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Highly skilled workers have been exempted from Labour Market Testing

November 2013, 28
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Senator Michaelia Cash, who is the assistant minister of Australia's immigration and border protection agency has said that Labour market testing will be exempted for employers who are hiring employees from the highly skilled occupations list and they can offer jobs to highly skilled temporary overseas workers without advertising the jobs in Australia. This is just a change that clear shows that the new government is committed to scrap the labour market testing policy.


The last government of Australia, which was the Labor government had brought out this policy in June 2013 in which all employers who wanted to employ any overseas workers had to first post the job locally under the labour market testing rules for the temporary sub-class skilled visa 457. The new rule has coming into effect from 23rd November, 2013.

There was a debate in the legislation in June. and Scott Morrison who was the opposition's immigration spokesman said that introducing labour market testing would be very expensive and it was totally unnecessary. The new coalition government has Mr Scott Morrison as the Immigration minister. Many Australian businesses and organisation have repealed Mr. Scott Morrison to the this new labour market testing policy.

After Mr. Scott Morrison had won the election in October he had given his first speech on Labor market testing. He had warned employers that any abuse of the new system would not be tolerated at all. He warned that if the system of Australia was abused he will make everything very tough as the borders of Australia are for people smugglers, and he will be the first person responsible to do it. He did not comment at all on if he would repeal the Labour market testing policy on an interview with ABC Television.

There have been many requests for scrapping the Labour market testing policy by big companies such as Amma, the Australian Mines and Minerals Association and also the Master Builders of Australia. Since the news had come out that Labour market testing was to be introduced the Construction, forestry and mining and energy union conducted a research which shoed that the applications for 457 visas had declined by 13% since. 23,450 applications were made from the months of may to august 2013 but during the same months in 2012 there were 3,500 more applications.


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