Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:17

Worker's Rights: Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) Sourced Under License: Shutterstock

Is your business checking the working rights of all new employees?  Have you checked current workers to establish if workers do have a legal right to work in Australia?

Did you know that it is your responsibility to ensure you employ legal workers?

Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens are legal workers and have unlimited permission to work in Australia.

Businesses can use VEVO to check a foreign national’s entitlement to live, work and study in Australia. 

VEVO is one way of checking someone’s right to work in Australia. 

You must have the workers written permission before you conduct any VEVO check.

It is important to note that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship only informs visa holders if they are not allowed to work or if they have work restrictions on their visa. If an employer checks a person’s visa details and there are no work restrictions, the employer can be confident that person is a legal worker.

The preferred method of checking visa details is to register for free, online system Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

Employers found to have employed, referred or contracted a foreign national who does not have permission to work or is in breach of their visa conditions (an illegal worker) face penalties of up to AUD$.102,000 per illegal worker

Only information about foreign nationals who have their details available in Department of Immigration and Citizenship system can be checked in VEVO.

For further information to register for VEVO please click on this link:

https://online.immi.gov.au/account/register 

Tip: It is always a good policy to check all work rights of all workers.

Please contact Ron Ballucci on 9233 9800 should you require any further information.

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