Have you been the victim of ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ conduct?

If you are unsure if you have been the victim of  'paying for visa sponsorship' conduct, you may wish to consider the following:

  1. Has an employer or another person advised you that if you pay them a sum of money, they will give you, or organise for you, a job and visa sponsorship to allow you to come to, and remain in Australia?
  2. Has your current or prospective employer threatened to terminate your employment agreement unless you pay money, or provide them with another kind of benefit?

Benefits associated with 'paying for visa sponsorship' conduct can involve:

  • paying costs you would expect your employer to pay
  • returning part of your salary to your employer or another person
  • giving other things to your employer or another person such as a car or expensive gifts
  • being required to make an investment into your employer's business
  • your family member working for free or on a reduced salary.

If you have answered yes to either of these questions, you may have been the victim of 'paying for visa sponsorship' conduct and it is recommended that you contact the Department to discuss your situation.

See: Report something suspicious