Tougher rules needed for workers to get 457 visas - union

Teys Bros is one company that has 457 visa workers
Teys Bros is one company that has 457 visa workers

THE CFMEU has called for tougher rules in the 457 visa program, with the revelation that a record high number of 457 visa holders are now working in Australia.

The union said the program needed tightening to ensure that Australian workers and young people were given priority over temporary visa workers.

Immigration Department figures released late yesterday show there were 111,780 457 visa workers in Australia at 31 March this year - up by 6,180 or 5.9 per cent compared to 12 months ago.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said the 457 visa workforce was growing much faster than Australian employment generally, and this was completely unjustifiable in the current jobs climate.

"The Abbott government is allowing too many employers to access 457 visas without any obligation to look for Australian workers first - and young people especially are losing out," Mr O'Connor said.

More to come.

Topics:  457 visas cfmeu immigration

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Council mergers: Did they actually save us money?

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie confronts protesters against council amalgamation outside the shire council in Barcaldine.

A decade on from council mergers, was the pain worth it?

Teenager's incredible maturity while facing her challenges

FAMILY PRIDE: Caitlyn Donohoe, with parents Cammi and Patrick Donohoe, is the regional winner of the Lions Youth of the Year Program .

The inspiring story behind this year's youth leader.

Janita's youth mental health movement

With one phone call, Janita Cooper helped pave the way to better youth mental health.

One phone call that paved the way to better youth mental health

Local Partners