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$176,000 penalty for Darwin-based 457
A Darwin-based company has been fined over $175,000 for breaching
sponsorship obligations under the subclass 457 visa programme.
Choong Enterprises Pty Ltd, the Director of Choong Enterprises, and
one other person were found to have breached their sponsor
obligations under the Migration Act (30 April 2015).
Allegations of exploitation of temporary visa
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, said
that all 417 visa holders must be employed in line with Australian
pay, conditions and workplace entitlements under the Fair Work Act
or relevant state legislation. Any allegations of underpayment
should be referred to the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) (5 May 2015).
MIA: Exploitation of Migrant Workers
The Four Corners investigation into unscrupulous labour hire
contractors exploiting workers on farms and in factories is a
timely reminder that more has to be done to protect overseas
workers from exploitation. People who hold temporary visas, such as
Work and Holiday Makers are often particularly vulnerable (05 May
2015); the Migration Council Australia supports the call for a
multi-jurisdictional task force into the substantial allegations of
migrant exploitation aired on 4 Corners. MIA says that there needs
to be a system of monitoring the working conditions of people
employed under the subclass 417 visas and not just when they are
applying for a second visa (05 May 2015).
Exploitation of foreign workers on 417 holiday visas
concerning, department investigating
The Federal Government says it is concerned by foreign worker
exploitation, with Assistant Minister for Immigration Michaelia
Cash is urging people to report wrongdoing (05 May 2015).
ACCI: Better compliance, not more laws, needed to
protect integrity of working visa program
Reports that some temporary visa workers are not being treated in
accordance with Australian laws demonstrate the case for improved
enforcement rather than new laws, the Australian Chamber of
Commerce and Industry said today (04 May 2015).
Strengthening integrity in Working Holiday visa
Volunteer work under the Working Holiday visa programme will no
longer count as eligible work to qualify for a second visa. Young
adults aged 18 to 30 from partner countries may holiday and work in
Australia for up to 12 months and may extend their stay in
Australia by a further 12 months if they undertake at least three
months work in certain agricultural, mining or construction roles
in regional Australia (01 May 2015).
17 illegal workers detained in Woody Point
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection, working
closely with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
and the Queensland Police Service, detained 17 people found
illegally working in the construction industry in Brisbane today..
Seven of the Chinese men were unlawful non-citizens and six were
working in breach of their visa conditions (29 April 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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