Canberra – The federal government plans to assign inspectors to monitor violations in the 457 visa scheme which is covered by a proposed law giving extra powers to the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO).
Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten said the proposed law, which is part of the changes being implemented by government, will enable inspectors of the FWO to have power over employers involving issues related to the skilled migrant workers program.
The minister said the inspectors –who had done at least 10,000 workplace inspections this year – will ensure that employers will comply with the law and enforce it if necessary.
Shorten added the inspectors will also see to it that the worker’s job description would match the work that he is actually hired to do or promised to do during recruitment.
The official said they will focus on issues related to the abuse of the visa, which are rampant in health and technology sectors.
The department said however that it will continue to monitor the working conditions of workers, both Australians and overseas skilled workers, to make sure that they have no problems at work.
Meanwhile, the government has assured workers that they will continue to do what is right to bring back confidence and the credibility of the 457 visa program.