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The effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa system in targeting genuine skills shortages

The AusIMM has made a submission is in response to the inquiry into the effectiveness of the current temporary skilled visa system in targeting genuine skills shortages by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee.

AusIMM believes that the Australian Government must act to ensure that the temporary skilled visa system more accurately reflects and addresses the radically changing resources employment market nationally.

Summary of recommendations

Although the AusIMM prioritises the professional development, education and upskilling of Australian workers and students for the Australian market, it acknowledges skilled migration as a small but critical element of ensuring that any workforces gaps brought about by the cyclic nature of the mining industry are filled where need be.

AusIMM’s emphasises that its key priority in relation to Australia’s skilled visa system is incentivising international students to undertake studies in mining related courses at Australian institutions through opportunities associated with skilled visa pathways.

AusIMM proposes the following recommendations for review

  1. Placing mining engineering on the Short-term Skilled Occupations List to create a pathway for qualified professionals to fill critical skills gaps in the Australian market.
  2. Strengthening the industry consultation as part of the Skill Shortage Research Methodology, to avoid discrepancies between government and industry data and experiences.
  3. Removing the three-year work experience requirement for international students graduating from Australian universities to provide a pathway for industry employment and
    the harnessing of their skills for the Australian market.
  4. Ensuring that the assessment of individual qualifications is conducted by a body with a sound knowledge of the industry standards and codes such as the AusIMM rather than a generalist body or association.

Read the full submission

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