On 25 February 2014 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced the Independent Review of Integrity in the subclass 457 programme.
Skilled visa programme
Independent review of the 457 programme
On 25 February 2014 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, announced a review of the temporary work (skilled) visa (subclass 457) programme.
The review is being undertaken by an independent panel chosen for their experience in industry, government and migration. The panel members are:
- John Azarias (panel lead)
- Jenny Lambert
- Katie Malyon
- Professor Peter McDonald.
The independent review will examine:
- the level of non-compliance in the 457 programme
- the current framework to better understand whether the existing requirements balance the needs of business with the integrity of the programme
- the viability of a deregulation strategy of the current programme
- the appropriateness of the current compliance and sanctions.
Terms of reference independent review of integrity in the subclass 457 programme ask that the panel examine the integrity of the 457 programme in the context of a series of reforms made to the programme over recent years, including the introduction of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Worker Protection Act) 2008, the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Act 2013, and changes to the Migration Regulations 1994.
Interested stakeholders were invited to submit submissions addressing the terms of reference by 30 April 2014.
As it has not been possible for the panel to meet all interested stakeholders interested parties have been invited to make written submissions in order for all views to be taken into account. Received submissions are available on the department’s website
The panel is expected to provide its final report to government by mid-2014.