WTIA applauds 457 visa decision

The Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) welcomes the Federal Government’s initiative to abolish 457 visas.

WTIA CEO Geoff Crittenden said contractors had, for many years, been using the 457 visa system to bring less-qualified, lower-skilled welders to Australia to avoid paying market rates.

But he warned that, unless Australia’s trade training disaster was rectified, the nation’s capacity to deliver major projects that rely on welders’ skills and qualifications would be crippled.

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