To reduce the labour shortage issue in Australia, the government has decided to change the size and shape of the country’s permanent migration intake. From reports, the number of permanent immigrant visas is set to grow from the usual 160,000 per year. It is expected to rise to as high as 200,000 per year.
According to Australia Immigration Professionals, increasing the number of immigrants was not only supported by the government. The unions and business groups also supported the plan. In other words, there is a great agreement to up the Australian immigration intake to about 200,000.
The remarkable consensus on this new development is that many believe it will provide an economic boost. They also believe it will lessen labour shortages.
The Need for Change in Australia's Migration Program
Since there is more to permanent migration than just the headline figure, business groups and unions are clamouring for change in the type of people that migrate to Australia. Some of these groups have said there were easy methods to incredible results in this regard.
Even though the Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) supports the increase in permanent migrants per year to 200,000, the support is highly conditional. Some of these conditions are more effort to identify and prove genuine skills shortages and a greater investment in skills and training. Australia Immigration Professionals also reported an increase in minimum wages for temporary migrants with a 50% subsidy for new apprentices as part of the conditions.
Drive for Skilled Immigrants
Australia is currently pushing to increase immigration levels. The drive is on to ensure that skilled migrants get into Australia.