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Monday, 9 November 2015
Page: 8012

Senator RUSTON (South AustraliaAssistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources) (17:44): The employer is required to pay the employee when they arrive in Australia. It would seem a little nonsensical or counterintuitive to be paying somebody when they are not actually qualified to work, because they have not gone through the appropriate skills assessment or gone through the appropriate processes to be registered or licensed or have the necessary membership to undertake the job. There seems to be a dual onus on both the employer and the employee, for fairly obvious market reasons, to ensure that these conditions are complied with before the person arrives in Australia and starts work.