On 18 March 2015, the Government responded on the recommendations submitted in the report, Robust New Foundations – A Streamlined, Transparent and Responsive System for the 457 Programme (1.4MB PDF), released in September 2014.
The review identified opportunities to enhance several aspects of the programme to improve the Subclass 457 Visa programme’s flexibility which is great news for 457 sponsors and applicants of Perdaman Global Services.
Implementation of the reforms will simplify the Subclass 457 Visa programme and reduce red tape, while strengthening integrity, preventing abuse and protecting Australian workers. Majority of the reforms to the Subclass 457 Visa programme will be progressed before the end of the 2015-16. Implementation of the review’s recommendations has begun and will be further rolled out throughout 2015.
“We will reduce the regulatory burden for those businesses with a proven track record by streamlining sponsorship requirements,” Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said. The Government will ensure businesses that utilise the 457 programme appropriately will incur less regulation and cost, without compromising on the necessary safeguards that underpin the scheme.
Earlier in 2014, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, commissioned an independent review of Subclass 457 Visa program. The panel was tasked with examining compliance within the Subclass 457 visa programme by sponsors of overseas workers to ensure that the scheme was being used as intended – to address skill shortages which cannot be met from the Australian labour market.
- Review of the temporary work (skilled) visa (Subclass 457) programme.
- Robust New Foundations – A Streamlined, Transparent and Responsive System for the 457 Programme (1.4MB PDF)
- Government response