Why is labour market testing being introduced to subclass 457?

​Labour market testing is being introduced to ensure that the subclass 457 visa programme is only used to meet genuine skill shortages and cannot be used by businesses that do not make genuine efforts to provide employment opportunities to Australians. Labour market testing will not be required where it would be inconsistent with Australia’s international trade obligations. In addition, some occupations are exempted by legislative instrument from labour market testing.

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