Australian Parliament on 27 June 2013 approved a proposed law with new rules to clear out wrong use of the visa scheme for foreign workers by employers.
As per the reports the law managed to get approval by only one vote, in a 73-72 vote result, with the support of crossbench MPs Tony Windsor, Craig Thomson, Bob Katter and Andrew Wilkie, in the lower house.
The new rules will now move to Senate for clearance and as per which the employers now have to conduct labour market testing and prove they searched for Australian workers before hiring temporary workers from overseas on 457 visas. It was found that there was widespread recruiting at the expense of Australian jobs.
The Australian government has agreed to some amendments making clear employers must advertise in a newspaper for local workers up to four months before applying to hire people under the 457 scheme. The changes also reduce exemptions to the new rule.
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