More migration reform needed: Collier

Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier is pushing for changes to skilled migration that go further than the reform package announced yesterday by the federal government.


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We had a Kevin Rudd Knee Jerk Reaction cancelling 1000's of independant applications a few years ago so what do you expect! The government does not have a long-term review and with such current low unemployment we cannot train enough people fast enough. I run a public accounting business and a recent survey showed that that about half of all accounting firms were planning on recruiting an experienced tax accountant or manager in the next 12 months - same applies for lawyers. So wages pressure is on for the next year and therefore charges will have to rise. Applies to many other sectors too. So the government lack of planning will cause general inflation from wage pressure. To keep inflation down the reserve bank will raise interest further. The economic logic fails me! As does the government policy. Guess it is the significant influx of boat people that is taking up all the Immigration Department Resources - These people are now waiting 6 months for their so called 2 month maximum assessment and anyone declined a refugee visa is taking the matter through the Australian courts. Around 6000 Refugee Applications from Xmas Island currently in the system. Perhaps this is the cause for the delays in your PR Application processing.

I welcome Mr. Colliers' comments, but if the government (and their various departments) really want to address the skills shortage they should start by putting their own house in order and clearing the backlog of PR applications still awaiting a decision. As an example: My PR application was submitted in early 2008.... we're now heading for Q2 of 2011 and guess what?.... It's still "pending a decision"- THREE AND A HALF YEARS LATER! I'm so glad that i'm paying the much higher, non-resident taxes for that sort of service. (BTW- I am a british citizen who spent 3 years and several tens of thousands of dollars to study a degree here as a mature student, and have been working in my degree field full time ever since). Until something is done about the bureaucratic inefficiency and continual policy shifting of the administration this is just more hot air that will not address the issues facing WA.

As a former international student and currently an electrical engineer, my advice to govt. is NOT to increase international student numbers, but rather make sure the existing number of international students dont abuse the skilled migration program. I completed my education in WA and was sponsored by the WA govt. for my permanent residency and I am now settled here in WA. At the same time, there were many international students who completed their studies in Melbourne and Sydney and were sponsored by the WA govt. but they never in fact made it to WA! It means they were sponsored by WA govt. to live and work here in WA but they simply never left Sydney and Melbourne. Of course the Govt. cant control people movement, so my best advice is to plug the existing loopholes and not to be afraid by dropping student numbers. Simply letting in hundereds of thousands of international students with more than half of them working in unskilled sectors such as driving taxis and working in service stations and fast food outlets does not do any justice to the "skilled" migration program in any way!

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