Full migration policy
Australia must have a positive and robust skilled migration program to supplement workforce development that helps Australians secure suitable jobs. The politicisation of the migration program has been disappointing and has resulted in changes to programs that restrict economic and business growth.
Skilled migration creates jobs for Australians by adding to economic growth and bringing in much-needed skills. We must continue to ensure that the migration program is not demonised for political purposes.
Australian Chamber policies for Skilled Migration include:
- In the context of a broader population policy that recognises the contribution of population growth to economic growth, to raise the community’s understanding of the value that skilled migration brings to the economy and society; and provide support for the quantity and mix of skilled migration needed to fulfil the requirements of the labour market.
- Advocate for the restoration of a more responsive skilled migration program to address the detrimental impact of changes made since 2013 that have reduced access to temporary skilled migration and employer sponsored permanent migration and encourage streamlined processing.
- Improve all aspects of the skilled migration program including the effective implementation of labour, enterprise and designated area migration agreements and the approach to permanent skilled migration which better reflects industry demand.
- Review civil sanctions relating to the employment of illegal workers, to ensure they are more reflective of standard industry recruitment standards.
- Restore public confidence in temporary working visas including the working holiday maker visa, the 457 visa and student visa through education and effective enforcement of current regulation rather through more restrictive and costly regulation.
- Ensure visa fees and arrangements are internationally competitive, and encourage the freer flow of labour, both in and out of Australia, with particular focus on improving the connections with Australia’s Asian neighbours.
- Ensure the ANZSCO Occupation Lists for permanent and temporary migration are more responsive to industry needs and advocate for improved process which is more flexible and responsive.
- Ensure a review of the ANZSCO Occupation List is undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as soon as possible.