Amnesty Responds to Australia’s Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers
April 13, 2016

Amnesty International strongly supports a regional approach towards refugees in the Asia Pacific. However, for any regional plan to work it must be firmly grounded in principles of international human rights law and focus on the provision of durable solutions for asylum seekers and refugees. This document outlines the short, medium and long-term steps that

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Accountants May Be removed from Skilled Occupation List
April 13, 2016

A decision has not been made as yet whether to remove accountants from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL). The decision will be made by the Australia Workplace and Productivity Agency (AWPA). If the AWPA decides to remove accountants from the SOL, this will have a significant effect on many applicants for skilled independent and graduate

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457 Visa – It’s All in the Detail
April 13, 2016

A Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa is one of the most commonly used visas within Australia. The 457 visa allows for skilled workers to be sponsored by an Australian company that could not fill the position locally. It permits the applicant to live and work within Australia for up to four years and allows

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457s and Asylum Seekers take centre stage on Migration Debate
April 13, 2016

Concerns about refugee arrivals and the growing politicization of 457s have seen a confluence of these two distinct issues grouped together under the ‘migration’ policy debate. Since the announcement of the then Minister for Immigration, Brendan O’Connor, proclaiming unease about the rorting of the 457 system early in 2013, skilled migration and asylum seekers has

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