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Housing sector pressures govt to start new visa for foreign tradies

first_imgThe housing sector wants a new visa created to suit the independent contracting model used by the industry. Picture: Jack Tran/The Courier Mail.The Australian government is facing mounting pressure to create a new type of visa for foreign tradies in a bid to boost housing affordability.With the Federal Election set for May 18, political parties are facing pressure from the multi-trillion housing sector to develop a new visa category to meet a shortfall in trades people for the residential sector.Housing Industry Association managing director Graham Wolfe said “recent proposals to make changes to the ‘457’ skilled working visa will not address the bigger problem of how to fill the shortage of skilled trades people available to build new homes and apartments”.Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced two years ago his intention to abolish the 457 temporary skilled work visa. It has since been closed to any new applicants. Labor this week supported a crackdown on work visas with a statement by Bill Shorten stating “around four out of five temporary skilled worker visas are granted for occupations where there is no shortage of skilled workers in Australia — this needs to change”. He said the current visa models did not suit the housing industry which relied on independent contracting.“HIA’s Federal Election Imperatives call on all parties to remove the caps and limits that currently exist on skilled and business migration categories and to introduce a new skilled migration category for independent contractors in the residential building industry,” he said in a statement.“A well thought out migration policy coupled with a strong sector to train future trades people in Australia will go a long way to helping supply the homes we need over the next decade.” Is this Brisbane’s flashiest property? High-end overhaul of Brisbane beauty FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoHIA warned the industry was “more vulnerable to skill shortages than many other industry sectors”. Picture: Jack Tran/The Courier Mail.But Mr Wolfe said “the focus of any reforms should be on creating a new visa category for skilled worker that is not bound to an employer but can operate as a trade contractor independent of a single employer”.He warned that the housing industry was “more vulnerable to skill shortages than many other industry sectors due to an ageing labour force, the physical nature of work, the ongoing demand for new housing and the often cyclical nature of activity”.“The housing industry is vital to the wellbeing of Australian society. Australia will need to build over 2.3 million houses by 2030 to keep up with demand. In the last year alone there was $108b worth of residential construction carried out in Australia.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more