Tasmania's peak business lobby group says the state's employers will struggle, following the government's decision to overhaul the 457 visa system.
Changes to the employer-sponsored program mean businesses will be able to bring in only English-speaking foreign workers aged 45 years or younger.
Michael Bailey from the TCCI said regional Tasmania will struggle to find workers for many roles.
“You look at the number of doctors in our community here that have come from overseas on these visas that are really important parts of our community, the number of chefs... all these sorts of roles that we can’t seem to get local people to take on,” Mr Bailey said.
The abolishment of 457 visas will see the introduction of two new temporary skills visas - a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years.
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