New Australia Immigration Laws will help migrating to Australia
on a Business Visa
on: August 4, 2008, 6:03 am
Release Author: Immigration
Release Summary: The Australian Immigration Minister, Chris Evans,
has proposed new legislation aimed at preventing foreign workers
from being exploited, and to prevent locals conditions and wages
from being undercut.
Release Body: Skilled foreign migrant workers entering Australia
on 457 skilled business visas have been the subject of concern
457 visa is being used by Australian businesses as a source of
the first time, Australian Immigration Department will
gain access to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and
other Australian Government Departments. Such
access will allow the Australian Immigration Department
to check if workers on 457 visas are being paid correctly the
intention of the new laws is to clarify sponsor obligations and
to provide fair and transparent mechanisms for temporary workers
from overseas." said Senator Evans, the Australian
Australian Immigration Minister said that small-time
transgressors who failed to remedy a breach of the new law, as
well as repeat offenders, would have their details published in
an attempt to publicly shame them.
addition to being publicly shamed, employers caught breaking the
law could be fined up to $110,000, or receive a jail
term of up to 10 years, or both.
457 skilled migrants can be isolated from normal family support
networks and are not entitled to Australian Government
services such as Medicare and welfare and so it is important that
skilled migrants are not taken advantage of and exploited by employers.
article first published in Sydney Morning Herald, by P Coorey
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