Employers will be required to demonstrate there is a genuine skills shortage, and they will not be able to send foreign workers to an area where local skilled workers are available.
The Government will also close a loophole allowing foreign workers to be paid less than local workers.
“We have seen too many examples of abuse across the nation,” he said.
“We have seen situations where people’s jobs have been dressed up to be so-called skilled jobs, but in fact when they come here, they are working in unskilled areas.
“We have seen situations where people have come out on this visa [who] are friends or family of the sponsors, and that is not the way in which those people should come here.
“They have perfectly good streams of migration to apply and this stream should not be used in that manner.”
But he said it was possible to make conditions for a 457 visa too tough.Source: ABC News – “Labor plans changes to 457 visa conditions”
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