Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) said that it will try to prevail over the Federal Government for better industry results over the 457 visas after changes to visas were carried out recently.
These amendments became effective from 1 July, which saw five occupations in the processing sector returning to the visas’ occupation list, including food technologists, a position that the ADIC said processors had not been able to fill locally.
The progress notwithstanding, Terry Richardson, ADIC chair, was quoted by Shepparton News as saying that more had to be done.
He said that the dairy industry depends on foreign workers to fill workforce shortages in their industry, which was worth A$13.7 billion.
Though they were investing in upskilling and grooming local people, demand continues to exceed supply.
Mr. Richardson said that they should have the right policy settings ready to let dairy farmers and processors hire the people that they require for filling important roles.
The ADIC would continue to interact with the ministers and appropriate departments until the visa reforms take place in March 2018.
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