The rotten truth behind our supermarket fruit

Among the nectarines you buy at your supermarket this summer are those that have probably been brought to you by black market labour. Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker investigate the rotten truth behind our fruit.

Australia cancels 60,000 visas in 2015-16

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has also informed the senate estimates committee that a new 10-year multiple entry visa will be available by the end of the year.

Prime Minister plans increased flexibility for 457 visa program

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stated that he wants to overhaul the 457 visa program in a bid to increase employer flexibility as part of his innovation and competitiveness agenda. Those planned changes include streamlining the processing of sponsorship, nomination and visa for low-risk applicants, and increasing the Standard Business Sponsorship term from 12 to 18 months …

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Easy entry for skilled foreigners

Mark is asked to comment on the Government’s proposed ‘short-term mobility’ subclass visas for companies with global operations who require specialists to be flown in at short notice. Mark lends his support to the concept, saying that greater flexibility is needed if Australia is to compete on an international level.

Unions angered by proposed changes to skilled migration

Mark hits back at CMFEU national secretary Michael O’Connor over the Department of Immigration’s new Skilled Migration proposal paper, pointing out that a line needs to be drawn between the 457 program and other short-term temporary visas to prevent fear-mongering when discussing changes to migration policy.

More detail needed on migration

Mark questioned why 2014 was the first time South Australia had reached its skilled migration nomination quota. While he was pleased SA had finally used its full allocation of nominations made available, he raised the point that more detail was needed to determine how beneficial these figures really were to the state’s economy. He queried …

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SA industry groups joined forces to lobby the Federal Government on migration

Migration Solutions is part of a group of industry leaders who have joined forces to lobby the Federal Government, in order to make much needed changes to migration in South Australia. The changes include, an introduction of an economic migration program, changing the Significant Investor Visas, which would allow $3 million of investment over five …

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Making sense of the 457 Review

The Department of Immigration have released the highly-anticipated findings of their 457 review, including 22 recommendations aimed at enhancing the integrity and accessibility of the programme to Australian employers. The report, entitled ‘Robust New Foundations,’ has proved to be a major source of interest for migration industry stakeholders everywhere. However according to Migration Solutions Managing Director, …

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457 Integrity Review Update

Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash has announced this morning that the recommendations of the Independent 457 Programme Review are set to be released in the near future. Speaking at the Migration Institute of Australia WA State conference in Perth this morning, Senator Cash revealed that the review, entitled Robust New Foundations, will feature 27  recommendations …

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New Labour Agreement program another step towards reinstatement of regional 457 visa

A newly-proposed blanket regional labour agreement program is likely to be welcomed by regional South Australian businesses, with many struggling to contend with poor economic conditions and widespread skills shortages. The Designated Migration Agreement Agreements program (DAMA) is currently being considered by the Federal government in an effort to assist local businesses in areas affected by …

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457 Integrity Review Update

Over the past couple of months Migration Solutions have been receiving numerous enquiries regarding the status of 457 visa program, most of which are centred around whether any changes are expected to be made, and if so, what those changes would be. Unfortunately with the current integrity review still underway, it is impossible to provide …

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