Draft sponsorship obligations announced

The Rudd Government has released draft regulations outlining new sponsorship obligations for employers of temporary skilled overseas workers on Subclass 457 visas.

A panel of industry, union and state government representatives will now begin assessing the proposed new regulations to provide feedback to government.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said advice from the Skilled Migration Consultative Panel will assist the Government to finalise the sponsorship obligations that will apply to all employers of Subclass 457 visa holders.

The employer obligations were drafted following the Visa Subclass 457 Integrity Review conducted by industrial relations expert Barbara Deegan last year.

Proposed employer obligations to be considered by the panel include:

• Payment of a minimum salary to Subclass 457 visa holders;

• Payment of return travel costs for visa holders and their spouses; and

• Cooperating with inspectors exercising powers under the Worker Protection Act.

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