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Ashfords International Recruitment Seminar Recap

Last week, Ashfords held the International Recruitment Seminar, teaching businesses how to coordinate importing talent from overseas in response to the growing labour shortage in Australia. International recruitment has become more popular since the shortage of workers in Australia began. Businesses are interested in increasing their team productivity, expanding their access to skilled talent and diversifying their teams; all benefits brought from hiring international workers.

"Job vacancies have jumped 40% in 12 months, and ABS data shows there are approximately 470,000 unfilled jobs in Australia."

After a brief foreword from Ashfords Partner Ryan Dummett, expert presenters delved into what it takes to hire internationally.

Guest presenters Amanda Tinner and Sarah Loch Wilkinson from Visa Executive presented the compliance needs of international employers, the coordination of the immigration department and how business differs from work when hiring. Amanda and Sarah's expertise in International Visa requirements shined during the seminar as they explained the considerations businesses need to take when hiring internationally.

Brenda Garrard Forster from HRAnywhere taught attendees about the necessary legal considerations, including the Fair Work Act 2009. Brenda's expertise in how to engage, hire and import workers from overseas, as well as her knowledge of compliance around International Visas and laws both international and local captivated attendees.

Ashfords' own Mark Vandergert spoke to attendees about how they can maximise and structure their taxation to accommodate international workers both skilled and unskilled. Mark's presentation on the key matters that financially affect employers hiring internationally taught attendees about the costs of international recruitment and what is and is not deductible by businesses. 

Lastly, Jane Save from the Save Group shared her knowledge and experience in helping international workers assimilate to the Australian lifestyle during her tenure as a restaurant owner. Jane taught attendees that after getting international workers into the country, employers should also provide assistance in the setup of accommodation, local social network as well as overall well-being while working in Australia.

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On 20 March 2024, the Victorian State Government introduced the Commercial and Industrial Property Tax Reform Bill 2024 ( The Bill is expected to become law and to take effect from 1 July 2024.

The Victorian Government, as announced in the 2023-24 Budget,  is progressively abolishing stamp duty on commercial and industrial property and replacing it with an annual tax.

The annual tax, to be known as the Commercial and Industrial Property Tax (CIPT), will be set at 1% of the property’s unimproved land value.

The tax will replace land transfer duty (stamp duty) that is currently payable on the improved value of the land when you purchase or acquire a commercial or industrial property in Victoria.

The new tax system will start to apply to commercial and industrial property if the property is transacted on or after 1 July 2024.


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