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Six months' jail for identity fraud
A Vietnamese man was handed a six-month jail sentence in the
Melbourne Magistrates Court after he was prosecuted for using three
false identities to apply for and obtain permanent residence and
fraudulently obtain and use a genuine Australian passport (28 June
Immigration swoops on illegal workers in
The Immigration Department will deport 23 illegal workers who were
found at a Riverland property in South Australia. All-but-one of
the workers had expired visas. Penalties for employing illegal
workers range from about $3,000 per worker to $76,000 (28 June
New 457 laws pass to protect local jobs
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship said that legislation
that passed through Parliament today would protect local workers
and ensure young people did not miss out on job opportunities,
protect overseas visa holders from exploitation, give greater
powers to 300 Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors, and enshrine the role
of The Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (28 June
Jobs protected as Offshore Resources Bill passes
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship said the amendments to
the Migration Act, which passed through the Senate, would come into
effect in 2014. This legislation contains a sensible solution to
the loophole in the Migration Act which meant overseas workers on
vessels engaged in laying pipeline on the seabed did not require a
work visa (27 June 2013). More...
457 Crackdown Passes Lower House
In a move hailed by unions but slammed by the building and
construction industry, new laws intended to crack down on abuse of
the skilled foreign worker scheme in Australia have passed the
lower house. Under the proposed new rules, employers have to
conduct labour market testing and prove they searched for
Australian workers before hiring temporary workers from overseas on
457 visas (27 June 2013).
Overseas workers add to growing population in
People moving to Australia are continuing to swell the
nation's population numbers with 2012 seeing an increase of 17%
compared with 2011 (27 June 2013).
Crossbench support helps 457 visa crackdown bill pass
The Federal Government's bill to crack down on the 457 foreign
worker visa scheme has passed the Lower House. The new laws will
force employers to do local labour market testing to prove they
cannot find an Australian citizen to do the job before sponsoring
an overseas worker on a 457 visa (27 June 2013).
Immigration 'intercepts' illegal
The Immigration Department says arrangements are being made for
the return of seven Vietnamese illegal workers located on a farm in
a compliance operation near Bundaberg, in central Queensland (27
June 2013). More...
Australian migration levels for next 12 months to be
Australia's migration programme for the year 2013 to 2014 will
be maintained with 190,000 places with a small relocation of 700
places from skilled to family migration (25 June 2013).
Demand for skilled work in Australia's resources
industry remains high
Demand for skilled workers across key occupations and emerging
resource markets remains strong in Australia despite a small dip in
total mining employment numbers, according to the industry (21 June
Harsh fines to deter illegal employment
Employers of illegal workers face jail and hundreds of thousands
of dollars in fines under an Immigration Department crackdown (19
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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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