South Australia needs more professionals and students from abroad

by Ray Clancy on February 12, 2014

in Australia, Australia Immigration, General Information

South Australia needs to reform its migration plan and attract more professional skilled people from overseas as well as more international students, it is claimed.

According to the Property Council of Australia a change in strategy is needed to make the state a magnet for talent and investment.


Recent research shows that South Australia is losing its younger residents who depart for other cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney or move abroad

It has released a Nine Point Plan for Migration, the first in a host of policies it will advocate for in the lead up to the State Election.

‘The current approach to migration is serving us poorly,’ said Property Council executive director Richard Angove.

The Property Council’s plan addresses South Australia’s skills gaps, the need to cut red tape for immigration ways that the State can retain talent.

‘To create jobs and boost business growth we need to retain the talent we are training here in Adelaide. South Australia attracts a number of international students, but limited visa options mean they leave almost immediately after graduating,’ explained Angove.

‘These are precisely the kinds of skilled people our state needs to retain and attract,’ he added.

Angove believes that the Property Council’s plan for migration offers simple solutions that encourage business growth by way of population growth.

Also, he added that the Property Council’s manifesto, Igniting Our Economy, offers a platform of policies, including migration, to drive productivity.

‘South Australia is a state renown to be one of the most liveable in the country. The State Election provides a perfect opportunity for an agenda that supercharges growth,’ Angove said.

Recent research by the Property Council has found that South Australia is losing its younger residents as they depart Adelaide for other cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney or to move abroad.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that over the past two decades the total number of 20 to 39 year olds as a proportion of South Australiaís population has fallen by approximately 4% and on average the State has lost 3,185 residents every year to other jurisdictions.

The council believes that this brain drain represents a potentially huge economic loss and the net outflow of young people also contributes to the Stateís low population growth rate and rapidly ageing population.

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