• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 26/02/2013

Migration Newsflash

Migration Newsflash
Keep up-to-date with issues and developments in the immigration environment.

Migration Newsflash: Recent 457 visa changes 

On Saturday 23 February 2013, the Minister for Immigration, Brendan O'Connor MP, announced a raft of changes around the Temporary (Work) Skilled subclass 457 visa. These changes are seen as building further on the major reforms that were undertaken on the program in 2009.
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This Migration Newsflash includes details of the changes.


Key insights

  • Employers must demonstrate that they are not nominating positions where a genuine shortage does not exist.
  • English language requirements for certain positions will be raised.
  • The enforceability of existing training requirements for businesses that use the program will be strengthened.
  • The market salary exemption will rise from $180,000 to $250,000.