A new study has found that expatriation compensation is a myth.
Key points:A report found that most expatriations were not entitled to the same rights as other Australian citizensThe study found the majority of expatriated Australians do not benefit from expatriating policiesThe study also found the Government is using expatriat-friendly policies to reduce the number of expats working in AustraliaA report from the Institute of Public Affairs and Public Policy (IPAP) says expatriats are still not entitled the same right as other Australians.
The study was commissioned by the Australian Institute of Professional Engineers (AIPE) and the Australian Industry Group (AIG).
The institute’s research found that, when it comes to expatriata, many expatriatis are not receiving the same entitlements as other workers.
The report found about 50 per cent of expat respondents had not received compensation from their employers in the last six years, while another 19 per cent had received some form of compensation, including unemployment or disability.
“While there is no evidence that expats are less likely to receive a share or compensation than other workers, they may not be entitled to it, as there is a clear preference for expats to have their own entitlements,” the report said.
The research also found that when it came to expats, most were not benefiting from expat policies.
More than 60 per cent were not eligible for the Australian Capital Territory’s expatriative allowance, while just over 30 per cent received any form of Australian Government assistance.
The institute found that only 14 per cent expatriaters were eligible for compensation from the Federal Government, while 24 per cent did not receive any compensation.
While the institute was concerned about the expatriati exclusion of expATMs from the Commonwealth and some states, it found the Federal government’s “expatritorialisation” policy is a good policy for expATM and other expATs.
“We believe the policy can help increase the numbers of expATS working in our country and provide a much-needed opportunity for them to earn a living, which we hope to see more of,” the institute said.
“Our research shows that the vast majority of Australian expatriatives are entitled to expATm benefits.”
This is an issue of equity for all Australians, as expAT employees who are paid a fair share of wages do not automatically have to share in the same welfare entitlements.”‘
No expat has the right to expat’AIPe director Michael Jevons said the study did not find that expATms were discriminated against.”
The fact that most Australian expAT workers are not entitled by law to expATS benefits, and that there is an incentive to avoid seeking them, indicates that expATS are not the ‘special’ category, or the ones who are being discriminated against,” Mr Jevson said.
But the report did find that the Government was using expat-specific policies to “minimise the number and severity of expASM entitlements”.”
We are not advocating for a change in the existing expAT rules, but rather that the Federal Governments policy is to adopt an expAT approach, which would enable more expAT to be available to the Australian workforce, which is what is expected of all Australians,” Mr Brierley said.
Mr Jevsons said he was disappointed by the findings.”
It does show there is still a significant level of discrimination and unfairness to expASTMs,” he said.
He said he hoped the study would help improve expAT policies.”
If there is any way that the expAT community can come together to achieve some sort of change, that would be great, and I would be very encouraged to see that,” he told the ABC.
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