The Federal Court of Australia has found IT training company, Zanok Technologies, guilty of deceiving and exploiting foreign students and IT graduates.
The case, which was brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), alleged the company and its Indian national directors, Darley Stephen and Vanitha Darley, placed job advertisements on various websites.
But according to the court’s findings, these advertisements were false and designed to lure students into spending $4700 for IT training. The students were guaranteed jobs at the end of their training, but this turned out to be misleading.
Justice Edmonds declared Zanok knew, or should have known, the students were seeking jobs to become permanent residents and only took on training for the unfulfilled promise of paid employment.
The court found Zanok falsely stated it would pay people who finished the training course a minimum salary of $47,000, that it was a global company that sold functional IT software, and that it had paid opportunities in Sydney and Melbourne.
The case has caused litigation and embarrassment for other companies with an Australian recruitment company, Australian Regional Employment Agencies (AREA), admitting it helped place false job ads and targeted venerable non-residents and foreign students.
The Victorian Government’s Multimedia Victoria website also continues to host the company’s profile.