Submission to Migration Inquiry

As both the State’s peak employer organisation, and operating our own migration service, Business SA was well placed to make a comprehensive submission to the State Parliament inquiry into the economic contribution of migrants. Our submission drew on our own experiences, as well as including 6 case studies from our members who rely on being able to access a migrant workforce for both short and long-term skills shortages, particularly in the regions. We also highlighted the need for migration to support South Australia’s meagre population growth rate, 0.7%, only half the national average.

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 Migration Inquiry

Date Published: October 2018

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