Global Watch ()
On July 1, 2013, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Department) announced a series of amendments to the 457 visa program including increases to the market rate and English language exemption thresholds, variations to the terms of approval of sponsorship agreements and the proposed introduction of labour market testing. The Department has now confirmed that labour market testing will come into effect on and from November 23, 2013. Full details of this requirement have now been released.
Where applicable, approved business sponsors will need to provide sufficient evidence to the Department outlining their attempts to fill a vacancy with an Australian worker, and how they have determined there is no suitably qualified person located in Australia to fill the position.