Temporary 457 visa program still broken

The Turnbull government’s overhaul of the 457 visa system needs some serious tweaks if Australia is going to attract the best and brightest to these shores says a submission from innovation industry groups. Back in April the Turnbull government announced it was ditching the 457 visa system and creating a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa….

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Australians…where are you?

Push to make it easier for migrants to come to Australia and take hard-to-fill jobs in regional areas SOUTH Australia should be the test site for a radical plan to boost the population in country towns and small cities with foreigners who want the jobs that locals refuse, a leading think-tank has proposed. The new…

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457 changes to impact Australia tourism industry

Top chefs, including Neil Perry, say the 457 visa axing will cripple a key part of Australia’s tourism industry A key plank in Australia’s tourism marketing strategy is being put at risk because of changes to the 457 visa program and the country’s top chefs say they’re “freaked out” as a result. Tourism Australia has invested tens…

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CSL confident of rethink for ‘devastating’ 457 changes

Blood products giant CSL is confident the federal government will modify changes to 457 visas for foreign workers that in their current form would be “devastating” for the company and other biotech firms, a senior executive said. A CSL vice-president, Andrea Douglas, said the sweeping reduction in the types of 457 visas showed how the Turnbull government’s…

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New bill to make payment for 457 Visa’s illegal

The Turnbull Government today introduced legislation to the Parliament to make it a criminal offence for a sponsor to be paid by a visa applicant in return for securing a migration outcome. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said on coming to Government, the Coalition commissioned a comprehensive, independent…

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Better Compliance, Not More Laws, Needed To Protect Integrity Of Working Visa Program

Reports that some temporary visa workers are not being treated in accordance with Australian laws demonstrate the case for improved enforcement rather than new laws, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today. Kate Carnell AO, CEO of the ACCI, said: “Enforcing compliance is critical to maintaining public confidence in the migration system. The…

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Liberals tighten checks on 457 visas

INTEGRITY checks on the 457 skilled visa program will be strengthened, including by sharing data with the Australian Taxation Office, to ensure overseas workers receive their nominated salary and are not undercutting Australian jobs. A new penalty will also be introduced as part of the revamp to make it illegal for businesses to accept payments…

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Big companies not playing by the same 457 visa program rules

Questions are being raised about the visa activities of some of Australia’s biggest infrastructure and mining  players amid a probe into working visas. The latest investigation centres around allegations that Irish workers have fraudulently obtained 457 visas to work on key national projects include the multibillion dollar Queensland Curtis Liquefied Natural Gas project and the Sino iron…

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