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Law Council of Australia

Federal Dispute Resolution Section

Temporary Work Visas & 457 Permanent Residence Options

The submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in response to proposed changes to the 457 and Skilled and Employer Sponsored Migration Programme was prepared by the Law Council of Australia. 

The Law Council acknowledges the comments made by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) at recent stakeholder meetings noting that the decision to introduce changes to the skilled temporary and permanent residence programme without notice was deliberate and intended to avoid large numbers of applications being received in the occupations to be removed or caveated. However, the Law Council submits that this objective could have been achieved by making the changes effective on and after 19 April 2017 to new applications post this date. The retrospective impact of these changes has caused substantial hardship to applicants as well as the economic cost and inconvenience to Australian business sponsors.

The submission below set out the substantial consequences of the retrospective impact of changes giving effect to the removal of 216 occupations, and the addition of caveats to 59 occupations to applications, which were lodged prior to the date of the announcement.

You can read the full submission below.


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