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"Looming skills shortage crisis has businesses spooked"

ADAM ZUCHETTI - mybusiness

Industries being locked out of the working visa scheme face an uncertain future as the lack of plans to address skills shortages causes nerves to fray.

Many business owners are furious that the government’s phased replacement of 457 visas with much stricter working visas will leave them unable to source skilled workers, given a lack of suitably skilled an qualified professionals locally.


Australian 457 Visa Health Cover

(c) Migration Alliance

"When applying for this visa, applicants must also provide evidence that they’ve made appropriate arrangements for health insurance in Australia for the duration of the visa processing period, and for the duration of the visa, once it has been granted. "


"1 July 2017 changes to skilled visa programmes"

(c) border.gov.au

There are a number of further changes which will take effect on 1 July 2017. These changes will specifically impact on the following temporary and permanent skilled migration programmes:


"The hidden time bomb in immigration visa changes"

Michael Koziol James Massola smh.com.au

An overlooked prong of the Turnbull government's visa changes that takes effect next year threatens to radically alter Australia's skilled migration program, experts have warned.

While attention has focused on cutbacks to the politically charged 457 visa – which Labor claimed on Wednesday were "already unravelling" – planned changes to the employer-sponsored skilled migration program may have more serious consequences.


NSW government passes the buck over hiring of IT workers on 457 visas

(c) Anna Patty - The Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW government has passed the buck for labour market testing to a contractor which hired IT workers from overseas on 457 visas.

When the government outsourced its IT, HR, Payroll and Finance & Accounting support services it required global companies providing the services to keep 70 per cent of jobs onshore, allowing 30 per cent to be offshore.


"Bill Shorten backs rise in 457 work visa charges"

(c) DAVID CROWE theaustralian.com.au

Bill Shorten has backed the idea of making employers pay more to hire skilled foreign workers as he seeks to tap into voter anxiety about lost job opportunities, ­warning Australia will “pay the price” for making it too easy to ­import labour.


"Nursing 457s on the decline as health sector chases workforce renewal"

(c) Jackson Gothe-Snape, Marija Jovanovic sbs.com.au

The number of nurses in Australia on 457 visas has dropped dramatically in recent years, but ongoing staffing challenges mean foreign workers will continue to be an essential part of the Australian health system.


'Shorten to take axe to skilled migrant intake"

(c) Phoebe Wearne Canberra

Bill Shorten will today back Mark McGowan’s plan to have Perth removed from a skilled migration program used to bring overseas workers to WA in acknowledgement of the State’s ailing job market.


"Food service staffing crisis as SA school leavers urged to consider careers in cooking and serving food"

(c) Dianne Mattsson and Nick Tabakoff

"A LOOMING staffing crisis has prompted pleas for more school leavers to consider careers in cooking and serving food. Projections by industry body Restaurant and Catering Australia show 160,000 jobs may go begging by 2020. South Australia is experiencing an immediate shortfall of about 2700 staff. The estimated state demand for new workers by 2020 is 7800, of which 6400 will be needed in Adelaide."


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