Australian Government Responds to Review into the Integrity of the Subclass 457 Programme

2nd April 2015

The Australian Government has confirmed that it supports – or supports in principle – the majority of the independent review’s recommendations into the workings of the subclass 457 visa program. The Terms of Reference required the independent panel to recommend a system that, operating in the national interest, was sound and resistant to misuse (the […]

Regional businesses boosted by changes to foreign worker laws

1st September 2014

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has finalised guidelines for Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA) which will stimulate local economies providing more business and job opportunities for Australians in areas experiencing labour and skills shortages. The DAMA proposal, commenced under the former Labor government as regional migration agreements, has been developed after extensive negotiations […]

Employer Sponsored 457 Visas – For How Long is the Business Sponsorship and the Visa Valid?

17th February 2014

Under Australia’s subclass 457 visa program a business that is approved as a Business Sponsor may nominate overseas workers within the approval period without having to lodge a new Business Sponsor application, so long as the number of permitted nominations agreed to by the Department of Immigration in the Business Sponsor application have not been […]

Labour Market Testing of Salaries to Commence

14th November 2013

From the 23rd of November, 2013 companies that intend to sponsor workers under the 457 visa program will have to: * Consider whether they must undertake labour market testing in relation to a nominated occupation, such that the Immigration Minister is to be satisfied that a suitably qualified Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible […]

457 visa program is more than temporary: Migration Council Australia releases landmark report

20th September 2013

The Migration Council Australia has released a landmark report on the 457 visa program that analyses a survey of 3,800 visa holders and 1,600 businesses. The report, “More Than Temporary: Australia’s 457 visa program”, reveals that 457 workers have a high level of job satisfaction, demonstrating that they are integrating well into the Australian workforce. […]

2012 Federal Budget: LAFHA Update

8th May 2012

In today’s Federal Budget the Australian Government has announced more details of its reform to the Living Away From Home Allowance regime. The annoucement includes confirmation that those who are already in receipt of the LAFHA can continue to receive the tax free benefit until 30th June, 2014. More specifically, the Budget Papers include the […]

Department of Immigration: Comments on proposed changes to Living Away From Home Allowance benefits for Subclass 457 visaholders

6th March 2012

Australia’s Department of Immigration has posted on

New factsheet – Business structures in Australia for Overseas companies

3rd January 2012

Our partner website, GM Tax, has published a factsheet that discusses the choices of business structures when a company that is established outside Australia wants to develop a presence in Australia. The factsheet – which is available

Significant employment opportunities in South Australia’s Olympic Dam project

23rd December 2011

In great news for job seekers, South Australian Parliament recently ratified legislation which brings BHP Billiton’s massive Olympic Dam expansion one step closer to reality. Passage of the final Indenture Bill through Parliament has unlocked $1.2 billion for BHP Billiton to commence initial works on the project at Roxby Downs in the state’s north. More […]

How Using a Registered Migration Agent can Reduce ENS and RSMS Processing Times

11th December 2011

Employers and their prospective employees who are seeking visa approval under the Employer Nomination Scheme or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme can significantly reduce the application timescale by engaging a Registered Migration Agent. If the RMA is satisfied that the application is complete and ready for a positive decision by a Department of Immigration case officer […]