Australia announced additional measures to help work visa holders

September 12, 2015
The government of Australia announced additional steps in helping and protecting workers, Providing more resources and information to the visa holders so that they can easily understand the rights of their work place.

Additional measures announced by Australian government to help work visa holders

Steps are being taken to improve the visa granting notices related to different temporary visas, by updating the notices that are provided to temporary graduates and students. Michaelia Cash, Assistant Immigration Minister, said.

To defend against being treated fairly or being underpaid, temporary visa workers should know their workplace rights. Cash added. Government of Australia has launched a new tool called PACT (Pay and Conditions Tool) for workers for checking their pay rates with ease.

“All workers are entitled to the same pay, conditions and protections under Australian law, regardless of whether they are a temporary visa holder, a permanent visa holder or an Australian citizen,” said Cash. 

Temporary visa holders like working holiday visa holder and 457 visa holders also receive a notice of visa grant from the DIBP. The information in these notices has been improved. They should fully understand their rights of their workplace on issues which include discrimination, wages, bullying and harassment.

Cash clarifies that due to the present situations, Pay And Conditions Tool has been launched, which is now available on the mobiles at  website. An initiative of Coalition Government and she urges all workers to use this tool for checking their pay.     

These measures that are build on some important work is underway, as Taskforce Cadena is working with some significant agencies that includes  the Australian Commission for Securities and Investments, Australian Federal Police, Australian Taxation  Office and territory and state agencies, ensuring that  the visa frauds and exploitation incidents are properly investigated and  law being enforced.

“This Coalition Government is doing more than any previous government to ensure exploitation of workers is prevented and is committed to stamping out unscrupulous treatment of temporary visa holders,” said Cash.

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