Xenophon to introduce legislation next month to target
low population and low growth states
Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, will
introduce legislation in Federal Parliament next month to amend the
Migration Act, aimed at boosting business and investor migrants, as
well as international students, into Australia's struggling
states and regions. The plan, informally dubbed the Regional and
Economic Migration Initiative (REMI) (14 July 2015).
Streamlined trade a step closer
Streamlined trade is now a step closer with the launch of the
highly anticipated Australian Trusted Trader. The programme will
also increase the security and certainty of Australian trade by
offering trade facilitation incentives to businesses that
demonstrate secure and compliant supply chain practices (08 July
Australian Border Force detains 12 in
Twelve people working illegally in the horticultural industry in
Bundaberg have been detained by officers of the Australian Border
Force. Some of the group were working illegally in breach of their
visa conditions and others had overstayed their visas. They have
been detained ahead of their removal from Australia (08 July 2015).
Work and Holiday visa a hit on Chinese social
The Work and Holiday visa programme has received an overwhelming
reception in China following the announcement of 5000 visa places
for young Chinese nationals coming to Australia (06 July 2015).
Australia's 2015-16 Migration
Up to 190,000 permanent migration places will be available in
2015-16 as announced by Governmenti as part of the Budget on 12 May
2015. Whilst the overall size and composition of the programme
remain the same as last year there are changes in how the programme
will be managed affecting the Child category visa and Orphan
relative visas (09 July 2015). More...
The Senate: Australia's temporary work visa
Senate Education and Employment References Committee
Australia's Temporary Work Visa Programs (Public) Tuesday, 14
July 2015 Adelaide.
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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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