The Australian Skilled Visa (Subclass 457) has begun its Labour Market Testing (LMT). All applications for the said visa beginning 23 November 2013 will be subject to the LMT rules. Applications lodged before the said date are not subject to the LMT rules.
The LMT is a requirement under the Migration Amendment Act 2013, according to Assistant Minister Michalia Cas of the Immigration and Border Protection. The new LMT rules requires employers to ‘test the local labour market’ before acquiring or hiring overseas workers under subclass 457.
The LMT applies to technical and trade occupations that are available under subclass 457. Engineers, nurses and trades are included are not exempted in the new rules.