Shoal has made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs’s comprehensive review of Australia’s migration system. Announced by the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon. Clare O’Neil MP, on 2 September 2022, the Review aims to be informed by significant research and consultations to ensure that the migration system can better meet Australia’s challenges and requirements. The resulting strategy, ‘A Migration System for Australia’s Future’ will “ensure the migration system serves Australia’s national interests and complements the skills and capabilities of Australian workers.”
Shoal’s submission was led by Graeme Dunk, Head of Strategy, and focuses on recommendations to address Australia’s:
- Declining STEM capability
- National resilience
- Supply chain resilience
- Need to rebuild manufacturing
- Need for growth in defence industry to meet challenges of deteriorating geo-political environments
- Skills shortages.
…while enabling opportunities including:
- Developing technologies for both military and civilian use
- The utilisation of space
- Nation building through initiatives such as East Coast Fast Rail
- Improvement of city livability
- The ability to predict, prevent and mitigate potential climate change disasters
- Nuclear power and related activities to support the proposed introduction of nuclear-powered submarines
Shoal’s full submission is available here.