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Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) Update

The WA Department of Training and Workforce Development has advised of status changes to the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List which are as follows:

Available = occupation is available for nomination
Restricted = occupation is under review and invitations will not be issued pending the outcome of the review
Closed = occupation is closed for invitations
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Visas which do not attract a Non-Internet Application Charge

Legislative Instrument IMMI 13/145 [F2013L01937] specifies that the Non-Internet Application Charge is not payable for applications for:

• Subclass 155 – Five Year Resident Return;
• Subclass 157 – Three Month Resident Return;
• Subclass 417 – Working Holiday; (more…)

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Update on Parent Visa Application Receipting and Acknowledgment

The Acting Manager of the Perth Parent Visa Centre has provided the following information:

As agreed to in our phone conversation on 13 November 2014 [to National President Angela Chan], I am providing the following information concerning the delay in receipting and acknowledging Parent visa applications for distribution to MIA members. (more…)

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Subclass 457 Labour Market Testing – new legislative instruments

1. Period of Labour Market Testing
New Legislative Instrument IMMI 13/136 [F2013L01953] Determination of Specified Period in Which Labour Market Testing Must be Undertaken determines “for the purposes of subsection 140GBA(4) of the Act, that the period within which labour market testing is required in relation to a nominated occupation is twelve (12) months”.

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Processing of applications from the Philippines

The Office of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has provided the the following information on special processing arrangements for applications from the Philippines:

The Government is very mindful of the tragedy unfolding in the Philippines and the department is working collaboratively with all agencies at Post to provide urgent visa services as may be required by any Philippine nationals with a clear and demonstrated need to enter Australia. (more…)

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Young people from nations such as Greece, Spain allowed visas to work in Australia

Greek stone mason Jani Mollas. Source: News Limited

 

THOUSANDS of young people from financially struggling nations, such as Greece and Spain will be allowed to work in Australia under a major migration scheme.

Critics say the program threatens local jobs, but the Immigration Department is pushing the working holiday program.

It is the largest of its kind in the world, with almost 260,000 visas issued in 2012-13, according to the department’s annual report. (more…)

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Workers at Baiada chicken factory near Newcastle ‘underpaid’ by labor hire firm Pham Poultry

By Jason Om

Updated Thu 17 Oct 2013, 8:22am AEDT

 

A company supplying foreign labour to one of Australia’s biggest chicken producers has been accused of illegal underpayments and making employees work up to 16 hours a day.

Former and current employees at the Baiada chicken factory near Newcastle say they have been paid half the legal minimum in cash and without any pay slips.

The workers concerned are supplied to Baiada by labor hire firm Pham Poultry. (more…)

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Union wants law change after rigs decision

AAP NOVEMBER 04, 2013 9:08AM

 

THE Abbott government is being urged to close a legal loophole after the Federal Court ruled against four Filipinos being paid less than $3 an hour to work on oil rigs off the West Australian coast.

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) wants changes to migration laws after the court on Friday ruled the two rigs were not governed by the Fair Work Act, because they were neither fixed platform nor majority Australian-crewed.  (more…)

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Threat to Australian jobs with foreign workers on the rise

JOHN MASANAUSKAS HERALD SUN OCTOBER 31, 2013 5:00PM

 

There are more than 13,000 foreigners working in the building industry, mainly in Sydney and Melbourne. Picture: ThinkStock Source: Supplied

THE number of foreigners with work rights in Australia has jumped amid concern that they are threatening the job prospects of young locals. (more…)

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The visa program that could reshape Australia’s tech sector

The biggest potential policy game changer for the Australian start-up sector is about to get a reboot.

In a landmark speech on Monday, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Australia’s Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program will be redesigned to make more capital available small to medium-sized businesses, including entrepreneurial start-ups. (more…)

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