Easy entry for skilled foreigners

Mark is asked to comment on the Government’s proposed ‘short-term mobility’ subclass visas for companies with global operations who require specialists to be flown in at short notice. Mark lends his support to the concept, saying that greater flexibility is needed if Australia is to compete on an international level.

Unions angered by proposed changes to skilled migration

Mark hits back at CMFEU national secretary Michael O’Connor over the Department of Immigration’s new Skilled Migration proposal paper, pointing out that a line needs to be drawn between the 457 program and other short-term temporary visas to prevent fear-mongering when discussing changes to migration policy.

More detail needed on migration

Mark questioned why 2014 was the first time South Australia had reached its skilled migration nomination quota. While he was pleased SA had finally used its full allocation of nominations made available, he raised the point that more detail was needed to determine how beneficial these figures really were to the state’s economy. He queried …

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Industry bodies rally together to improve immigration policy for SA

A number of South Australian industry bodies have presented a joint submission to the Federal General Skilled Migration and series 400 visa review in an effort to improve immigration outcomes to South Australia.   The initiative, prompted by Migration Solutions, consists of nine local industry bodies, representing sectors such as construction, hospitality, agriculture and training. …

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SA industry groups joined forces to lobby the Federal Government on migration

Migration Solutions is part of a group of industry leaders who have joined forces to lobby the Federal Government, in order to make much needed changes to migration in South Australia. The changes include, an introduction of an economic migration program, changing the Significant Investor Visas, which would allow $3 million of investment over five …

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Changes to Skilled Migration Occupational Ceilings Announced

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced changes to occupational ceilings in SkillSelect from 1 March 2014, after conducting an evaluation of the program late last year. The changes are: State and territory nominated visas will no longer be subject to occupational ceiling limitations. The minimum ceiling for each occupational group will …

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More people, more growth | SACOME Journal

Mark provides this article to the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy Journal regarding the effect of South Australia’s population growth-rate and skilled migration intake has on the State’s economic growth rate.

‘Skilled Migrants’ | 5AA radio

Mark chats to Keith and John from 5AA about the need for SA to attract a greater share of the Australian migration program in order to address skill shortages and boost our economy.

Boost skilled migrant numbers

Article from the Advertiser featuring Mark’s opinion on the announcement by the Federal Government regarding plans for skilled migrant numbers to increase in regional areas. The article details Mark’s thoughts on the announcements, and the impact for SA.

Wrong workers given skilled migrant priority

Article from The Advertiser featuring Mark’s work as chairman of the Skilled Migration Growth Group, a committee focussed on lobbying the State and Federal Government to correct the imbalance of professions listed under the Skilled Occupations List.

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