Fast-track visas for world’s best

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 13-Aug-19

Federal Immigration Minister David Coleman is to release details of a new migrant program on 13 August, with visas for 5,000 high-skilled people from around the world to be fast-tracked each year. Coleman says the Global Talent Independent Program will focus on no more than five or six sectors, with fintech, quantum computing and agtech some of the sectors to be targeted. The 5,000 migrants to be targeted under the Global Talent Independent Program will be included in the current annual skilled migration cap of 70,000.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS

Skills crisis at critical level: CEOs

Original article by Ewin Hannan, Sascha O’Sullivan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 8-Aug-19

Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox has urged the federal government to take action to address the nation’s skilled labour shortage. Willox says the situation is particularly urgent given the number of major infrastructure projects that will be undertaken in coming years. He has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison arguing the need for a national approach to the issue, noting that the number of people undertaking apprenticeship and traineeship programs fell to 259,385 in 2018, compared with 446,000 in 2012.

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THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS

Workplace hitch to PM growth pitch

Original article by Andrew Tillett, Matthew Cranston, John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 24-Apr-19

Council of Small Business Organisations CEO Peter Strong says industrial relations reform will be essential if the federal government is to achieve its goal of creating 250,000 new small businesses over the next five years. Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO James Pearson says that in addition to workplace reforms, the government must invest in training and take action to reduce power prices. The Institute of Public Affairs adds that action to reduce the red tape burden is also necessary.

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COUNCIL OF SMALL BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIMITED, QUANTUM BUSINESS FINANCE PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Skills shortage hits a third of employers

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 5-Jul-18

Some 34 per cent of Australian businesses have reported a shortage of skilled labour in a Manpower Group survey. This compares with 38 per cent in 2016 and 54 per cent in 2011. Richard Fischer of Manpower notes that Australian employers have been actively investing in staff training and upskilling in the wake of the global financial crisis. The survey also shows that companies are looking at options such as flexible working arrangements and greater use of temporary workers and freelancers.

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MANPOWER INCORPORATED, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Widening inequality leaves low-skilled out

Original article by Ben Potter
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 12-Dec-17

Skilled workers such as engineers and doctors have enjoyed average annual wage increases of 1.4 per cent for the past seven years, according to modelling by economists Janine Dixon and Nhi Tran. However, low-skilled workers such as cleaners and labourers have not seen any increase in their wages. Dixon says workers in this category will no doubt be tempted to blame trade or immigration for their plight, but the problem lies with automation and with not having the right skills to seek other jobs. Tran and Dixon contend that inequality in Australia will get worse if more effort is not made to boost the skills of low-paid workers.

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VICTORIA UNIVERSITY. CENTRE OF POLICY STUDIES, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE. INSTITUTE OF APPLIED ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH

Migrants shun state as reality hits home

Original article by Andrew Burrell
The Australian – Page: 2 : 22-Nov-17

Many skilled migrants who came to Western Australia to take advantage of its resources boom have ended up in jobs that require less skills. This is due to the boom having ended at around the time they arrived, while others moved to other states in an attempt to find jobs more in line with their skills. A study undertaken by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and released on 21 November has found that over half of the skilled migrants that came to WA and are still there are working in lower-skilled jobs. The study concludes that the poor utilisation of migrant skills is an issue that Australia as a whole needs to deal with.

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BANKWEST CURTIN ECONOMICS CENTRE, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

PR and comms want visa reversal

Original article by Stephen Brook
The Australian – Page: 24 : 6-Nov-17

The Public Relations Institute of Australia has urged the federal government to overturn its ban on 457 visas for staff in the public relations industry. PRIA president Jenny Muir says other related sectors, including marketing and communications, have been similarly impacted by the ban, which she says was implemented without any consultation with the PR sector. A spokesperson for the federal Immigration Department says its next review of the occupations list will be made in January 2018.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EMPLOYMENT, OGILVY PUBLIC RELATIONS PTY LTD, HERD MSL, ATLASSIAN CORPORATION PLC

Corporate executives set to escape 457 visa changes

Original article by Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 5-Jun-17

The Australian Government is expected to release a revised list of occupations that are excluded from the 457 visa scheme by the end of June 2017. The CEOs of several listed companies are among those to be affected by the visa reforms, but business groups are confident that the Government will relax the new rules with regard to senior executives. Sectors such as retailing, hospitality, tourism and higher education are also seeking exemptions from the new visa rules.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION, AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, GRAINCORP LIMITED – ASX GNC, ORICA LIMITED – ASX ORI, NBN CO LIMITED, KORN/FERRY AUSTRALASIA, AUSTRALIAN MINES AND METALS ASSOCIATION (INCORPORATED), BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN AUSTRALIA, FRENCH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MERCER CONSULTING GROUP INCORPORATED, WELLS FARGO AND COMPANY, GM HOLDEN LIMITED, 3M CORPORATION, EUROPCAR, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

Corporate changes blast the 457 visa changes

Original article by Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 5-May-17

Business leaders are continuing their attack on the Federal Government’s changes to the skilled visa system and its abolition of 457 visas. Gregory Robinson of Blenheim Partners says the changes to the skilled visa system have seen companies withdraw job offers to overseas candidates, while the scrapping of the 457 system has been described by some business leaders as "protectionist" and giving into "populism"

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, BLENHEIM PARTNERS, TABCORP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX TAH, HEALTHSCOPE LIMITED – ASX HSO, AURIZON HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX AZJ, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SUPERANNUATION INVESTORS INCORPORATED, OZ MINERALS LIMITED – ASX OZL, INVESTA OFFICE FUND – ASX IOF, INDIA. PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE, NEW ZEALAND. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, GRAINCORP LIMITED – ASX GNC, SCENTRE GROUP – ASX SCG, WESTFIELD CORPORATION – ASX WFD

Business to pay as 457 visas axed

Original article by Simon Benson, Sarah Martin
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 19-Apr-17

People who are currently in Australia on 457 skilled visas will not be affected by the Federal Government’s move to replace them with two new types of temporary foreign worker visas that are subject to stricter criteria. The May 2017 Budget is expected to include a new foreign worker tax, which will be paid into a fund that will provide training for Australians in sectors that are experiencing a skills shortage. There has been a mixed response to the reforms within the business sector.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIAN MINES AND METALS ASSOCIATION (INCORPORATED), ACTU, ONE NATION PARTY, ATLASSIAN CORPORATION PLC, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT