Author Archives: Peter Angel

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Absence makes the heart grow fonder   When you live in Canada, and your boyfriend lives in Australia, the heart-strings tug heavily to entice you to travel across the Pacific. That’s how it was for Bronagh Smyth, a young Canadian woman who joined her Canadian-Australian boyfriend in Adelaide in July last year.  Like a lot […]

Want to extend your working holiday? Ten top tips

  Backpackers make up a large part of Australia’s seasonal horticulture workforce. If you hold a working holiday visa (subclass 417 or 462), you can extend it for two or even three years, by working on Australian farms. You can do a lot to make finding this kind of work easier. Well-prepared travellers will be […]

Worker profile – Alex & Jill

Fly fishing lures couple to Tasmania to grade potatoes By Peter Angel, State Manager – National Labour Hire Information Service, MADEC The chance to do some fly fishing and meeting some friendly Aussies attracted Jill and Alex to Tasmania where they are grading potatoes to qualify for a second-year visa. First choice not Australia When young American couple […]

Legal workers – how to cover yourself

By Peter Angel, NHLIS State Manager, MADEC Whose responsibility is it to check workers are legal? If you are an employer it is your legal responsibility to ensure your workers have the right to work. Using a labour hire contractor to avoid that obligation yourself is still fraught with danger; there are some circumstances where […]