Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with new Australian citizens on Australia Day earlier this year.
The government's new Temporary Skill Shortage Visas require a higher level of English than the 457 visas they are designed to replicate replace -- it's one of the few tangible elements of the new temporary work visa policy. Talking to Kieran Gilbert on Sky News' AM Agenda on Wednesday, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton linked the new requirements to the government's desire that "the default position to be an Aussie worker for an Aussie job". But do the new requirements actually mean fewer applicants? Or fewer visas granted? Or that successful applicants will have a higher standard of English? It turns out the actual changes are very minor, and a look at the numbers indicates that the new test won't make much difference at all.