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NSW government passes the buck over hiring of IT workers on 457 visas
(c) Anna Patty - The Sydney Morning Herald
"Bill Shorten backs rise in 457 work visa charges"
(c) DAVID CROWE theaustralian.com.auBill 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.auThe 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 CanberraBill 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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Explained: What is a 457 visa and how many people have them?
(c) By political reporter Uma Patel abc.net.au
Labor is pushing for more restrictions on foreign workers coming to Australia on sponsored business visas.
The 457 visa is granted to foreign workers for four years and is designed to fill positions that are difficult to find Australians for.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of being a hypocrite on the issue.
"Over 50 occupations may be dropped from Australia's SOL Skilled Occupation List"
(C) sbs.com.au Shamsher KainthThe Department of Education and Training provides advice to the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection on the composition of the SOL.
"Reseller liquidated after $500,000 fine for underpaying workers"
(c) Brendon Foye crn.com.au"Darwin reseller Hallmark Computers has gone into voluntary liquidation a month after being slapped with a $516,000 fine by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for underpaying workers on the 457 skilled visa scheme."