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Debate around skilled migration can degenerate into political footballs. Debate around skilled migration can degenerate into political footballs. AAP

The challenge to migration policy is to go beyond easy headlines

It seems the broad debates around migration, and often skilled migration, are little different from one country to the next. The United States is currently considering sweeping migration reforms that include…
Backpackers and international students provide a significant source of labour that is often long-term: but this is ignored by policy makers. Backpackers and international students provide a significant source of labour that is often long-term: but this is ignored by policy makers.

They’re long-term, temporary and invisible: our other migrant workers

While 457 temporary visas are currently under political scrutiny, thousands of other temporary migrants are now able to work in Australia for extended periods - most notably through working holiday visas…
Changes to 457 visas by the Gillard government has divided political and public opinion in Australia. Changes to 457 visas by the Gillard government has divided political and public opinion in Australia. AAP/Lukas Coch

How the 457 scheme is changing Australian immigration

The current public debate over temporary employment 457 visa holders has thrown a spotlight on a major shift in Australia’s migration program. Historical context Prior to the introduction of the Temporary…
Most 457 visa holders are well-paid professionals or in management. Most 457 visa holders are well-paid professionals or in management. AAP/Angela Brkic

Explainer: 457 visas in Australia

With all the fuss over 457 visas in recent weeks, and prime minister Julia Gillard due to address the issue at a conference today, it’s worth looking beyond the cries of vested interests and politicians…
Australia’s boom investment conditions will begin tailing off by 2014, according to a Deloitte Access Economics report - so what does this mean for current labour shortages? Australia’s boom investment conditions will begin tailing off by 2014, according to a Deloitte Access Economics report - so what does this mean for current labour shortages?

No boom without bust: a cautionary note about mining and employment

Much public discussion around the current mining boom focuses on the lack of qualified staff to fill an expanding employment market. But yesterday’s report by Deloitte Access Economics warning that the…
The Council has its work cut out to facilitate a rational, evidence-based debate about Australian migration. The Council has its work cut out to facilitate a rational, evidence-based debate about Australian migration. Wenxiong Zhang

New Migration Council to fight for a bigger Australia

The announcement of the formation of a Migration Council of Australia and its launch by the Governor General on August 1, confirmed by Department of Immigration and Citizenship official Gary Fleming at…
An iron ore project in Western Australia similar to that proposed by Gina Rinehart at Roy Hill. An iron ore project in Western Australia similar to that proposed by Gina Rinehart at Roy Hill. AAP Image/Rebecca Le May

Enterprise Migration Agreements - why won’t Australians do the work?

The announcement that controversial mining billionaire Gina Rinehart is to use new Enterprise Migration Agreements to employ 1715 foreign construction workers on her $9.5 billion Roy Hill iron ore project…
Sitting between two hot potatoes: Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting is the first company allowed to use an EMA. Sitting between two hot potatoes: Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting is the first company allowed to use an EMA. AAP

Enterprise Migration Agreements strike the right balance in a tricky policy area

Sitting between the two hot potatoes of immigration control and labour market regulation, work visas are an inherently controversial public policy issue. It is therefore of little surprise that Immigration…
The Federal Government has fast-tracked applications by skilled US workers to fill trades gaps in Australia, citing the close relationship between the countries. But motives of employers pushing the scheme should examined critically. The Federal Government has fast-tracked applications by skilled US workers to fill trades gaps in Australia, citing the close relationship between the countries. But motives of employers pushing the scheme should examined critically. AAP

US workers get the nod … but what does this mean for the local workforce?

The Federal Government recently announced that it would use the 457 visa skilled migration program to fast-track the number of skilled workers applying from the United States. In defending this move, Federal…