New reports show that the Liberal Government is issuing temporary work visas – 457-style visas – for occupations they had previously slashed from the skilled occupation lists.
This is further proof the out-of-touch Liberals botched their changes to temporary skilled migration and that they can’t be trusted with Australian jobs.
It’s scandalous that the Liberals refuse to address the growing number of people from overseas being given temporary work visas, at the same time as it’s slashing TAFE funding. This is putting too many Australian workers at the back of the jobs queue.
In April 2017, the then-Turnbull Government rushed to announce their crackdown on 457 visas without consulting affected stakeholders – with the changes and subsequent revisions to the skilled occupation lists sending waves of uncertainty through the business, innovation, and education sectors.
There were even reports of Peter Dutton’s own departmental officials describing their Minister’s skilled migration changes as a “dog’s breakfast.”
Is this one of the reasons why Peter Dutton has had oversight of Australia’s skilled migration stripped from his ministerial responsibilities by Scott Morrison?
A Shorten Labor Government will establish the Australian Skills Authority – an independent, labour market testing body, which will determine genuine skills needs and restrict temporary work visas to only those areas.
The Australian Skills Authority will work in consultation with industry, unions, higher education and TAFE sectors, and State and Local Governments to project Australia’s future skills shortages and train Australian workers for those jobs.
Labor believes that no skills shortage should last one day longer than it takes to train an Australian to fill that role.
If Labor’s plans for better TAFEs and stronger visa standards had been in place these past four years – there would be 120,000 fewer workers here on 457 visas.
Only Labor will make sure employers have to look for local workers first and we’ll make sure local workers have the skills to do the job.