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The impact of border closures will further complicate Australia's economic recovery from the pandemic by hitting some of Australia's most important industries -- and potentially helping wages growth.

Data from nearly 65,000 temporary work visa holders in Australia at the end of December shows that, after the general "professional" and "other" employment categories, the accommodation and food services sector was the biggest user of temporary workers, with chefs and cooks the two biggest visa occupations, and cafe or restaurant managers the sixth biggest.

Cafes and restaurants are currently confined to take away and look unlikely to reopen for dine-in meals until the second half of the year, but will have to rely on local staff once they do.