In a week when the political headlines have been dominated by the Australian government’s decision to abolish the 457 visa for skilled migrant workers — a move designed to put “Australians first” when it comes to finding employment — we’ve just learnt that an increasing number of Australian businesses are […]
One of the country’s most successful tech entrepreneurs has said the 457 temporary work visa was axed by a government in panic over a bubble in housing prices. Freelancer.com founder and chief executive Matt Barrie, while admitting the 457 visa was in need of reform, told Business Insider that the […]
Businesses who want foreign workers will have to pay a tax to train unskilled Australian workers to fill the skills shortages in the country’s workforce. According to The Australian, the tax will go towards a national fund to train Australian workers, particularly in the sectors of IT, aged care and […]
Andreas Rost, owner of the Organic Bread Bar in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, is nervous and with good reason. As an employer of four 457 visa workers, he is unsure if he will be able to keep operating thanks to the government’s abolition of the skilled visas. Mr Rost […]
The department of immigration and border protection has followed up the prime minister’s announcement yesterday with details on how the 457 visa will be replaced. The new visa, coming in March next year, will be named the Temporary Skills Shortage visa. Below are the details, as described by the department: […]
The Australian tech and startup community has mostly reacted negatively to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement today that the temporary skilled worker visa would be scrapped. Turnbull said his government was “putting jobs first” and “Australians first” by abolishing the 457 visa. Software developers are among the biggest users of […]
More than 1.28 million 457 temporary work visas have been issued since the 1997 financial year. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the government was scrapping the program and replacing it with a more restrictive regime including more stringent labour market testing requirements and a reduction in the duration of […]
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