Visa changes an issue for hospitality
THE recent changes to the 457 visa legislation by the federal government will have significant impacts on Douglas Shire businesses, according to Ms Liz Ross, CEO of Far North Training and Consultancy (FNTC).
“Many of the businesses in Port Douglas rely on experienced hospitality staff from overseas,” Ms Ross said.
Although chefs, cooks and café managers are still on the approved jobs list, there are caveats on these applications.
Federal government information indicates cooks are the largest occupation class of 457 visa recipients.
“It appears that fast food outlets, coffee shops and bars who offer limited food service will not be eligible to sponsor chefs, cooks or managers,” Ms Ross said, “and for those other applicants, the standard of English has been ramped up.
“As changes to the visa situation occur, it will be interesting to see how this affects training opportunities and staffing of businesses with locals.”
Cooks are the largest occupation class of 457 visa recipients