Australia will largely end granting visas to foreign workers to fill jobs in the fast food industry, the nation’s immigration minister has said.
Peter Dutton said the decision was designed to protect Australian jobs.
Since 2012, more than 500 foreign staff have been granted a visa – known as 457 – to work at businesses including McDonald’s, KFC and Hungry Jack’s.
The skilled worker visa, designed to fill Australian shortages, also extends to family members.
“Australian workers, particularly young Australians, must be given priority,” Mr Dutton said in explaining the change.
He said visas would still be granted under exceptional circumstances.