Migration Strategy and future reforms: Crystal Press Analysis

Summary of future reforms & Impact
The Migration strategy will ensure strong delivery of existing commitments, new commitments to
build a system for the future, and identify areas for future reform.
Areas for future reform requiring tripartite consultation which will be consulted on throughout 2024:

reshaping the permanent skilled migration system to drive long-term prosperity.

tailoring regional visas and the Working Holiday Maker program to support Australia’s
regions and its workers.

additional measures outlined throughout the Migration Strategy where future reform is
needed.


Areas for future reform
Targeting temporary skilled migration to address skills needs and promote worker mobility.

The Future reform will consider how best to regulate migration for lower paid workers with
essential skills.

  • The Government will further evaluate how to develop an Essential Skills Pathway—a
    more regulated pathway for lower paid workers with essential skills—in consultation
    with state and territory governments, unions, businesses and migrant workers.
  • The Government is primarily considering the pathway in the context of the care and
    support economy, which has become essential to the quality of life of Australians.
  • The Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement and the pathways for aged care workers
    through the PALM scheme will provide strong lessons for the Government, unions and
    employers for any future design of more regulated pathways for lower paid workers
    with essential skills.
  • Within sectors, the distinction between the Core Skills Pathway and Essential Skills
    Pathway could be defined by occupation and pay.
  • The Government will further consult on how best to regulate migration for lower paid
    workers with essential skills in early to mid-2024.
    Reshaping permanent skilled migration to drive long-term prosperity.

The future reform will explore a reformed points test to better identify migrants who will
drive Australia’s long-term prosperity.

  • The Government will consider the development of a new analysis-based points test to
    identify more effectively the independent migrants who will make the greatest
    contribution to the country.

The future reform will consider developing a new Talent and Innovation visa to drive growth
in sectors of national importance.

  • A new Talent and Innovation visa could create a single, streamlined pathway to attract
    relatively small numbers of highly talented migrants to Australia, such as high
    performing entrepreneurs, major investors, and global researchers.

Strengthening the integrity and quality of international education

The future reform will support international students and graduates to realise their
potential.

  • The Government will partner with education providers, unions, industry and
    governments to incorporate more work integrated learning (such as professional
    workplace placements or industry-partnered projects) into tertiary courses to ensure
    students are better prepared for Australia’s skilled workforce.

Tackling worker exploitation and the misuse of the visa system

The future reform will strengthen integrity in the approved sponsor application process

  • The Government will look to strengthen the criteria to become an approved sponsor to
    prevent unscrupulous actors from being able to gain access to the temporary skilled
    migration system.
  • These criteria will be developed through further consultation and will consider, for
    example, taking account of sponsors’ employment practices and records based on all
    available evidence, including requiring sponsors to declare any adverse findings by
    relevant workplace regulators and previous bankruptcies.

The reform will improve post-arrival monitoring and compliance including through
coordination with the tax system.

  • These criteria will be developed through further consultation and will consider, for
    example, taking account of sponsors’ employment practices and records based on all
    available evidence, including requiring sponsors to declare any adverse findings by
    relevant workplace regulators and previous bankruptcies.

Tailoring regional visas and the Working Holiday Maker program to support regional Australia and its
workers.

The reform will evaluate regional migration settings and the Working Holiday Maker
program to ensure migration supports development objectives in regional Australia and
does not contribute to the exploitation of migrant workers.

  • The Government will conduct an evaluation of regional migration settings, including
    regional visas, regional definitions, regional occupation lists and DAMAs. The objective
    of this work will be to evaluate how migration settings can better support community
    and workforce needs in regional Australia while not contributing to migrant worker
    exploitation.
  • This evaluation will occur in alignment with other work the Government is doing to
    support regional Australia, including reform to the Infrastructure Investment Program,
    the Regional Investment Framework, the refresh of the Northern Australia White Paper
    and the National Urban Policy.

Contact details
For more information and details about future reforms, please do not hesitate to contact Crystal
Migration on (02) 9189 2988 or ross@crystalmigration.net

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

12 Dec, 2023

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