Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Australia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Australia: Selected U.S. visa issuance fees sharply increase for Australian nationals

Under the new reciprocity schedule, fees for certain visa categories (E-1, E-2, F-1, F-2, H-1B, H-4, L-1, L-2, R-1 and R-2) have increased significantly for Australian nationals applying to visit the United States …

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Australia: Chile reciprocity fee for Australians scrapped under new visa arrangements

Australian visitors will no longer have to pay a US$117 reciprocity fee at the border when entering Chile via Santiago Airport …

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Australia: Work health & safety

The New South Wales Government has made several proposed amendments to the Work Health & Safety Act …

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Australia: New mega union to shift balance of power in Labor

The National Union of Workers (NUW) has just merged with United Voice to form The United Workers Union (UWU) …

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Australia: Queensland government creates half-day public holiday on Christmas Eve

A new law has been passed in the state of Queensland declaring the period after 6pm on Christmas Eve a public part-holiday …

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Australia: Whistleblowing compliance

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) have now issued guidelines to assist companies that are obliged to introduce statutory whistleblowing policies and procedures by January 1st 2020 …

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Australia: More parents work full-time

Latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) indicate that during the period 2009-2019, the proportion of families with children younger than five where both parents were working full-time increased by 7% to 21% …

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Australia: Government released its draft religious discrimination bill

The Federal Government has issued a consultation document about its proposed new law against religious discrimination …

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Australia: Labor tries to maintain casuals’ right to ‘double dipping’ entitlement

A regulation to stop casual workers in Australia from “double dipping” is under attack from Labour leader Anthony Albanese …

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Australia: Growth in average wages increases

Over the year to May 2019, average gross weekly pay increased by $48 (US$32) to $1,634 (US$1,098) …

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Australia: Government makes Global Talent program permanent to attract the world’s best and brightest

Instead of waiting for those with advanced skills to decide to migrate the Australian government has now set up a scheme to identify senior technology leaders, researchers developers and experts around the world and invite them to settle in the country …

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Australia: Industrial disputes in Q1 2019

During Q1 2019, 16,600 working days were lost due to industrial disputes …

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Australia: Minimum hourly wage increased

With effect from 1st July 2019, the minimum hourly wage for Australia as a whole increased by 2 …

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Australia: Annualised wages

The Fair Work Commission has issued a framework to allow employees to be paid on an annualised basis …

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Australia: Labour force participation in June 2019

Nearly four out of every five of 15 to 64 year olds were participating in the labour market in June 2019 …

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