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Views Sought on Australian Review of Skilled Migration and Temporary Visa Programmes

by Ray Clancy on April 17, 2015

in Australia, Australia Immigration, General Information

The department of immigration in Australia has invited people to have their say on its review of skilled migration and temporary activity visa programmes.

It has launched an online survey on its website which will be open until the end of April that asks for views on how these visa programmes are delivered.

uk-property-market‘The survey has been structured to enable people to quickly and easily comment on issues that matter to them that have been raised throughout the recent consultation process,’ said a spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

‘The review aims to ensure the programmes continue to provide simple and flexible models to meet evolving labour market demands and minimise red tape for business. The survey will complement the consultation and discussion paper processes already completed,’ the spokesman added.

The department is currently undertaking a review of the skilled migration and temporary activity visa programmes and as part of its proposal it wants views on specific issues raised during national consultations and in written submissions.

The purpose of the Skilled Migration and Temporary Activity visa programme review is to reduce red tape for Australian businesses and create a new visa framework that is flexible, responsive and features enhanced integrity.

The aims include to review the effectiveness of the current skilled migration and temporary activity visa programmes to reduce unnecessary red tape and explore and develop, in consultation with key stakeholders, new and innovative skilled migration visa models.

The plan involves creating a system that supports Australia’s short and long term skilled migration needs while ensuring that Australian workers don’t lose out to overseas workers but those skilled foreigner who are needed can get visas to work in the country.

The department wants to implement a new visa framework that is supportive, flexible and responsive and which enriches the Australian economy through a well-managed skilled migration programme and to ensure that integrity is maintained and strengthened in the new visa framework.

The department and the Ministry for the Arts is also undertaking a review of the Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (Subclass 420) with the aim of reducing the burden and cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation imposed on individuals, business and community organisations.

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