Key Issues

Key Issues

Updates on key issues will be posted here for the information of industry, government and the community.

Abolition of the 457 Visa

Certainty is crucial for the workforce planning for the Australian red meat manufacturing sector.

The recent Federal Government announcement to abolish 457 visas has major potential to impact the future viability of Australia’s largest trade exposed manufacturing sector; and largest food manufacturer.

RMAC supports our member councils, particularly the Australian Meat Industry Council, on calling on the Federal Government to put workforce planning policies in place that ensures the sector’s longevity and prosperity in consultation with the industry.

The meat processing industry is presently included in the ‘Accommodation and Food Services’ classification for 457 Visas. Figures as at June 2016 show there are more than 15,000 current visas on issue in this category, which represents more than 15% of total 457 Visa numbers.

Fresh beef importation

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has recently consulted the Australian industry and the community on the potential of beef imports from Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United States and Vanuatu.

Providing the highest level of assurance to our industry and our Australian customers is vital and RMAC seeks leadership from government to ensure this happens; in an industry where international trade is very much a two-way street.

Key media coverage on this matter includes: