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

2 April 2019

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019
ISBN 978-1-76010-970-7

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Members of the committee
(PDF 24KB)
(PDF 60KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction
(PDF 17KB)
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Chapter 2 - Overview of Australia's temporary skilled visa system
(PDF 334KB)
Current temporary skilled visa system
Recent changes to the skilled visa system
General issues raised about the current system
Committee view
Chapter 3 - Processes for determining skills shortages, occupation lists and skills assessments
(PDF 49KB)
Placement of occupations on the skilled migration occupation lists
Submitter and witness views on the occupation lists and associated issues
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Skills assessments regime
Committee view
Chapter 4 - Labour market testing requirements and the use of labour agreements
(PDF 168KB)
Overview of labour market testing requirements
Arguments in support of maintaining or extending labour market testing
Arguments in favour of reducing labour market testing requirements
Waivers of labour market testing requirements because of international trade agreements
Use of labour agreements in the temporary skilled visa system
Committee view
Chapter 5 - Investing in local training to address skills shortages
(PDF 126KB)
The Skilling Australians Fund levy
National Partnership Agreement on the Skilling Australians Fund
Stakeholder views on the Skilling Australians Fund levy
Ensuring that SAF funds contribute towards local skills needs
Other proposals for ensuring that training outcomes are achieved
Committee view
Chapter 6 - Temporary skilled worker compliance and enforcement arrangements
(PDF 126KB)
The extent of skilled visa worker exploitation and awareness of workplace rights
Case studies
Compliance measures and protections for workers, enforcement arrangements and sanctions frameworks
Recommendations of the Migrant Workers' Taskforce
Committee view
Dissenting report of Government Committee Members
(PDF 53KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions, additional information, answers to questions on notice and tabled documents
(PDF 13KB)
Additional Information
Answers to questions on notice
Tabled documents
Appendix 2 - Public hearings
(PDF 14KB)
Appendix 3
(PDF 24KB)

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