The restructuring of Australia’s temporary skilled migration program announced by the Federal Government today will help to build public confidence in the program so Australian businesses can continue to access skills from overseas workers, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today.
Jenny Lambert, Acting Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “Australian businesses need access to skills in order to grow. We welcome the replacement of the 457 visa and the reiteration of the need to focus on addressing skills shortages in those areas of Australia where some employers find it tough to get the workforce they need.
“Public confidence in the skilled migration system is vital, and this announcement will help to achieve that confidence. It is a chance to hit the ‘reset button’ on temporary skilled migration.
“We look forward to working with the Government on the detail of the new temporary visa program to ensure it is a valuable and accessible tool to fill short-term gaps through responsiveness and sensible regulation.
“In relation to migration generally, as we said in our Pre-Budget Submission, the Federal Government should work with state and territory governments and key stakeholders to reiterate the benefits and positive impact skilled migration has on Australia’s economic and social fabric.
“Skilled migration enhances opportunities for Australians: it boosts the economy, assists in training the Australian workforce and provides business with short-term access to the skills they need.
“While rebalancing the program is welcome to restore public confidence, it is important to do so without stifling growth and productivity, particularly in our regions.”