FOREIGN workers won’t be able to apply for as many jobs in Australia under new 457 visa measures being considered by the Turnbull Government.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed the Government was looking to reduce the number of job categories skilled migrants could apply for under the visas.
It comes after the Government cut the number of days 457 visa holders had to reapply for a visa from 90 to 60.
The crackdown, to be revealed today by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, moves to stop cash-in-hand payments and remove unfair competition faced by Australian workers.
In 2013, the previous Labor government increased the period from 28 to 90 days to allow “workers more time to organise their trip home or to look for another job”, as the holders of 457s are ineligible for welfare payments. The Courier-Mail understands the overhaul was taken to executive council late last month and gazetted last week.
Mr Dutton announced last week there would be further changes to the visas based on an independent review the Government had launched after taking power.
The changes were about reducing competition for unemployed Australians and protecting temporary visa holders from being exploited, he said.
“The Government values the contribution made by the many skilled persons who work in Australia on 457 visas, but where there is an Australian worker ready, willing and able to perform a role it is the Government’s policy that they have priority,” Mr Dutton said.
Mr Dutton said foreign workers should supplement the Australian workforce and not be a substitute.
“The Government values the contribution made by the many skilled persons who work in Australia on 457 visas but where there is an Australian worker ready, willing and able to perform a role, it is the Government’s policy that they have priority,” he said.
Mr Shorten said Labor would make it harder to hire overseas workers.
In Townsville, where many blue-collar workers were affected by the closure of Queensland Nickel, Mr Shorten said: “The young people here who are studying and falling in love with the trades deserve a government … who is as optimistic about the future as they are.
“What we also see happening in north Queensland is we hear constant reports of people coming in from overseas … and taking Australian jobs which could be done by locals.
“I think Australians are very hardworking,” he said when questioned whether some foreign nationals were needed because some Australians did not want to work.
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