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Australian government releases migration strategy

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The Government's Migration Strategy Release on 11th December


1. Key Objectives:

  • Boosting productivity, meeting skills shortages, supporting exports to raise living standards.

  • Ensuring fair workplace conditions, preventing migrant worker exploitation.

  • Building stronger communities with planned migration and opportunities for permanent residence and citizenship.

  • Strengthening economic and social international relationships.

  • Creating a fast, efficient, and fair migration system for migrants and employers.


2. Eight Action Plans:

  • Targeting temporary skilled migration for skills needs and worker mobility.

  • Introducing a new Skills in Demand visa with three pathways, promoting migrant worker mobility in the labour market.

  • Reshaping permanent skilled migration for long-term prosperity.

  • Strengthening the integrity and quality of international education.

  • Tackling worker exploitation and visa system misuse.

  • Planning migration for skill alignment and regional needs.

  • Prioritizing regional visas and revising the Working Holiday Maker Program.

  • Simplifying the migration system for better user experience.


3. New Commitments Include:

  • Specialist Skills Pathway for attracting skilled workers in key industries.

  • Core Skills Pathway with updated occupation lists.

  • Streamlined labour market testing and visa processing.

  • Reformed points test for permanent skilled migration, Talent and Innovation visa.

  • Higher English language requirements for international students, increased scrutiny of student visas.

  • Public register of employer sponsors.

  • Long-term migration planning with state and territory collaboration.

  • Priority processing for regional visas.


4. Action Plan:

  • The Government's indicative timeline for these reforms spans 2023-2024.

Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please get in touch with SCA Connect.

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