As a result of the recent General Skilled Migration (GSM) changes we wrote about on the 8th of February, a review of the GSM Points Test is to be undertaken in the first half of 2010 and a discussion paper will be placed on the department’s website for public comment until 12 March 2010.
The discussion paper has now been published and an excerpt of the paper is provided below:
The review of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Points Test is part of a comprehensive reform of the skilled migration program. The Government has agreed on the following important principles which should underpin a new Points Test:
- it should contribute to the selection of applicants who offer the most human capital and will therefore make the optimal contribution to Australia’s demographic and economic future;
- it should not preclude very good applicants from offshore or in Australia, including former international students;
- it should be able to operate flexibly under both current arrangements and any new arrangements for skilled migrant selection;
- it should enable applicants with high value attributes across a number of areas such as English language ability, academic qualifications and work experience, to achieve the maximum number of points; and
- it should not give undue weight to any one factor, so as to avoid distortions in the program arising from applicants seeking to meet that factor.
This Discussion Paper has been developed on the basis of initial discussions with key Commonwealth, State and Territory Government, industry and union stakeholders. It is now being provided for broader public comment.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is required to report to Government on the outcomes of this Review in May 2010. It is expected that any decisions of Government concerning the future of the Points Test in the GSM program will be implemented as soon as possible.
Please submit your suggestions or comments to the Assistant Secretary, Labour Market Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 March 2010.
The purpose of this Discussion Paper is to:
- examine the effectiveness of the current Points Test in identifying potential migrants who will make the optimal contribution in terms of what the Treasury’s Intergenerational Report identifies as the three critical elements in addressing Australia’s future economic challenges: the number of people of working age (population), the proportion of people in work (participation), and the gross domestic product per hour worked (productivity), the “Three Ps”;
- examine the role of the Points Test in the context of the current skilled migration reform agenda; and
- generate discussion surrounding the selection factors relevant to meeting the agreed principles of a new Points Test.
To promote discussion, this paper avoids suggesting a single preferred solution or outcome to the Points Test Review. Instead, it seeks input on a number of key features of the Points Test.