Australia: Immigration - What's News - 18 June 2013

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Illegal workers caught on NSW mid-north coast
Arrangements are being made to remove from Australia 10 unlawful non-citizens who were located as part of a series of compliance operations in NSW, including Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Toormina, Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Collombatti, Laurieton, Taree, Tanilba Bay and Medowie. Employers convicted under new Commonwealth legislation of employing illegal workers face fines of up to $20 400 (14 June 2013) More...

Four illegal workers detained at Tom Price
Four illegal workers have been detained during a compliance operation in Western Australia's far north-west. They are now being held in Perth Immigration Detention Centre, while arrangements are made to return them to Malaysia (13 June 2013) More...

Immigration to visit Alice Springs
A DIAC spokesperson said the Community Status Resolution Service outreach program enables people in regional communities, who do not have a valid Australian visa or are on a bridging visa, to talk with an immigration officer about specific issues they might be facing (12 June 2013) More...

Compliance and support services for migration the better option
The Migration Council has welcomed the changes to migrants' rights and Fair Work Ombudsman powers under proposed 457 visa legislation. The CEO of the Migration Council Australia, highlighted the extension to the period where a migrant can go without an employer to 90 days as a positive and much needed reform (07 June 2013) More...

New 457 Visa Laws Put Local Jobs First
The Gillard Government has proposed new laws to stop the abuse of the 457 visa system and enable the government to take stronger action where employers are flouting the law. The Immigration and Citizenship Minister said new measures to tighten up the 457 system for temporary skilled workers would safeguard Australian jobs and ensure overseas workers were not exploited (06 June 2013) More...

457 visa system is allowing exploitation of imported workers
The ACTU Secretary said reports of Filipino workers being placed into huge debts in order to get 457 visas, and then mistreated by employers in Australia, showed the dangers of the rapid and uncontrolled expansion of the 457 visa program (06 June 2013) More...

457 Visa Bill Ignores Proper Process and Should Be Rejected
The Business Council of Australia Chief Executive states the government is proposing a return to labour market testing, which was abandoned long ago as costly and ineffective, without any evidence to show why the current system is not working (06 June 2013) More...

Skilled Migration Crackdown A Damaging Political Play
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) called for an all-party parliamentary committee to take evidence on the utility of the skilled migration system, assess the credibility of exaggerated claims about rorting, receive submissions from State governments and consider whether changes proposed are likely to improve the system (06 June 2013) More...

PSA welcomes removal of pharmacists from Skills Occupation List
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has welcomed the announcement that pharmacists have been removed from the Skills Occupation List. This revised list will become effective from 1 July 2013 and both hospital pharmacists and community pharmacists have been removed from the list (04 June 2013) More...

Former Chinatown-based migration agent committed for trial
A former registered migration agent based in Sydney's Chinatown, has been committed to a two-week trial in September. A DIAC investigation alleges Wu committed multiple fraud offences under the Commonwealth Criminal Code and the NSW Crimes Act involving deception and the use of false documents (04 June 2013) More...

New report shows changing face of migration to Australia
The Asia region is becoming a leading source for permanent migration to Australia according to Australia's Migration Trends, a new report released by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. The report provides a clear picture of substantial changes in the origins of Australia's migrants, reflecting the trend towards an Asian Century (03 June 2013) More...

New penalties for hiring illegal overseas workers
A new graduated system of sanctions includes a range of penalties for employers breaking the law. New infringement notices and civil penalties will range from $3060 to $76 500 per worker, and will complement existing criminal penalties (01 June 2013) More...

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