Does the 457 Visa Affect The Transport Industry?

Changes to the 457 visa scheme were recently announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in efforts to provide jobs for Australians rather than have them filled by migrant workers.

Truck driving isn’t directly affected as it was not an eligible listed occupation for 457 visa holders and won’t be for the new replacement scheme.

Road transport industry groups are debating whether the inclusion of heavy vehicle operation within the occupation list for the new visa could address the skilled driver shortage.

The replacement visa will involve a 2 year temporary visa being issued with the aim of recruiting the highest skilled workers possible followed by a second 4 year visa that can be applied for if higher English skills are met and a criminal check passed.

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