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457 visa program to be replaced

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the abolishment of the 457 skilled visa program, which will be replaced by a visa with new requirements for temporary foreign workers.

The prime minister also announced a new ‘training fund’, which will be used to help train Australians to close skills gaps, although details of the fund are yet to be disclosed.

“We’re putting Australians first,” Mr Turnbull said in a video posted to his Facebook page today.

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Perth, Australia
In addition to hospitality, there is a natural shortage of recruitment talent locally and 457 visas have historically been the best way to source fully trained recruitment professionals. To my knowledge, there is no training program, university major, or place to gain this experience in Australia formally. With only 25 million people and a few major cities (where recruitment firms are prevalent), training programs found in the UK, USA, and other larger recruitment markets will never be replicated due to lack of scale. In some industries, these visas may not be required going forward, but certainly in recruitment the ability to sponsor talent is still required. On a positive note, many who come decide to stay long term and the earnings stay in country. The better the recruitment talent available, the faster companies can hire the right talent, and more productive the economies they support will be. Wouldn't you prefer to be called by an experienced recruiter both as a potential client and candidate?

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