International students allowed extra hours as National Cabinet moves to ease supply chain pressures

International students will be called on to help ease workforce shortages caused by the Omicron variant as changes are also made to COVID rules for all transport, freight and logistics employees. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed changes would be made to remove a 40-hour working cap for foreign students in affected sectors, under a plan endorsed in a National Cabinet meeting. 

The temporary relaxation is aimed at easing crippling labour shortages stemming from the isolation of thousands of workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

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