Industry kerfuffle over visa IT jobs shuffle in Australia

ITPA challenges the Government's skilled visa changes.

By Hafizah Osman
July 11, 2017

"Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs, so we’re abolishing the 457 visas," Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said in April.

Moreover, the subsequent changes to the list of approved occupations for the new class of visas were prompted by feedback from the local tech industry. 

Regardless, Hudson is now calling for “complete transparency” on all skilled IT visas granted, in addition to an independent verification system that confirms the jobs being filled by skilled work visa applicants are beyond the skills pool that exists in Australia.

“Such checks and balances are needed to ensure that all IT positions claiming the requirement of skilled migrants are indeed being first advertised to local graduates and that they are not being offered at reduced rates to overseas workers,” he added. 

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