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Migration: Embracing our future

24 October 2018

#Immigration Law

Rebecca Macmillan

Published by Rebecca Macmillan

Migration: Embracing our future

Last week the Migration Institute of Australia held its annual migration conference in Sydney. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Migration: Embracing Our Future’, a fitting theme for the roller coaster ride that many of our clients have recently experienced. 

During the two day conference we heard from a number of excellent speakers including social commentator and Former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Immigration Abul Rizvi,, CEO of the Scanlon Foundation Anthea Hancocks, demographer from the Australian National University Professor James Raymer, and many more.

Interesting, but not surprisingly, the message from each session was that skilled migration is good for the economy and employer sponsored migration has the best employment outcomes. Another benefit of skilled migration is that Australia’s median age is younger as a result.This is all good news. 

On day two we had the pleasure of listening to the Honourable David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. In his address to the conference the Minister confirmed the benefits of skilled migration to the outcome and the important role it plays in Australia’s future. A transcript of the Minister’s speech can be found here

The final session was an update from the Department of Home Affairs where the presenters spoke about challenges faced by the Department in the processing of applications and measures being put in place to improve staff training to improve consistent decision making. The take away point from this session is that the Department is working on improving its processes which should, in time, improve processing times.

Author: Rebecca Macmillan

Contacts:

Brisbane
Rachel Drew, Partner 
T: +61 7 3135 0617 
E: rachel.drew@holdingredlich.com 

Cairns
Rebecca Macmillan, Registered Migration Agent
T: +61 7 4230 0412
E: rebecca.macmillan@holdingredlich.com

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Rebecca Macmillan

Published by Rebecca Macmillan

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