Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    State welcomes Federal changes to 457 visa processing

    5/05/2008 12:00 AM

    The State Government today welcomed Federal Government measures to improve Australia’s 457 temporary skilled migration program.


    Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk said the reforms announced today by the Rudd Government will help streamline the 457 visa process and help address some of Western Australia’s labour shortages.


    “I am particularly pleased to see the establishment of a specialised team in Perth from July, which will help clear the backlog and streamline new applications,” Ms Quirk said.


    The Minister said the Federal Government’s decision to promote and encourage the wider use of labour agreements, was also a welcome move.


    “With the extraordinary demand for skilled labour in WA, we have been calling for greater flexibility in the use of labour agreements. I’m very pleased that the Federal Government has listened to what it is that WA needs,” she said. 


    A further recommendation, to establish an accreditation system for ‘low risk’ employers with a good record of compliance with immigration and industrial relations laws, will help stamp out abuse of the 457 visa process.


    “These new measures will be good news to many Western Australian businesses,” Ms Quirk said.


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