The Australian Government has announced there will be a series of reforms and alterations made to the current employer sponsor visa system. The reforms include abolishing the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa (457 visa) and replacing it with the completely new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. The TSS will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers. Over the next year, the reforms will slowly be introduced until taking effect completely in March 2018.

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