Migrant Workers' Taskforce overview
The Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, released the report of the Migrant Workers' Taskforce (the Taskforce) on 7 March 2019.
The Taskforce, chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO and Dr David Cousins AM has made 22 recommendations aimed at improving workplace protections for vulnerable migrant workers.
The Government has accepted in principle all 22 recommendations.
The Report and Government Response is available below:
- Report of the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce
- Appendix D to the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce Report - Research into the Information Needs of Vulnerable Temporary Migrant Workers about Workplace Laws
- Government Response to the Migrant Workers' Taskforce Report
- Department of Jobs and Small Business
- Fair Work Ombudsman
- Department of Home Affairs
- Australian Border Force
- Attorney-General’s Department
- Department of Education and Training
- Australian Taxation Office
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
- Australian Securities and Investment Commission
- Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Other relevant agencies with responsibilities that impact on exploitation of migrant workers, as required.
Compliance Information for Employers and Migrant Workers
All people working in Australia are entitled to the same basic rights and protections at work. This includes visa holders, migrant workers and people who might only work for a short time.
To check your minimum wages and conditions, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.
The Fair Work Ombudsman can also help if you have a workplace problem. For example, if you think you’re not getting the right pay or if something doesn’t seem right at work. If you need help, call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. If you need an interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.
If you, or someone you know, has a problem at work but you don’t want to share your personal information, you can tell the Fair Work Ombudsman about it through the anonymous report form.
Everyone working in Australia is entitled to basic rights and protections in the workplace, including visa holders, migrant workers and those working unlawfully. These are set out in Australia’s workplace laws and are not negotiable.
The Fair Work Ombudsman can give you information and advice to help you understand your workplace rights and responsibilities.
To check your obligations and your employee’s minimum pay and conditions, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website. If you need additional help understanding Australian workplace laws call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.
If you need an interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.
Government reforms to employer sponsored skilled migration visas
On 18 April 2017, the Government announced reforms to Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled visa programs. As part of these reforms, the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa will soon be introduced. This new visa is part of the Government’s significant reform package to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programs. More information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.