CORONAVIRUS COVID - 19 (UPDATE)
More working hours for International students
Australia’s major supermarkets will temporarily be able to offer more hours to international student employees to help keep shelves stocked. International students currently employed at the major supermarkets will be able to extend their working hours to help meet high demand for essential items because of the coronavirus.
Ordinarily international students are subject to a maximum 40 hours a fortnight during term.
The measures will be administered by the Department of Home Affairs and are available to major supermarkets including Woolworths and Coles, and only for existing employees in their existing roles. Other supermarkets are able to register with the Department if they believe the changes will assist them.
This initiative will give international students more flexibility to work while studying and also allow employers to meet demand during a busy period. Employers are still required to abide by all relevant Australian workplace laws. Students have the same rights under Australian workplace law as all other employees.
Source of information: https://www.mia.org.au
VETASSESS offshore assessments cancelled
In line with Commonwealth Government guidelines around the coronavirus (COVID-19), VETASSESS has decided to cancel all offshore assessments effective immediately.
Assessments for professional occupations are not affected by this, but it will affect these planned offshore assessments for trades:
- South Africa (27th March to 5th April, 2020) – Electrical, Air Conditioning Refrigeration Mechanic and Plumbing (General).
- Philippines (27 April - 1 May, 2020) - Automotive and Engineering Trades, Mechanical Engineering.
- United Kingdom (13 - 14 May, 2020) - Electrician (General), Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic.
- India (19 - 22 May, 2020) Electrician (General).
VETASSESS have advised Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) and it will contact the affected applicants who were planning to attend a VETASSESS offshore assessment venue immediately.
Coronavirus quarantine enforced for all people entering Australia
Anyone arriving in Australia from overseas will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days, while lockdown measures similar to those in place in European countries remain on the table.
The new travel measures, designed to help the Federal Government deal with the coronavirus outbreak, came into effect from Sunday March 15 after being announced by Prime Minister Scott.
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