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Right To Work checks – the most overlooked compliance obligation in Australia?

Because it sits outside the Fairwork Act and other related employment legislation, the obligation of every employer to check (and monitor) the Right To Work of all staff is in my opinion, the most overlooked compliance obligation in Australian HR and Payroll departments. Compliance enforced by the Department of Home Affairs Living inside the remit

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Doing a Visa Check in vSure versus VEVO

manual vevo visa check
We are often asked what the differences are between doing a visa check in vSure versus doing a visa check using the Department of Home Affairs’ VEVO system. The top 9 differences between VEVO and vSure visa checks are summarised below: 1. Compliance = more than just VEVO checks Employers have the obligation to validate

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Coronavirus / COVID-19 – Visa Arrangements

With much speculation and confusion around about the arrangements for visa holders during the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve tried to distill the key facts for you below: Extension to the Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) for Coronavirus The Department Of Home Affairs has introduced extensions to the sub-class 408 “temporary activity visa” to specifically

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Which Visa Types Contribute Most to Net Overseas Migration?

Which visas contribute most to NOM? Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Migration makes a significant impact on Australia’s population, with more than 28% of people living in Australia having been born overseas. Australia has one of the most rigorous permanent migration programs in the world – very selective and subject to an annual cap for each visa type. However, the permanent migration program is only part

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Migration to Australia Driven by Returning Aussies, Departing Yanks and Fewer Poms

Net overseas migration - the changing face of Australia
There have been many articles published recently concerning high Net Overseas Migration to Australia. This article looks at recent ABS data on Net Overseas Migration and discusses the changing mix of settlement in Australia by nationality. Overall Trend Net overseas migration was 267,000 in 2018-19. After historic highs of close to 300,000 in 2008-09, numbers

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2018-19 Migration Program Update

2018-19 Migration Program
The 2018-19 Migration Program outcome has been released by the Department of Home Affairs. This article looks at the 2018-19 migration program numbers, the planning levels for 2019-20 and trends in permanent versus temporary migration to Australia. Overall Trends A summary of the program outcomes from 2014-15 to 2018-19 and the planning level for 2019-20

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The Global Talent Scheme – Opportunities for Employers

Global Talent Scheme
The Global Talent Scheme is the main initiative in the Government’s aim to create a more targeted migration program. This article looks into the Global Talent Scheme and examines the benefits for businesses and individuals. What is the Global Talent Scheme? There are two parts to the Global Talent Scheme: Global Talent – Employer Sponsored

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What is Causing the Boom in Bridging Visas?

boom in bridging visa holders
There are now over 230,000 people in Australia on Bridging Visas. These are visas held whilst waiting for the outcome of another visa application process – generally a visa application or appeal. Recent newspaper articles have pointed out that this is bigger than the population of Hobart – it also easily exceeds the number of

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International Students in Australia – Overview for Employers

International Students in Australia
The number of international students continues to grow strongly, and there are now over 617,000 of them in the country. International students tend to be highly skilled and motivated, and they are a large potential workforce for employers. This article looks at the overall trends for international students in Australia and tips for employers looking

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The TSS Visa One Year On

TSS Visa now One Year Old
The TSS (Temporary Skills Shortage) visa replaced the 457 visa in March 2018, so is now over one year old.   As we now have 12 months of data on TSS visa grants, this article looks at the trends we can see in terms of overall numbers, occupation, location and citizenship of applicants.   The

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