Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has banned 457 visas
PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced he is scrapping the controversial 457 visa program for skilled migrants as part of a bid to tackle unemployment.
The Prime Minister says jobs must go to Australians first, before businesses consider hiring foreign workers.
He said while Australia was multicultural, it needed to focus on local jobs.
“We have and we always will be an immigration nation, but we must ensure that the foundation of that success is maintained and the foundation is that our migration system is seen to work in the national interest,” Mr Turnbull said at a Parliament House press conference today.
“That it is seen to deliver for Australians. It is seen to ensure that Australian jobs are filled by Australians wherever possible.
“We’re abolishing 457 visas, the visas which bring temporary foreign workers into our country.”
As at September 30, 2016 there were 95,757 workers in Australia on primary 457 visas
The program will be replaced by another visa program, with new restrictions.
“It is important businesses still get access to the skills they need to grow and invest, so the 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa, specifically designed to recruit the best and brightest in the national interest,” Mr Turnbull said.