Labor's One Size Fits to Skilled Migration is not Small Business Friendly: CCIQ

Wednesday 24 April, 2019 | By: Dan Petrie

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has urged the federal opposition to reassess its proposed planned increase to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Test (TSMIT) to $65,000 noting that a 20% lift in the benchmark will hurt small business owners who rely on the skilled migrants to fill temporary shortages.

The TSMIT is in its current form provides businesses with the ability to access skilled labour so as to fill skill shortages which arise during periods of seasonality and elevated business activity.

CCIQ Head of Industry, Dan Petrie said the announcement effectively adds an insurmountable hurdle for regional small businesses especially to overcome.

“Temporary skilled visas are essential to regional economies who account for the majority of export income yet face incredible challenges in the areas of attracting skilled employees across essential services.

“Australia’s migration program provides opportunity for both businesses and indeed temporary migrants to thrive in area where the domestic pool of employment in some cases doesn’t meet the immediate demand faced by local businesses.”

“We hope the opposition develops a more measured approach to this issue and consult widely with industry before opting for a punitive 20% increase to a threshold which will hurt regional businesses in the first instance,” Mr Petrie said.

CCIQ notes Australia runs one of the most efficient and successful migration program in the world and it is one that should be championed. .

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Dan Petrie
Media and Communications – Economy and Government
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
Ph No: 07 3192 0120 (Landline)
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    You can't have a country without borders. I wish we had courageous leaders like the Aussies have. Mexico likes to lecture the US about our immigration policies which is a total joke as Mexico's immigration policies are draconian by comparison to ours .

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