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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Relaxing 457 visa laws will spoil the economic pie

Contrary to the Abbott government’s claims, flagged changes to the foreign worker 457 visa program won’t be good for the Australian economy. The Abbott government yesterday announced sweeping changes to the 457 “temporary” work visa program to make it much easier for Australian businesses to import so-called skilled foreign workers. These changes include relaxing English…

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Scott Morrison warnings on 457 visa abuse

THE Coalition has warned employers who abuse the 457 visa program they will be punished as brutally as people-smugglers, prompting renewed demands from business for the government to urgently repeal Labor’s crackdown on the scheme for skilled foreign workers. In his first speech on the issue since being sworn in, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison –…

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Coalition vows to end ‘union red tape’ for faster 457 visas

THE Abbott government has vowed to slash “union red tape” on 457 visas as business steps up its demands for the reversal of Labor’s crackdown on the scheme for bringing foreign skilled workers to Australia. In a closed-door speech yesterday, Australian Mines and Metals Association chief executive Steve Knott advocated the dumping of Labor’s “pre-election,…

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