Universities Australia has held constructive discussions today with senior Government representatives on universities’ concerns about proposed changes to 457 work visas.
The Government acknowledged the issues we raised and committed to work closely with Universities Australia – which is leading the sector’s advocacy on this matter – to address these issues as a matter of priority.
In particular, universities are seeking the removal of work experience requirements for PhD recruits and to restore university lecturers and tutors to the medium term skills list.
UA has been assured that the changes are not intended to deter the best and brightest academic talent – including the world’s leading new PhD graduates – from contributing their unique and special skills to Australia’s innovation agenda and future national prosperity.
We were also pleased to see Education Minister Simon Birmingham confirm tonight that international student visas remain unchanged.
Amid global uncertainty, we must make the most of the historic opportunity we have to recruit brilliant intellects from around the world to work alongside our home-grown academic stars.