FILL­ING SKILLS GAPS FOR BUSI­NESSES

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politics -

Mi­gra­tion is vi­tal to Aus­tralia. I was re­cently ap­pointed as the Chair of the Joint Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Mi­gra­tion. The com­mit­tee is un­der­tak­ing an In­quiry into mi­gra­tion in re­gional Aus­tralia.

There are 60,000 jobs in re­gional Aus­tralia which lo­cal peo­ple can’t fill. We there­fore need to en­cour­age more peo­ple to go to set­tle in re­gional Aus­tralia.

The pur­pose of the in­quiry is to learn from suc­cess sto­ries and chal­lenges of set­tle­ment of both hu­man­i­tar­ian and skilled mi­grants in re­gional Aus­tralia. In or­der to in­crease re­gional mi­gra­tion, we must un­der­stand more about what at­tracts peo­ple to the re­gions and the fac­tors that de­ter­mine whether mi­grants stay over the long term.

When peo­ple in Berowra talk to me about mi­gra­tion they ex­press sup­port for the prin­ci­ple but have con­cerns about the ef­fect it is hav­ing on our own com­mu­nity when in­fra­struc­ture has not kept up. Sup­port­ing re­gional mi­gra­tion al­lows us to meet the skills short­ages while al­low­ing our in­fra­struc­ture in the cities to catch up to the pop­u­la­tion growth we have ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent years.

I would wel­come peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions who have ex­pe­ri­ence of re­gional mi­gra­tion as em­ploy­ers, ser­vice providers or mi­grants to make a sub­mis­sion to the in­quiry.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the In­quiry visit: https://www.aph. gov.au/Par­lia­men­tary_Busi­ness/Com­mit­tees/Joint/Mi­gra­tion/ Re­gion­alMi­gra­tion

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