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Eight detained over suspected illegal labour supply
chain in Victoria
Immigration compliance officers detained eight people in
Victoria's Gippsland region in connection with the suspected
supply of illegal workers in the region. The operation coincides
with Immigration awareness seminars around Australia explaining new
laws and penalties for employing or referring people who are not
allowed to work (16 May 2013). More...
Immigration detains seven over suspected illegal labour
supply racket in Queensland
Immigration compliance officers detained seven people on a farm in
Stanthorpe in connection with the suspected supply of illegal
workers in the region. Employers should be aware it is a criminal
offence to knowingly or recklessly allow a person to work illegally
or to refer an illegal worker for work (16 May 2013). More...
Migration program delivering for
Australia's migration program will be maintained at 190 000
places in 2013-14 to help fill skills shortages and reunite
Australian families, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
Brendan O'Connor announced today. The 2013-14 program provides
128 550 places for skilled migrants, 60 885 places for family
migration and 565 places for migration under special eligibility
(14 May 2013). More...
Migration Program comes out unscathed in tough
The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) is pleased to see
migration come through relatively unscathed following a tough
budget where some unpopular decisions were made. The largest change
to the Migration Program was a shifting of 700 permanent places
from the Skilled to the Family Migration Program (14 May 2013). More...
Families to be considered for bridging visas but 'no
advantage' principle applies
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor today
said families on bridging visas will not have access to Centrelink
support but may receive an appropriate allowance. The arrangements
for undertaking health, security and identity checks will be
conducted while people are in immigration detention facilities (07
May 2013). More...
First Significant Investor visa granted
Australia's first significant investor visa has been granted to
a successful Chinese toy manufacturer. Under the scheme,
significant investors become eligible for a permanent visa after
holding a provisional visa and maintaining the $5 million
investment in Australia for four years (03 May 2013). More...
Published – articles, papers, reports
Portfolio Budget Statements 2013–14
Department of Immigration and Citizenship, released on 14 May 2013.
Employing Legal Workers – Hire Legally, protect
New laws will soon introduce civil penalties and infringement
notices for businesses that allow illegal work. The law also
broadens who can be held liable and provides new evidence gathering
powers. The existing criminal penalties will remain (06 May 2013).
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