Marketisation of immigrant skills assessment in Australia

18 Apr 2015

Chapter 9 of the book, Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy, edited by Gabrielle Meagher and Susan Goodwin, and published by Sydney University Press.

Over the 1990s and 2000s, private actors have played an increasing role in the selection and integration of new migrants. An individual applying as a skilled immigrant to Australia must have his or her skills accredited before lodgment of an application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. This chapter, by Anna Boucher, outlines marketisation in the assessment of immigrant skills since 1999 and evaluates the realisation of key public policy goals in light of this development. The effects of marketisation of skills assessment upon skilled immigration assessment are evaluated using five public policy indicators: i) the timeliness of skills assessments; ii) the accuracy of decision-making; iii) the cost shifting that has occurred; iv) the transparency of the skills assessment process and opportunities for review; and v) the fairness of the assessment system, across different assessing agencies, both public and private.


Chapters in Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy:

Introduction: Capturing marketisation in Australian social policy
1) The politics of market encroachment: policymaker rationales and voter responses
2) The marketisation of human services and the expansion of the not-for-profit sector
3) The devil's in the detail: the hidden costs of private retirement incomes policy
4) Social benefit bonds: financial markets inside the state
5) 'Which bank?' Competition and community service obligations in the retail banking sector
6) Community aged care providers in a competitive environment: past, present and future
7) Home security: marketisation and the changing face of housing assistance in Australia
8) Money and markets in Australia's healthcare system
9) Marketisation of immigrant skills assessment in Australia
10) Markets in education: 'School choice' and family capital
11) Conditional income transfers and choice in social services: just more conditions and more markets?

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Markets, rights and power in Australian social policy
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