The number of overseas workers wanting to come to Victoria on the controversial 457 skilled visa has soared, according to Immigration Department data.

Herald Sun, 13 February 2015

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A jump the jobless rate to its highest level in almost 13 years has undermined the government’s economic message on employment, however, analysts are suggesting that it may reflect problems at the Australian Bureau of Statistics as much as a fresh weakening in the labour force.

The Australian, by David Uren, 13 February 2015

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WorkCover is reminding businesses about their obligations to provide workers compensation policies for employees working under a section 457 visa.Businesses failing to do so could be liable for covering the costs of a workers compensation injury or face a fine of up to $55,000.The reminder was prompted by a recent case where a Taiwan-based business, Chia Tung Development Corporation Ltd, employed around 45 international workers in NSW on s457 visas without workers compensation policies.WorkCover's Executive Director of Workers Compensation Regulation Caroline Walsh said employers' legal requirements, whether a sponsor company or a principal contractor to a sponsor company, were exactly the same.

The Daily Examiner, 12 February 2015

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Cooks, chefs and waiters should be eligible for a new visa designed to allow companies to hire overseas employees for highly specialised work for up to a year, an alliance of tourism and hospitality groups says.

AFR, by Joanna Mather and Edmund Tadros, 9 February 2015

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Immigration investigators have conducted a series of raids on a multi-national firm working on major Australian mining and infrastructure projects as part of one of the nation's biggest inquiries into working visa fraud.

SMH, by Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, 5 February 2015

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Australian workers will lose out from a proposed short-term working visa which will serve to benefit big employers, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said.

The Guardian, by Shalailah Medhora, 3 February 2015

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Proposals to revamp visa rules for foreign workers will be attacked by the union movement as a "thinly veiled attempt" to give employers a way of sidestepping sponsorship obligations.

SMH, by Nick Toscano, 3 February 2015

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The scandal over Filipino and Chinese workers at Manildra’s Bomaderry plant has deepened after revelations arising from a meeting between the workers and representatives from the Construction, Mining, Forestry and Energy Union (CFMEU).

South Coast Register, by Simon Brown, 27 January 2015

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Twenty-nine overseas workers involved in metal construction at the Manildra site on Bolong Road, Bomaderry are being paid under-award rates and living in cramped conditions, a union has claimed.

Illawarra Mercury, by Simon Brown, 21 January 2015

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The Coalition government has assured the Australian electorate it will not proceed with any major industrial relations reforms until it has secured a mandate to do so. But this has not stopped the government from initiating several labour market reforms.

The Conversation, by Stuart Rosewarne, 20 January 2015

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