The 457 program is set to be replaced by two separate visa programs that have more of a focus on English language skills and labour market testing.
NECA chief executive Suresh Manickam said the change is much needed for the Australian workforce, but there needs to be more effort towards programs that properly equip those coming into jobs.
“NECA agrees that more stringent labour market testing is a positive outcome for our industry. While these changes are positive, the government must also ensure that any new system must contain measures to deliver enough flexibility for industry solutions,” said Suresh.
“NECA agrees that Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs and it is for this reason that governments must act now to boost our capacity in Australia’s vocational education and training sector.”