The $31.5 million project to refurbish the Spirit of Tasmania ferry has been given the official seal of approval by the Department of Immigration. Initially there had been concern led by the Tasmanian Opposition party that the foreign workers used to work on the project where encroaching on Australian jobs.
The Department of Immigration investigated the concern with the UK-based Trimline who had won the contract for the refurbishment. Upon the signing of the contract, Trimline had agreed to the terms that half of the labour used on the project must be carried out by Tasmanian’s to ensure that the local economy would also benefit from the project.
There are 130 foreign workers employed to work on the Spirit of Tasmania all of which are working under the sub-class 400 visas which allows foreign workers into the country to work short-term. The standards of assessment and skills are not as high as those applying for the more long-term 457 visa.
This shines a light on how important it is to ensure not only the foreign workers are eligible to work on a project but that the contractor themselves is adhering to the terms of employing local workers. If you would like any more information on the different types of Work Visas for Australia, please contact one of our registered migration agents located in Brisbane or the Gold Coast.