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Scott Morrison's Migration Incentives are Encouraging - RDA Northern Inland Statement

Scott Morrison's Migration Incentives Are Encouraging

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcements on March 19th, 2019 regarding incentives to increase regional migrant settlement are encouraging. However, incentives do already exist. Regional Development Australia Northern Inland facilitates two skilled regional migration programs in the Northern Inland region of NSW. Our region continues to need skilled migration to meet our employers needs.

We bring many skilled migrants to the region under the Skilled Regional State Nominated visa 489 program. This has regional incentives, with requirements that are slightly lower than similar visas which allow metropolitan settlement. Recipients of this visa are required to live and work in a regional or low-growth location. Only by meeting visa conditions will they become eligible for Permanent Residency. Skilled Migrants can only apply to our Northern Inland region if they meet the requirements for an occupation that is on our occupation list because it is needed locally.

PM Scott Morrison's policy announcement requires consultation with regional organisations like Regional Development Australia to ensure it is targeted in the most practical ways. There should be need for migration in a specific area, employment and suitable support services where it is directed.

Department of Home Affairs staffing levels must increase if processing is to improve. Currently, people are facing inappropriately slow processing timeframes. We are concerned that the 30,000 migrant intake cutback will have a massive impact on the Department’s budget and prevent any improvement. There is limited detail in the Prime Minister’s announcements, so for now, we can only trust that due to the need for skilled migration in in our region, the Skilled Regional State Nominated visa 489 program.

Our region’s economy would also benefit from incentives to encourage an increased proportion of international students in regional universities, schools and vocational training.

For our skilled migration case studies, please go to: http://www.rdani.org.au/skilled-migration/skilled-migration-case-studies.php

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