The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, has announced it will implement recommendations from the 2014 Independent Review into the Subclass 457 Visa Program.
The Review did not find evidence of widespread rorting in the subclass 457 visa program, contrary to allegations.
The Government will act to cut red tape and increase compliance in the subclass 457 visa program by:
- Implementing streamlined processing for certain approved sponsors
- Sharing information with the Australian Taxation Office
- Review of Occupation List, Labour Market Needs and the Economy
In a press release, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection noted that
The Government will also appoint a Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) with new terms of reference. The Council will be tasked with reviewing the list of occupations available for sponsorship under the 457 programme to ensure it is responsive to the genuine skill needs of employers, the labour market and the economy.
The training of Australian Citizens remains a priority with the Government looking at alternative ways that standard business sponsors can contribute to the training of Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents.