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457 Visa feedback 'code for lost votes'

457 Visa feedback 'code for lost votes'

by:Judith Sloan, Contributing economics editor
From:The Australian

THERE is a certain irony to a man with a very thick Scottish accent banging on about the evils of 457 visas, the arrangement that allows workers to come to Australia on a temporary basis.

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Strengthening the integrity of the Australian 457 Visa Program

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The program was significantly reformed in 2009: why are further changes necessary?
What are the new measures?
What is the intent of these measures?

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Australian 457 Visa Program responds well to economic needs

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Employer demand for the Temporary Skilled Migration Visa (subclass 457) has eased in the past six months, according to statistics released today

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) latest monthly report for 457 visas confirms downwards movement in temporary skilled migrants, a trend which has been developing since June last year.

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DIAC Subclass 457 State/Territory Summary Report 2012-13 to 30 November 2012

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The number of subclass 457 primary visa applications lodged in 2012-13 to 30 November 2012 was 10.4 per cent higher than the same period last program year. However, after peaking in June subclass 457 applications are now in decline.

The number of onshore primary visa lodgements in 2012-13 to 30 November 2012 increased 30.7 per cent compared with the same period last program year. However, they appear to have peaked and are now trending downwards.

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CFMEU calls for a freeze on temporary work 457 visas

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A SHARP jump in the number of foreign 'tradies' coming to Australia has sparked calls for a freeze in temporary work visas - amid signs a growing number of employers are rorting immigration and workplace laws.

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Tradies rush to Australia amidst claims of 457 visa rorting

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A JUMP in the number of foreign tradies coming to Australia has sparked calls for a freeze in temporary work visas amid signs more employers are rorting migration and workplace laws.

Despite sluggish conditions in construction and mining, nearly 5000 temporary skilled work 457 visas were granted to carpenters, electricians, tilers, plumbers, scaffolders, cooks and other "trades occupations" in the four months to October 31 57.2 per cent up on the same period in 2011.

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Foreign staff, same obligations

© hospitalitymagazine Workplace Relations Team at Restaurant & Catering Australia

If you think foreign labour is a chance to get cheaper staff then think again. Not meeting your wages obligations risks hefty penalties, warns Restaurant and Catering Australia's workplace relations team.

It’s becoming ever more common for businesses to seek to address skills shortages by providing employment to foreign workers. Doing so is not limited to large corporations, but indeed small businesses are increasingly seeking immigrant workers, through 457 visas.

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Union says coal and gas not mixing

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ABC News reported that Queensland's burgeoning gas industry is failing to take on coal mine workers who've been laid off due to recent cutbacks.

The Queensland Resources Council is expecting around 1,000 coal jobs to go this year on top of the 3,400 positions axed over the past 6 months.

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Delay on importing workers

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THE Gillard government has yet to sign off on an agreement allowing Gina Rinehart's $10 billion Roy Hill iron ore project to import up to 1700 foreign workers, despite announcing the controversial deal eight months ago.

The in-principle agreement in May last year sparked a hostile reaction from union leaders and some ALP backbenchers, prompting Julia Gillard to promise that local workers would not miss out on mining jobs.

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457 Visa, Employer Nomination Scheme ENS 186 Visa, Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme +RSMS 187 Visa

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SkillSelect is an online service that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI). Intending migrants can be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

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