Martin Hale, director of the IT Professionals Association, told iTWire: "We believe there were some serious anomalies in the IT industry under the existing 457 temporary visa system.
"We are happy that the government appears to have listened to what we and other industry professional organisations have been telling them about how the skilled worker visa system is being rorted at the expense of local workers."
But on the downside, he said, while the changes were a step in the right direction, the ITPA believed the new system would still be open to abuse.
He said the ITPA recommended that the immigration department publish the details of roles being advertised so they could be seen by Australian job-seekers and scrutinised by industry associations.
Last month, Hale had threatened to name and shame companies that he alleged were rorting the 457 visa system.
The government said on Tuesday that it would be getting rid of the 457 temporary work visa system and replacing it with a system that was stricter on the issue of visas. It also said that Australian workers should be put first.
Hale slammed the IT industry as being "one of the largest contributors to 457 visa growth and exploitation".
He said the details on what the government intended to do to make the skilled worker visa system more transparent and fair were still sketchy, "but we generally support this latest political rhetoric that says changes are required".
"We look forward to seeing the structure of a proposed replacement visa system and are more than willing to work with agencies to apply more scrutiny to existing practices and get better local employment outcomes in the IT industry," he added.
Hale said his association also supported any moves "to create more effective development pathways and industry work opportunities for local IT graduates so that they present as candidates with the type of skills and experiences that are in demand by the IT industry today and tomorrow".
"ITPA is undertaking ongoing investigations into 457 visa fraud and other issues occurring in the IT industry including a number of FOI requests and we will be releasing those findings when completed," he said.