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Immigration Compliance, Audits and Training
The employment of foreign workers in Australia enlivens the requirement for all employers of visa holders and sponsoring companies to abide by their Migration Act obligations and Australia’s workplace laws.

 

Companies who are found not to be compliant with these requirements by the Department of Home Affairs could receive one of the following sanctions:

  • Significant fines and even criminal sanctions
  • Cancellation of sponsorship approval for the relevant visa program (e.g. TSS Subclass 482 visas); and/ or
  • A bar on the company being able to sponsor any future expatriate employees
  • Loss of overseas employees through visa cancellation

 

Warning
Additional penalties may also apply, including a fine of up to $315,000, if a company is found to be illegally employing an individual without work rights. We offer a complete suite of services, including compliance manuals and on-site training to ensure that your company is aware of its obligations and remains compliant with them.

 

Compliance Advice

Our team have assisted large and small companies, including major Australian franchisors to review their current immigration programs and identify gaps in their current process which expose them to compliance risks. We prepare reports which contain recommendations and provide documents that can be used by all relevant staff to ensure future compliance.

 

Audit of Immigration Program and Sponsored Workers

If you feel that your company may not be compliant with its sponsorship obligations or its employment of visa holders in general, our team can undertake a pro-active audit of your current systems to identify and address any potential breaches.

If the Department of Home Affairs has already approached your company to commence monitoring proceedings, we can assist you with collating the necessary documentation and drafting submission on your behalf to ensure you receive the best outcome possible.

 

Immigration Workshops

We provide our clients with bespoke immigration training workshops for all relevant staff members. These workshops, along with our documents and checklists, will ensure that all staff are fully aware of their responsibilities and how the sponsorship obligations relate to the life cycle of an expatriate workers employment.

 

Please contact our Compliance Team led by Maggie Taaffe, Principal Immigration Lawyer on 03 9573 5200,  via our General Enquiry Page.