Monthly Archives: March 2017

Queensland Pushes for WHM Visa Assistance in Wake of Cyclone Debbie

Queensland business owners are pushing the Australian government to allow Working Holiday Maker (WHM) applicants to qualify for a second year on their visa in exchange for assisting with the Cyclone Debbie clean-up efforts. However, the government has stated that the proposal is unlikely to go through, citing parliamentary procedures that will likely prevent the… Read More

ABF Farm Raid Uncovers Illegal Migrant Worker Exploitation

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has announced that earlier this month it apprehended 27 foreign national workers who were illegally employed by a Queensland strawberry farm. Officers from the ABF raided the property—which is located near Stanthorpe, south west of Brisbane—on Tuesday the 7th. The Federal Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton, said that the successful… Read More

DIBP Flags Cooks for CSOL Removal

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has flagged imminent cuts for Australia’s temporary migration program, arguing that more needs to be done to promoted employment opportunities for local workers. As a part of the government’s push to promote local Australian workers, the DIBP has confirmed that cooks—along with numerous other low-skilled occupations—are set… Read More