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Australia’s Workplace Justice Visa

Australian Government has implemented the Migration Amendment (Workplace Justice Visa) Regulations 2024, effective this July 1, 2024, a significant step towards safeguarding the rights of temporary migrants in Australia. This new regulation specifically targets workplace exploitation, aiming to ensure fair treatment and justice for affected individuals.


KEY FEATURES OF THE WORKPLACE JUSTICE VISA

 

  • Duration of Stay: The Workplace Justice Visa allows temporary migrants who have experienced workplace exploitation to stay in Australia for 6 to 12 months initially, providing them time to pursue legal actions and seek assistance to address the exploitation they endured.

 

  • Extension Opportunity: Depending on the circumstances and progress of their case, visa holders may apply for extensions that could extend their stay for up to 4 years in total. This flexibility is crucial as it ensures that individuals have sufficient time to navigate through legal proceedings and other necessary actions aimed at achieving justice and resolution for the exploitation they have suffered.

 

  • Permission to Work: During their stay under the Workplace Justice Visa, temporary migrants are granted permission to work. This enables them to sustain themselves financially while actively participating in legal actions or engaging in processes aimed at addressing the workplace exploitation they have faced. This provision supports their ability to maintain their livelihoods and seek fair treatment without being disadvantaged economically.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Central to the application process is the requirement for applicants to obtain certification from a designated authority confirming their experience of workplace exploitation. This certification serves as a crucial verification mechanism, ensuring the validity and seriousness of the claims made by the applicants.

 

IMPACT ON EMPLOYERS AND MIGRANTS

 

The Workplace Justice Visa underscores Australia's dedication to human rights and ethical labor standards. Employers face increased scrutiny to ensure compliance with employment laws and equitable treatment of their workforce. A certificate confirming worker exploitation is required for applications to be valid, with potential legal repercussions for non-compliance.

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