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Published on September 20th, 2013 | by john.weir

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457 visas not just temporary solution

A new report shows that 457 visa holders are seeing their roles as far more permanent

The report, from The Migration Council Australia reveals that 457 workers have a high level of job satisfaction, demonstrating that they are integrating well into the Australian workforce. Migration Council Australia’s chief executive Carla Wilshire said the findings showed that the 457 visa program is critical in keeping Australia competitive.

“Four out of five multinational companies are using 457 visa holders to train and develop Australian workers,” Ms Wilshire said.“The survey results reinforce the message that skills-transfer and knowledge from 457 visa holders play an important role in building Australia’s human capital.”

“Temporary migration does not just fill skills shortages, it addresses skills deficits and plays a central part in workplace development at the enterprise level,” she said. The report also confirmed that 85pc of employers were satisfied with the scheme, and showed that most employers were using the program to fill skills shortages.

“While the vast majority of 457 visa holders indicated they were settling into Australia well, the focus needs to be on spouses and dependents,” she said.

“Having a spouse that works makes it more likely that 457 visa holders will stay in Australia and extending support services on a needs-basis ensures we capture their skills.” The report details that more than 70pc of 457 visa holders intend to become permanent residents in the future.

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