Yearly Archives: 2017

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

Businesses Turn to the 400 Visa Following Immigration Shakeup

According to media reports, the previously little-known 400 visa has become the “new frontier for unscrupulous employers” that are attempting to cut costs by employing a workforce of temporary foreign nationals. The visa was designed to quickly move international specialists into short-term roles, and has become popular in recent months as a “sleeper” category—due to… Read More

SA to Introduce Labour-Hire Licensing to Stamp Out Worker Exploitation

The SA State Government is planning to introduce a bill to parliament which will require all labour-hire companies operating in the state to be licensed. The new policy has been put forward as a means of dealing with the ongoing instances of illegal worker exploitation. Although there are already requirements in place to regulate the… Read More

Absolute Immigration Launches Global Migration Services

Navigating the complicated world of commercial migration can be a hazardous minefield at the best of times. Many businesses—as well as individual workers—find themselves unprepared for the level of money, time, and difficulty involved in meeting their visa application requirements. Absolute Immigration understands that offering global mobility for our clients is about providing solutions that… Read More

Backpacker Numbers Continue to Spiral as WHM Applications Decline

New figures have shown that the number of backpackers coming to Australia is continuing to dwindle, with visa applications declining by almost 5000 during the 2016-2017 period. The slowdown in applications follows the government’s decision to introduce a new tax rate of 15% for Work Holiday Maker (WHM) visa holders, which is prompting potential travellers… Read More

Australian Government to Name and Shame Rogue Visa Sponsors

The Australian government has introduced new legislation to parliament which will allow it to name and shame companies and business owners who fail to meet their skilled visa sponsorship obligations. Currently, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is forbidden from publishing anything more than limited information regarding sponsorship breaches. However, with the introduction… Read More

ABF Arrests 225 Illegal Workers in Nation-Wide Blitz

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) conducted a nation-wide blitz of Australian businesses last week, finding more than 225 foreign nationals working illegally across 50 businesses. The raids were commenced as part of a larger operation that is currently being conducted by the Australian Border Force (ABF), which specifically targets visa fraud, illegal… Read More

Black Economy Taskforce Recommends Ending Migrant Work Restrictions

A consultation paper has been released by the Australian government as part of its Black Economy Taskforce operation which features several controversial recommendations, including allowing international students and refugees to work for more than 40 hours a fortnight. The taskforce—which is led by the chairman for the Board of Tax, Michael Andrew—also called on business… Read More

Experts Claim that Home Affairs Office Threatens Journalists and Students

Security and Education experts are claiming that the government’s new Home Affairs super ministry will threaten the press freedom of journalists and damage the nation’s growing $22 billion international education industry. According to education experts, there is a significant danger of seeing the education sector deprioritised in favour of border control as the super agency… Read More

Government to Reduce Visa Classes and Introduce Provisional Visa

The Coalition government is attempting to introduce a new policy which would require migrants seeking permanent residency to first apply for a “provisional visa”. The move comes as part of a suite of new streamlining measures that are intended to cut costs, with provisional visa holders being denied access to the Centrelink payments and social… Read More