IGEA has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s inquiry into Australia’s skilled migration program, covering issues such as:
- The purpose of the skilled migration program and whether it is meeting its intended objectives,
- Australia’s international competitiveness in attracting entrepreneurs, venture capital, startups, and the best and brightest skilled migrants with cutting edge skills;
- Skills lists and the extent to which they are meeting the needs of industries and businesses and keeping pace with Australia’s job landscape;
- The administrative requirements for Australian businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants, including requirements to prioritise job opportunities for Australians and job creation;
- The costs of sponsorship to businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants;
- The complexity of Australia’s skilled migration program including the number of visa classes under the program and their requirements, safeguards and pathways; and
- Any other related matters.
This submission was on the back of our earlier work on video game related occupations and the Australian migration system.