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Published Date: 15-11-2008
Australia's temporary skilled migrants should be paid 'market rates'
A federal government-sponsored review has called for a major overhaul of the controversial 457 visa scheme in Australia. A significant recommendation is that businesses should pay temporary skilled migrants the appropriate market rates and offer them the same terms and conditions of employment as their other employees.

Latest news11 November 2008 Uncertainty felt by would-be migrants to Australia 31 October 2008 Australian apprentices benefit from skilled migrants 24 October 2008 Industry experts warn about reducing Australian immigration Industrial relations expert, Barbara Deegan had been appointed by the government to look into the scheme amid claims that foreign workers were being exploited. Ms Deegan said she had been made aware of numerous examples of exploitation of 457 visa workers. Non-payment of overtime, longer hours of work and limited access to sick leave were widespread practices.

She recommended that the 457 minimum salary level should be abolished in favour of market rates of pay for all temporary visa holders on salaries of less than $100,000. She also recommended an accreditation system be developed to ensure rapid processing of low-risk visa applications so employers can secure necessary workers more quickly.

No firm decisions have yet been taken by the government, but Immigration Minister Chris Evans confirmed that it was "...closely assessing the report and decisions to implement individual recommendations will be taken as part of the (2009) budget process".

Source: http://www.workpermit.com
Posted By:Suman Rai

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