10 May 2018

Labor has successfully amended the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017 to ensure local workers are given the first shot at local jobs before an employer can bring in an overseas worker.


The out-of-touch Turnbull Government originally voted against putting important labour market testing conditions in legislation before they were dragged kicking and screaming by Labor to accept them.


The amended Bill – which successfully passed through the Parliament – guarantees strict labour market testing conditions including:

• jobs to be advertised for a minimum of four weeks;

• job advertisements to be targeted so Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents would see them, rather than ads targeting overseas workers;

• advertising to set out any skills or experience requirements that are appropriate to the position, rather than unrealistic or unwarranted skills; and

• labour market testing to have to be conducted no more than four months before the nomination of a visa.


Labour market testing is crucial in proving there are no experienced local workers available to do the job before a skilled visa is made available.


In Government, Labor will establish the Australian Skills Authority – an independent, labour market testing body to determine genuine skills needs and restrict temporary work visas so that they are only made available when a genuine skills gap cannot be met with local workers.


Turnbull’s big business Budget proves the Skilling Australians Fund – the Government’s primary source of funding for apprenticeships and traineeships – is already broken, flawed and insecure, with the Government being forced to make further changes such as refund and exemption provisions.


At the same time Turnbull is handing out $80 billion to big business, he’s dealing $270 million in new cuts to skills and training funding for young and working class Australians.


Only Labor has guaranteed funding for TAFE and skills regardless of the number of overseas workers coming to Australia.


Unlike the Turnbull Government, only Labor will fight for local workers to have the first shot at local jobs, invest in skills and training, and crack down on rorts in the skilled migration program.

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