Thursday, April 10th, 2014

If you sponsor a migrant employee, and they have leave coming up over Easter, encourage them to travel and explore. Australia is an enormous land. As a result, it has a lot of different environments, and a huge number of experiences waiting to be had. Here are 5 Top Tips you can give your employees as they prepare to go exploring.


Who: Employers of immigrant workers (temporary and permanent)

What: Help your employees travel safely this Easter.

Where: Australia domestic travel.

When: Easter holidays.

Why: Immigrants, especially those who come here just to work, are often not educated about how large Australia is, or how to travel safely. We encourage all employers to take the time to educate their immigrant employees about the benefits (and dangers) of travelling across our great land.

Do you employ immigrants?
Here are 5 tips to help them travel safely this Easter.


1. Driving is great fun, with great responsibility.

Australia is a great country to drive through. It also has very long distances between towns, making fatigue a real problem. Teach your employees about the adventure, as well as the dangers. Australia has some blood-thirsty roads; make sure your staff members are going to be safe.

2. Help them plan itineraries

It is all well and good to fly to Adelaide and expect to visit everywhere from Goolwa to Port Augusta in one week. While distances in Australia look small on a map, they can be deceiving. Give your employees some advice about keeping their holidays straight-forward and simple, and not to try and cram too many things into a short space of time, especially if driving is also a factor.

3. Bushfire is still a threat – even in April

Fire is a real element in Australia. For those planning trips through forested areas, it's a good idea to make sure that your newly migrated are aware of fire danger ratings, what to do and what not to do in fire-prone areas. This is especially the case, given many bushfire-prone zones are still under fire restrictions until the end of April.

4. Peel, baby, peel

If nothing else, if this is your employee's first Easter in Australia, teach them to slip, slop, and slap. It might be autumn, but April is a time where sunburn can still be severe. Severe sunburn is not just uncomfortable, it's also a health risk. Give them some pointers on keeping safe from the harsh Aussie sunlight, and tips on things like the best times to get out in the environment (i.e. before 9 am and after 3 pm).

5. Prepare city employees for language in the bush

There is nothing worse than not being able to understand people, who all apparently speak English. If your sponsored employee intends to head out into the country, at least make sure you've prepared them for Aussie slang. Give them the basics of greetings, food, exclamations. And maybe explain that 'carked it', 'stuffed', 'and 'buggered' all mean the same thing when it comes to a malfunctioning vehicle.

The Easter holidays are really the last good-weather adventure for the year in Australia. If you employ migrant workers, do them a favour and help them to have a good time, especially if they're new to the country. It can make all the difference to a holiday experience.


Name: Richard Timpson

Title: Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law

Contact: Via Practice Manager Louise Delaney, [email protected]


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Richard Timpson Solicitors & Migration Agents

Richard Timpson Solicitors & Migration Agents provides expert immigration law assistance for businesses and individuals. The firm's Principal Practitioner is one of just 6 Accredited Specialists in Immigration Law in the state of Queensland.

Our lawyers are experts in all aspects of immigration law. We offer advice and assistance on primary applications, merits reviews, judicial reviews, and ministerial intervention applications. Focused and committed, our firm provides high-quality, cost-effective and client-focused legal services.

We provide advice, guidance, and legal help for all businesses, and their employees

Business owners, and those who want to work in Australia, face a lot of immigration law requirements. Our high level knowledge and experience is invaluable to employers who are navigating this area of the law.

Visit our website for further information.


Louise Delaney
P: (07) 3608 5007
M: 0407911076


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