Master Builders Australia welcomes the statement by Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb on skilled migration arrangements under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

“Contrary to claims by the CFMEU, under ChAFTA skills assessments required for workers seeking temporary 457 visas do not change and consequently there will no diminution of licensing requirements or safety standards,” Richard Calver, Acting CEO of Master Builders Australia.

As the Minister has stated:

  • 457 visa applicants will be required to demonstrate to the Immigration Department that they possess the necessary skills to work in this country.
  • These include work history, qualifications and English language skills.
  • An additional skills assessment will be conducted by an RTO approved by Trades Recognition Australia if required by the Immigration Department bringing temporary skilled migration arrangements with China in line with other major Australian trading partners including Japan, South Korea and the United States.

“Irresponsible and inaccurate scaremongering by the CFMEU and ETU should be condemned,” Richard Calver said.

“Master Builders backs the response by Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to the Independent Review of the 457 visa system,” he said.

“In doing so Master Builders has made crystal clear that temporary skilled migration to fill short-term skills shortages is a commonsense approach and does not take jobs from Australians,” Richard Calver said.