• Sending Employees Across the Ditch

    New Zealand and Australia share many similarities, and numerous laws and regulatory matters are reciprocated between our two countries. There are notable differences, however. One of these is immigration rules.

  • Redundancies and their effect on Employer-Sponsored Visas

    As the global economic downturn continues, a number of Australian employers that sponsor employees for permanent residence under the Employer Nominations Scheme (ENS) have recently announced redundancies. If your business is one of these, do not be surprised to receive a ‘please explain’ letter from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

  • Failure to check work rights could be a costly mistake

    Employers could face hefty penalties and criminal records if found guilty of breaches under the proposed Migration Amendment (Reform of Employer Sanctions) Bill 2012.

  • Do EMAs matter?

    The recently announced Enterprise Migration Agreement (EMA) for the Roy Hill project has been the cause of intense union, media and political scrutiny about the employment of overseas workers in the resources sector. Even if no other EMAs are approved, overseas workers will continue to be engaged on resources projects and in industries where there are genuine shortages for skilled labour.

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