07 July 2008

Australian building group criticises visa changes

One Australian building group has said the changes to the temporary visa (subclass 457) will not change the labour shortages in the current market. According to the West Australia Chamber of Commerce (WACC), plans to encourage employers to pay for things like air travel to the country and education will not solve skills shortages in the market, reports ABC.net.

James Pearson, chief executive of WACC, said these plans would not help to streamline the Australian visa application process as the Government had hoped. He added: "Increasing the burden on employers is increasing the barriers for employers to be able to bring in people on a temporary basis."

He told the website employers want "simplification" and "streamlining" in order to reduce the barriers for people looking to gain an Australian visa. Mr Pearson stated the moves would "in fact go in the wrong direction". Plans were announced last week to provide people on temporary Australian visas better working conditions, including issuing harsher penalties for employers who exploit them.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.


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