AUSTRALIAN IMMIGRATION NEWS
457 visa program successfully addressing skills shortages in Australia
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Senator Chris Evans believes that changes to the temporary skilled migration scheme are successfully addressing some of Australia's skill shortages while protecting local jobs.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship's latest summary report on the subclass 457 business (long stay) visa program reveal some interesting statistics, including:
- The number of 457 visa applications and grants is more than 40% lower than the same time last year;
- 64% (up from 55%) of 457 visas granted were granted to applicants with occupations in the ASCO (Professionals) group;
- 23% of 457 visas granted have been for nominated positions in the health care and social assistance sectors;
- 16% (up from 9%) of 457 visas granted have been in association with an Australian, state/territory or local Government sponsor.
- 26% of 457 visas granted were to UK nationals, followed by 14% to Indian nationals and 8% to US nationals;
- 35% of 457 visas granted were to those with positions in NSW, followed by 24% in Victoria.
The report suggests that the decline in 457 work visa application and grant rates experienced is due, in part, to the introduction of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Worker Protection) Act 2009 in September 2009. This legislation introduced the requirement for employers to pay overseas workers market salary rates.
It is also believed that the requirement for applicants with trade occupations to obtain a skills assessment, introduced gradually from July 2009, has contributed to this decline.
An additional 12 occupations were included on the list of occupations requiring a skills assessment in November 2009.
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