Skills shortages partly exacerbated by backlog of visas

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says there are “massive skills shortages in this country” which have been partly exacerbated by the backlog of visa applications. “Part of that is about the gutting of the public service and the failure to simply process people,” he said during a media conference on Thursday afternoon. “Whether it be for…

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Australia outsourcing biometrics capture aspect of visa issuance

Australia is looking for private companies to handle the biometrics information collection component of its visa process as the number of applications has risen dramatically since the start of this year, according to The Canberra Times. The new process is expected to begin from March 2023. A tender was recently launched in this regard, the…

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Push to bring 200,000 immigrants into Australia because the severe labour shortage in the economy as ‘the worst it’s been in 50 years’

ACCI CEO Andrew McKellar has urged the government to raise the migrant rate He said a migration rate of 200,000 would help employers hire skilled workers Mr McKellar said Australia’s economy is ‘the worst it’s been in nearly 50 years’ 2022-2023 Migration Program planned for 160,000 migrants, 109,000 workers The federal Government is being urged…

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Skilled Independent visa category set for rapid growth

After years of driving down places available in the Skilled Independent category (Subclass 189), the Albanese Government is set to drive up numbers in 2022-23, most likely starting later this month. The Skilled Independent category most characterises Australia as a migrant settler nation. It is a highly discretionary category that governments have used to crank…

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Chalmers open to migration fix for ‘acute’ labour shortages

Treasurer Jim Chalmers says Labor could ease migration caps to bring more foreign workers into Australia, part of plans to help fill “acute” labour shortages across the economy. Highlighting training and childcare spending to boost women’s workforce participation, Dr Chalmers also left open the possibility of bringing in more overseas workers to fill ­immediate vacancies,…

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Changes to requirements for international arrivals

From 12.01am 6 July people will be able to travel to and from Australia without being required to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status. The decision to amend the Biosecurity Act 2015 to remove these requirements was based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer. Travellers must still comply with any remaining COVID-19 requirements of…

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