Australia

May 12, 2014

457s and temporary migration: where the pressure points are

Australia’s temporary visa program is generally operating well, but new data shows where problems are emerging, writes immigration expert Henry Sherrell at Inside Story.

Last month the leader of the United Kingdom Independent Party, Nigel Farage, was criticised for hiring his German wife as his secretary. Farage, whose political stock-in-trade is anti-migrant rhetoric and Euroscepticism, frequently claims that foreign workers are taking British jobs.

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  1. Jackon Taylor

    Interesting contribution however I would argue that the final contention of Mr Sherrell’s (clipped) article is incorrect. The 457 visa programme requires that visa sponsors continue to ensure that the 457 visa holder is remunerated at market rates. In essence this obliges employers to continue to increase the salary in accordance with what they would pay an Australian in the same role. This is embedded in their obligations as a sponsor (reg 2.79 of the Migration Regulations) and failure to do so can lead to sanction. As shown by the graph in the article this does not always occur. Immigration needs greater financing for follow up compliance activities. This has been the case since the 2007 Immigration reforms which moved the 457 Programme to a ‘compliance driven’ model.

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