Leaks show Government won’t tolerate companies employing 20% of workers from overseas

Leaks show Government won’t tolerate companies employing 20% of workers from overseas

Leaks show Government won’t tolerate companies employing 20% of workers from overseas

Dan Engles the Director of Visa Solutions Australia claims that leaks which have emerged ahead of next month’s major migration shake-up, indicate the Government will adopt a zero-tolerance approach to companies which don’t offer jobs to local people under the impending visa shake-up.

The new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa scheme will replace the 457.

Dan Engles says companies will be caught out if they continually cast their net overseas for their workforce.

 “We’re talking about the ‘non-discriminatory workforce test’ which has been banded about. The Australian Government wants to stop companies from having a workforce which predominantly comes from overseas."

“What we are going to see is that if they have more than 20% of foreign staff, Department of Immigration and Border Protection officials will step in and a company will have to prove that they’re not discriminating against local workers and effectively come under scrutiny,” Mr Engles explained.

“Employers will also have a duty to advertise a position on a public online jobs board such as SEEK for minimum of 28 days before they can start the process for a TSS visa for someone from overseas.”

For many occupations, the new visa will only be available for two years and then a further two-year extension, but it’s emerged that there will be a few exceptions.

“If a visa applicant is in a senior management position from one of the 126 stipulated GATT countries then they’ll be eligible to work for four years plus a further four years regardless of the visa stipulating a two-year restriction.  These will be for positions within IT/Construction/Finance etc.

“They’ve also said they’ll be looking at providing special provisions to those companies who need high-end specialist staff whose skillset is unique and will need to be sourced globally.  A new streamlined so-called ‘Labour Agreement’ will be available for accredited sponsors. These will be for larger companies such as BHP or Woodside, which are well-known in WA and have a strong impact on industry in the state.”

Mr Engles outlined that the Minister Alan Tudge will have responsibility for these new skilled visas while Peter Dutton will continue in his role as Minister for Home Affair and Minister for Immigrationn and Border Protection.



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