On 27 April 2023, the Home Affairs Minister, Clare O’Neil addressed the National Press Club announcing major reforms to the migration program.
The emphasis is on restoring the Australian values into Australia’s Skilled Migration Program to bring in:
• Integrity – Otherwise without it we will lose the public confidence
• Ending the ‘temporary’ status – clearer pathways and clarity for becoming a permanent resident
• Inclusion – Skills streaming to make certain skilled migrants enter the market at the level of their qualifications
The Minister went on further to state, “we have every reason to believe that our migration system can help us deliver a more secure and prosperous Australia, as it has done many times before”.
It is essential to ensure this program is a skilled worker program, not a guest worker program, providing certainty and clarity for migrants in regards to permanent residence pathways.
All the finer details over the overhaul will be worked through in the weeks and months ahead and will be legislated in phases.
Some of the key points from the announcement.
The government’s plan will, in fact, slightly reduce the immigration intake over the medium term, with the fix for the labour shortages to come from improving the quality of who is granted a visa.
Speaking at the National Press Club, Minister O’Neil, said “what’s really important to me is that we’ve got these big national problems facing our country and we’re not getting the right people here through the migration system to help us address them.” The TSMIT is being increased to $70,000 from 1 July 2023 and this, Minister O’Neil said that the increase was “a substantial increase to ensure we have skilled workers coming under a skilled program”.
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