The Department of Home Affairs is proposing legislative amendments to the
Migration Act 1958 to strengthen provisions that address the exploitation of migrant workers in Australia.
The reform will send a strong message to unscrupulous employers and labour hire intermediaries that the exploitation of migrant workers as cheap labour is not acceptable. It is not only unfair to migrant workers, and to those employers who seek to do the right thing, but it also damages Australia’s reputation as a destination of choice. The reform also reiterates the Government’s commitment to combatting migrant worker exploitation and supporting migrant workers to feel more confident and secure about working in Australia.
The measures will enhance safeguards for migrant workers in Australia, including current and future working holiday makers, students and holders of other temporary work visas, as Australia’s international border re-opens.
exposure draft for the Migration Amendment (Protecting Migrant Workers) Bill 2021 and the associated
Context Paper were released to the public on 26 July 2021 and closed on 16 August 2021.
The Department received a number of submissions on the Exposure Draft of the Migration Amendment (Protecting Migrant Workers) Bill 2021. The Department is considering all of the feedback provided by the submissions. The submissions can be accessed below.
Ai Group Submission
AMES Australia Submission
Anna Boucher Submission
Approved Employers of Australia Ltd Submission
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Submission
Australian Fresh Produce Alliance Submission
Fragomen Australia Submission
Hammond Taylor Submission
IARC Unions NSW Joint Submission 20 Aug 2021
Immigration Solutions Submission
Law Council of Australia
Migrant Worker Justice Initiative Submission
Migrant Workers Centre Submission
Migration Institute of Australia Submission
Professor Joanna Howe
Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association
Redfern Legal Centre Submission
Retail Supply Chain Alliance
Settlement Council of Australia Submission
South Australian Wine Industry Association Submission
Susan Gin Submission
The Salvation Army Uniting Church Submission
United Workers Union Submission
Woolworths Submission 20 Aug 2021