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Skilled visa occupation lists overhauled to boost slowing economy

Australia’s skilled-migration ­occupation lists will be overhauled in a shake-up of foreign worker visas to drive a slowing economy and meet demand in delivering Scott Morrison’s $100bn infrastructure rollout.

The skilled migration occupation review, to be finalised by March next year, will be designed to focus on filling job vacancies in regional Australia and respond to the high-priority needs of key employment sectors.

In 2018-19, the Morrison government granted almost 82,000 skilled visas, with an even split across primary and secondary ­application types. Immigration data obtained by The Australian shows the top 10 occupations were dominated by the ICT sector, with more than 7600 visas granted for jobs including software engineers and testers, program developers and analyst programmers.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash told The Australian skilled migration remained a key driver of the national economy, which has come under pressure following a fall in consumer spending and the housing slowdown.

New streamlined student visas to grow Australian education

The new Coalition Government will move quickly to begin undoing Labor’s damage to Australia’s international education sector—and restore it as one of Australia’s most important economic contributors.

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison and Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne announced a package of measures that would simplify student visas through a streamlined assessment-level framework (ALF) and by extending streamlined visa processing arrangements to low-risk non-university degree providers.

Australia’s productivity is steadily slipping down and will continue to do so if skilled migration numbers are not increased quickly.
 
The current migration intake of 190,000 a year is not enough to sustain productivity, says the Australian Industry Group (AIG). It says that Australia needs a steady increase in migration intake every year with an emphasis on skilled migration in order to meet current and future skills shortages.
 
The AIG has proposed that the Federal government needs to act immediately to substantially increase the immigration intake in the upcoming budget by at least 15% to 220,000 to meet the current skills shortage.