Landmark 457 visa changes announced

The federal government has barred fast food chains from sponsoring foreign workers to work in Australia.

Peter Dutton, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, announced the end of the Fast Food Industry Labour Agreement which saw hundreds of foreign workers take jobs at fast food outlets across Australia.

“Australian workers, particularly young Australians, must be given priority,” said Dutton

“They did deals behind closed doors with their union mates to virtually make every occupation open to be filled with a 457 visa holder,” said Dutton.

“In fact many unions filled jobs in their own offices that clearly could be done by Australians with foreign workers.

“The Coalition Government is committed to implementing reforms that strengthen Australia’s skilled migration programme to ensure overseas workers supplement rather than provide a substitute for Australian workers.”

457 visa changes announced