skills shortage

Business group says more overseas skilled workers are needed in Australia

by Ray Clancy on February 27, 2018

in Australia Immigration

Despite calls for immigration to Australia to be reduced, a leading business group is warning that there are skills shortages in manufacturing, construction and defence.

According to the Australia Industry Group, occupations in these sectors may need to employ skilled professionals from abroad and it is not a good time to be considering tightening the visa programme.

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According to Innes Willox, Australian Industry Group chief executive and chairman of the Migration Council of Australia, migration should be maintained at no less than its current level of 190,000 to meet skill shortages and maintain steady population growth.

‘Reducing migration risks reducing Australia’s long term growth and would send a terrible signal to people around the world about Australia being open for business,’ Willox said.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has indicated that immigration could be cut it was deemed to be in the national interest and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called for immigration to be halved.

Abbot explained that he believes immigration rates are too high and this is impacting on housing, transport and infrastructure as well as preventing Australians from getting jobs.

However, writing in The Australian newspaper, Willox, points out that a Productivity Commission review of Australia’s migration had found the greatest benefits to the community came from younger, highly skilled migrants.

‘Education and training systems have fallen short of delivering the trained workers our economy needs in the right places, at the right time, and there is no sign of this changing materially over the next five years,’ he added.

‘This means our economy will continue to require a significant supply of skilled labour through the various temporary and permanent visa streams,’ he explained.

Indeed, the group’s latest survey of chief executives found 16% of manufacturing leaders ranked skills shortages as their top impediment to growth this year. Members in the services sector were also concerned about skills shortages.

‘In order to increase Australia’s living standards, we must continue to attract the best and brightest from overseas. Skilled migrants complement Australian workers by bringing specialist knowledge that provides bigger benefits and, by deepening our entrepreneurship, innovation and international linkages,’ Willox said.

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