ANNOUNCEMENT 06 Jun 2013In June 2013, the government of Australia announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Media Center: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/bo/2013/bo204111.htm
On 6 June 2013, the Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced a further reform to the 457 subclass visa program in order to safeguard Australian jobs.
The reform introduces the following requirements:
- Subclass 457 sponsors must demonstrate that no suitably qualified and experienced Australian citizens or residents are readily available to fill the posted vacancy. The sponsors are also required to provide proof of sufficient effort in trying to hire an Australian citizen or resident. These two requirements do not apply to highest-skills occupations.
- Sponsors are required to train Australian workers during their sponsorship status. This obligation was already present but the minimum level of training expenditure is increased.
- The Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work Inspectors would be given additional power to monitor and investigate compliance with the subclass 457 visa program, in particular whether sponsored foreign employees are working in their most recently nominated position and are paid the market salary rates specified in their visa application.
The legislation is awaiting Parliament's approval and is expected to enter into force on 1 July 2013.