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ACS supports Ministerial action on 457 Visa abuse

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013

Sydney, October 22 2013: The Australian Computer Society has welcomed the commitment from The Hon. Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigration, to clamp down on abuse of the 457 Visa scheme.

ACS Head of Policy and External Affairs Adam Redman expressed his support for the Minister’s statement.

“We have long said that employers who abuse the 457 visa scheme should be held to account. The scheme has helped the Australian economy by providing skilled workers where they otherwise have not been available, and the fact that some employers have sought to abuse the scheme has been incredibly disappointing.” Mr Redman said.

“I’m on record encouraging those who know of abuses occurring to name and shame organisations who flout the rules. Fair Work Australia and the DIBP both have processes in place to protect holders of 457 visas from abuse, and I strongly support the use of those processes.”

“My hope is that the scheme can continue to operate in the manner that it is intended to, and that any and all abuse of the system can be stopped. To see Minister Morrison taking such a strong stance is indeed heartening.”

Further information

Thomas Shanahan, Australian Computer Society, 0449 902 130