Australia lures Indonesian investors with visa
relaxation Australia has reinforced its new push for better business
links to Indonesia by relaxing some of its visa restrictions on
visiting Indonesians. From next year, Indonesian visitors will be
able to apply for a three-year multiple-entry visa – up from
one year now – and from 2017 all Indonesian citizens will be
able to lodge their visa applications online (19 November
Australia to enhance visa arrangements for Indonesian
visitors New visa measures will enhance tourism and business links
between Australia and Indonesia. The Australian Government will
introduce an option of a three-year, multiple-entry visa for
Indonesian visitors to Australia next year – an extension of
the current one-year visa (19 November 2015).
First New Zealanders deported under tough new
immigration rules The Federal Government confirms 12 New Zealanders who had
their Australian visas cancelled have been
deported (19 November 2015).
Advisors to face huge fines from 1 December for helping
foreigners break investment laws On 1 December, the new penalty regime for illegal foreign
property purchases is expected to come into effect. The new laws
will for the first time capture third party facilitators, who will
face fines of $45,000 for individuals and $225,000 for a company if
they knowingly assist foreign buyers to break the law (19 November
Inquiry hears of challenges to Seasonal Worker
Program Federal Government warned Seasonal Worker Program will
continue to be under-used unless there's greater regulation of
the Working Holiday visa scheme (17 November 2015).
Working Holiday (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday
(Subclass 462) visa Visa holders who undertake work in northern Australia will
be able to apply to work for a single employer for up to 12 months,
compared to the usual limit of six months from 21 November
Global terrorism index 2015: measuring and understanding
the impact of terrorism Institute for Economics and Peace
Provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and
patterns in terrorism over the last 15 years with a special
emphasis on 2014 (17 November 2015).
Migrant intake into Australia: draft report Productivity Commission
Examines and identifies future options for the intake of temporary
and permanent entrants that improve the income, wealth and living
standards of Australian citizens (13 November 2015). More...
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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.
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