Submission to Senate Inquiry on Skilled Visas

The Senate is inquiring into the effectiveness of Australia’s skilled visa program. This includes how the Federal Government determines skills shortages, the system in place for training Australian workers, skills assessment and testing, labour market testing arrangements, and visa enforcement. Business SA has entered a submission calling for changes to the program which would help South Australian businesses crucially fill vacancies to enable them to grow and prosper.

Business SA lobbies on behalf of members to ensure the voice of South Australian business is heard and that we achieve the best environment in which to do business. A significant part of that lobbying effort is through written submissions we make to all levels of government and other organisations such as utility companies, either in response to formal reviews of for example, legislation, or proactively where we wish to progress a particular issue not high enough on the government’s agenda. This might include submissions before the State Budget or where say, the government is reviewing options to reduce red-tape. We also make regular submissions to the Fair Work Commission to advocate the interests of our members with respect to Modern Awards and other industrial matters.

Business SA’s policy team relies heavily on member input into our submissions to ensure that we have the most comprehensive and current perspective from members for any position we take on your behalf. So if you are asked to complete a survey, speak with a policy team member on the phone or participate in a member forum, we appreciate your involvement as it all helps to strengthen the case of business.

Submission to Senate Inquiry on Skilled Visas

Date Published: January 2019

Please email any feedback to policy@business-sa.com

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