On 18 October 2018 the Senate referred the following matter to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by the first sitting day of March 2019:
The effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa system in targeting genuine skills shortages, with particular reference to:
(a) the interaction between the temporary skilled visa system and the system in place for training Australian workers, including how a skills shortage is determined;
(b) the current skills assessment regime, including but not limited to, the correct application of ANZSCO codes and skills testing requirements;
(c) the relationship between workers on skilled visas and other types of visas with work rights, including the rationale and impact of the 400 visa;
(d) the effectiveness of the current labour market testing arrangements;
(e) the adequacy of current skilled visa enforcement arrangements, with particular regard to wages and conditions and access to information about rights and protections;
(f) the use and effectiveness of labour agreements; and
(g) related matters.
This report comprises six chapters. Subsequent chapters cover the following issues:
- Chapter 2 provides a brief overview of Australia's current temporary skilled visa system, and discusses the impact of recent changes made to the system;
- Chapter 3 outlines how the occupation eligibility settings for the temporary skilled visa system are determined, including the process for determining skills shortages;
- Chapter 4 examines the effectiveness of current labour market testing requirements and the use of labour agreements;
- Chapter 5 discusses the Skilling Australians Fund and local training initiatives to address skills shortages; and
- Chapter 6 considers the visa compliance and enforcement framework for temporary skilled workers in Australia.