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New Labour Market Testing requirements to come into effect this year

As the Skilling Australia Fund (SAF) Act received Royal Assent on May 22, employers must prepare to fulfill additional Labour Market Testing (LMT) through increased job advertising through eligible channels. This change is set to affect the following visa categories: Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS), Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS – Permanent Residence), and Regional Sponsored Migration [...]

July 1 Changes to the Subclass 457 Visa, and other visa schemes

Last April, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the upcoming abolition of the Subclass 457 Temporary Skilled Work visa, replacing it with the more intensive Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa stream. Changes are being rolled out in stages, and here are the changes coming into effect on the 1st of July 2017: Police Clearance All 457 [...]

Timeline of the 457 Visa Cancellation and Changes

Following the Australian Government’s April 2017 announcement of the abolition of the 457 visa program and rem, Expat presents a detailed timeline of the changes applied and changes pending in relation to the relevant skilled visas. Why are the changes being made? The government has announced that changes are being made in order to better [...]

Changes to Fast Food Industry Labour Agreement 457 Visa – Putting Australian Workers First

As of March 2, 2017, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has ended the Fast Food Industry Labour Agreement, which the Gillard government introduced in 2012 due to a labour shortage in fast food workers. Around 500 workers were brought in on the agreement, with McDonald's bringing in nearly 300 employees, KFC bringing in nearly 100 employees [...]

Raids in Melbourne detain 16 illegal employees

Obtaining the right working visa is crucial in order to avoid detainment, fines, and removal from Australia. Operations such as the recent raid in Melbourne on February 29, prove that there are harsh consequences remaining in Australia without seeking proper migration advice and the right visa. It also proves costly for employers of illegal workers. [...]