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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 [...]

Data Matching By Tax & Visa Authorities Brings Increased Risks For Employers

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00June 3rd, 2016|

In 2015 the Australian Government announced that The Department of Immigration would be sharing information with the Australian Taxation Office. Among the risks Kumar Krishnasamy, Tax Partner at BDO Melbourne, draws to the attention of employers is in connection with visitor / short-term visa categories where an employee subsequently receives a longer term visa (such [...]

457 Visa Processing Times : From 10, to 20, to 40+ working days!

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00April 15th, 2016|

Organisations seeking to bring employees to Australian under the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program, the most common visa category of business visa, are experiencing increasing delays.   Organisational changes at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection: It may be helpful to describe some changes to the operating practices of the Department of [...]

Visa Processing Times

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00February 1st, 2016|

Visa Processing Times One common surprise for employers and employees is the increase in the time the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is taking to assess and approve 457 visa applications. Currently it is taking 2 -3 months, meaning that good forward planning is required in order to ensure recruits from overseas can take [...]

Transferring Personal Data to Australia from the European Union (by Gordon Kerr Director, Employee Mobility Unit, Morton Fraser LLP, Edinburgh)

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00December 8th, 2015|

On 6th October, the European Court of Justice declared as invalid the well-established accreditation system, called Safe Harbour, for transferring personal data from the EU to the United States.  The basis for the decision was the lack of protection for personal data in the US, particularly in the wake of a series of revelations about [...]

Workforce Mobility – what’s new and what’s important

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00May 12th, 2015|

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday 3 June, 2015 at 1:00 -1:45 PM AEST. Register now! This focussed webinar will look at some important aspects of workforce mobility: -changes in visas affecting business, and -relocation policy trends and current challenges through the eyes of HR professionals. Linda Coates, Group Human Resources Director, Boral [...]

Permanent Residency – Part I

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00April 14th, 2015|

Readers of our February Client Alert may have noted that more than 40% of 457 visa holders move on to take up permanent residency. In this first article (of two) we look principally at real estate advantages for employers and employees (other than lifestyle) in doing so. [Next time we will consider other advantages – [...]

Summary of Government response to the Independent Review into the integrity of the subclass 457 programme

2019-04-05T02:57:10+00:00March 24th, 2015|

As many readers will be aware the Federal Government’s response to the recommendation of the committee tasked with reviewing the operation of the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) scheme has been eagerly awaited. The announcement on 18 March 2015 gives little solid guidance to business, beyond an indication that Sponsorship approvals will last 5 [...]