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Published on May 18th, 2009 | by john.weir

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More changes to the skilled migration programme in Australia

The Australian Government has removed a number of occupations from the temporary business Australian visa (subclass 457) program in line with the current needs of the Australian economy.

The 457 visa programme allows employers to sponsor overseas workers to work in Australia on a temporary Australian working visa.  While employers must first prove that there are no local workers available to take that position before they sponsor an overseas worker, the Australian immigration department has taken further measures to cut back the program so that Australians have a better chance of employment during the global recession.

Industries most affected are tourism, clerical work and agricultural jobs. We previously covered the upgrade to the English language requirements announced in April, which are both intended to ensure that the 457 program provides those skilled workers that Australia needs most, and does not undermine the training and employment opportunities of the local workforce.

“This change will ensure employers using the 457 visa program to gain access to these occupations satisfy all their obligations under the program, including those on training,” a departmental spokesman said.

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