The Migration Amendment (Reform of Employer Sanctions) Act 2013 requires businesses to take “reasonable steps, at reasonable times” to ensure their employees and contractors have the right to work in Australia.

The sanctions system allows the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to levy hefty penalties against businesses, directors and officers – regardless of intent, awareness or fault – if a foreign worker is engaged beyond their legal work rights. The responsibility is on the employer to check and keep checking the work rights of their workforce.

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