancelling Criminal’s Visas, Leaving them Stuck Overseas

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has been engaging in a new covert tactic to forcibly deport dangerous foreign nationals by cancelling their permanent residency visa while the individuals in question are offshore, stranding them overseas and preventing them from returning to Australia. The Department’s new strategy was first employed as a means… Read More

Immigration Minister Introduces Bill to Significantly Increase Powers

The Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton, is launching another attempt to ban mobile phones from Australia’s offshore detention centres after the legislation’s previous defeat in the Senate. While detainees are already banned from possessing mobile phones in Australia’s onshore detention centres—along with refugees being remanded on Christmas Island—Dutton now wants to amend the Migration Act… Read More

DIBP Introduces New Regulations and Visa Restrictions

The Australian Government has elected to introduce a series of new rules and regulations that are intended to increase the integrity of the visa system and simplify the requirements for foreign nationals during their time in Australia. Individuals who apply for a temporary visa on or after 18 November 2017 will be subject to the… Read More

Recruitment industry targeted Consultants to be removed from 457 sponsor list

The Australian Department of Employment has put forward recommendations that five occupations be added to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and four occupations be removed, making them ineligible for sponsorship through the subclass 457 and (upcoming) 2018 TSS visa programs. As the ninth most sponsored occupation in New South Wales and the 13th… Read More

Department of Immigration Introduces Significant Legislative Changes

The Australian government has introduced a series of Legislative Instruments—and made several important announcements—that will have a significant impact on the immigration system. These government’s changes will include: updates to the grandfathering provisions for the subclass 457 visa; changes to the Regional Certifying Bodies (RCB) scheme; the introduction of a two-year transitional period for lawyers… Read More

Navigating Visa Compliance for 2018: Are you Prepared?

This year the Coalition government instituted numerous controversial changes to Australia’s immigration system, with the largest being its decision to abolish the long-standing 457 skilled visa worker program. The government’s move—which was announced with no warning—has thrown the Australian business community into considerable chaos, with multiple industries being reliant on a constant influx of foreign… Read More

Tougher Citizenship Requirements Voted Down by Senate

The Australian government’s controversial attempt to heighten citizenship requirements has been stymied in the Senate, after a coalition of cross-bench support from Labor, the Greens, and Team NXT successfully voted down the legislation. Had the proposed bill been passed it would have significantly increased the difficulty in becoming eligible for Australian citizenship, thanks to a… Read More

Victoria to Introduce Australia’s Strictest Labour-Hire Licensing Laws

The Victorian Government will introduce tough new laws—making the state the strictest in Australia—to stamp out the exploitation of vulnerable workers in the labour-hire industry. The legislative overhaul will take place later this year, and involve the introduction of a state-based listening scheme for labour-hire industries, as well as significantly stiffer penalties for the exploitation… Read More