The days of young Irish people heading off to work in Australia for more than a year or two look like they are coming to an end. The country's Prime Minister has announced he is abolishing the 457 Visa.
It was introduced in 1996 and allows skilled workers stay on in Australia if an employer sponsors them, but is now going to be replaced by a new programme and the list of job types that need filling will be dramatically lowered.
Malcolm Turnbull says the visa will replaced it with a new programme that he claims will "attract better skilled workers and see Australians employed over cheap foreign workers".
Anyone who is already in Australia on a 457 Visa will not be affected by today's announcement, but it will make getting sponsored or becoming a resident much more unlikely to happen.
In a Facebook video Prime Minister Turnbull said "Our reforms will have a simple focus: Australian jobs and Australian values."
"We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains - Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs," he added.
The Australian ambassador to Ireland says skilled Irish people will continue to be welcome in Australia despite the scrapping of the 457 visa programme.
The 457 visa has made it possible for foreign workers and their families to live and work in Down Under - if sponsored by an employer.
It had a high take-up of Irish workers in varying industries, but the Australian government says it is now prioritising employment opportunities for it's own citizens
Australian ambassador to Ireland Richard Andrews says while certain skills are no longer in demand due to changing market conditions, other skilled Irish workers are still welcome.