• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 21/03/2013

Migration Newsflash

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

Migration Newsflash: Visitor visa program update 

Further to our Migration Newsflash of 15 March 2013, draft regulations implementing the Visitor visa program changes have now been released. New visa subclasses will come into effect on 23 March 2013 and apply in relation to an application for a visa made on or after 23 March 2013.
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In addition, in a joint media release issued on 18 March 2013, the Minister for Immigration, Brendan O'Connor MP and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten MP, announced that they will give further powers to the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) to monitor and enforce compliance with 457 visa conditions.

FWO staff will be able to immediately refer any suspicious activity to the DIAC investigation team for more detailed examination beyond these basic checks on pay, conditions, and jobs already being done.

Key insights

  • The new Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa clarifies that business visitors are intended to be precluded from working in Australia unless conducting a 'business visitor activity; for instance, negotiating and entering into contracts'.
  • The Subclass 601 – Electronic Travel Authority visa will allow entry to Australia for up to three months at a time as a tourist or for business purposes.
  • The Subclass 600 – Visitor visa is for people who want to travel to Australia as tourists, for business or to visit family.

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