Companies who apply to bring temporary skilled migrants to Australia are set to pay more, as the Federal Government toughens its approach on foreign workers.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the Coalition is abolishing the 457 visa system, which will be replaced with two new classes of visa.
The Government said it wanted to train more local workers, which is set to be funded from an increased fee charged when employers bring in temporary skilled foreign workers.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has told Channel Nine businesses already contribute to a training fund, but that may be increased in the budget.
“In some circumstances it may do, but we’ll wait to see for the budget,” Mr Dutton said.
“The bottom line is yes, we do want to get more money into training to help young Australians get trained up for Australian jobs.”
Mr Turnbull was tight-lipped on the arrangement and said it would be detailed in the budget.
The Government is selling its 457 visa changes as being in the “national interest” and said it would prioritise “Australian jobs, Australian values”.
Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox, who also chairs the ministerial advisory committee on skilled migration, told AM he expected details to be announced soon on how companies would be charged.
“What we believe will occur is that there’ll be an increased fee and a more streamlined fee for skilled migrants that will be paid for by their employers when they come into Australia,” Mr Willox said.
“That money needs to be used wisely to train Australians, particularly young Australians in jobs that are in need and the jobs of the future.”