Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has indicated the Government will cut the list of occupations on the skilled occupation list.
Talking to Sky News, Minister Dutton said that the list is currently being reviewed.
“I think the list at the moment is expansive and I think we’ll condense it and that work has already been underway for some time and we’ll have a look at that very soon,” said Minister Dutton.
The review follows claims by the Federal Opposition that the use of the 457 visas were hurting Australian workers.
Opposition spokesperson for employment, Brendan O’Connor told the ABC that “too often we’re seeing exploitation, abuse and the overuse and misuse of that visa means downward pressure on wages. That’s why we have almost a wage recession in this country,” said Mr O’Connor.