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DoHA updates about overseas skilled worker sponsorship

Thu, Jan 10 2019

DoHA updates about overseas skilled worker sponsorship

This is to inform that the employers who are sponsoring overseas workers there are important obligations attached to the visa that must be adhered to.

The Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) will begin to exchange data with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for the purpose of identifying whether a business and/or an employee is complying with the associated requirements or not.

For a business sponsor the review is done to ensure that they are paying visa holders the amount that was specified in a nomination application. For visa holders, the review will be done to check whether they are working in their nominated occupation with sponsoring employer. When there is disobedience, action may be taken by the DoHA and this can include consideration to cancel a visa or consideration to cancel the business sponsorship.


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As part of the data matching process, the DoHA will provide biographical details, including name, address and date of birth to the ATO. The details of the associated business sponsor will also be provided and that might affect individuals and their associated sponsor currently holding Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) or Temporary Skills Shortage (subclass 482) or have held one of these visas in the past three financial years.

The details provided will be matched against the data held by the ATO. Where there is a match, the ATO will return income and employment data to the DoHA. It is estimated that the total number of records to be shared will be approximately 680,000 which will represent around 280,000 individuals.

If you wish to change occupation or employer you must take written approval of the DoHA.

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