In the media

Australia and Greece to commence reciprocal work and holiday arrangements Young Australians will more easily be able to holiday, work and study in Greece with reciprocal work and holiday arrangements set to commence on 1 July 2019 (25 March 2019). More...

Immigration paper wraps up policies A new paper produced by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) outlines how the combined factors of large-scale growth in the movement of people across borders and the changing threat environment over the past two decades have necessitated a shift in approach to the administration of the program (25 March 2019). Click here to access DHA’s paper. More...

NSW service station chain faces court The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a major service station chain for allegedly underpaying 22 employees $62,393 at sites across regional NSW. The matter is listed for a directions hearing in the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney on 12 April. Migrant workers should be aware that, in line with an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs, they can seek assistance from the FWO without fear of their visa being cancelled (25 March 2019). More...

In practice and courts

Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong and the grant of temporary entry In the Agreement Paper, note Article 10.3: Grant of Temporary Entry 3. In respect of the specific commitments on temporary entry in this Chapter, unless otherwise specified in Annex 10-A, neither Party shall: (a) impose or maintain any limitations on the total number of visas to be granted to natural persons of the other Party; or (b) require economic needs tests, including labour market tests, or other procedures of similar effect as a condition for temporary entry. More...