Money down the drain: Temporary residents unclaimed super

by Paul Bidmeade Over the years temporary residents have left behind millions of dollars’ worth of unclaimed superannuation. As of December 31 2014, there was $550 million worth of unclaimed superannuation from former Australian temporary residents. The Australian Taxation Office revealed that by the end of 2014 there were 770,000 accounts of unclaimed super from …

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A survey unlocking the key to migration:

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is giving stakeholders the opportunity to provide comments on the Review of the Skilled Migration and Temporary Activity visa programmes. There were 68 submissions from visa holders, employers, peak industry bodies, skills assessing authorities, unions and government agencies after the 2014 discussion papers were released in October last …

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Employers caught out for breach of sponsorship obligations

Two Australian businesses have been exposed by the media in recent weeks after being issued with hefty fines from the Fair Work Ombudsman for underpaying staff on temporary visas. A Tasmanian-based hardware store and cafe and a Melbourne Indian restaurant were both ordered to backpay staff and following an investigation from the industry watchdog earlier this month. The …

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Employers warned not to target temporary migrants

Employers are being warned against undercutting Australian workers by posting job advertisements aimed at temporary visa applicants at the expense of local candidates, following the release of a Fairfax media report.  The report stated that several online advertisements had appeared on job-seeking websites recently, either explicitly asking for temporary work migrants, or stating that candidates on …

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Migrant recruits forced to wait

Mark describes how processing times for visa applications had increased from weeks to months (and even years) in recent times, and the impact such long waiting times were having on both employers trying to fill skill shortages within their labour markets and the prospective employees.

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