Go Back   Migration Help > Migration > Employer sponsored


Thread Tools Display Modes
Changes to skilled migration program a 'threat to recovery'
Old 9th February 2010, 02:09 AM   #1
Migration Help
Migration Help's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 517
Default Changes to skilled migration program a 'threat to recovery'

Christian Kerr and Mark Dodd
From: The Australian
February 09, 2010

THE Rudd government's changes to Australia's skilled migration program could hold back economic recovery, a key business group has warned.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans yesterday announced changes to permanent skilled migration designed to make the program demand-driven rather than supply-driven.

A more targeted list of jobs used to select migrants will be developed by the independent body, Skills Australia, and reviewed annually.

But the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry fears the changes will be "tested" as the economy returns to better growth.

"The inability of employers to successfully recruit labour could mean that less work can be entered into and in some cases turned away," ACCI employment, education and training boss Mary Hicks said yesterday.

"There will be a delicate balance between trying to develop aspirational targets for Australia's skilled workforce and achieving flexibility in importing skilled labour."

Ms Hicks said recent changes to the 457 visa scheme had already restricted the flexibility of employers to import labour. "There is a danger that the short-term needs of employers to gain access to skilled workers will be hampered or stopped altogether."

ACTU president Sharan Burrow welcomed the announcement as recognition Australia needed to better integrate migration policy with national workforce and skills planning.

But Heather Ridout, of the Australian Industry Group, also warned of skills shortages as the economy gathered pace.

"Demand in many critical skills areas has not diminished and businesses are looking at the prospect of the re-emergence of acute skill shortages as the economy recovers," she said.

"Putting a greater emphasis on a demand-driven system that better matches the needs of business will help ease this pressure."

Ms Ridout added the changes would also help tackle the pressures of an ageing population.

But she acknowledged the proposals would hit the education sector, already suffering thanks to the global financial crisis and the strong Australian dollar.

Senator Evans said many overseas students treated visas to study in Australia as a precursor to permanent residency.

Opposition training spokesman Mathias Cormann accused him of risking Australia's third-largest export industry, saying: "International education is a $15.5 billion business ."

His Coalition colleague, opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison, said the move would damage Australia's attractiveness as a study destination.

One senior Indonesian official told The Australian: "If this is being done for security reasons then we understand but I hope it won't mean fewer Indonesians wanting to come to Australia."


Migration Help is offline  

Reply With Quote
Old 9th February 2010, 05:35 PM   #2
Robert's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Greenwood, WA
Posts: 51
Kandralingam Chelliah Registered Migration Agent
MARN 9254011

The new direction gives the perception by that :

1. the ACTU and related unions would have a strong input in the Minister's thinking.
2. the culturla hegemony of some traditional Australian society would want to limit to migrants for "assimilation" through English langauge

If it is going to to be employer driven, to what extend are employers prepared to multiculturalise their work force, and readily sponsor persons of any cultural background?

These are macro issues affecting the social fabric of the Australian society.

Robert K Chelliah
Robert is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Diac transformation and the general skilled migration program Migration Help Skilled migration 0 22nd April 2010 01:18 AM
Employer-sponsored migrants to get priority in overhaul of Skilled Migration program Migration Help Employer sponsored 0 16th February 2010 11:46 PM

All times are GMT +11. The time now is 06:20 PM.
A vBSkinworks Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.