Apr 21, 2017

New ‘not 457’ English requirements will make zero difference

The new Temporary Skill Shortage Visas will require a higher level of English proficiency than 457s, right? Not so fast.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


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.

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3 thoughts on “New ‘not 457’ English requirements will make zero difference

  1. Pollietragic

    Surely this article does not leave the reader with the impression that the LNP is adding minor window dressing to an existing working scheme from the ALP days, trumpet how tough they are on foreigners and dog whistle to the racist vote that has drifted to Hanson? They wouldn’t do that, would they?

  2. AR

    Change without difference, purely political pandering.

  3. Rortydog

    There are Australians on Groot Eylandt who would probably fail the English test.

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