The Joint Standing Committee on Migration, Australia, is holding public hearings between 1 to 3 March in which the Committee will listen to important stakeholders for gaining a rounded understanding about how the skilled migration program of Australia can better support the post-pandemic recovery of the country, according to MP Julian Leeser, the Committee Chair. The Committee will hear the views of the representatives of various organizations, government departments, unions, professional associations, venture capital firms and small businesses regarding the skilled migration program of Australia.
The Committee is holding these hearings ahead of tabling an interim report on immediate adjustments to the skilled migration program for supporting the recovery of the Australian economy from the impact of the pandemic as well as Australia’s attractiveness to entrepreneurs and talented individuals. The report will be submitted later in March. According to Leeser, these hearings will be vital to informing the committee’s conclusions.
Australia skilled migration and country’s economic growth
Skilled migrants make vital contributions towards the growth of Australia’s economy. Before COVID-19 outbreak, more than 100,000 immigrants used enter Australia every year. According to MP Leeser, the new inquiry will be an important opportunity to examine the broad settings behind the Australia skilled migration program.
“The Committee will consider how we attract entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and highly skilled migrants to make Australia their first choice to invest, establish businesses and create jobs,” said Leeser.
“Australia’s excellent health and economic response allows us to attract great entrepreneurs and skilled people looking to relocate. We want them to see Australia as the best place to establish a business with our safe, highly functioning democracy, good health and economic systems and the rule of law.” he added.
Australia’s joint standing committee on migration aims to review the rules that determine whether people would get skilled visa to enter the country.
Reserve Bank of Australia’s governor Philip Lowe had earlier said that slower population growth would stunt the country’s broader economic growth. According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a total of 2720 people came to Australia on permanent skilled visas in December 2020. The number of immigrants who came to Australia during the same period in the previous year was 34770. The number of skilled visa applications also dropped by 11 percent in 2019-20 compared to the previous year.