AUSTRALIA: Sponsor Compliance and Publication of Sanctions

December 13, 2018

Effective 13 December 2018, enhanced integrity regulations have come into effect, allowing the immigration department to publicly list companies which have failed to satisfy a sponsorship obligation.


The “naming and shaming” will list all obligations that a sponsor has failed to satisfy since 18 March 2015 and what action has been taken against them. The list will be updated if sanction decisions are varied and the listing will be removed if the sanction is set aside after a review.

Potential employees will be able to check to see if an employer has been sanctioned in the past, before they agree to work for them.

The regulations also allow the immigration department to request the Tax File Number (TFN) of an applicant to check compliance with visa conditions.

Our Advice

Employers should regularly review sponsored employees to ensure that the employment conditions approved in the nomination continue to be relevant, and that any changes to the employees’ conditions or in the operation of the company, are reported to the immigration department.

Employers are encouraged to contact Newland Chase for a comprehensive immigration audit.  

For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to Australia, please email us at [email protected]