Friday, 4th Aug 2017

 

Issue #1 Aug

 

TOP STORY

Provisional visas to Australia
 

ISSUES OF THIS MONTH

Provisional visas could become compulsory for people moving to Australia

 

Australian visa system to see drastic changes as consultation is announced

 

A Melbourne fruit market fined $644,000 for underpaying worker

 

An Australian permanent resident denied Australian citizenship over traffic offences

 

Available Jobs in Australia

 

Provisional visas could become compulsory for people moving to Australia

People moving to Australia for a new life would need to live and work with a provisional visa for a certain period of time and only then be eligible for a permanent visa under proposals being discussed by the Government.

As part of its consultation on visa change, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is exploring the idea of making provisional visas mandatory.

'Should a prospective migrant spend a period of time in Australia before becoming eligible for permanent residence? What factors should be considered?' the consultation discussion paper says.

The change is part of a wider move to make it harder for people to get permanent residence and the paper points out that the number applying for permanent residence has grown substantially over the last two decades. In 2015/2016, around half of all permanent visas were granted to people already in Australia on a temporary visa.

'This means that temporary residence is increasingly becoming the first step to living in Australia permanently,' the discussion paper explains. Some officials have already indicated that the preferred option is for only the 'brightest and the best' talent to be eligible for permanent residency.

Currently, for most of the permanent visa categories, people do not have to spend any minimum length of time in Australia before they are granted permanent residency. Officials point out that this is not consistent with like-minded countries such as the UK and the United States.

However, there are concerns that such a change could undermine Australia's social cohesion and create a two-tier society where migrants are treated substantially differently to Australian citizens.

Other major changes being discussed during the consultation drastically cutting the number of visa categories from 99 to about 10 so that applicants are less confused about the different visa streams and making the whole programme more flexible.

The consultation is open to everyone and online submission can be made through the DIBP's website until 15 September 2017.

 
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Australian visa system to see drastic changes as consultation is announced

Australian visa system sees drastic changes

A public consultation on changes to the visa system in Australia to modernise it and make it easier and quicker to use has been announced.

It is hoped that the number of visas available will be cut down drastically from the current 99 to just 10 as it is believed that applicants are confused by what is available and find it a minefield in terms of finding which visa suits them best.

'Australia's visa system has served us well, but it needs modernising to meet future needs of rising traveller volumes and complex risks at the border,' said Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

He revealed that international arrivals and departures are expected to grow from 40 million to 50 million by 2020 and short term visitors alone to reach nearly 10 million by 2022/2023.

'Overseas travellers are contributing to our nation's wealth. For example, foreign students have helped lift education exports to a record $20.3 billion while international tourists have injected $34.2 billion into our economy,' Dutton pointed out.

'Australia needs a visa system that will better harness the economic and social opportunities of these legitimate travellers and better detect threats before they arrive at the border. To help inform its consideration of reform options, the Government will consult the public, including stakeholders, on design elements of a new visa system,' he added.

The consultation will cover the scope for reducing the number of visa types from the current 99 visas to around 10 and a delineation between temporary entry and long term or permanent residence.

It will also look at the role a period of provisional residence could play in enhancing the integrity of the visa system and easing the burden on taxpayers and options to ensure sufficient flexibility within the reformed visa system to enable Australia to remain a competitive destination for temporary and longer term visitors.

 

A Melbourne fruit market fined $644,000 for underpaying worker

Australain fruit market fined

Record penalties of more than $660,000 have been awarded against the former owner of a Melbourne fruit market and his company that exploited an Afghani refugee worker.

Abdulrahman Taleb, the former owner-operator of the Sunshine Fruit Market in Sunshine, has been penalised $16,020 and his company Mhoney Pty Ltd $644,000 in the Federal Circuit Court.

The total $660,020 in penalties is the largest ever achieved as a result of a Fair Work Ombudsman litigation.

The previous record penalties of $532,910 were secured by the Fair Work Ombudsman in February against the former owner-operator of an Albury cafe and his company, Rubee Enterprises Pty Ltd. That matter involved exploitation of five workers, including two visa holders.

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An Australian permanent resident denied Australian citizenship over traffic offences

Traffice offences

An Australian permanent resident has lost his appeal against the Immigration Department which declined his citizenship application over his repeated traffic offences.

Ritnesh Kumar's driving history reveals 1 traffic offences between December 2007 and March 2015 which included disobeying traffic lights, over speeding, driving unregistered motor vehicle and driving while suspended.

Mr Kumar, a Fijian citizen, was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months by a Dubbo Court in May 2010 over driving an unregistered vehicle.

In his citizenship application filed in December 2015, he failed to disclose the court conviction.

A delegate of the Immigration Minister refused his citizenship application on the grounds that he failed to meet the character requirements. The decision has been upheld by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

In his explanation for the failure to disclose the court conviction, he said it had "almost slipped" from his memory and told the tribunal that he should be forgiven as he had learned from his past mistakes.

The Tribunal said there serious doubts about the veracity of Mr Kumar's explanation.

"Even if Mr Kumar had truly forgotten the offending conduct that led him to attend Court, consequential difficulties arise in respect of his assertion that he has learned from his 'mistake' - it is difficult to understand how someone can learn from something they have forgotten," Tribunal Member S. Webb said.

Though the AAT said none of the offences committed was a serious offence, his lack of insight and the repetition of offending conduct showed a low-level pattern of "reckless disregard" for the safety of road users.

Mr Kumar produced character references and his positive employment record as an accountant and the fact that he had completed a Diploma of Chartered Accounting and would make a positive contribution to the Australian society.

But the tribunal held that the factors weighing against his good character outweighed the positive attributes of his character and that he did not satisfy the 'good character' test as set out in the Act. However, the tribunal said it did not mean that he was a person of bad character.

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Available Jobs in Australia

Jobs in Australia

Job2Go is a local recruitment company based in Adelaide, Queensland and Sydney, and has been providing staffing solutions and human resource services to small to large sized companies throughout Australia. We are hiring for the following positions.

Cook

An exciting opportunity had opened for an experienced Cook! Our client has been providing high quality authentic Indian food for the past 20 years. The right candidate will have excellent knowledge of dishes from all over India.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience as a Cook in similar position is preferred.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment where you will be required to stand for extended periods of time.
  • The ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Attention to detail and be a good team player.

Office Manager

Our client has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Office Manager to join their team! This family owned business specialises in commercial printing including digital, wide format and offset printing. Proven to be very successful, they are currently undergoing a major expansion and therefore are in need of an Office Manager who possess high standards of organisational skills.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience within a professional service firm
  • Formal qualifications required
  • Strong work ethic and be highly organised and attention to detail with accountability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and balance several tasks and work with deadlines with a demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects at one time
  • Strong administrative skills including record keeping and note taking

Hairdresser

Specialising in all cutting styles, our client is in need of an experienced Hairdresser who is capable of providing services to all age groups. Our client’s concept is simple and clean and is ladies only cutting salon. The ideal candidate must possess the ability to cut all hair styles and be extremely confident in all aspects of hair.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Formal qualification
  • Relevant experience
  • You must be honest and reliable, positive and friendly attitude
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Dedication to personal and professional development
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Extensive knowledge in all aspects of hair and products

Medical Administrator

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • At least a Bachelor degree or at least 5 years’ of relevant experience.
  • An understanding of medico-legal issues and the legislative framework for public health services
  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of an inter-disciplinary team and to communicate with clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Ability to analyse and critically evaluate relevant information and apply to medical management issues
  • Well-developed written and communication skills

Contact Job2Go on 1300 562246. If you are interested in any of these positions, please send your resume to jobs@job2go.org

Alternatively you can check our website for further details www.job2go.org

 
 

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