Calls for cost of 457 visas to be increased

A report by The Migration Council Australia says that the cost of employing temporary skilled migrants should be increased, in order to encourage Australian businesses to look harder for Australian workers.

The report was based on a survey of 3,800 people working in Australia on 457 visas and 1,600 businesses that employ the temporary migrants.

The report is overwhelmingly positive about the scheme, saying 457 workers have a high level of job satisfaction and integrate well into the Australian workforce.

However, it calls on the federal government to increase sponsorship and nomination fees associated with the scheme, to act as a price signal.

Currently, nominations cost $85 and sponsorships cost $420.

“This should be increased to ensure that more businesses look to hire Australian workers where available,” the report says.

Extra revenue from the scheme could help strengthen compliance and settlement services, it says.

The report identifies some rorting of the scheme, with about two per cent of 457 workers being paid less than the necessary threshold.

It therefore recommends improved monitoring of the scheme.

The report also says more than 70 per cent of 457 visa holders intend to become permanent residents in the future.

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