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Have you unknowingly employed an illegal worker? What you need to know to avoid liability

If you are employing foreign nationals, it is important you are aware of the possible consequences if the employee becomes illegal, or does not have appropriate work rights.  It is currently illegal for employers to: Allow an unlawful non-citizen to work OR allow a non-citizen to work in breach of…

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Interested in the Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 Visa? Be mindful of these hidden traps

Subclass 186 visas are for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in Australia. This visa is a permanent residence visa. Holders of 186 visas and their family members are allowed to live, study and work permanently in Australia, enrol in Medicare, access some…

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457 Visa Changes effective as of 1 July 2012

What are the 457 visa changes as of 1st July 2012? Significant visa changes have been made to the subclass 457 visa which will affect all applications lodged after 1 July 2012. Some of the key visa changes include: An increase in the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) from…

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SkillSelect – Important Changes of the General Skilled Migrant Program

In line with the roll-out of the new skilled migration program, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) recently unveiled its new online portal. Many people may have been advised by their agents about new policy being introduced from 1 July 2012 to the General Skilled Migrant Program. The main…

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Casual work blamed for skills crisis

An article on ABC News online today discusses research conducted by Professor John Buchanan from Sydney University’s Workplace Research Centre and evidence he will give at public hearings in Sydney today at the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ inquiry into job insecurity and skills crisis. The key facts are: One…

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