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Working holiday visa agreement to be signed between Greece and Australia

Source: http://www.greekcommunity.com.au/

 

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis announced that they have commenced the necessary processes for the signing of a reciprocal agreement between Greece and Australia which will allow Greeks and Australians to visit both countries as tourists and work during their period of stay.

A similar proposal to seek the implementation of a reciprocal agreement was put forward by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria’s Migration Committee to Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Mr. Chris Bowen during their meeting with the Minister in Canberra earlier this year. Minister Bowen noted that the Australian Government would be willing to sign should the Greek Government agree. (more…)

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The Federal Government has defended a slow take-up in the number of visas granted for low-paid seasonal workers.

By Josh Bavas

Updated Wed 21 Aug 2013, 11:34am AEST

 

Employment agents blame illegal workers for flooding the market and say red tape is preventing honest food producers from finding workers in time for harvest.

The Seasonal Workers Program allows employers to hire workers from eight Pacific nations and East Timor, if they cannot find local Australian employees.

The Federal Government allocated 12,000 places in the four years to July 2016 but in the first year, only 1,454 workers were placed in horticulture jobs and 19 in accommodation.  (more…)

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Shonky operators in the spotlight

PHOTO: Audits have uncovered unsafe and unfair conditions for backpackers in the Wide Bay. (Eliza Rogers)

 

ShonkyEfforts are underway to try to reverse the tarnished reputation of Bundaberg’s fruit and vegetable picking operations.

Illegal workers, overcrowded accommodation and work accidents have been uncovered by a series of audits and reports.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has looked at 40 operations around Bundaberg and Childers in just the past week, and uncovered about 20 breaches. (more…)

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Rural communities fear 457 losses in local schools

By Olivia Garnett

Source: www.abc.net.au

 

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Beginning next school year, skilled migrant workers will have to pay $4,000 per child, per year, to send them to public schools.

But for some rural communities this could knock out a good proportion of their school community. (more…)

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Registration of former Sydney based migration agent cancelled

A former Sydney based migration agent, Jingyi Wang, has been formally de-registered following claims of fraudulent documentation associated with his clients’ visa applications.

Investigations of two complaints affecting 12 clients by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA) lead to the cancellation of Mr Wang’s agent’s registration.

The Office of the MARA found he had failed to act in accordance with his clients’ instructions by lodging applications to a skills assessing body without their knowledge, consent or authority. (more…)

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Public servant loses fight over Twitter attack on government

By Markus Mannheim, Public service editor.

 

Source: www.smh.com.au

 

A court has paved the way for a public servant who criticised the government on Twitter to be sacked, even though she did not reveal her name or her job to her readers.

In a decision likely to curtail bureaucrats’ use of social media, Federal Circuit Court Judge Warwick Neville rejected Michaela Banerji’s application for a stay on her dismissal.  (more…)

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Crackdown on hospitality pay announced by Fair Work Ombudsman to protect vulnerable employees

The ombudsman will send inspectors to almost 1,500 hospitality workplaces to check businesses are paying employees appropriately.

Spokesman Kevin Donnellan says they will check whether employers are paying the correct hourly award, shift loadings and penalty rates.

Mr Donnellan says the hospitality industry is vulnerable to dodgy paying practices.

“It attracts a lot of young people as well as a lot of foreign workers who are employed in restaurants, cafes and catering and they can be vulnerable,” he said. (more…)

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CCI says massive cost increases for 457 temporary working visas is a step in the wrong direction

By Pamela Medlen

Updated Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:41pm AEST

Source: www.abc.net.au

 

CCIThe state’s peak industry lobby and migration consultants have slammed massive fee increases, both federal and state, for 457 temporary working visas.

Before July, the visa cost $445 to bring a family of four to work in Australia.

After July, that rose to $2,230 and by September it will rise again to $2,590. (more…)

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Call to let Chinese workers build mines

BY: GREG ROBERTS From: AAP August 08, 2013 4:41PM

 

THE China Mining Association wants the Australian government to allow Chinese labourers into the country to fast-track the building of mining projects.

The association’s executive vice president, Wang Jiahua, also told a Melbourne Mining Club lunch Australian miners could not expect to keep selling minerals at high prices that were forcing their Chinese customers to post losses. (more…)

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Australia the world’s most expensive destination for international students

Australia is the most expensive country for international students, ahead of the US and UK, but the falling currency and improved visa processes could soon seen a resurgence in numbers, an international report has found. (more…)

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