In June 2023 the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Employer Compliance) Bill 2023 (Bill) was introduced into Parliament. The Bill seeks to strengthen employer compliance measures by amending the Migration Act 1958 (Migration Act) to protect temporary migrant workers, where previously they may have been coerced into breaching their visa conditions and exploited in the workplace.
This change coincides with recent changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) aimed at protecting migrant workers. The FW Act now provides that migrant workers will be entitled to the same wages and entitlements as other employees, even if they do not have the right to work in Australia, including where they breach a visa condition.
We discuss these recent developments below.