VISA submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration (JSCOM) : inquiry into Australia’s skilled migration program

The Victorian Immigration Solicitors’ Alliance: VISA has been invited to response to the JSCOM. We would appreciate member feedback so we can summarise the responses from our members and provide a written response to the JSCOM.

Many of you may know part of the reason I formed VISA was to promote and assist in the building of a world class Migration system. And it is in keeping with that which has been the motivation behind VISA’s earlier submissions to the Australia Parliament and other relevant stake holders.

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The Committee has prioritised the terms of reference for this inquiry. Submissions addressing terms of reference 1(a) and 2 should be made by Monday 1 March 2021. Submissions addressing the remaining terms of reference should be made by Wednesday 31 March 2021. 

Consequently I again request that members provide VISA with submissions, comments and feedback by Friday 26 March 2020 at 5PM Melbourne time.

Submission to

The terms of reference are below

The Joint Standing Committee on Migration shall inquire into and report on Australia’s skilled migration program, with reference to:

  1. The purpose of the skilled migration program and whether it is meeting its intended objectives, including
  2. 1a) if any immediate adjustments are necessary in the context of the future of work and pandemic recovery, and
  3. 1b) if more long-term structural changes are warranted;
  4. Australia’s international competitiveness in attracting entrepreneurs, venture capital, startups, and the best and brightest skilled migrants with cutting edge skills;
  5. Skills lists and the extent to which they are meeting the needs of industries and businesses and keeping pace with Australia’s job landscape;
  6. The administrative requirements for Australian businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants, including requirements to prioritise job opportunities for Australians and job creation;
  7. The costs of sponsorship to businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants;
  8. The complexity of Australia’s skilled migration program including the number of visa classes under the program and their requirements, safeguards and pathways; and
  9. Any other related matters.

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