• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 28/11/2012

Migration Newsflash

Migration Newsflash
Keep up-to-date with issues and developments in the immigration environment.

Migration Newsflash: Employer Sanctions Bill passed 

The Migration Amendment (Reforms of Employer Sanctions) Bill 2007 ('Employer Sanctions Bill') passed through the House of Representatives yesterday.  The Employer Sanctions Bill will see the introduction of further reforms to build on the existing Migration Amendment (Employer Sanctions) Act 2007 and will take effect once this receives Royal Assent, or in any case, in 6 months time.

The existing Act established a framework of civil and criminal penalties for both companies and individuals in allowing a non-citizen to work or referring a non-citizen for work where they either did not hold a visa or held a visa without appropriate work rights.

This Migration Newsflash outlines key reforms of the Employer Sanctions Bill and implications for individuals and employers.

Key insights

  • The Employer Sanctions Bill is a response to the findings of the Howells review, conducted by the independent legal expert Stephen Howells, looking at the current measures in place.
  • These changes are expected to result in greater use of penalties by the Department of Immigration & Citizenship against individuals and employers.