• 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.

  • The new Skilled Migrant Selection Model - a brave new world?

    Next month will see the introduction of major reforms to the Skilled Migration program with the launch of SkillSelect, the Government’s innovative Skilled Migrant Selection Model. These reforms, which come into effect from 1 July 2012, will impact the employer sponsored, Business Skills and General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa categories.

  • Migration highlights from the 2012-13 Federal Budget - how will this affect your business?

    The 2012-13 Federal Budget revealed a boost of 5,000 places to the 2012-13 migration program, to raise the overall program to 190,000. Employers are the main beneficiaries with the skilled migration category increased to 129,250 places in what will be the largest permanent migration intake since 1945.

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