Part 1: Revenue Measures (Continued)
Immigration and Citizenship
Employer sanctions — reform
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The Government will introduce legislation to reform employer sanctions to better support employers and labour referrers to meet their obligations regarding the employment of non‑citizens and provide more effective enforcement arrangements where breaches occur.
Criminal prosecution is currently the only legal recourse for employers who breach employment conditions. To address this, the Government will introduce graduated tiers of employer sanctions, including for employers that refer for work or hire a non‑citizen who does not have work rights, or undertake actions that would cause a person to breach their visa conditions. These revised sanctions will range from warning and infringement notices with financial penalties to civil penalties and criminal prosecution for the most serious breaches.
To ensure that employers are aware of the new arrangements the Government will also launch an awareness and education campaign. Complementary improvements to the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service will also be made.
These reforms will increase revenue by an estimated $1.7 million over three years.
Further information can be found in the press release of 12 December 2011 issued by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.
Visa charges — revised arrangements
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Visa charges for a number of optional visa services will be revised in this Budget. From 2012‑13 onwards visa label charges will increase from $60 to $70. From 2013‑14 onwards the price of paper lodgement will increase from $60 to $80 and the surcharge for subsequent onshore applications will increase from $600 to $700.
A full list of visa application charges is available on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website: www.immi.gov.au.
This measure is expected to raise $67.0 million in revenue over four years.
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