ANNOUNCEMENT 18 Mar 2015

In March 2015, the government of Australia announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE



Senator Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, press release of 18 March 2015, http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/michaeliacash/2015/Pages/457-reforms-boost-integrity.aspx

Fragomen, Global Client Alerts, 19 March 2015: http://www.fragomen.com/newsresources/xprNewsDetailFrag.aspx?xpST=GlobalAlerts&news=3053

Fragomen, Global Client Alerts, 17 October 2014: http://www.fragomen.com/newsresources/xprNewsDetailFrag.aspx?xpST=GlobalAlerts&news=2840

Fragomen, Global Client Alerts, 19 September 2014: http://www.fragomen.com/newsresources/xprNewsDetailFrag.aspx?xpST=GlobalAlerts&news=2806

Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, "Subclass 457 quarterly report: quarter ending at 31 December 2014", p. 14: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/pdf/457-quarterly-report-2014-12-31.pdf

Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 'Temporary work (skilled), (subclass 457) visa', p. 3: http://www.immi.gov.au/forms/Documents/1154.pdf

Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 'consolidated sponsored occupations list': http://www.immi.gov.au/Work/Pages/skilled-occupations-lists/csol.aspx


Inception date: 18 Mar 2015 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

On 18 March 2015, the Australian Government reported that they plan to reform the subclass 457 visa program in line with the recommendations presented by the independent review panel from September 2014.
 
The visa program allows foreign skilled labor force to work in Australia for up to four years in order to mitigate labor shortages in case there is no equally skilled Australian.
 
According to immigration law firm Fragomen, the key recommendations include:

  • streamlined processing of sponsorship, nomination and visa applications for low-risk applications (risk factors include the status of the sponsoring entity, the type of position to be filled and the applicant's qualifications);
  • more flexible sponsorship requirements;
  • reduced processing times and fees;
  • refocused compliance and monitoring activities for high-risk applicants;
  • improved information sharing among government agencies;
  • greater flexibility for proof of English language proficiency;
  • increased sponsorship approval periods; and
  • resumed use of the Ministerial Advisory Council to advise on the occupations eligible for the 457 visa program.

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