BANNING 457 VISA'S
I found it terribly sad to see in the news this morning that Malcolm Turnball is banning 457 visas or changing the rules to make it a lot harder.
From my perspective this seems a populist move to make certain people happy without fixing the problem.
Firstly if you want the economy to grow as scary as it might seem the best thing is to open up the system a bit more. The more energised people are in the workforce the better. You don’t want a company full of the same people it wont breed ingenuity and change for the better. Having people from other countries in the workplace brings new ways of working, new ideas and you learn from people about their values and ways of doing things. It makes life more interesting and in the end if you have a mixed workplace you will more likely grow your business and employ more Australians too. If there isn’t the right Australian for the job and you have willing people from overseas, you don’t want to make it hard for the employee or the person. For farmers or hospitals this might have a big impact.
To get a 457 and a permenant residency is already hard work for everyone involved and it seems madness to make it harder. The Australian economy needs a boost and from the what the article said about 90,000 people are on 457 visas which is a tiny amount and surely isn’t the cause or the problem for Australians being out of work.
I would also say that visiting London and the UK for the first time in a few years, not without its problems it is noticeably multi-cultural and yet decidedly British. Australia won’t become any less Australian with overseas workers but instead it allows people to be open, accepting and competitive and allow the best person for the job to help that business. If a business wants to hire someone on a 457 they will be doing that to hire the best person.
From my workplace and also my book group a wide range of skills, ages, backgrounds, and countries. Although at times it can be challenging you learn from each other. I would personally allow more people on 457 visas, you have to prove you are skilled and it takes years at great expense to get the next level of visa so you are already weeding out the not good people.
Making it harder seems to hurt the companies, diversity and the people who are keen for those jobs. I would recommend instead of voting populist results actually look at inclusive policies that are strong decisions for the state and also help companies grow and flourish in this difficult time.