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Illegal immigrants found working at
Four men working on a redevelopment site at Sydney's Villawood
Immigration Detention Centre have been found to be illegal
immigrants. A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship says the men are Chinese, Malaysian and South Korean
nationals (18 February 2013).
Illegal workers spark warning to
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is encouraging
businesses to ensure any employees they hire are legally entitled
to work in Australia. Department spokeswoman Cian Manton says there
are a number of ways businesses can check they are complying with
the law (15 February 2013).
Illegal workers detained in Perth compliance
Compliance officers from the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship (DIAC) today located 11 illegal workers at a
residential property in the northern Perth suburb (14 February
Workers blockade site over use of foreign
A contractor says he has been forced to chopper foreign workers
into a construction site, south-west of Melbourne, because of a
blockade by unemployed workers. The men have been blockading the
Werribee Water Treatment plant for a week to protest against the
use of a group of Filipino workers on 457 visas (11 February 2013).
Published – articles, papers, reports
Continuous Survey of Australia's Migrants: Fact
Author: Department of Immigration and Citizenship The Department of
Immigration and Citizenship undertook a survey of new Family and
Skill stream migrants from 2009 to 2011.
In practice and courts
Reminder: DIAC Visa Entitlement Verification Online
Employers may check the relevant identification details of
prospective employees, with their consent, to quickly confirm if
they are eligible to work in Australia. People with information
about illegal workers or visa overstayers are encouraged to call
the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623. More...
Changes, to be announced by Mr O'Connor,
Extra investigation powers for inspectors to get information from
bosses they suspect of being dodgy. A new test to prove jobs were
for "genuine" skills shortages because some employers
were creating positions that were really "unskilled and
possibly not even a real job". Closing loopholes that allow
foreign workers to be paid less than an Australian citizen by
increasing from $180,000 to $250,000 the threshold at which they
must pay "market rates". Stopping employers creating
their own market to manipulate pay rates. Raising requirements for
foreign workers to speak English. Restricting foreign workers being
on-hired to a different employer in regions where there are not
skill shortages. Checking that employers offer training for locals
to fill skills shortages before they seek foreigners (February
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The Federal Court handed down the largest-ever court fine for breaches of the Subclass 457 business sponsorship program.
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