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.
- 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.