A leader in the engineering sector in Australia has joined unions in slamming proposals to water down requirements relating to Australia’s foreign worker visa program, saying new rules which would allow specialised staff to work in Australia for up to a year without a 457 visa would open the way for the system to be rorted.

Speaking on the ABC’s The World Today program, Engineers Australia Chief Executive Officer Steven Durkin said proposals for a new class of temporary entry visa which would allow companies to bring foreign workers into Australia for up to a year without workers in question having to pass requirements relating to…