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Old 03-18-2009, 11:55 AM
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Migration cut announcement

Here is the announcement by the Immigration minister on cuts to the migration program. It's a 14 per cent cut from 133 500 to 115 000, which is still quite high. Not surprising, building trades are worst affected.

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The Rudd Government will cut the 2008-09 permanent skilled migration program by 14 per cent to protect local jobs while ensuring employers can access skilled professionals in industries still experiencing skills shortages.
As has long been the case, the Government can adjust immigration levels according to the economic circumstances of the day and last week Cabinet agreed to cut the permanent skilled migration program in light of the worsening global economic situation.


Clearly, the economic circumstances in Australia have changed as a result of the global financial crisis so it is prudent to reduce this year’s migration intake accordingly.
The changes to the program are:
  • A 14 per cent cut in the 2008-09 permanent skilled migration program intake from 133 500 to 115 000.
  • Removing building and manufacturing trades from the Critical Skills List, such as bricklayers, plumbers, welders, carpenters and metal fitters. The list will now comprise mainly health and medical, engineering and IT professions.
These changes follow measures announced in December that resulted in only those migrants sponsored by an employer or in an occupation on the Critical Skills List being granted visas under the permanent skilled migration program. Almost half of the permanent visas granted are to applicants already living and working in Australia.


The Critical Skills List will remain under constant review and the Government will remove occupations from the list if demand for those skills can be satisfied by local labour.


The overwhelming message from business and industry is that Australia still needs to maintain a skilled migration program but one that is more targeted so that migrant workers are meeting skills shortages and not competing with locals for jobs.


There are still skills shortages in some sectors, such as healthcare, and these measures will enable industry to continue to source the skilled professionals they need while protecting local jobs and the wages and conditions of Australian workers.


The Rudd Government remains committed to a strong migration program but will continue to monitor the migration intake and will set the 2009-10 migration program to reflect the economic climate as part of the Budget process.


Skilled migration plays a crucial role in stimulating the economy and combined with the Government’s Nation Building and Jobs Plan, will help Australia come out of the global economic downturn.


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Old 03-18-2009, 10:04 PM
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I caught that in the media the other day Mike, seemingly being done by altering the CSL alone.

I think Evans in speaking on the annoucement to the media mentioned that the 457 visas would still apply but would find it somewhat inconsistent if employers can get job nominations through for trade areas when so many are losing their jobs.

And then government pushes higher education as being the smart education style rather than support trades training to a greater extent and so it is no wonder we end up with a trades shortages and Uni grads doing waitressing and taxi driving etc.

We then proceeed to being in people at a rate that strains housing and infrastructure resources, not to mention that we are a dry continent with a lot of people unwilling to taste the recycled - probably have to send it to the breweries!, and for power we are quite happy to keep digging up the dirty stuff and then want to tax the process!

A strange mix of policies!



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Old 03-19-2009, 04:27 AM
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Interesting point Wanderer about trades in Australia. Maybe we some how need to change the system. I know there has been a reluctance by existing tradespeople to take on apprentices.

Trades are somewhat considered "dirty" jobs and blue color workers somewhat lower on a social scale, maybe it's a reason why young people don't want to start a trade. I know I would have like to do a trade, as I enjoy working outside, but I also wanted to go to university.

I think the changes to the CSL were brought about by government pressure to protect local jobs. I can understand it from a political point, but the cut is quite small in the larger scheme of things, especially with the government throwing money around.

I think many Australians don't realize the current levels of immigration and it has expanded considerably the past few years. Obviously we wouldn't do it unless it brought about benefits to Australia, like increased demand for housing and other daily necessities.

For people in the building industry looking to move to Australia, they will just have to wait a little while, but IT, medical and engineering type jobs seem unaffected (at least for now!)

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