Australia Abolishes Visa Programme Used Largely By Indians

Sounding similar to Trump's "America first" moto, Turn bull said that the idea behind reforming the visa is to put "Australians first" by giving them priority for jobs which are now open for overseas workers in the country.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced this week plans to abolish the 457 visa programme, which is used to hire foreign workers in the restaurant, IT and medical industries. New Zealand citizens without a criminal conviction or untreated tuberculosis can visit, live and work in Australia without a tourist or work visa.

Almost 100,000 people were living in Australia in 2016 on 457 visas, almost half from China, the United Kingdom or India.

Mr Turnbull made it clear that his govt. intends to put "Australians First" ahead of foreign workers for potential local jobs.

The number of 457 visas granted had also already decreased significantly under the Turnbull government.

The country issued 45,400 457 visas last fiscal year, and including family members there are 94,890 people holding them, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp .

"Our reforms will have a simple focus: Australian jobs and Australian values", Turnbull wrote on Facebook. He said the two-year visa would not produce a pathway to permanent residency.

A temporary skill shortage visa will be introduced to allow employers to find the skilled workers they need.

A list of 52 jobs have been published that the Government intends to review and likely remove from the skills eligable for the new visas - spray painters and panel beaters are not on this list.

Companies will also be barred from employing foreign workers in particular roles, including as butchers.

But Immigration Minister Peter Dutton questioned Atlassian's role in the the local market.

The new visa will be subject to work experience and English language tests for workers, and labour market testing to prove jobs cannot be filled locally.

Under the government's plan, the 457 visa will be replaced initially by a new temporary two-year visa created to recruit the "best and the brightest".

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the government is rationalising the process to make sure Australians have jobs while understanding the requirements of industry.