18 August 2008

New laws allow Australian visa holders to fly home in breaks

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New laws mean many workers on an Australian visa can fly home every six weeks to see their family in their breaks. According to the West.com.au, the new legislation means rather than employees taking their break in Australia they can travel home for the week.

The new laws come from the Labour Government which has given powers to unions to reject applications for workers holding an Australian visa if they are not satisfied with the wages or conditions of the job offer. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union claims to have completed the deal to allow workers to fly home, but states it has not been formally lodged with the Immigration Department, reports the news organisation.

"We don't see any difference in flying back to the Philippines or to Auckland or to Townsville or to Perth. We don't want to end up with a situation where workers don't see their families for four years," said Kevin Reynolds, secretary of the union. It follows news last week that the Spiral Community Hub is encouraging Australian visa holders to start their own businesses, with the organisation's backing, reports the Westender.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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