• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 10/05/2012

Migration Newsflash

Migration Newsflash
Keep up-to-date with issues and developments in the immigration environment.

Migration Newsflash: Important changes to migration program commencing July 2012 

The Federal Budget heralded some important changes for the coming migration program year commencing 1 July 2012 under the Immigration portfolio.
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The principal focus in the coming year is on assisting employers operating in both regional areas and acute skill shortage areas by providing a more responsive and streamlined program to meet their needs with Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, stating that: "Skilled migrants are increasingly moving to growth regions and places where there is demand – they are complementing rather than competing with our domestic labour force".

This Migration Newsflash outlines key features to commence 1 July 2012, together with an overview of a number of initiatives and reforms to be introduced over the course of the next migration program year focusing on broader issues within the Immigration portfolio.


Key insights

  • a focus on regional areas:
    • more migration placements available for regional employers
    • a virtual English language distance learning program for migrants in regional areas and
    • enhanced training and technical assistance to regional immigration agencies.