Crackdown On 457 Visa Plan: ITC Industries May Evade Worst
The ITC industries may be able to escape the worst cuts to Australia’s 457 visa scheme, which allows companies to employ foreign workers if locals are not available. The Coalition Government last week said it planned to reduce the amount of time skilled international workers on 457 visas can remain in Australia after leaving their jobs from 90 days to 60 days. And it may cut back the list of acceptable workers.
“This change is about reducing competition from overseas workers for those Australians who are actively looking for work,” warned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.
He told Sky News that the list of suitable occupations for 457 visas – which includes more than 650 jobs – is currently being reviewed. “I think the list at the moment is expansive and I think we’ll condense it,” he said.
However Innovation and Science Minister Greg Hunt has hinted that many foreign IT workers might be exempted from further crackdowns.
He told ABC Radio that the IT industry is unique in its dependence on 457 visa holders, suggesting that many technical roles cannot be filled locally.
The minister added; “In the IT sector, there is no question … of course there’s a place for the international flow of workers.”