Australian Dairy Industry Council will continue to lobby the Federal Government for improved industry outcomes over the 457 visas following a number of recent changes.
Amendments to the visas came into effect on July 1 with five occupations in the processing sector reinstated to the visa’s occupation list, including food technologists, a position the ADIC said processors had been unable to fill from local candidates.
Despite the progress, ADIC chair Terry Richardson said there was still more to be done.
‘‘The dairy industry relies on overseas workers to fill labour shortage gaps in our $13.7billion industry,’’ he said.
‘‘Despite ongoing investment in upskilling and training local people, demand continues to outstrip supply.
‘‘We must have the right policy settings in place to allow dairy farmers and processors to hire the people that they need to fill crucial roles.’’
Mr Richardson said the ADIC would continue to work with the ministers and relevant departments until the visa reforms were finalised in March 2018.