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

Victorian Farmers Demand Access to WHM Labour Force

A group of farmers working on the rural fringes of Melbourne are pushing to be added to the postcode list that controls where backpackers can work as a means of qualifying for a second-year extension on their WHM visa. The farmers claim they are struggling to find local workers and deserve the same rights as… Read More

Visa Wait Times to Increase Following DIBP Staff Cuts

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has confirmed that wait times for Australian visas and citizenship applications are only going to worsen, thanks to hundreds of staff cuts, a massive spike in the number of lodgements being made, and the ongoing shift to greater automation. The secretary for the Department of Immigration, Mike… Read More

Economic Experts and Business Leaders Savage Turnbull Government’s Visa Changes

Several business leaders and one of the world’s top economic experts have delivered a stinging critique of the Coalition government, labelling them a threat to the economy and accusing them of treating foreign nationals as “barbarians”. The managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil, Alison Watkins, CEO for Woodside Petroleum, Peter Coleman, and the president of GE,… Read More

Surprises! There were a few. July 1st changes explained.

ALERT_UPDATE 1 July Changes The Department of Immigration of Border Protection (DIBP) has maintained their position of ‘Australia first’ with the highly anticipated 1 July changes released over the weekend. Whilst many of the changes were expected, some were unexpected. Click the link above to download our comprehensive overview.