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Government to radically streamline migration with three-tiered system for skilled workers

Government to radically streamline migration with three-tiered system for skilled workers

29/04/2023

The Albanese government will drastically simplify Australia’s immigration system by introducing an assessment with three levels that is designed to reduce the red tape and speed up the process for permanent residence. Minister of home affairs, Clare O’Neil, signalled at the National Press Club on Thursday that the government was planning to eliminate labour market tests in favour of new skill assessments, as well as promised better pay thresholds for new workers in reaction to a migration review.

Reforms will be focused on enhancing the integrity and integrity of visa systems. changing international student visas from a purely work visa and towards more qualified graduates and revamping the points system to facilitate permanent migration, which will benefit people who are able to bring the most value to Australia.

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It is expected that the federal government utilize the cabinet members from the national government to meet in Brisbane the Friday before to start making plans with states for infrastructure and services that will aid in the growth of population. O’Neil stated that it was “a bit startling” that there was “no genuine mechanism at the moment for us to plan for population changes”.

O’Neil claimed that by the year 2023, following a second round of consultations and the introduction of the government’s final strategy O’Neil said that by 2023 “all temporary skilled workers will have a pathway to permanent residency. O’Neil stated that the main focus was on the “quality of our migration program” initially, with the aim of trying to avoid discussion about whether the policy will lead to the creation of a “big Australia or small Australia”. However, in response on questions O’Neil declared that “if we implemented all the things I’ve discussed, the consequence of that would be a smaller migration program for the country”.

Join Guardian Australia’s no-cost morning and afternoon newsletters for a daily roundup of news.The reforms have been met with wide support. Both and the Australian Council of Trade Unions and employer associations like the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry applauding the measures that increase the chances of permanency and draw skilled workers. In the days leading up to O’Neil’s speech the premier, Anthony Albanese, said “the migration system that we inherited was broken”, due to the fact that over 1 million people waited for visas. “What we need to do is to make sure that we identify the skills we need, identify the regions where we need additional workforce, and tailor our migration system so that it benefits those people who come to Australia, but more importantly as well, so that it benefits our national interests,” Albanese stated.

The main recommendation of the report is to establish three levels of regulation for migrants. These include A “light-touch” approach for very skilled migrants earning high wages as well as a mid-level cohort of those who earn over the threshold for temporary income threshold for skilled migration as well as a lower-wage segment that is in areas with a shortage of skilled workers like the care sector. Australia’s broken migration system is a source of 1.8m workers permanently displaced A review has found The government has endorsed the recommendation and will continue to work with the states, business sector, unions, and civil society organizations to decide the level of the threshold at which it is the highest.

O’Neil announced at the press conference that the temporary threshold for income from skilled migration for the second tier of skilled migration would be $70,000, which is up from $53,900.O’Neil explained that this was to be the “goldilocks” level because it was enough to provide “a skilled worker program, not a guest worker program” but not enough to exclude children from being a part of the intake. In the third tier, O’Neil declared that the government will create “proper, capped, safe, tripartite pathways for workers in key sectors, such as care”. Instead of lists of occupations, O’Neil said that “proper, evidence-based assessments of skills needs” will be carried out by the department as well as Jobs and Skills Australia.

This will be a replacement for “the current outdated approaches that everyone agrees are not working” she added, signalling that labour market tests are the requirement for employers to post jobs in the domestic market prior to bringing in new workers – could be scuttled.

Changes to make sure students are come to Australia to learn.

A brief outline of the government’s response to the its home affairs division confirms it will introduce changes to make sure “that all international students are genuinely in Australia to study, including by tightening requirements and by strengthening the quality assurance of education providers”.It has also committed to reducing the amount of time students are spending on bridging visas and an easier route to graduate visas.

In the Press Club, O’Neil nominated technology, care work engineering, construction and care work as needs for skills which could be addressed through more effective prioritisation by international students.The reviewers considered themselves “greatly concerned by the way the current system heightens the risk of exploitation faced by temporary migrant workers”.

Particularly, the employer-sponsored system can have “created the opportunity for exploitation … because it stifles the ability and willingness of an employee to report non-compliance” in the report noted. The review is proposing to allow temporary migrants to leave from their current position and to have up to six months to an employer in the same industry or work type.

Jim Chalmers promises cost-of-living relief in the budget, but he won’t make a commitment to boosting the number of jobseekersThe Albanese government voted for more protections, which includes “increasing mobility” of temporary migrants “without jeopardising their ability to stay in Australia”.Migrants will have clearer pathways to permanent residence, circumventing the risk of migrants being left in ‘permanently temporary’ limbo,” the government has pledged.

The report noted that “successive governments” had imposed limitations on permanent immigration which is currently 195,000, while “the temporary migrant cohort has been demand-driven and has doubled in size since 2007 and now stands at 1.8 million people”.In the wake of Coalition criticizing Labour of trying to create the idea of a “big Australia”, the Albanese government is hoping to enhance the legality of immigration by collaborating with state and territorial governments to boost investments in infrastructure, housing and other services.

Improvements in skilled migration will have priority over family-related immigration. The government has recognized that there was a “need for reform of the family program” in the outline of the strategy stated that the need for reforms “will be considered separately” prior to a final strategy that is set to be implemented in 2023.Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim, said the review offered “no plan to fix a broken family reunion visa system by making it faster, fairer, and more affordable”.

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