If recruiters expanded their “candidate review processes" to politicians, citizenship issues would be history

Authored By Ms Julie Mills

This morning I had the great privilege of chairing a panel discussion on the subject of the Right to Work, as part of our Webinar Wednesday program.  

Recruiters’ responsibilities in reviewing candidates' Right to Work and suitability for roles has been a topic of much discussion in briefings with various Government agencies and Procurement panels, and always gets a mention.  

The topic generated great interest with attendees from both Australia and overseas participating and, more importantly, the submission of a great range of questions to our panel on the management of documents and responsibilities for record keeping shows that everyone has privacy and data management front of mind as well.

The changes to the Skilled Migration program, the requirements in labour hire licensing and the issues around citizenship for politicians only scratch the surface of a complex topic that has many layers and opportunities for error if due diligence is not applied.

With presenter Donna Rowley’s previous experience as a migration agent and current expertise in conducting ISO quality audits for Certex International, her synopsis of responsibilities, misunderstandings and risks for employers, for recruiters and for individuals was practical, down-to-earth and provided the prompt for me to consider recruiters as the checking point for elected officials! 

The presented case studies took three very different scenarios experienced by Dianne Gibert, MD of Certex International, during her work on the Right to Work module of the Talent Engagement Standard and highlighted how easily a business can be exposed, despite having all the correct checks and balances in place. In many instances, external forces beyond a company’s control are at play. From a large multi-national to a niche player, these three examples were a strong reminder of the need for policies and procedures to be embedded in practice and reviewed regularly.

Tania Evans, Founder of WorkPro highlighted the benefits of a strong technology platform to assist businesses to check documents, monitor status, store evidence according to regulatory requirements and meet auditing requirements.

If you missed the session you can purchase the recording and supplementary resources. Email info@apscoau.org for more information.