Joint Standing Committee on Migration
Inquiry into skills recognition, upgrading and licensing
Terms of Reference
- Investigate and report on current arrangements for overseas skills recognition and associated issues of licensing and registration for:
- Skills stream migrants who obtain assessment prior to migrating;
- Families of skill stream migrants, family stream migrants and humanitarian entrants who seek assessment/registration/upgrading after arrival;
- Temporary residents who need skills assessment/recognition;and
- Australian citizens returning after significant time overseas, with overseas qualifications.
- Consider how Australia’s arrangements compare with those of other major immigration countries.
- Identify areas where Australia’s procedures can be improved including in terms of:
- Communication of processes to users
- Efficiency of processes and elimination of barriers
- Early identification and response to persons needing skills upgrading (e.g. bridging courses)
- Awareness and acceptance of recognised overseas qualifications by Australian employers
- Achieving greater consistency in recognition of qualifications for occupational licensing by state and territory regulators
- Alternative approaches to skills assessment and recognition of overseas qualifications.
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