Migration positive story welcome

19 Oct 2018 |

Australia’s largest and most representative business network, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has welcomed the Federal Government’s renewed emphasis on the importance and advantages of employer-sponsored migration.

“We are pleased Minister Coleman has acknowledged the important role employer-sponsored migration plays in solving the skills and labour shortages in our regions and cities,” Australian Chamber CEO, James Pearson, said today, in response to a speech from the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

“We also welcome the move to accelerate Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) negotiations.

“We hope the positive reflections made by Minister Coleman today will be translated into better visa settings, so employers facing genuine skill shortages, including a substantial proportion in our regions, will be able to hire the workers they need when they need it.

“Business has long been concerned about the increasing complexity of the skilled migration system. The numerous skills lists and pathways that make up the system make it hard for business, especially small business to access the skills they desperately need.

“We are also relieved the Minister has made strong comments about the economic and community benefits of migration, given the recent misinformed and superficial commentary.

“We stand ready and willing to work with Government to find a solution to these issues within the broader migration context,” Mr Pearson said.

Duncan Bremner

Director - Public Affairs and Advocacy

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