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Top 10 Important 457 Changes for 2013

If you have a business that sponsors employees under the 457 Visa Program, you should be aware of the significant changes that have come into effect as of 1 July 2013. The changes to 457 Sponsorship will essentially make the process much more difficult for employers, with increased costs and delays in processing. For the

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Australian Visa Application Fees Skyrocket On 1 July 2013

Australian Visa Application Fees To Skyrocket On 1 July 2013
As of 1 July 2013, visa application charges are increasing significantly  – some as much as 98% – with new fees applying for including family members, lodging onshore or applying in hard copy versus via the internet. These increases make it more expensive for businesses, international students and skilled people to apply for visas –

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How To Avoid Penalties For Having Illegal Workers

Penalties
The use of overseas workers in Australia and suspected “rorting” of Employer Sponsored visas (like 457) has been a controversial topic of discussion this financial year. Although the severity of businesses taking advantage of 457 visa workers or employing illegal workers in Australia is debated, the Australian Government has implemented drastic measures in a bid

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Four Changes 457 Employers Should Know About

The Immigration Minister has introduced a new bill that will have an effect on the way employers hire overseas workers on 457 visas.  The announced changes will seemingly make the sponsorship process more difficult once the legislation is passed. With the upcoming election in September, it’s not clear if the bill will ever come into

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Crackdown on illegal workers begins 1 June 2013

The Migration Amendment (Reform of Employer Sanctions) Act 2013 commences on 1 June 2013. The Australian Government is cracking down on employers who hire people illegally to work in Australia.  Although it’s always been against the law to do so, with the Employer Sanctions Legislation confirmed for 1 June 2013, it is evident that the

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vSure Attends AHRI Practices Day 2013

The Sydney AHRI Practices Day 2013 is a one-day conference that gives HR professionals practical and useful tools to implement in the workplace. It was attended by over 250 HR professionals and 13 Exhibitors. vSure attended the AHRI (Australian Human Resources Institute) Practices Day on 20 March 2013. We attended presentations by: Colleen Durant, Westpac

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Employer Sanctions Legislation Passes Through Senate

Employer Sanctions Legislation Passed
The Employer Sanctions Bill was passed by the Senate on 27 February 2013. As a result, it will pass into law once it receives the Royal Assent. The new Employer Sanctions legislation raises the bar on businesses to ensure that they are not hiring illegal workers. The new legislation will affect: Employers: who must ensure

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