IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? A report by a Senate committee has found exploitation of temporary foreign workers and made 33 recommendations for changes.
What does the change mean? While the abuses cited by the report relate mostly to Working Holiday Maker programs, the report also reviewed the impact of the 457 visa program on employment opportunities for Australian workers, and several of the recommendations would impact employers that sponsor foreign workers under the 457 visa program.
Background: The Senate Committee on Education and Employment References released the report Thursday after a nearly year-long inquiry into temporary migration programs. The 355-page report, titled “A National Disgrace: The Exploitation of Temporary Work Visa Holders,” addresses abusive workplace conditions as well as a review of the impact of skilled migration on the local labour force.
Key recommendations include:
BAL Analysis: The report recommends broad changes that would impact 457 visa sponsors. BAL is following these proposals and will provide updates on significant developments and changes.
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