Federal Government announces changes to 457 visa program

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On 25 February 2014 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash announced an Independent Review of Integrity in the subclass 457 programme. In mid-March 2014 the panel began a period of extensive consultations with key stakeholders, including industry groups, unions, peak bodies, academics, 457 programme sponsors and […]

Highly Skilled Occupations Exempted From Labour Market Testing

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The Australian Immigration department has announced that employers recruiting for ‘highly skilled occupations’ will be exempted from the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirement and therefore will not need to advertise jobs in Australia before offering them to temporary foreign workers. In June 2013, Australia’s previous Labor government passed legislation which […]

457 Visa Retail Jobs On The Rise In Australia

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The number of retailer sponsored 457 Visa’s is on the rise with Australian retailers searching overseas for skilled staff because years of cost-cutting, under-investment in training and the online retail boom has led to a critical skills shortage in the retail sector. Experienced merchandisers, planners, buyers and e-commerce managers are […]

Changes to the Australian 457 Visa Program

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  We’ve already written about the new laws being brought in this month to strengthen the 457 temporary visa system, however we’ve  recently received a number of questions about the changes which we thought we would try to address within this post. The changes are being implemented to ensure ensure employers only use […]

Australian 457 Laws Changed To Protect Local Jobs

Australian 457 Laws Changed To Protect Local Jobs

New laws to strengthen the 457 temporary visa system will ensure employers only use the scheme to fill genuine skill shortages, and look local first before hiring workers from overseas. Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor said legislation that passed through Parliament today would protect local workers and ensure […]

Australian 457 Visa Program To Be Clamped Down

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He’s only been in charge for a month however new Australian immigration minister Brendan O’Connor, has announced changes to the Australian 457 Visa program following evidence that one of the country’s main temporary work visas is being abused by Australian companies to undercut Australian workers and has announced a crackdown. The […]

Australia Work Visa – An Overview

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Australia Work Visa is one of the more common search terms used by visitors to getting down under HQ. With this in mind and in an effort to provide a slightly more succinct answer for those seeking information on the Australian Work Visa, we thought we’d pull together this article […]

Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa Program Changes Announced

Permanent Employer-Sponsored Visa Program Changes Announced

Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen has announced significant changes to simplify the process for the permanent employer-sponsored visa program with the changes to be introduced on 1 July 2012. The reforms will improve the program’s ability to: meet Australia’s economic needs respond quickly to labour market demand ensure […]