Ark Migration reviews the most recent reforms to the temporary work (skilled) 457 visa and examines the implications for the construction industry.

Following recent changes to the 457 visa, what are the implications for the construction industry?

Recent reports suggest that there has been a varied response to the removal of the 457 visa program for skilled migrants. Citing a desire to target industry sectors experiencing critical skill shortages, the Australian government has replaced the 457 scheme with Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visas.

The new TSS visa programme is now comprised of two streams, a Short-Term and a Medium-Term stream. It is proposed that Short-Term visas will be issued for a maximum of two years but cannot be transferred into permanent residency (STSOL). Medium-Term visas, however, will be valid for up to four years and offer a pathway to permanent residency (MLTSSL).

As one of Australia’s largest employing industries, the construction sector was granted 5,618 visas by the Department for Immigration last year. While several occupations in this sector have now been removed from the eligible occupation lists, including Construction Estimator, key professionals are still in demand to fill integral roles in the buoyant Australian construction industry.

Master Builders Australia pledges to work with the government to make sure the TSS visa responds to industry needs and CEO Denita Wawn has been reported as commenting “We welcome the government’s announcement of a new temporary skill shortage visa to allow employers to meet genuine skills shortages.”

While there remains some concern over the impact of this reform on the timeframe and costs associated with the recruitment of skilled workers, engaging the expertise of seasoned MARA and MIA registered migration agents, will ensure businesses and individuals are able to confidently access the appropriate visa.

To find out more, contact Michael Leonard, CEO and Founder of Ark Migration on +44 7904 666 124 or email