The New Immigration Paradigm
The old rules of immigration no longer apply
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The time has come for Australia to move beyond the one-size-fits-all system that has prevailed for decades to one that is sufficiently fluid and intuitive to address the diverse workforce needs of major projects across the continent.
The era of competing for jobs and jealously guarding our labour market is over, replaced by one where skilled workers are the rare commodity, and the traditionally accepted immigration paradigm has been turned on its head.
As Deloitte’s recent discussion paper “Building the Lucky Country: Where is your next worker?” pointed out, companies need to consider how they are utilising and mobilising their staff, and governments must find better ways to support those imperatives through more effective policies.
With major project investment in Australia rapidly approaching a trillion dollars, and an increasing number of “mega” projects – each worth more than $10 billion – finding and retaining the workforce needed to realise the potential of these projects will be an overwhelming prosperity challenge facing both government and industry in the next decade.
Our population and current immigration policies will not sustain the level of workforce growth required and future projects will be in jeopardy if companies are forced to rely on outdated and irrelevant immigration policies that fail to enable the rapid deployment of skilled labour to the regions, sectors and occupations where it’s most needed.