Immigration employer awareness seminar for Horsham

Immigration outreach officers will visit Horsham on May 1 to stage an information seminar about employer-sponsored skilled migration options and to explain new laws and penalties for employing or referring people who are not allowed to work.

A Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesman said significant changes to the employer-sponsored skilled visa program were introduced on 1 July 2012.

“This seminar will provide an overview of these changes, including information about SkillSelect,” the spokesman said.

“SkillSelect is an online service that connects Australian employers with potential skilled migrants and streamlines the pathway to permanent residence for people already working in Australia on temporary skilled 457 visas.

“Our officers can provide a range of information about temporary or permanent employer-sponsored visa options and the concessions available for regional applicants.”

The Horsham seminar will also educate businesses about their responsibility for checking to ensure that workers they employ are allowed to work in Australia. 

This will include information on new laws recently passed by the Parliament, which introduce civil penalties and infringement notices for employers or labour suppliers of illegal workers.

The information seminar will take place on May 1 from 10am to midday at the Wimmera Business Centre, 62 Darlot Street, Horsham.

Seminar bookings are essential. Please RSVP to Matthew Price at outreach.vic@immi.gov.au or by phone 0423 027 566, by April 29.

Media Enquiries: National Communications 03 9235 3480 or 0401 335 356

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