457 visa crackdown for fast food industry

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457 visa crackdown for fast food industry

457 visa crackdown for fast food industry

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has ended 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,” Mr Dutton said.

“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.

“Businesses can still make requests under normal labour agreement arrangements to ensure that exceptional circumstances can be considered.

“Genuine business needs for overseas workers which contribute to economic growth will still be considered.”

More than 500 skilled worker visas have been approved for fast-food outlets over the past four years.

Fast food businesses will no longer be able to bring in foreign workers on 457 visas under arrangements approved by the Gillard Labor Government in 2012.

The workers will be forced to leave Australia once their agreements run out unless the restaurant is able to present an individual case as to why they should remain in the country.

It is the first time an entire sector has been banned from using the visas.

(Source: Department of Immigration and Border Security)

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