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Meeting Australia's Labour Needs: The Case for a New Low-Skill Work Visa

Joanna Howe and Alexander Reilly (2015) 43 (2)

This article examines whether Australia's regulatory settings for temporary migrant labour are working effectively and argues that a backdoor currently exists which permits the entry of low skilled migrant workers on visas which are not for a work purpose, namely the international student visa and the working holiday maker visa. We propose that an explicit visa pathway be created for low and semi-skilled workers so that the working conditions of these visa holders are more appropriately monitored and to enable Australia's temporary labour migration program to better meet skill shortages in the economy.

Vol 43, Issue 2, 2015

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