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Record visitor numbers to Australia
Australia is set to capitalise on its status as a preferred
destination for visitors and working holiday makers, with record
interest from overseas tourists, according to Department of
Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) statistics issued today.
Increases of up to almost 30 per cent in visa applications were
recorded (22 March 2013).
Migration fraudster convicted
An Egyptian national who falsely claimed to be a Sudanese refugee
has been convicted of migration fraud following an extensive
investigation by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. He
was placed on a 12-month bond, fined $500 and ordered to pay costs.
The Government is now considering whether to revoke Mr
Igladious's Australian citizenship (18 March 2013). More...
Fair Work inspectors to monitor rogue 457
The Gillard Government will give powers to the Fair Work Ombudsman
to monitor and enforce compliance with 457 visa conditions, to
ensure workers are employed in the right jobs and are receiving
market salary rates. These activities will build on the 457
compliance work conducted by the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship (18 March 2013). More...
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 of Girrawheen.
The group of eight Malaysians and three Indonesians has now been
transferred to Perth Immigration Detention Centre and will face
removal from Australia (14 March 2013).
Cutting Red Tape for Visitor Visas
Visitor visas will be simplified and a new short stay activity visa
will be rolled out this month.
The new visitor visa framework, subject to final approval of the
legislation by the Governor-General, builds on the Better
Regulation Ministerial Partnership commitment to cut the total
number of visa subclasses by up to 50 per cent by 2015 (12 March
Published – articles, papers, reports
Transcript of doorstop, Melbourne
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor
discusses 457 Visas (09 March 2013). More...
Working Holiday and Work and Holiday visa report
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
There was a 23.2 per cent increase in working holiday maker (WHM)
visa program grants (136 155 grants) compared to the same period
last year. There were 162 475 WHM visa holders in Australia at
December 2012, a 20.5 per cent increase over December 2011
(Released 22 March 2013).
Immigration detention in Australia
Janet Phillips and Harriet Spinks, Department of Parliamentary
This background note provides a brief overview of the historical
and political context surrounding mandatory detention in Australia.
It includes government policy responses and a statistical appendix
with data drawn from available sources, including committee
reports, ministerial press releases and figures supplied by the
Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) (20 March 2013).
In practice and courts
New Fair Work Ombudsman powers
The FWO will now be empowered to monitor key aspects of
employers' compliance with 457 visa conditions, namely:
457 visa holders are being paid at the market rates specified in
their approved visa The job being done by the 457 visa holder
matches the job title and description approved in their visa.
FWO staff will also be able to immediately refer any suspicious
activity to the DIAC investigation team for more detailed
examination beyond these basic checks on pay, conditions, and jobs
being done (18 March 2013). More...
Visitor and Medical Treatment Visas
From 23 March 2013 the government intends to introduce significant
changes to the Visitor and Medical Treatment visas. These changes
are subject to the approval of the Governor-General in Council. new
applications for the following visas will no longer be accepted:
subclass 676; 679; 456; 459; 675; 685; 976; 977; 956. Applicants
who were previously eligible for the visas listed here may be
eligible for one of the five visa subclasses (12 March 2013). More...
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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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