When the Abbott government moves to a political row over 457
visa program the employers will gain scale to labors controversial limits on
skilled worker visa.
An expert panel to investigate will be named by government
which will complete claims for visa programs which is beset by democrats who
punish workers and rules that hobble employers.
Assistant Immigration minister Michaelia cash has announced
the enquiry with pledge to ensure integrity whilst scrapping red tapes which
are unnecessarily holding business back.
A promise was being made by Coalition that the review before
election would be made but it was held back as they were busy with
implementation of tighter rules to 457 visa .
The review will be lead by following Australian National
University professor Peter Mc Donald, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry policy director
Jenny Lambert, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu partner John Azarias and immigration
lawyer Katie Malyon. These references highlight the importance of program to employers who experience skill
shortages and potential of workers who boost economy.
The review is focused to examine following aspects non-compliance by
employers, the costs to employers, the sanctions on rorts and the scope for
deregulation while maintaining the integrity in the scheme.
It is expected to commit to evidence based productivity
reform by Senator Cash as announced by him.
The former government outlined curbs in response to
complaints about scheme which brings in temporary workers from overseas.
Despite denials of claim of the visa the then immigration
minister Brendan O Connor insisted that there were more than 10,000 cases of
The figures released by Department of immigration to senate
hearing last may were showing that 170 sponsors were sanctioned to breach the
program out of 29100 active sponsors.
In order to recover unpaid wages for Korean employed workers
the main construction union went to court for a tile company.
Last years Migration Council of Australia report showed that
violations in 2 % of cases where foreign workers were not paid $51,400 salary
for 457 visas.
Totally there were 90,780 workers under this scheme last
year that is upto 8.3% on previous year.
The total number of 457 visas lodged till December 31 fell
37.9% to 23,420 compared to previous year.
The parliament was cleared on toughening of
the 457 visa program when Labor gained the
support of the Greens and crossbench senators Nick Xenophon and John Madigan.
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