Regional certifying body
Visa 457 Integrity Reforms – 1st of July 2013
From July 1 DIAC will be implementing a number of reforms to the temporary work (skilled) (subclass 457) visa program. The reforms will strengthen the integrity of the program without adversely affecting businesses which are using the program to address genuine skills shortages. Also from July 1 the 457 program will be 100 per cent e-lodged.
The Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visa) Bill 2013 was passed through both Houses of Parliament last week. The new legislation will enhance the government’s ability to deter sponsor behaviour which is inconsistent with the policy intent of the temporary sponsored visa program (which includes the 457 program). In particular, the new legislation will extend investigation powers to Fair Work Inspectors and introduce labour market testing which requires employers to first look to the Australian labour market before seeking to sponsor 457 visa holders.
For further information on some of the key 457 integrity reforms for your information
If you have any questions please contact our DIAC Outreach Officer Belinda Castle on Belinda.Castle@immi.gov.au
Visa Pricing Information – July 2013
From 1 July 2013, new visa pricing arrangements will take effect as part of a change to Australia’s visa pricing model. This new visa fee arrangement was first announced by the Australian Government in November 2011.
These changes form part of an overall program of initiatives, known as the Visa Pricing Transformation Program, which has introduced new visa services; a new visa pricing structure; and charges for discretionary services, such as visa labels. For further information on the new visa pricing arrangements, please click on the link below:
Employer Sanctions Reforms – June 13
It is the responsibility of all businesses to employ legal workers. Legal workers are Australian citizens, permanent residents and non-citizens with Australian visas that allow them to work.
New penalties take effect on 1 June 2013 that can apply where a person or business employs, refers or contracts an illegal worker. The department's focus is to effectively respond to the few businesses that wilfully take part in illegal work – not to penalise businesses which act in good faith.
The Migration Act 1958 and Migration Regulations 1994 prescribe certain actions which are steps businesses can take to confirm that non-citizens are allowed to work. In addition to this, the department only expects businesses to take reasonable steps, at reasonable times, to confirm that a non-citizen is allowed to work.
Businesses will be able to avoid penalties by taking steps to check their workers can be legally employed. Further information can be found on the link below.
Important DIAC Update:
DIAC’s eLodgement systems will be offline for system upgrades from 28 June 2013 and may not be available again until 1 July 2013. Clients planning to apply online for any Australian visa, prior to the introduction of new visa pricing and policies on 1 July, are encouraged to lodge and pay for their application before 9 pm (AEST) on 28 June. Clients will not be able to lodge online visa applications while the systems are offline. If a client does not lodge their visa application prior to 1 July 2013, they will be subject to the new visa pricing arrangements. If the application is for an RSMS visa, a nomination can be lodged before the RCB assessment is finalised.
If you need to boost your workforce by sponsoring highly skilled foreign workers, we can help.
We are a Regional Certifying Body for Queensland. That means we help employers sponsor permanently highly skilled foreign workers (ANZSCO skill levels 1 to 3) under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).
The RSMS is one of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's (DIAC) employer permanent sponsored migration visa programs. It allows employers in regional or low population growth areas of Australia to fill skilled positions that they are unable to fill from the local labour market with skilled workers from overseas.
Any employer can participate in the scheme as long as demonstrates to us that:
- there is a genuine need for a paid employee to work under the employers direct control in their nominating business that is actively and lawfully operating in the regional area covered by RSMS
- the terms and conditions of employment are the same as those that would apply to an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident performing the same work in the same location.
- the nominated position cannot be reasonably filled from the local labour market.
All areas of Australia are covered except Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong & Melbourne. A list of postcodes specifying which parts of Australia are considered regional for RSMS purposes can be found here.
For further information click: Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
From less than $10 per week you can experience the benefits of a CCIQ membership and save up to $100 off your RSMS application. Choose a package that’s right for you and join today.