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

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