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Law Council of Australia


Inquiry into Australia’s skilled migration program

The submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration in relation to its Inquiry into Australia’s skilled migration program was prepared by the Law Council of Australia. 

This submission follows the earlier submission of 3 March 2021 provided by the Law Council’s Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section, led by the Section’s Migration Law Committee, to the committee regarding the Inquiry, and addressing item 1(a) of the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference (TOR).

The current submission addresses the remainder of the Inquiry’s TOR as set out below.

2. Australia's international competitiveness in attracting entrepreneurs, venture capital, startups, and the best and brightest skilled migrants with cutting edge skills;

3. Skills lists and the extent to which they are meeting the needs of industries and businesses and keeping pace with Australia's job landscape;

4. The administrative requirements for Australian businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants, including requirements to prioritise job opportunities for Australians and job creation;

5. The costs of sponsorship to businesses seeking to sponsor skilled migrants;

6. The complexity of Australia's skilled migration program including the number of visa classes under the program and their requirements, safeguards and pathways; and

7. Any other related matters.

You can read the full submission below.


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