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About foreign employee dormitories bill

1 LICENSING

Dormitories with 1,000 beds or more have to obtain a licence, on top of existing regulations.

Each licence, held by the dorm operator, will be valid for up to three years.

Licensed dorms need to have indoor and outdoor recreation areas, amenities like ATM machines, minimarts and mail collection points and regular recreational events on Sundays and public holidays.

Dormitory operators will be given six months from the day the Bill comes into effect in the second half of the year to make the necessary changes and obtain a licence.

2 PENALTIES

For operating an unlicensed dormitory, the dorm operator can be fined of up to $500,000 and/or jailed not more than two years. The penalties will be doubled for repeat offences.

If the owner of the premises knowingly allows for the space to be used as unlicensed dormitories, the penalties can apply to him as well.

The dorm operator will also have to comply with the licensing obligations.

For each breach of a licensing condition, the dorm operator could be fined up to $50,000 and/or jailed not more than a year.

3 ENFORCEMENT POWERS

Public officers who are appointed as dormitory inspectors will be given the necessary powers, including the authority to enter, search and collect evidence from the dormitory.