On 23 February 2013, Minister for Immigration & Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor MP announced measures to reform the subclass 457 program.
The reforms are being made to ensure that jobs for local Australian workers are protected and Australian businesses should only be sourcing the skilled workers they need where they are unable to find suitably skilled labour in the domestic employment market.
The government recognises that in some industries and some regions there are genuine skill shortages that can only be addressed by the use of temporary foreign labour, through the 457 visa program.
We understand that the legislation changes will come into force on 1 July 2013, although the Department of Immigration and Citizenship may start to implement certain changes internally sooner than this date as part of the application process.
As soon as we are aware of the legislative requirements with the changes, we will provide a further alert.
For full details of the announcement, please click here
Please contact our Migration Team should you have any questions or concerns regarding the new changes.