A RESEARCH project by Edith Cowan University, released last week, has backed usage of 457 visas in the national resources industry.

The report claimed temporary overseas workers played a small but important role in ensuring projects are built on time and on budget, which leads to increased longer-term employment opportunities for Australians and greater investment security.

Resource industry employer group Australian Mines and Metals Association has called for wider acknowledgement of issues faced by fledgling resources projects when debatingenterprise migration agreements, 457 visa schemes and temporary skilled migration.

Click here to read the full article published in the Pilbara News on 15 November 2012.