Monthly Archives: August 2017

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