The number of immigrant skilled worker coming to Australia on the Temporary Business 457 visa has increased over 20 percent this past year.
“‘There are now 108,810 subclass 457 visa holders – a 20.4 percent growth in the 12 months to April 30. This is at a time when employment growth remains soft in some industries and regions,” Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O’Connor said.
He also indicated that the significant growth in the program highlighted the need for further immigration reform in Australia. While deploying 457 visa across Australia, the government also committed to ensuring local workers were given local opportunities wherever possible.
“Genuine skill shortages do exist in industries and locations right across Australia and we are attempting to ensure they get filled, while at the same time making sure locally skilled people don’t miss out on work,” the Minister said.
As a result, the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) has recently been revised to remove 5 occupations in the categories of retail pharmacy and aircraft engineering.
“This list, designed to fill gaps in the workforce by attracting skilled migrants to Australia, no longer includes the skill categories of retail pharmacy and aircraft engineering,” Mr O’Connor said.
The SOL determines which occupations are eligible for independent and family sponsored skilled migration. The SOL is reviewed by the Australian Workforce Productivity Agency on an annual basis in order to ensure that it meets the needs of the Australian labour market. The SOL will continue to deliver a skilled migration program that is focused on high value skills and responsive to future economic conditions and skill needs.
June 5′ 2013