Australia proposes guest worker scheme to address labour shortage in service sector

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Australian government will discuss its first guest worker scheme before the end of this year at a cabinet meeting. This guest worker scheme would allow foreign workers to enter Australia for a specific job or employment in a designated industry.

The guest worker scheme is proposed because the service industries in major cities have a steady supply of workers but businesses in regional areas particularly where mining industry is competing for labour, are facing struggle. As per tourism industry, the big wages of the mining boom were luring away its workforce. This new scheme would make the workers receive Australian pay and conditions, but they would have to leave the country after a set period.

This problem of competition with mining jobs is also the reason for drop in foreign students migrating to Australia. The students usually take a service industry job to meet the expenses of their studies.

“It is an ongoing problem to find people, staff turnover can be quite high as well,” expressed a spokesman for the Tourism and Transport Forum.

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