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Submission: To the Department of Immigration and Citizenship – Review of the permanent employer sponsored visa categories

This submission was an opportunity for AREEA to raise issues relating to the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) aspect of Australia’s migration system as well as the labour agreements stream.

In its submission, AREEA raised the following issues as to why there was such a low update of labour agreements in the resource industry:

  • Labour agreements are simply taking too to negotiate, with one major resource project having been negotiating an agreement for four years and counting;
  • There are onerous and stringent conditions imposed on labour agreements in terms of training commitments and employment quotas that do not exist under the standard business sponsorship of skilled migrants; and
  • There are complicated requirements that employers consult with unions upfront over labour agreements which has the effect of further increasing negotiation timeframes.

Download AREEA’s submission here.


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