Visa changes an is­sue for hospi­tal­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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