• Warnings of risks of outsourcing work after $190K case against retail giant

    The Fair Work Ombudsman took legal action against a retail giant after employees on working holiday visas were not paid.

  • Greater flexibility for employers: six month 400 visas

    ​Last month’s introduction of changes to the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) subclass 400 visa program are offering greater flexibility to employers who now, in some circumstances, have a potential alternative to a 457 visa.

  • 10 days to cancel 457 visa upon cessation of employment

    If you are an approved 457 standard business sponsor, you are legally required to notify the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (“DIBP”) within 10 working days from when a 457 visa holder ceases employment with you. Failure to do so may result in an administrative sanction by the DIBP.

  • Abbott announces reforms to 457 visa program

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced an overhaul of the 457 visa scheme as part of his innovation and competitiveness agenda.

  • Subclass 457 Visa Reforms – Panel Recommendations and Compliance Measures

    ​A review of Australia’s subclass 457 visa program for essential temporary skilled worker visas is now complete. Conducted by an independent panel, the review makes 22 key recommendations largely favoured by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and which are seen as positive steps towards a more streamlined visa program. It is expected that a formal government response, including the possible introduction of the necessary legislative changes, will follow in the coming months.

  • Five key points that could make or break your business trip

    ​In our global economy, it’s become more common for employees to travel overseas for business. Business travel by its very nature tends to be urgent and short term, which means that important pre-departure considerations can easily be overlooked. Entry into some countries requires an appropriate visa and in some circumstances certain types of visas have become more difficult to obtain. At the same time, immigration authorities are increasingly scrutinising the use of business visas.

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