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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 277

457 Visas

(Question No. 600)

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, in writing, on 14 November 2014:

(1) Is the Minister aware that according to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection ' s State and Territory Migration Summary Report (March 2014), Victoria absorbed the second largest proportion of 457 visa grants in the first three quarters of 2013-14, wit h 23 per cent or 17,432 people.

(2) Is it a fact that for the first three quarters in 2012-13, the largest changes for 457 visas amounted to a 38.3 per cent decline (7,999 less people) for Western Australia, and a 30.2 per cent decline for Queensland (4,978 less people),

(3) Is it a fact that many more migrant workers are coming to Victoria than to the mining states of Queensland and Western Australia.

Mr Pyne: The Minister for Employment has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The Minister is aware of the Report.

(2) The estimates provided by Mr Thomson are from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's State and Territory Migration Summary Report (March 2014). These estimates include both primary (employer-sponsored) and secondary (spouse and dependent) Subclass 457 visa holders.

(3) The highest number of Subclass 457 visas granted in the first nine months of 2013-14 was for New South Wales. Each state experienced a decline in the number of visas granted compared with the corresponding period for 2012-13.