Department of Immigration Monitoring and Compliance
When an Australian Employer applies to be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor (SBS), they make a declaration to abide by certain obligations. One of these obligations is to submit the business to a compliance audit, which the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) may conduct at any time and with minimal notice.
Accordingly, you also have a legally enforceable obligation to maintain records on your visa holder, employee population. If you are found to have not complied with your obligations then you may be subject to a number of sanctions, which include:
• A ‘no fault liability – which extends to Corporate Officers/Directors.
• Infringement Notices
• Civil Penalties
• Extreme Breaches – Criminal Penalties.
• Cancellation or suspension of existing sponsorship approvals
• A bar from any future sponsorship approval
It should be noted that the DIBP have the power to cross-reference information with both the ATO and the Fairwork Commission.
It an audit is conducted by the DIBP and their monitoring officers believe a breach has occurred, then they may issue what is called a Notice of Intention to Take Action (NOITTA).
Should you be the subject of a NOITTA, Education Embassy can assist you in preparing a defense.