Plans to further strengthen the integrity of Australia's visa system passed through the House of Representatives tonight.
Under the new laws, skilled visa sponsors who breach the law may be publicly disclosed. The laws would also allow for data-matching of tax file numbers to help ensure the salaries of Australian workers are not undercut by overseas workers.
The reforms are set out in the
Migration and Other Legislation Amendment (Enhanced Integrity) Bill 2017 which supports recommendations of the
Robust New Foundations review into the 457 visa system.
Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said the measures are another part of the Coalition Government's plans to abolish 457 visas and replace them with a new temporary skill shortage visa.
The new laws will allow the public disclosure on the Department of Home Affairs website of businesses which have been sanctioned for breaching sponsorship obligations.
The release of such information is aimed at enforcing sponsor obligations to protect wages and conditions of Australian and overseas workers. It also serves to ensure skilled work programs are used only when an Australian worker is unavailable.
Changes to allow the Department to utilise tax file numbers associated with temporary and permanent skilled visas will support compliance and research efforts.
"Australians need to have confidence that skilled overseas workers are only occupying jobs to fill genuine skills gaps," Mr Tudge said.
"We're getting on with the job of strengthening our visa system to support Australian jobs and improving our visa system for the benefit of Australia."