CSL confident of rethink for ‘devastating’ 457 changes

Blood products giant CSL is confident the federal government will modify changes to 457 visas for foreign workers that in their current form would be “devastating” for the company and other biotech firms, a senior executive said. A CSL vice-president, Andrea Douglas, said the sweeping reduction in the types of 457 visas showed how the Turnbull government’s…

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New bill to make payment for 457 Visa’s illegal

The Turnbull Government today introduced legislation to the Parliament to make it a criminal offence for a sponsor to be paid by a visa applicant in return for securing a migration outcome. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said on coming to Government, the Coalition commissioned a comprehensive, independent…

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Better Compliance, Not More Laws, Needed To Protect Integrity Of Working Visa Program

Reports that some temporary visa workers are not being treated in accordance with Australian laws demonstrate the case for improved enforcement rather than new laws, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Kate Carnell AO, CEO of the ACCI, said: “Enforcing compliance is critical to maintaining public confidence in the migration system. The…

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Liberals tighten checks on 457 visas

INTEGRITY checks on the 457 skilled visa program will be strengthened, including by sharing data with the Australian Taxation Office, to ensure overseas workers receive their nominated salary and are not undercutting Australian jobs. A new penalty will also be introduced as part of the revamp to make it illegal for businesses to accept payments…

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Big companies not playing by the same 457 visa program rules

Questions are being raised about the visa activities of some of Australia’s biggest infrastructure and mining  players amid a probe into working visas. The latest investigation centres around allegations that Irish workers have fraudulently obtained 457 visas to work on key national projects include the multibillion dollar Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas project and the Sino iron…

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Demonising overseas skilled workers

DURING her desperate days of early 2013, Julia Gillard deliberately set off on an ugly, disgraceful and pitiful path by campaigning against migrant workers on temporary 457 visas. Playing to Labor’s wolfish union powerbrokers, whistling an “Aussie jobs first” tune, Ms Gillard pledged to “stop foreign workers being put at the front of the queue”…

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Visa fraud, migration crime ‘rampant,’ Immigration Department files reveal

Rampant visa fraud and migration crime involving people flying into Australia are going unchecked while the government focuses on stopping boats, according to secret government files detailing entrenched Immigration Department failings. Hundreds of pages of leaked confidential departmental documents obtained by Fairfax Media reveal that Australia’s national security is being compromised by wide-scale visa rorting…

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457 visa workers at Roy Hill being exploited, whistleblower claims

A whistleblower at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region claims workers on 457 visas are working excessive hours and being grossly underpaid. The CFMEU says it has asked Employment Minister Eric Abetz to start an urgent investigation. The whistleblower says up to 200 white-collar 457 visa workers, about half…

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