Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Australia’s reliance on workers with temporary visas had made the workforce “vulnerable” and there was a “general consensus” to promote permanent migration pathways for workers.
Ms O’Neil said Labor’s priority is to move away from focusing on short-term migrants “toward permanency, citizenship and nation building”.
Who will this affect?
He said since winning the federal election, Labor has been reducing the visa processing times.
He said that staff are working “regular overtime” to process visas and the new investment will “surge staff capacity by 500 people for the next nine months”.
When will it come into effect?
SBS News has contacted Mr Giles’ office for confirmation on whether the hiring of staff can start immediately.
Australia’s skills shortage: Jobs and visa opportunities
The government’s Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List lists 44 occupations, including:
- Construction managers
- Civil engineering professionals
- General Practitioners
- Registered nurses
- ICT (information and communications technology) business and systems analysts
- Software and applications programmers
- Electrical engineers
‘Not just numbers’
“Our migration system is more than just adjusting intake numbers. We must centre and support the people coming to our shores and provide the certainty to build their lives and be full partners in our communities.”