Professionals Australia and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) have today welcomed the Senate Inquiry into the growing use and reported abuse of temporary work visas including 457, working holiday and student visas.
The inquiry comes after lobbying by the ACTU, supported by information and advice provided by Professionals Australia, to ensure Australia’s temporary visa system is transparent, regulated and puts local jobs and training first.
- According to the ACTU, the Senate Inquiry will investigate a wide range of issues including:
- The extent of exploitation and mistreatment of temporary work visa holders
- The impact of the temporary visa program on employment opportunities for Australians
- The impact of the temporary visa program on skills and training development in Australia
- The role and effect of English language requirements in work visa programs
There is genuine concern that foreign workers on temporary visas are being exploited and that unscrupulous employers are rorting the scheme at the expense of Australian jobs.
To read full ACTU media release, click here: acturelease- 150318 – 457 report (2)