All sponsors of subclass 457 visa holders have sponsorship obligations. The obligations are designed to protect overseas skilled workers and to ensure that the program is being used to meet genuine skill shortages within the Australian labour market.
With the introduction of the Fair Work Act 2009 and legislative changes to the 457 visa program on 14 September 2009, employers are being monitored more closely than ever before. Monitoring of sponsorship compliance may include submitting company records and visa documentation to immigration when required, desktop audits and/or visits by DIAC investigators.
Penalties for non-compliance can be high and can impact on the sponsoring business for years to come. Fines of up to A$66,000 per recurrence may be ordered.
Expat provides a thorough monitoring and compliance service. We have helped businesses to avoid costly penalties by assisting with the establishment and maintenance of record-keeping procedures, implementing strategies to prompt the business to notify DIAC of certain events and providing in-depth research and advice on matters including market salary rate and changes to the sponsorship or nominated position.