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Effective April 19, 2016, business sponsors must declare, in writing, that they do not (and will not) engage in discriminatory recruitment practices on the grounds of immigration status or citizenship.

What is the new sponsorship obligation?

  • The new sponsorship obligation applies to a person who is or was a standard business sponsor; and is lawfully operating a business in Australia

  • The sponsor must not engage in, or have engaged in, discriminatory recruitment practices during the period of their approval as a sponsor

  • This obligation starts to apply on the day the person is, or was, approved as a standard business sponsor, and ends when the person ceases, or ceased, to be a standard business sponsor

  • ”Discriminatory recruitment practice” means a recruitment practice that directly or indirectly discriminates against a person based on their immigration status or citizenship, other than a practice engaged in to comply with a Commonwealth, State or Territory law

  • This new obligation is in addition to the sponsor’s existing obligation to prove their commitment to employing local labor

This summary was prepared using information obtained from Peregrine Immigration Management’s website.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact our Global Immigration Program Manager, Angie Volz:

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