Changes to the eligibility requirements for 457 visas have been welcomed by a major accounting provider, with a number of job titles reinstated to the list of accepted skills.
MYOB CEO Tim Reed welcomed the changes, which see a number of technology-related job titles among those reinstated on the eligibility list.
Mr Reed said the changes indicated that the government was “listening to the technology sector’s concerns”.
“The skills shortage in the software engineering space is a reality for our country, however these changes will help to ensure world-class, experienced talent is readily available to train and develop our future talent,” he said in a statement.
“It will also mean our technology ecosystem can grow – incentivising Australian-based companies to remain onshore as well as attracting technology expansion into our market and therefore stimulating future economic growth.”
However, Mr Reed questioned whether the government’s proposed $1,800 training fee is the most effective in addressing the underlying skills shortage, suggesting support for increasing the investment ICT firms in internal training as an alternative approach.
“We believe the ICT skills gap in the Australian workforce is far more likely to be closed through the latter than the former, leading to more jobs for more Australians,” he said.
Business owners and employees confused about the 457 visa changes can check out this article from a specialist immigration busting the common myths about 457s.
Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016.