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Chefs could be on the chopping block in migration shake-up

Restaurant owners may soon have to look locally for chefs if the federal government follows through on its “skill-first” migration shake-up.

Last year, the government promised to streamline the list of occupations eligible for employer-sponsored visas.

It intended to prioritise migrants with in-demand skills who could fill local shortages, replacing an approach Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said was “broken” and “outdated”.

But the first draft of the new job list, devised by the government agency Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA), has drawn concern from employer groups who say it does not accurately reflect skill shortages.