Further changes to the 457 visa program took place on 15 May 2009. This has resulted in the removal of some occupations from the standard sponsorship arrangements.
Occupations affected by the changes include those in the following industries:
This follows on from changes to the 457 program of 14 April 2009 when there was an increase in the Engllish language requirements.
Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, announced on April 1, that changes to the 457 program provided industry with needed skills, to make sure that the program does not undermine local training and employment opportunities. This is no doubt due to the current economic situation in parts of Australia.
It was also announced that there would be increased rigour to the consideration of the merit of a request for foreign workers.
"This change will ensure employers using the 457 visa program to gain access to these occupations satisfy all their obligations under the program, including those on training," a departmental spokesman said.
Employers wishing to recruit overseas works in occupations listed under major groups five to seven on the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) will need to successfully negotiate a labour agreement.