An annual survey by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is under way. The research undertakes to compile a set of suggestions as to how the migration programme can best support the country’s economic goals and partnerships with foreign investors.
For the purpose of this survey, people from around the world are being asked their thoughts on the future of the immigration and visa programmes in Australia and to provide feedback of their own experiences with Australian Immigration and Border Protection versus that of other countries.
This year, to help set the 2015/2016 programme, the DIBP has launched a discussion paper on its website to provide a broad starting point for thinking about the best settings for migration levels in the next financial year.
This interactive discussion paper includes a survey whereby participants are given the opportunity to communicate with the DIBP and tell them what they think is the optimal size and composition of the permanent migration programme.
The discussion paper canvasses the economic and social factors that will be taken into account in setting the migration programme.
The survey is intended to draw out views on the optimal size and composition of the permanent migration programme. All responses will be confidential,’ said a DIBP spokesman. The survey closes on 05 December 2014.”
This particular discussion paper claims that Australia has a dynamic and growing economy where skills are still needed; it also plans to be instrumental in preventing the flooding of the job market with skilled migrants which could aggravate the stability of Australian employment while also establishing which sectors are experiencing or expecting growth for which there may not be sufficient Australian talent.
The paper has in the past revealed that Australia has a social framework that is global and inclusive, and increasing numbers of temporary migrants are making informed decisions that Australia is where they would like to live.
“The department is aware of the increasing global competitiveness in attracting and retaining highly skilled migrants from overseas and the need for a clearer, deregulated skilled migration visa framework that will help shape and define Australia’s economic future,” the paper explains.
“In planning the size, balance and composition of the 2015/2016 Migration Programme, the department will need to be informed by careful consideration of these factors and trends as well as the views of the public to ensure the programme delivers on what it is intended to, that is, responding to Australia’s longer term economic and social needs,” it concluded.