Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliott, is one of the chairmen of the parliamentary committee looking into skills shortages in NSW. A state legislative review for the need of skilled workers is yet to be announced from the Australian IT industry, but it has already stated that it will make recommendations to the federal government on 457 visas. The inquiry by the Legislative Assembly Committee on the Economic Development has provided two hearings, the first was in Dubbo last month and the second one on the last week at Parliament House, Sydney. There are two more hearings scheduled, in Coffs Harbour in the month of September and in Sydney in the month of October, along with a report required to be submitted in Parliament in November. On Monday, it stated that companies would put effort to staff large projects, which include the, National Broadband Network (NBN) without importing workers on 457 visas. Mark Goodsell, Australian Industry Group NSW director, told in the inquiry that, “The size and nature of the NBN rollout means it will create some challenges. No, IT representative has confronted the inquiry, but technology had been a strong theme during the hearings, he said. Mr Elliott said the investigation was an eye opener for everyone and was taking care with matters of skills shortages. The AIG accredited that Australia needs to meet long-term labour shortage by providing vocational education programs at schools and TAFEs across NSW. Skilled migrants are not an alternative for domestic training, Mr Goodsell told the inquiry. During the starting of this year former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, informed about a restraint on alleged rorts of the 457 visa following pressure from unions. The contended measures passed by the Parliament in June stated that employers will have to prove that they searched for Australian employees before hiring workers on 457 visas.
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