Skilled migration

Policy report

5 Dec 2018
43

This policy paper continues the discussion started in Australian attitudes to immigration: coming apart or common ground? It finds that, statistically, the wealth of the suburb we live in can have a major impact on the type of interaction we may have with migrants.

Fact sheet

19 Mar 2018
159

A new visa scheme to attract highly skilled global talent and deliver innovation to Australia will be piloted from 1 July of this year.

Working paper

17 Nov 2017
354

This working paper explores the changing nature of work and what this means for government, employers, and workers. In particular, it focuses on the implications of digitalisation for skilled migration in high-income countries such as Australia.

Working paper

22 Sep 2017
257

This working paper reviews the effect of a specific migration policy change in Australia and examines whether migration policy can be used to influence immigrants’ labour market outcomes.

Report

7 Jun 2017
72

This report into migration policy settings takes a closer look at some of the concerns raised by business owners and representatives about ways in which the current design of the skilled migration system means that it can’t adequately assist South Australian businesses facing skills shortage,...

Report

26 Apr 2017
20

This report considers key challenges facing South Australia which are related to current migration policy settings.

Working paper

19 Apr 2017
46

We analyse the relationships between subjective wellbeing (SWB), wages and internal migration. Our study addresses whether people make (revealed preference) location decisions based on SWB and/or wage prospects. We present both a theoretical intertemporal location choice model and empirical analyses using the Australian longitudinal HILDA...

Working paper

19 Apr 2017
111

When people migrate women become happier, men become richer.

Empirical studies have consistently documented that while married men tend to lead more prosperous careers after moving than before, migration tends to be disruptive for the careers of married women. However, there has been little...

Commentary

Article

18 Apr 2017
175

The Turnbull Government is axing the 457 Visa program and replacing it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. This comes after a history of problems with the 457 program, including uncovered abuse of workers.

The new scheme will be made up of two...

Guide

18 Jan 2017
615

Overview

Australia is considered to be one of the world’s major ‘immigration nations‘(together with New Zealand, Canada and the USA). Since 1945, when the first federal immigration portfolio was created, over 7.5 million people have settled here and Australia’s overseas-born resident population—estimated to...

Commentary

Article

14 Dec 2016
70

With around 470 staff, the JBS Meatworks is Bordertown’s biggest employer. Almost two-thirds of its workforce are migrants. But unlike the Filipinos who come as skilled employees on temporary 457 visas, many of the newer members of the company’s labour force are asylum seekers and...

Report

3 Nov 2016
115

Over the last seventy years, immigration has added seven million people to Australia’s population and will, if current policy settings continue, add a further thirteen million by 2060. The current focus of the migration program on skilled migration, while maintaining opportunities for family and humanitarian...

Report

20 Oct 2016
218

Overview

This Analysis assesses the benefits and challenges of contemporary economic immigration in Australia. It argues that Australian governments have managed significant recent changes to immigration policy successfully. The authors recommend various reforms to maintain public confidence in expansive economic immigration arrangements that...

Audio interview

14 Aug 2016
153

Temporary migration is redefining Australian society. Peter Mares says there are around one million 'unsettled settlers' - including thousands of New Zealanders - on various kinds of temporary visas in Australia, and many are being unfairly treated. Peter Mares is a writer, researcher and a...

Guide

26 Jul 2016
157

Introduction

One of the most significant changes to Australia’s immigration flows over the last two decades has been the growth of long-term (12 months or more) temporary migration. While some of this growth can be attributed to increases in arrivals of overseas students...

Report

25 Feb 2016
158

Introduction

This paper provides a chronology that draws on ministerial press statements to trace changes in Australia’s immigration policy in relation to overseas students between 1997 and June 2015. Immigration policies introduced in this period fundamentally changed the nature of migration to Australia....

Chapter

18 Apr 2015
97

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...

Guide

24 Feb 2015
209

This guide provides key internet links to information about: skilled migration, family migration, temporary migration, and multiculturalism.

Working paper

15 Sep 2014
192

This report focusses on the effects on migrant labour market outcomes of Australia’s recent shift from a points-based “supply driven” model that favoured independent General Skilled Migrants, to a “hybrid model” that balances supply driven migration against Employer Sponsored “demand driven” migration.

Abstract...

Report

15 Aug 2014
197

This study of almost nine thousand recent migrants examines their labour market integration.

Executive summary

Between October and December 2013, almost nine thousand recent migrants participated in the first Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants (CSAM) since 2011. This cohort – known as...

Overview

 

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