400000 Migrants to Australia by 2023
Australia is expecting a record-breaking number of migrants this year, 400000 Migrants to Australia by 2023.
The influx has led to discussions among political leaders about new housing measures. Tougher visa rules to deal with the changing landscape
Almost half of the intake will be made up of students taking advantage of the removal of Covid-19 border controls. Moreover, the net overseas migration is expected to fall to 315,000 next year. Potentially even lower in the future with the implementation of new measures, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised to give state and territory leaders more input into migration policy.
During a national cabinet meeting, Albanese outlined three new housing measures. Albanese also discussed population forecasts to be part of the federal budget.
The meeting resulted in a $2 billion increase in support for social and affordable housing. Furthermore, two tax changes to encourage investors and developers to build more homes.
The national cabinet meeting also aimed to harmonise protections for renters across states and territories. However, Albanese downplayed the likelihood of uniform laws being implemented.
The federal government‘s goal is to build 1 million homes over five years. Starting from 2024 through a national housing accord led by Treasurer Jim Chalmers and supported by the states.
New Migration Policy
The Home Affairs Minister, Clare O‘Neil, recently released a draft outline of a new migration strategy. This outline proposes increasing the minimum wage threshold for temporary workers. In addition, the outline introduces a pathway to permanent residency.
However, the government is not looking to set a new migration target and is moving away from a yearly cap to a long-term outlook.
O’Neil believes that the quantity of migration is not the most important question, but rather that the program should be tightened and potentially smaller in the medium term.
“Quantity is not the really important question here,” she said.
“Coming out of Covid we are playing catch-up and have serious labour shortages and it is probably inevitable that we will run a slightly larger migration program over time.
“My desire is to see that program tightened and potentially smaller into the medium term.”
The major review into the migration framework recommended sweeping changes to attract the most highly skilled people and simplify the visa system, which it described as “slow and crazily complex”.
Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT)
The review suggested increasing the temporary skilled migration income threshold (TSMIT), which has remained frozen since 2013, and improving the protection of lower-paid and vulnerable migrant workers.
The review also criticised the outdated program and poor service delivery, which could prevent Australia from attracting the best talent.
The report also highlighted the long wait times for parent visas and the push to send migrants to the regions.
Former public service chief Martin Parkinson led the review and a panel of migration experts, declaring Australia has been “flying blind” without evidence to support the success of the migration system.
Since 2007, the number of temporary migrants in Australia has increased from one million to 1.8 million, while net skilled permanent migration has remained at around 30,000 per year for the past two decades.
“We just don’t know how effective the system is,” Parkinson said.
“The system does not allow us to identify people who are most likely to be successful for Australia.”
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