Australian Government supports 457 Visas and slashes red tape

The new Australian government has vowed to remove “union red tape” on 457 visas as business steps up its demands for the turn-around on the scheme designed to bring overseas skilled workers to Australia.

In a closed-door speech yesterday, Australian Mines and Metals Association chief executive Steve Knott advocated the dumping of Labor’s (the previous government) “pre-election, last-minute, politically driven, ill-considered, unnecessary and cumbersome” labour market testing requirements for 457 visas.

The testing requirements were introduced by the previous government to require companies to demonstrate that they have tried for four months to recruit Australians before nominating a foreign worker for a 457 visa.

The New Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison said last night: “We strongly opposed these measures in opposition and will be consulting on how best to cut red tape on 457s, while maintaining legitimate protections that support the integrity of the scheme

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