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Changes to 457 visa occupation lists address many concerns

"The changes to the list of skills eligible for short-term skilled migration address many of the concerns raised by Ai Group," Australian Industry Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said today.

"Skills highly in demand in advanced manufacturing, construction and mining as well as in ICT and the pharmaceutical industry are well represented in the occupations returned to the available skills lists and this is most welcome.

"Ai Group members had also been very concerned by the earlier downgrading of Chief Executive, Managing Director and Corporate General Manager to the short-term list. Their return to the medium-term, four-year visa list with a pathway to permanent residency is also most welcome and represents a positive response from the Government to legitimate industry concerns.

"While the changes address many of the issues we have raised on behalf of members, the reforms will require careful monitoring and potentially further changes down the track as business works through the impacts.

"Many businesses remain worried by the restrictions still in place for certain occupations including metal polishers, precision instrument makers and financial investment manager as well as around intra-company transfers. Hopefully these and any new issues will be addressed in the next six-monthly review," Mr Willox said.

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