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ETS Welcomes Government's Response to 457 Visa
Educational Testing Service (ETS), creator of the TOEFL iBT®
test, welcomes the Australian Government's support for using
multiple English-language proficiency tests for the subclass 457
visa programme. Released by Assistant Minister, the
Government's response will strengthen the integrity of the 457
visa programme, and help attract the best and brightest skilled
migrants, providing Australian businesses with access to a wider
pool of well-qualified professionals (25 March 2015).
Changes to 457 visa program sensible and broadly
The Government's response to the Independent Review into the
Integrity in the Subclass 457 visa Programme is sensible and
appropriate and should help put to rest the unfounded criticisms of
this important scheme, according to the Australian Industry Group.
The bulk of the 457 changes announced today will have the support
of business especially those changes which help streamline the
program and reduce over-regulation (19 March 2015).
MIA: Government's Subclass 457 visa review good for
The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) welcomes the
government's response to the Recommendations of the Independent
review into the integrity of the subclass 457 programme, announced
today. The MIA believes the government's response Will benefit
Australian business ; provide safeguards for overseas skilled
workers and at the same time, ensure jobs for Australians are
protected (18 March 2015). More...
MIA: CFMEU's understanding of migration agents is
The Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) strongly disagrees with
the assertion made today by the CFMEU that one of the problems of
Australia's temporary work visa programmes was the lack of
control over migration agents. All immigration advice professionals
who operate in Australia are regulated by the Office of Migration
Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) (25 March 2015). More...
Programme to attract business people to Australia should
be thoroughly examined
The Business Innovation and Investment Programme (the Programme)
should undergo a comprehensive examination by the Department of
Immigration and Border Protection, according to a new report tabled
in Parliament (24 March 2015).
Court ruling makes some 400 foreign rig workers
Hundreds of foreign workers employed in Australia's $200
billion offshore oil and gas sector have had their work
arrangements deemed invalid by the Federal Court in a ruling
delivered yesterday. A three-judge panel has allowed an appeal and
agreed that the legislation could not be used in the way that it
had been (27 March 2015).
Australia and Vietnam sign new visa MOU
A new reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangement with Vietnam will
enable up to 200 young Australians and 200 young Vietnamese to
experience each other's culture through a new exchange
programme, with a new work and holiday Memorandum of Understanding
between Australia and Vietnam (18 March 2015).
Productivity Commission inquiry into the use of charges
to determine the intake of migrants
The Treasurer, Joe Hockey announces the Productivity Commission
will commence an inquiry into the impact of charges relative to
quotas and qualitative criteria to determine Australia's
migration programme settings, releasing the Terms of Reference for
the review today (20 March 2015).
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The Federal Court handed down the largest court imposed fine for breaching subclass 457 visa sponsorship obligations.
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