Monthly Archives: February 2017

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International Cost of Living comparisons

2019-04-05T02:57:09+00:00February 3rd, 2017|

Understanding cost of living differences between the home and host location is a common concern of employers and international assignees. Many assignees trust that the employer will take care of them, while employers can struggle to know what is “fair”. Organisations such as ECA, AirInc, and Mercers maintain large databases of prices in many [...]

Cultural training: a low-cost high-impact approach

2019-04-05T02:57:09+00:00February 3rd, 2017|

Preparing international assignees for the work and daily living experiences they are likely to encounter in the host location is a form of risk management. Interacting appropriately with, customers, government, business associates, as well as employees is important in protecting the organisation’s interests. Furthermore learning about, and understanding, host country practices helps new arrivals prosper [...]

Visas and Immigration update – 457 visa processing times

2019-04-05T02:57:09+00:00February 3rd, 2017|

Finally some good news ! Benchmark 457 visa processing times by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have become shorter in recent weeks. From 2.5 months in August 2016 their guidance is now 35 working days, and in practice this has been our recent experience over the Christmas and New Year period. As the [...]