Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee: Inquiry into the effectiveness of the current Temporary Skilled Visa System in targeting genuine skills shortages
The Australian Chamber is a strong advocate for a workforce development strategy that focuses on the skills development of Australian workers supplemented by a flexible and responsive migration system to fill the gaps. Australian businesses increasingly compete not just locally but globally for talent and skills. This submission outlines the importance of a responsive temporary skilled migration system, highlights the current shortcomings of the program and provides recommendations on how the system can be improved.
The Australian Chamber supports the reduction of red tape and the streamlining of services. However, this cannot come at the cost of reducing the integrity of the system or its ability to meet the needs of business and the broader community. The Australian Chamber acknowledges that the current visa system is complex and at times difficult to navigate and does agree that simplification of this system should be possible.