New agreement to meet Darwin's growth
'The Federal Government has commenced negotiating
Australia's first Regional Migration Agreement (RMA) for the
Top End of the Northern Territory, which is designed to help
regions hire overseas workers where there is a genuine need to do
so. The RMA program aims to assist small businesses which may find
it difficult to use standard migration programs while ensuring
Australians remain the first choice for employers (16 February
agreement to meet Darwin's growth challenges
Mines to fly foreign workers direct to outback
Several mining houses are in advanced negotiations with the
Federal Government to replace the individual 457 visas with bulk
temporary migration agreements to bring overseas labour into
outback mines. The proposed Enterprise Migration Agreements would
establish a special type of labour agreement to address skill
vacancies in major resource projects with capital expenditure
greater than $2 billion and a peak workforce of 1500 (14 February
Brisbane pushes to be FIFO hub for
Brisbane will pitch itself as a hub for the state's
rapidly-growing fly-in fly-out mining workforce that has already
been created by the 177 resource industry companies based in the
city (14 February 2012)
First ever termination of a labour
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has announced he has
for the first time terminated a Victorian on-hire company's
rights to recruit 457 visa holders under a labour agreement as a
result of serious breaches of its contract. Mr Bowen said the
agreement was terminated after the company was found to be
employing its subclass 457 visa workers on a casual basis,
underpaying them, and providing false and misleading information to
DIAC (15 February 2012) First
ever termination of a labour agreement
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Recent amendments to the Migration Act and regulations, along with the imminent commencement of the new federal safety net under the Fair Work Act, highlight a number of issues for consideration by employers in documenting terms and conditions of employment for foreign nationals engaged to work in Australia under Subclass 457- Business (Long Stay) visas.
Comprehensive changes introduced new and tougher standards for the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa program.
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