The Minister intends to introduce a Bill to amend the Migration Act 1958 to reform the sponsorship regime for Subclass 457 and a range of other temporary visas that include work rights. This bill and associated regulation presents the opportunity to clarify sponsor obligations and provide further fair and transparent mechanisms to help deal with the particular vulnerability of temporary workers from overseas.
The reforms in the Bill will focus on four main areas:
• Redefining sponsorship obligations for Subclass 457 and establishing a sponsorship obligations framework for a range of other subclasses;
• Expanding powers to monitor and investigate possible non-compliance with those obligations;
• Enhancing measures to address identified breaches of obligations; and
• Improving information sharing between government agencies at all levels.
The objective of this discussion paper is to obtain feedback from stakeholders on these four areas.