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Global Business & Talent Attraction Taskforce

The Australian Government has announced the formation of a taskforce to lure international businesses and exceptionally talented skilled people as part of the Government’s initiative to support the COVID-19 recovery and give a boost to the Australian economy and jobs. The Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce will be a…

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What should I do if my visa has or will expire in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

People on temporary visas are facing uncertain futures as their visas are about to or have expired whilst in Australia. It is imperative that if your visa is due to expire or has expired, you obtain advice as to what your options are. There may be options to apply for…

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What will migration look like in Australia post COVID-19?

Nearly a million people have been left out of work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. The Government is facing increasing pressure to reduce Australia’s migration intake to allow Australian citizens and permanent residents regain their place in the workforce. The Labor party has called for a…

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Student visa holders and New Zealand citizens in Australia and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

International students who have been in Australia for longer than 12 months who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation. The Government will undertake further engagement with the international education sector who already provide some financial support for international students facing hardship. International students…

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Employer sponsored temporary work visas (482 and 457) and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re a Temporary Skill Shortage visa holder - what should you do if you have been stood down or your work hours are reduced by your employer? The Australian Government has announced that Temporary Skill Shortage visa holders who have been stood down, but not laid off, will maintain…

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What can I do if I am on a working holiday or seasonal worker visa in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme workers can extend their stay for up to 12 months to work for approved employers as long as pastoral care and accommodation needs of workers are met to minimise health risks to visa holders and the community. Approved employers under the Seasonal Worker…

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