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  • Policy Subcategory: Overseas workers and skilled migration

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Overseas workers and skilled migration

  • Preview Visa Simplification: Transforming Australia’s visa system (PDF 466.0 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 14 September, 2017

    The NFF has made a submission to the Government’s visa simplification review encouraging government to introduce a dedicated agriculture visa.

  • Preview Submission to the Working Holiday Maker Review (PDF 1.1 Mb)
    Submitted to Working Holiday Maker Review on 1 September, 2016

    Working Holiday Makers provide an important source of labour to Australian farms. We need to encourage, not deter, working holiday makers to come and work on the farm, and we need to do this as soon as possible. This means abandoning the ‘backpacker tax’ and finding a better way forward. Whatever the politics, farmers will always need access to overseas workers. Without these workers, who supplement our local workforce, Australian agriculture cannot capitalise on the opportunities ahead and one of the five future growth sectors of the economy will instead grind to a halt.

  • Preview Submission to the 457 Programme – Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) Review (PDF 587.6 kb)
    Submitted to 457 Programme – Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) Review on 8 March, 2016

    The Australian agriculture sector experiences key disadvantages in accessing skilled workers in the 457 visa programme, including through the application of the TSMIT which is a significant barrier to eligibility. This submission outlines the experience of the agriculture sector in relation to the 457 visa programme, and in particular how revision of the TSMIT in its application to regional, rural and remote Australia can support a more skilled agricultural workforce.

  • Preview PC inquiry Migration Intake (PDF 186.0 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 15 June, 2015

    Overseas workers play a small but important part in the Australian agriculture sector. Many agricultural industries are characterised by seasonal work, harvesting perishable goods destined for domestic and international markets. These industries are commonly located in regional or remote areas where demand for labour is high during peak seasons and labour supply is limited. Recent experience with the mining boom confirms that Australian agriculture also faces strong domestic competition for labour with other sectors of the economy. Redressing this imbalance through use of overseas workers is hugely important – it means that what is grown can be harvested and sold, not left to perish.

  • Preview Review of Skilled Migration and 400 Series Visa Programmes: Submission (PDF 678.8 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 16 October, 2014

    The NFF 16 October 2014 Review of Skilled Migration and 400 Series Visa Programmes.

  • Preview Independent Review of Integrity in the Subclass 457 Visa Program: submission (PDF 632.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Immigration on 30 April, 2014

    The NFF’s 30 April 2014 submission outlines the NFF's position regarding the independent review of integrity in the subclass 457 visa programme announced by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash on 25 February 2014.

  • Preview Review of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Categories: Submission (PDF 388.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Immigration and Citizenship on 16 September, 2011

    The NFF’s 16 September 2011 submission outlines the NFF's position regarding the review of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Categories, particularly the key challenges and opportunities for rural and remote employers.

  • Preview Review of the Migration Amendment Act: Submission (PDF 69.7 kb)
    Submitted to Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on 16 August, 2011

    The NFF's 16 August 2011 submission to the Review of the Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Act supports a comprehensive national education campaign for employers to help them to learn about, and understand, the requirements and process for checking the visa status of their employees.

  • Preview Deegan Skilled Migration Review: NFF Submission 3 (PDF 401.1 kb)
    Submitted to Deegan Subclass 457 Integrity Review on 7 October, 2008

    The final of three NFF submissions, lodged on 7 October 2008, to the Subclass 457 Integrity Review, conducted by Ms Barbara Deegan, into the skilled migration program, canvassing responses in relation to the regulatory frameworks for skilled migration, employer obligations and Labour Agreements.

  • Preview Deegan Skilled Migration Review: NFF Submission 2 (PDF 373.0 kb)
    Submitted to Deegan Subclass 457 Integrity Review on 7 October, 2008

    The second of three NFF submissions, lodged on 7 October 2008, to the Subclass 457 Integrity Review, conducted by Ms Barbara Deegan, into the skilled migration program, canvassing responses in relation to English language requirements and occupational health and safety.

  • Preview Deegan Skilled Migration Review: NFF Submission 1 (PDF 410.7 kb)
    Submitted to Deegan Subclass 457 Integrity Review on 30 August, 2008

    The first of three NFF submissions, lodged in August 2008, to the Subclass 457 Integrity Review, conducted by Ms Barbara Deegan, into the skilled migration program, canvassing responses in relation to the Minimum Salary Level, spouse entitlements and Labour Agreements.

  • Preview Migration Amendment (Sponsorship Obligations) Bill: Submission (PDF 82.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee on 14 June, 2007

    The NFF’s 14 June 2007 submission to the Migration Amendment (Sponsorship Obligations) Bill reiterates the NFF's opposition to the current minimum salary level, asserting that foreign and Australian workers should be paid at the same rate in accordance with the relevant industrial instrument.

  • Preview Eligibility Requirements and Monitoring, Enforcement and Reporting Arrangements for Temporary Business Visas: Submission (PDF 60.6 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on 2 February, 2007

    The NFF’s 2 February 2007 submission advocates uniform working conditions for Australian and foreign 457 visa holders and other concerns in relation to 457 visas and labour agreements.

  • Preview Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Bill 2006: Submission (PDF 65.0 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee on 21 April, 2006

    The NFF's 21 April 2006 submission supports sanctions against reckless breaches of employment legislation, while seeking reasonable thresholds for proving such offences.

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