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Australia Outlaws Work Visa Scams

On 14 December 2015, new criminal and civil penalties and visa cancellation provisions were introduced as part of a ‘paying for visa sponsorship ‘ framework that allows for sanctions to be imposed on a person who asks for, receives, offers or provides a benefit in return for visa sponsorship or employment (that requires visa sponsorship).

‘Paying for visa sponsorship’ conduct is considered unacceptable by the Australian Government as it undermines the integrity of the skilled work programmes, which are designed to address genuine skill shortages in the Australian labor market by making employees available from outside Australia.

It is not acceptable for sponsors, nominators, employers or other third parties to make a personal gain from their position in a ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ arrangement, nor is it acceptable for current or prospective visa holders to obtain permanent residence in Australia, or have the opportunity to work in Australia by providing a benefit to an employer for a job.

To further strengthen this framework, sponsors, nominators and visa applicants will be required to, as part of the application process, state whether or not they have actively participated in conduct that contravenes the new ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ laws.

Melbourne takes second place in this year’s ranking of student-friendly cities

Melbourne takes second place in this year’s ranking of student-friendly cities, while high living costs see London tumble to fifth.

Check out the photo gallery in the Guardian for the best places to study >>

Senate passes bill calling for release of all children in immigration detention in Australia

Senate passes bill calling for release of all children in immigration detention in Australia, however the bill is unlikely to pass the House of Representatives. Read more in The Guardian >>

Report gives green light to Australia’s immigration program

 A new report by the Productivity Commission gives the green light to Australia’s immigration program – with some exceptions. Read more in The Conversation >>

Victorian training college contracts terminated amid fraud and misconduct revelations

Several unscrupulous Victorian training colleges will have their contracts terminated amid fraud and misconduct revelations. Read more in The Age >>

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