The Australian government has decided to increase the permanent residence intake by 35,000 to 195,000 in the current fiscal year. The announcement comes as the nation currently grapples with skills shortages due to the border closure induced by the pandemic.
Clare O’Neil, Australian Home Affairs Minister announced the increase, ending June 30, 2023, at a two-day summit addressing skills shortages exacerbated by the pandemic.
Talking about the problems faced due to skill shortages, the Home Minister said, nurses in Australia worked on double and triple shifts for two years plus many flights were cancelled due to a lack of ground staff.
“Our focus is always Australian jobs first, and that’s why so much of the summit has focused on training and on the participation of women and other marginalized groups,” CNBC reported O’Neil saying. “But the impact of COVID has been so severe that even if we exhaust every other possibility, we will still be many thousands of workers short, at least in the short term,” she added.
O’Neil informed that many “best and brightest minds” were choosing to migrate to Canada, Britain, and Germany instead of Australia. She also informed that the country would establish a panel to rebuild its immigration program in the national interest.
Anthony Albanese, the Australian Prime Minister had also announced that 180,000 free places would be offed in vocational education schools next year at the cost of 1.1 billion Australian dollars in order to reduce the skills shortage.
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