Australian Meat Industry Council wants foreign work visa changed

The meat processing sector in Australia is not happy with the government’s requirement for foreign workers to have good English and wants it to be dropped from future visa criteria.

The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) kept this as a highlight in its submission to the Federal Government’s review of Australia’s visa system.

The AMIC submission said that workers on the former subclass 457 skilled visa and subclass 417 working holiday makers were “critical to the successful operation of meat export processing plants”. The Council said that the requirement for a high level of English for the meat industry was completely unnecessary as it was not needed for the type of work performed in meat processing facilities.

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