Anthony Albanese’s government is making major changes to the immigration system, making it easier for skilled migrant workers to live here
- Verify that the migration system does not meet current or future needs
- Skilled migrants will find it easier to obtain a visa to move to Australia
The Albanian government will make sweeping changes to a ‘broken’ migration system after an evaluation found it did not meet current or future needs.
Controversial job market testing rules, which require jobs to be advertised to local applicants before an employer can consider hiring workers, will be scrapped.
The review, announced by Home Secretary Clare O’Neil on Thursday, will cover permanent residency for temporary visa holders and ways to bring in skilled migrants to boost the economy.
About two million people in Australia have temporary visas, of which about 10 percent become permanent migrants each year.
Ms O’Neil commissioned the review last year and will elaborate on the government’s new policy when she addresses the National Press Club.
Our migration system is broken. It does not deliver for Australians. It does nothing for our businesses and it does nothing for the migrants themselves,” she told ABC’s 7.30 Report Wednesday night.
Home Secretary Clare O’Neil (pictured) announced major changes to Australia’s migration system on Thursday
“It’s a terribly complex system that makes it very difficult to bring highly skilled workers to the country who will increase productivity.”
For example, she said that for employers in the technology sector, the list of skills was “archaic” and “obsolete.”
The minister said wage exploitation of temporary migrant workers is also widespread and must be curbed.
Ms O’Neil warned that Australia risked falling behind other developed immigrant countries, such as Canada, by becoming a nation of ‘permanent temporary’ residents.
Some employer groups have called for looser restrictions on skilled migration limits and target sectors, while others want a reconsideration of English language requirements and rules regarding post-graduate employment.
Deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley said the government needed to ensure that the new policies and institutions did not put undue pressure on the already tense rental housing market.
Opposition spokesman James Paterson said Australia was a wealthier country because of the millions of migrants who had come to the coast.
But the size, composition and timing of the migration influx were “legitimate areas for public debate,” he told Sky News.
“It’s time for (the government) to come forward and give some answers – what is their plan, how many people do they plan to bring in.
“How are they going to reduce the number of temporary visa holders while solving the skills shortage?” said Senator Paterson.
Labor MP Peter Khalil, chairman of the parliament’s intelligence and security committee, said the migration system was “unjust, slow and unplanned”.
“In the last nine years under a Liberal government it has become a dog’s breakfast,” he told Sky News.
Khalil said one of the main problems was the increase in temporary visas, while permanent migration had remained largely stable.
The Albanian government will make sweeping changes to a ‘broken’ migration system after an evaluation found it did not meet current or future needs. Anthony Albanese is pictured
He said migrants who were allowed to “put a stake in the ground” in the past had gone on to build modern Australia.
The government’s review considered 483 public submissions from individuals, companies, unions, think tanks and other interested parties.
The summary of the report stated that ‘migration is a central element of Australia’s national identity.
“As a country, we actively seek new members of our community from around the world, welcoming a disproportionate share of the world’s migratory flows.”