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Reforms needed to curb 457 rise
Contrary to those who consider 457s mainly exist to plug skill
shortages in mining states, the states with the biggest growth were
in Tasmania (34 per cent), South Australia (12.4 per cent) and New
South Wales (7.6 per cent). These figures are also concerning given
that each of these states has higher than the national unemployment
rate (04 April 2013). More...
The case for and against 457 visas
In February 2013 there were 107 510 temporary workers on primary
457 visas in Australia - 21.5 per cent more than in February 2012,
according to the Immigration Minister. The 457 visa program is a
valuable visa when used as it is intended – to fill temporary
skills shortages in some sectors and regions (04 April 2013). More...
Record visitor numbers to Australia
Young people from Australia and Uruguay now have the opportunity to
visit and work in each other's countries through a work and
holiday visa arrangement. There will be an annual limit of 200 work
and holiday visas for both countries (02 April 2013).
CFMEU win for exploited 457 visa workers in Canberra:
The CFMEU has achieved an interim settlement for a group of workers
on 457 visas employed as construction workers on various Canberra
sites. Workers will be paid an interim payment while calculations
are undertaken to establish the quantum of underpayments to each
worker (26 March 2013).
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Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa Statistics:
State – Territory Summary Report February 2013
As at the end of February, there were 107 510 primary 457 visa
holders in Australia – up 21.5 per cent on this time last
year – and the total number of applications lodged so far
this program year is 8.3 per cent higher than over the same period
last year. The number of 457 primary visas granted from July 2012
to February 2013 was 4.8 per cent higher than the same period last
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The Federal Court handed down the largest-ever court fine for breaches of the Subclass 457 business sponsorship program.
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