Visa 457, also known as Temporary Work Visa, “lets a skilled worker travel to Australia to work in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor for up to four years.” According to the immigration website, this visa provides an opportunity to foreign people with specific skills entering into Australia for temporary work. It not only provides benefit to employees, but also being beneficial to employers, as they can spend less money to hire more skilled and experienced people. Also , they can expand workforce form domestic into worldwide. On April 18 2017, Mr. Turnball said that the government would no longer allow 457 visas to be passports to jobs in Australian.
Benefits for domestic Australian
It suggests that the cancellation of visa 457 will reduce unemployment rate in Australia because the domestic companies left with no choice to hire domestic labour force. It also motivates the workers to develop in a more professional way and hence increases the productivity.
However, domestic workers may lack of skills in some areas, so that now companies may not be able to find a suitable worker only in Australia. For example, organisations such as universities, may have trouble in hiring overseas talented professors to do advanced research or provide development in certain field. It makes the university more difficult to find an easy way to hire qualified people from overseas, and it will take long time to get a relevant visa.
Response from government regarding potential issue
Evidently, Mr Turnball has considered this issue by replacing visa 457 to a new temporary visa specifically designed to recruit the best and brightest in the national interest with strict rules. Even though, there is a new chance to hire professionals from overseas, the boundary is dramatically high, such as the requirement of high level of English language proficiency. It still limits the chance for overseas workers entering into Australia
- . http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/457-
- “457 visa changes may stop universities hiring super talents.” April 19 2017 Australian Financial Review