Australians concern on skill requirements of 457 skilled visas

August 24, 2015

Although the Chinese net investment in Australia is very vital for its economic growth, in recent times the concerns are being raised out on the number of visas that are granted to Chinese workers.

The recent trade union movement protests on this issue, as this will decrease the opportunities for the Australian skilled workers and also expressing concern about skills, safety, and qualifications.

The recent revelation on China free trade deal states that major projects to be recruited of Chinese workers, who will be granted with 457 visa without conducting mandatory skill test.

Trade unions have been expressing concerns that the free trade agreement will take away the job opportunities for Australians by giving the unprecedented power to the corporations.

The Australian government must recognize that qualifications and skill test is mandatory for granting visa, as the workers from China and India may not match the higher standards in the country and as those of countries such as the United Kingdom.

Peter Simpson, Queensland state secretary, says that the deal is an attack on the Australian safety standards and said the mandatory skill test is necessary as workers’ training is very deficient when compared to Australian standards.

On the other hand, Australia Trade Minister Andrew Robb says, Australia recognizes the qualifications and the department of immigration can check the person if there are concerns about the worker, and he also added that Chinese investors can bring a limited number of skilled immigrants in a limited period of time.

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