The Prime Minister has pledged to cut government red tape to encourage investments and open opportunities to industrial relations reform. The government’s plans to overhaul the vocational training system will particularly interest restaurants, cafés and catering companies because like businesses in other industry sectors, they are struggling with skill shortages – a problem which was further exacerbated by visa changes that removed a way to permanent residency, according to restaurant bookkeepers and consultants.
Without skilled migrant labour, the government needs to focus more on training Australian workers with the skills that employers like restaurants and cafés need otherwise the country will reduce its future economic growth capacity. The good news is that the government has just announced a $525 million skills package that will fund 80,000 new apprenticeships in industries with skill shortages. This package aims to welcome skilled migrants to fill the gaps in the labour market and help train more Australians.
Currently, there is a decline in skilled visa applications and an increased delay in visa processing times. There is an increase in costs related to the Skilling Australians Fund levy, which was a disincentive for sponsoring restaurant and café employers and visa seekers to fill existing and expected jobs by May 2023, according to restaurant bookkeepers and consultants.
There was a 37.9 per cent reduction in the number of primary visas granted in 2017-18 because of the abovementioned red tape. The Prime Minister should be commended for acknowledging the need to cut government red tape to encourage investments and open opportunities for industrial relations reform. The government is also urged to review a system where an increasing number of restaurants and cafés are opting not to open on Sundays and Public Holidays because of casual loadings and penalty rates that make opening for business unprofitable.
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