Employers support proposed 457 visa changes

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Employers support proposed 457 visa changes

Business and community confidence in the integrity of the 457 visa program will be significantly enhanced by the federal government’s response to last year’s Independent Review of Integrity in the Subclass 457 Program, according to ACCI.

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Business and community confidence in the integrity of the 457 visa program will be significantly enhanced by the federal government’s response to last year’s Independent Review of Integrity in the Subclass 457 Program, according to ACCI.

CEO Kate Carnell said: “We are pleased to see the re-establishment of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM). Having a forum for industry and unions to advise government, discuss issues, and examine evidence around the use and misuse of the skilled migration program is far better than using 457 visas as a political football.

“Several measures will reduce the administrative and time impost on business. These include streamlining application processes for businesses with a good history as a sponsor of workers on 457 visas, increasing the term of sponsorship from three years to five years, and improving processing times for labour agreement applications.

“Although adding costs for some business users, changes to the training benchmark will improve clarity and transparency around training contributions and will ensure that funds go to meaningful and beneficial training that meets the needs of industry and the community.”

Master Builders in support


Master Builders has also welcomed the government’s response, particularly with regards to proposed reforms to strengthen and protect the integrity of the 457 visa program.

Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said: “The recommendations put forward by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, show that the government has listened to the building industry’s call for greater flexibility in the system while strengthening its integrity.

“Minister Cash’s response will cut red tape for builders who do the right thing while ensuring those who don’t face tougher sanctions.

“Contrary to union claims, the building industry is committed to providing jobs for Australians first. The skills of foreign workers are called on to meet skills deficits on projects when local workers are not available.”
 
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