HR, Coders and Manufacturing: The Occupations most affected by 457 Visa changes

20th April 2017

Photo: Web developers are among the occupations affected by the 457 visa changes. (Unsplash.com: Luis Llerena, CC-0)

The Federal Government’s changes to temporary migration visas would have affected less than 10 per cent of the visas granted in the second half of 2016, official data shows.

The list of occupations eligible for temporary visa status has been cut from 651 to 435 job types.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the move is designed to put Australian workers first, though key industries have expressed fears about the difficulty they may face hiring top talent.

ABC News has crunched the numbers to see how many visas and which occupations are affected.

Removed occupations account for less than 10pc of visas

Data from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection shows that 24,270 primary 457 visas were granted between June and December 2016.

Of those, 2,083 were granted to workers in the 216 occupations that have now been removed from the visa list.

This represents 8.6 per cent of primary 457 visas.

That means nine out of 10 workers who were granted 457 visas in that timeframe would still be eligible for temporary work status under the new scheme.

Which occupations on the removed list were most commonly used?

Of the 216 occupations removed from the visa list, human resource advisers, production managers in manufacturing and web developers will be most affected, based on the number of 457 visas granted in 2015-16.

The chart below shows the top 10 removed occupations granted visas in 2015-16.

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That’s the last full year with data. For the second half of 2016, market research analysts, technicians and trades workers and sales reps for industrial products topped the list of removed occupations that had the most visas granted.

20 deleted occupations were not used in 10 years

For 20 of the occupations cut from the eligibility list, no visas were ever granted in the past 10 years.

That list includes turf growers, deer and goat farmers, boarding kennel operators, judges, magistrates and wool classers.

A further nine occupations removed from the list had seen less than five visas granted in the past 10 years. These were:

  • Commissioned Fire Officer
  • Electorate Officer
  • Migration Agent
  • Archaeologist
  • Hydrographer
  • Dental Prosthetist
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker
  • Defence Force Member – Other Ranks
  • Dog or Horse Racing Official

Search the full data for number of 457 visas granted to workers in removed occupations

Sort by

Occupation July 2015 to June 2016 July 2016 to Dec 2016 July 2007 to Dec 2016
Human Resource Adviser 135 61 1,371
Production Manager (Manufacturing) 127 53 1,434
Web Developer 118 66 663
Training and Development Professional 111 61 1,271
Sales Representative (Industrial Products) 106 66 1,478
Market Research Analyst 105 69 1,051
ICT Support Technicians 101 42 582
Ship’s Engineer 100 31 1,802
Retail Buyer 97 65 797
Procurement Manager 92 34 276
Ship’s Officer 85 26 1,310
Electronic Engineering Technician 84 32 1,378
Importer or Exporter 78 42 833
Technicians and Trades Workers 77 69 836
Life Scientists 71 33 1,113
Telecommunications Technician 70 44 477
Horse Trainer 70 39 619
Building and Engineering Technicians 70 24 1,269
Policy and Planning Manager 69 47 795
Vehicle Painter 66 55 762
Research and Development Manager 65 47 1,793
Petroleum Engineer 63 28 1,570
Sales Representative (Medical and Pharmaceutical Products) 61 40 622
Travel Agency Manager 61 26 343
Construction Estimator 59 30 544
Marine Transport Professionals 59 21 819
Multimedia Designer 58 51 311
Driller 57 32 2,277
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson 53 17 1,130
Production or Plant Engineer 50 39 1,124
Maintenance Planner 47 18 312
Industrial Engineer 47 17 745
Stonemason 46 13 427
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker 44 20 342
Electronics Engineer 42 34 1,171
Life Scientist (General) 41 29 359
Ship’s Master 40 17 787
Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker 39 9 395
Floor Finisher 38 18 288
Public Relations Manager 37 20 229
Optical Dispenser (Aus)/ Dispensing Optician (NZ) 37 14 213
Geophysicist 37 12 789
Liaison Officer 34 16 215
Media Producer (excluding Video) 33 14 270
Civil Engineering Technician 31 20 878
Gas or Petroleum Operator 31 4 489
Food Technologist 30 26 241
Production Manager (Mining) 30 14 563
ICT Support and Test Engineers 29 7 281
Call or Contact Centre Manager 27 18 191
Nurseryperson 26 21 250
Wholesaler 26 12 199
Safety Inspector 25 17 548
Policy Analyst 25 6 192
Surveying or Spatial Science Technician 22 6 503
Corporate Treasurer 22 4 156
Legal Executive 21 12 107
Chemical Engineer 20 8 1,055
Financial Institution Branch Manager 20 6 161
Biotechnologist 19 8 143
Aeroplane Pilot 18 9 306
Licensed Club Manager 17 13 123
Vocational Education Teacher (Aus)/Polytechnic Teacher (NZ) 16 8 172
Vocational Education Teacher (Aus)/Polytechnic Teacher (NZ) 16 8 172
Sports Administrator 15 4 155
Telecommunications Cable Jointer 13 29 149
Medical Administrator (Aus) / Medical Superintendent (NZ) 11 9 156
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) 11 6 275
Electrical Linesworker (Aus)/ Electrical Line Mechanic (NZ) 10 0 878
Biochemist 9 5 581
Natural and Physical Science Professionals 8 6 288
Air Traffic Controller 8 5 64
Interior Decorator 8 4 57
Translator 7 6 160
Air Transport Professionals 7 5 141
Electronic Engineering Draftsperson 7 5 239
Helicopter Pilot 7 4 62
Materials Engineer 7 4 272
Microbiologist 7 4 64
Dressmaker or Tailor 7 4 56
Flying Instructor 6 4 125
Marine Surveyor 6 4 97
Intelligence Officer 5 4 64
Plastics Technician 5 4 75
Metal Polisher 4 8 56
Metallurgist 4 6 295
Project Builder 4 4 53
Regional Education Manager 4 4 33
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager 4 4 31
Amusement Centre Manager 4 4 40
Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 4 4 33
Music Director 4 4 42
Singer 4 4 21
Painter (Visual Arts) 4 4 22
Sculptor 4 4 52
Artistic Director 4 4 62
Art Director (Film, Television or Stage) 4 4 36
Workplace Relations Adviser 4 4 64
Conservation Officer 4 4 20
Hydrogeologist 4 4 12
Environmental Health Officer 4 4 173
Operating Theatre Technician 4 4 28
School Laboratory Technician 4 4 24
Telecommunications Network Planner 4 4 39
Metal Casting Trades Worker 4 4 61
Zookeeper 4 4 24
Small Offset Printer 4 4 32
Clothing Patternmaker 4 4 47
Light Technician 4 4 38
Optical Mechanic 4 4 75
Fire Protection Equipment Technician 4 4 35
Driving Instructor 4 4 20
First Aid Trainer 4 4 16
Other Sports Official 4 4 28
Insurance Investigator 4 4 22
Clinical Coder 4 4 20
Business Broker 4 4 12
Bed and Breakfast Operator 4 0 12
Betting Agency Manager 4 0 21
Railway Station Manager 4 0 8
Cinema or Theatre Manager 4 0 20
Music Professionals 4 0 32
Radio Presenter 4 0 20
Director of Photography 4 0 32
Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors 4 0 35
Radio Journalist 4 0 32
Master Fisher 4 0 37
Exercise Physiologist 4 0 8
Nurse Researcher 4 0 32
Historian 4 0 28
Community Arts Worker 4 0 24
Pathology Collector (Aus)/Phlebotomist (NZ) 4 0 16
Electroplater 4 0 173
Pressure Welder 4 0 135
Engraver 4 0 20
Engineering Patternmaker 4 0 20
Kennel Hand 4 0 8
Screen Printer 4 0 34
Canvas Goods Fabricator 4 0 28
Wood Turner 4 0 12
Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer 4 0 20
Television Equipment Operator 4 0 21
Diver 4 0 121
Dental Hygienist 4 0 35
Dental Prosthetist 4 0 4
Emergency Service Worker 4 0 20
Funeral Workers 4 0 16
Flight Attendant 4 0 41
Jockey 4 0 33
Insurance Risk Surveyor 4 0 16
Stock and Station Agent 4 0 20
Wool Buyer 4 0 8
Parole or Probation Officer 0 5 16
Television Presenter 0 4 20
Author 0 4 24
Futures Trader 0 4 41
Education Reviewer 0 4 16
Intellectual Property Lawyer 0 4 8
Gunsmith 0 4 12
Communications Operator 0 4 20
Shearer 0 4 25
Sail Maker 0 4 16
Shoemaker 0 4 38
Broadcast Transmitter Operator 0 4 28
Dental Therapist 0 4 20
Prison Officer 0 4 43
Sports Umpire 0 4 8
Defence Force Senior Officer 0 0 0
Turf Grower 0 0 0
Deer Farmer 0 0 0
Goat Farmer 0 0 0
Commissioned Defence Force Officer 0 0 0
Commissioned Fire Officer 0 0 4
Commissioned Police Officer 0 0 8
Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Member 0 0 0
Retirement Village Manager 0 0 0
Antique Dealer 0 0 8
Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator 0 0 0
Actor 0 0 12
Entertainer or Variety Artist 0 0 16
Composer 0 0 8
Potter or Ceramic Artist 0 0 16
Archivist 0 0 20
Electorate Officer 0 0 4
Migration Agent (Aus)/ Immigration Consultant (NZ) 0 0 4
Park Ranger 0 0 8
Drama Teacher (Private Tuition) 0 0 8
Homoeopath 0 0 0
Judge 0 0 0
Magistrate 0 0 0
Tribunal Member 0 0 0
Archaeologist 0 0 4
Fisheries Officer 0 0 0
Quarantine Officer 0 0 24
Hydrographer 0 0 4
Plumbing Inspector 0 0 16
Blacksmith 0 0 16
Saw Maker and Repairer 0 0 12
Leather Goods Maker 0 0 16
Apparel Cutter 0 0 16
Clothing Trades Workers 0 0 16
Gallery or Museum Technician 0 0 16
Wool Classer 0 0 0
Mothercraft Nurse 0 0 0
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker 0 0 4
Defence Force Member – Other Ranks 0 0 4
Fire Fighter 0 0 8
Detective 0 0 0
Police Officer 0 0 0
Funeral Director 0 0 24
Travel Attendants 0 0 0
Dog or Horse Racing Official 0 0 4
Golfer 0 0 24
Conveyancer 0 0 8
 Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) /Court Collections Officer (NZ) 599212 0 0 0
Auctioneer 0 0 0

Notes

  • The official data recorded some occupations as having “less than five” visas granted. In those cases, the number of visas granted was assumed to be four to calculate these totals.
  • The changes will not affect existing visa holders. Numbers of previously granted visas are used to indicate demand for temporary workers based on past years.
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