Submission on the Implementation of Labour Market Testing in the Standard Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa Program

The Business Council of Australia has made a submission to a Department of Immigration industry consultation on the implementation of labour market testing for 457 Visas.

The submission says the BCA’s clear preference is for the reintroduction of labour market testing to be abandoned because it is unnecessary and it has been found to be ineffective and costly compared to the pre-existing scheme safeguards.

Failing that, we urge that any new obligations on businesses and visa holders under the labour market testing policy are made simple and clear and are imposed at least cost. In essence this means that employers should be required to do no more than provide evidence that advertising has taken place within the required period to demonstrate compliance with the labour market testing requirement.

Submission on the Implementation of Labour Market Testing in the Standard Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa Program