Changes to Australia’s skilled migration system must reflect the needs of farmers to ensure the country’s agricultural industry remains strong and competitive.
NSW Farmers president, Derek Schoen, said the decision to replace the 457 visa with a new multi-stream Temporary Skill Shortage Visa must guarantee Australian farmers are not negatively impacted.
The new system will comprise of two streams. Short term visas will be issued for two years and medium term visas will be issued for four years when there are more critical skills shortages.
“Agricultural enterprises rely on overseas workers when they are unable to fill skilled jobs with local workers,” Mr Schoen said.