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Skilled occupation list updated
Panelbeaters and cabinet makers will be added to the Skilled
Occupation List (SOL) for independent skilled
migration applicants. The SOL applies to independent points based
skilled migration (skilled migrants not nominated by State or
Territory Governments), Family Sponsored visa applications and
Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa applicants in the Graduate
Work stream (30 June 2015).
ACTU: Sacked and exploited workers call for action over
457 visa abuse
A NSW miner who was sacked and then made to train up temporary
workers on 457 visas to replace him will give evidence to a Senate
Inquiry investigating the abuse of Australia's temporary visa
system in Sydney (26 June 2015).
Minister Cash to visit China
The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection,
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash will travel to China on Sunday 28
June to promote recent immigration policies aimed at capitalising
on our important and growing links with our largest trading partner
(26 June 2015).
New visa measures generate international
Announcements made last week as part of the historic
China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, recent significant
immigration policy reforms and initiatives revealed in the Northern
Australia White Paper are already generating positive feedback in
international target markets (24 June 2015).
Australian Immigration and Customs departments to merge
From the beginning of July 2015 the Australian Customs and Border
Protection Service (ACBPS) is combining with the Department of
Immigration and Border Protection, creating the new Australian
Border Force. It means that information will be available on a new
website and email addresses will also be changed. The new site will
be located at www.border.gov.au. The new
Australia Border Force will come into being as of July 2015. From
01 July internet searches for immi.gov.au and customs.gov.au will redirect to
the new address and the new website will combine information from
the Department and ACBPS websites and include new information about
Investing in Australia's future – Changes to
business and investment migration
The Business Innovation and Investment Programme (BIIP) was
created to attract high quality investors and entrepreneurs to
Australia. It currently includes the Investor visa, the Business
Innovation visa, and the Significant Investor visa (SIV). From 1
July 2015 it will also include the Premium Investor visa (PIV).
Note: Along with the new complying investment
framework, the government intends to make a number of changes to
the BIIP from 1 July 2015.
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Recent amendments to the Migration Act and regulations, along with the imminent commencement of the new federal safety net under the Fair Work Act, highlight a number of issues for consideration by employers in documenting terms and conditions of employment for foreign nationals engaged to work in Australia under Subclass 457- Business (Long Stay) visas.
A quick refresher of the rights and obligations for employers (sponsors) when ending a 457 visa holder's employment.
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