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Reforms to Protect Vulnerable Workers

With the recent passing of the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Act 2023, the Australian Government has taken a major step toward strengthening the rights of workers, particularly those who are susceptible to exploitation because of their visa status. This historic law, supported by the Albanese Labor Government, establishes a new standard for employment practices across the country and represents a turning point in the ongoing battle against worker exploitation.

The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Bill 2023 was approved by the Parliament on February 7, 2024.

What does this mean to you? Contact the best Immigration Lawyers in Melbourne to have a chat.

Starting on July 1, 2024, employers who mistreat employees will not be allowed to hire any worker on a temporary visa. Employers who exploit employees due to their visa status will also be subject to prison time (for up to two years) with fines and penalties increased to three times.

This law will enable migrant worker to denounce and contest exploitation without jeopardizing the status of their visa.

Minister Giles stated in the media release on 07 February 2024: 

“Just like our plan to give every Australian taxpayer a tax cut, the Government’s legislation will benefit all workers across the economy – visa holders and Australians alike. 

“Under our new laws, it doesn’t matter if that company is a multinational giant or a hundred years old – if exploitation is happening, they’ll get a knock at the door.

“This reform is a win for all workers – and could not have been achieved without the bravery of those who spoke up and told their story.”

Are you on a work visa? Do you understand your work visa conditions? Contact the best Immigration Lawyers in Melbourne to understand your options better.

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