Labor’s ‘Protecting Local Workers’ Package

Promoting local employment or unduly stifling temporary work visas? Introduction Immigration policies will be a key focus at the upcoming Federal election. In a press release dated 23 April 2019, the opposition Labor party released the first details of its proposed ‘Protecting Local Workers package’ (‘PLW package’). Advocating significant alterations to the present 482 programme…

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New skilled regional provisional visas

There will be two new skilled regional provisional  visas introduced in November 2019: Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa: for people sponsored by an employer in regional Australia; and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa: for  people who are nominated by a State or  Territory government or sponsored by an eligible  family member to live and…

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Regional cities back the Australian Government’s new migration plan

PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT: Bathurst councillor Monica Morse wants the Federal Government to provide more support systems before sending new migrants to regional areas. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 101714ztrans3 WILL the Morrison Government’s new regional migration plan be a success? It depends on who is answering the question. In general, members of local councils and business communities in the Central…

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How the changes to RSMS have affected small businesses

The changes introduced in March 2018 to the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) (subclass 187) visa have changed the face of skilled migration to regional areas significantly, much to the detriment of regional employers. The RSMS is a permanent residence visa for skilled migrant workers to work in regional Australia on a full time basis….

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Australian permanent residency visas? No thanks

While thousands struggle to meet the requirements for Australian permanent residency, some in-demand trade occupations are seeing very low, or even no applications at all. Australia is among the most sought-after immigration destinations across the world with tens of thousands of people trying their luck to migrate down under every year as skilled migrants. While…

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Cutting immigration risks economic growth, business leader says

Designer Karla Spetic, originally from Croatia: ‘We all come from somewhere — that’s the beauty of being Australian’. Picture: John Feder The head of a leading business group has hit back at calls to cut immigration, warning skills shortages are emerging in sectors such as manufacturing, construction and defence and reducing the program risks economic…

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457 visa delays hurting small businesses

The 457 visas won’t be abolished until March but Simon Christie’s business is already feeling the pinch from the federal government’s changes to the visa system. Christie owns video production company Adventure Set Production and has spent the past two years trying to hire two Chinese staff on 457 visas to try and target the China market…..

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Stop worrying about automation: the real problem might be too few workers

Ignore the employment doomsayers — chances are we’re going to run out of workers before automation causes mass unemployment. While neoliberalism is — correctly — the villain du jour, one of its unalloyed successes has been in getting people into jobs. Unemployment has not been above 6.5% since 2002; it was above 6.5% for nearly…

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