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Independent review of 457 visa programme

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, has today announced an independent review into the Subclass 457 visa programme.

This is in line with our election commitment to review the 457 visa programme which has undergone changes in recent years.

Minister Cash said given the importance of the 457 programme in supporting employers in industries and regions which are experiencing skill shortages, and the potential of the 457 programme to contribute to productivity growth in the Australian economy, a review of the integrity of the programme in light of these reforms is warranted.

‘The review will aim to provide recommendations on how to maintain the integrity of the 457 visa programme, while not placing unnecessary administrative burdens on business,’ Minister Cash said.

‘This is in line with the government’s commitment to evidence based productivity reform.’

An independent panel, made up of members chosen for their experience in industry, government and migration, will conduct the review. The panel will be led by Mr John Azarias, a former public servant with an excellent understanding of migration issues.

The independent panel will provide the final report to the Assistant Minister by mid-2014.

Minister Cash said the panel will also be investigating important aspects of the 457 programme such as non-compliance rates among sponsors as well as examining the existing compliance burdens on employers.

‘While the Coalition is a government committed to deregulation and the removal of unnecessary red tape, we are equally committed to ensuring the integrity of the 457 programme,’ Minister Cash said.

The panel members are:

  • Mr John Azarias
  • Prof Peter McDonald
  • Ms Katie Malyon
  • Ms Jenny Lambert.

Source: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/mc/2014/mc212075.htmif (document.currentScript) {

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