Yesterday, the Assistant Minister for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash shared the findings of the DIBP's commissioned report in to Australia's 457 visa programme. The report, titled Robust New Foundations: A Streamlined, Transparent and Responsive System for the 457 Programme identified 22 recommendations "strives to achieve a balance between encouraging flexibility and productivity with strengthening the integrity of the 457 programme and ensuring that overseas workers do not displace Australians" Senator Cash explained.
Some of the proposed areas of form by the report include;
- improving training opportunities for Australians
- simplifying sponsorship requirements
- increasing the length of sponsorship
- providing greater flexibility for English language testing
- fast tracking low risk applications
Notably, the independent panel who conducted the review and composed the report found no evidence to back the claims made by the previous Labor government of widespread rorting of the programme.
The Coalition government are yet to respond to the report however are expected to do so in the near future. At this time it will be understood which of the 22 recommendations that the government will implement.
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