Australia Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen has announced an increase of 5000 additional immigrants quota in a bid to meet the skills shortages in Australian labour market during the year 2012-2013.
“The measured increase of 5000 places – from 185,000 to 190,000 – comes in the context of significant skills gaps in both the short and medium term in certain sectors of our patchwork economy,” Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen MP said.
Approximately 129250 immigrants will be accepted to receive the Australian residency under the skill work visas in year 2012-2013.
“It’s obviously important that people be able to live with family members, which is recognised in the increased places to help meet growing demand. Importantly, partners and children can also be great contributors to our nation’s productivity,” the Minister said. There will be 60185 places for immigrants under the family visa in 2012-2013.
The Minister claims that Australian immigration program is not based on demands of those who are only seeking to gain the Australian residence without contributing to the Australian economy.
“Our skilled migration program is driven by Australia’s genuine skills needs and not simply by those who wish to become Australian residents. We believe we have the balance right,” Mr Bowen said.
“Further recent reforms have made employer-sponsored programs more streamlined and responsive,” Mr Bowen further said.
Australia will allow 565 under special eligibility class during 2012-2013. Up to 16,000 places will be filled under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. It will ensure the growth of regional economies by fulfilling the skill requirements of the regional areas during the same period.
The Australian government is allocating additional financial resources for migration program to overcome the skill shortages in some sectors of the Australian economy.
The number of foreign students enrolling in Australian educational institutions is increasing significantly as a result of loosening of the student visa processing. The graduate students will play in important role in filling the gaps in future skilled shortage in Australian.