Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders in Early Childhood sector.

Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders in Early Childhood sector.

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Talent Now started this petition to Hon Alex Hawke MP (Department for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs) and

Staffing shortages in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) are getting worse with closed borders and zero migration associated with COVID-19.

International students make up a significant component of the ECEC workforce, however the work restrictions associated with their student visa, means they cannot work more than 40 hours per fortnight. In response to COVID, the Government recently relaxed work restrictions for student visa holders in a number of sectors but this petition calls on them to add Early Childhood Education & Care to the list.

Furthermore, many people do not realise that international students do not receive student travel concessions in NSW, and Victoria offers very limited concessions. With demand so high, educators are choosing (rightly so) to reduce travel costs and time, and are taking work much closer to home. This is resulting in severe shortages in some areas.

Lastly, the Government initiatives to improve work force participation for women, while admirable, will not be sustainable unless more is done to address the staffing shortages in the sector. This is just one small step in the right direction.

Add ECEC to the list of sectors being provided with temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders and provide full student travel concessions to international students in NSW and VIC.

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