Submission to the Senate regarding Subclass 457 Visas, Enterprise Migration Agreements and Regional Migration Agreements

This Business Council of Australia has made a submission to the Senate regarding the Framework and Operation of Subclass 457 Visas, Enterprise Migration Agreements and Regional Migration Agreements.

The submission argues that a demand-driven, uncapped temporary skilled migration program is essential to Australia’s long-term prosperity and that the inquiry should identify ways to make its operation more flexible and less costly for employers who already incur additional recruitment, training, relocation and other on-costs when hiring workers from overseas to fill skills gaps.

The submission argues that unsubstantiated claims by the government of excessive growth and widespread rorting in the temporary skilled migrant 457 visa scheme are harming our international reputation and risk undermining a program that is vital for the economy.

Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Framework and Operation of Subclass 457 Visas, Enterprise Migration Agreements and Regional Migration Agreements