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Overhaul Needed For Skilled Migration System To Address Labour Shortages

Australia’s skilled migration system is in dire need of an overhaul to address the country’s skill shortage and labour crisis. However, a mandatory requirement for employers to advertise jobs before recruiting skilled migrants has hindered the system’s success, as highlighted by a recent review by Martin Parkinson, Joanna Howe, and John Azarias. Removing this requirement could significantly enhance the system’s efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, the outdated policies of the visa system have created a vulnerable class of temporary migrants who are often exploited by unscrupulous employers.

Australia’s outdated visa system requires a radical fix to ensure the effectiveness of the skilled migration system

The skilled migration system in Australia is critical in addressing the country’s skill shortage and labour crisis. However, there is a need to overhaul the visa system to ensure its effectiveness. A recent review by Martin Parkinson, a former public service chief, Joanna Howe, a law professor at the University of Adelaide, and John Azarias, a former partner at Deloitte, urged the government to remove the mandatory requirement for employers to advertise jobs before recruiting skilled migrants.

The blanket requirement has been identified as a major impediment to the skilled migration system’s success, and its removal could help enhance the system’s efficiency and effectiveness. The government must also address the visa system’s outdated policies, which have created a vulnerable class of temporary migrants often exploited by unscrupulous employers. At All Access Migration Lawyers, we recognise the need for a more effective and fair visa system and have experienced lawyers who can assist with overhauling Australia’s outdated visa system. We can help clients navigate the complex visa system and ensure their rights and interests are protected.

The Broken Visa System Needs Radical Fixing

The current visa system needs to be updated and fixed, and employers have to advertise a position for at least four weeks, even when there is a labour shortage in a particular area. This has made it challenging for employers to get the workers they need, leading to the exploitation of migrant workers. A move towards a more independent process removed from the whims of individual employers, including some with mixed motives, seems required. This also reflects OECD recommendations for best practices adopted in Britain, which has an independent labour market testing method. In addition to preventing exploitation, a more independent and streamlined visa system for migrant workers could also have positive economic impacts by ensuring that businesses have access to the workers they need to thrive and contribute to the local economy.

The Need to Address Worker Exploitation

The sponsorship of temporary migrants that binds workers to their employers has made workers vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers who determine whether they remain in the country. Temporary migrants need greater mobility to seek a new employer when necessary. The need to protect all temporary visa holders, including backpackers and students in low-skilled jobs, will also need to be addressed to stop systemic underpayment and exploitation. A standard set of worker protections should be considered.

Opportunities of the Future

Australia has long benefited from the skills and talents of migrants who have contributed to large-scale projects, such as the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme, among other industries and professions. They have also expanded our palates through hospitality and enriched our culture. To remain competitive, Australia must keep up with constantly evolving technological advances in defence and other emerging industries, including advanced manufacturing. Our temperate climate, abundant natural resources and primary industry are not enough to guarantee a future of prosperity.

The All Access Migration Lawyers urge the Albanese government to consider the Parkinson review’s recommendations as a long-term investment in the nation’s economic health. The skilled migration system is critical to Australia’s growth and competitiveness, and a more independent process of determining labour shortages in the national interest is needed to ensure its effectiveness.


All Access Migration Lawyers know the challenges migrants and businesses face with Australia’s outdated visa system. Our experienced lawyers deeply understand the complexities of the Australian visa system and can assist with navigating the process for individuals, families, and businesses. Our team can help assess the eligibility of visa applications and provide guidance on the best pathway for visa applicants. We can also assist with lodging visa applications, providing representation in legal matters, and liaising with the Department of Home Affairs on behalf of our clients.

We understand that the current visa system can be overwhelming and frustrating, so we offer personalised and transparent services to our clients. Our goal is to make the visa process as smooth and stress-free as possible, ensuring that our clients can obtain the visa they need. Whether you are a skilled worker looking for a visa to work in Australia or a business seeking to sponsor overseas workers, All Access Migration Lawyers can help. Book an appointment today to discuss your visa needs and how we can assist in overhauling Australia’s outdated visa system.

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Overhaul Needed For Skilled Migration System To Address Labour Shortages

Australia’s skilled migration system is facing a significant challenge for addressing the country's skill shortage and labour crisis. However, the mandatory job advertisement requirement for employers recruiting skilled migrants has hindered the system's success, as recently pointed out by a review conducted by Martin Parkinson, Joanna Howe, and John Azarias. Removing this requirement could significantly improve the system's efficiency and effectiveness. Furthermore, the visa system's outdated policies have led to the exploitation of temporary migrants by unscrupulous employers, creating a vulnerable group that needs protection.