Government releases 457 Discussion Paper

In December 2012, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship prepared a discussion paper for the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration regarding changes in the Australian labour market and the integrity of the 457 visa program.

The paper noted that the 457 visa program ‘has been growing strongly’ and it ‘is now timely to evaluate the efficacy of the existing integrity measures and, where needed, adjust those measures to ensure that program continues to deliver on Australia’s interests’.

The paper then outlines a┬áseries of measures that former Minister Chris Bowen was considering to ‘strengthen DIAC’s capacity to identify and prevent employer practices that are not in keeping with the fundamental tenets of the subclass 457 visa’.

This paper, which has been released under Freedom of Information laws, is one of several important pieces of information which have been used to formulate the Gillard Government’s ongoing reforms to the 457 program. It is not, however, the sole determinant of the government’s decisions.

The discussion paper is now here

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