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Budget 2014: Boosting the economy through Australia's migration programme



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The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

MEDIA STATEMENT

Tuesday 13 May 2014

BOOSTING THE EC ONOMY THROUGH AUSTRALIA'S MIGRATION PROGRAMME

Growth in bus iness visa programmes will be prior iti s ed and over $3 00 million wi l l be saved through changes to Aus t ra l ia ' s 2014-15 migration programme, Mi ni ste r f or Immigration and Border Protection, t he Hon Sco tt Mo rrison, said t oday.

"The Abbott Government i s ensuring ou r migration pro gramme matches t he natio n's economic and skills needs whil e also contributing to a coh esive and s trong community," Mini s ter Mo rris on s aid .

'This Budget all ocates al most 68 per cent of Austra lia's migration places to ski l led migr ation, and reprioritises employer-sponsore d visas.

" With t he re prioritisation t owards employer-sponsored visas, employers will be assisted in fi nd in g wor kers t o fill vital posi ti on s where they have been unable to find lo cal wor kers. This also prot ect s Aus tralian workers, who will have less direct co mpet ition f ro m i ndependent migrants who arrive without a guar ant eed j ob.

"The 20 14-15 migration program pr ovides a t otal of 190,000 pla ces i nclu ding 128,550 for skille d mig ra t io n, 60,885 places f or family migration and 565 places fo r migration under t he sp ecial eligibility s t ream.

" The fami ly stream wi l l s ee more places being al l ocated for par t ners and children which t ogether in crease by 335 places, in recognition of the strong s oci al and economic benefits of close family r eunion, while t he numb er of places in t he contributor y parent category has als o b ee n increased by 500 places.

" The additional 4,0 00 places in t he family stream which t he previous gov ern ment allocated t o ille gal mari t ime ar rivals have been removed, r es ulting in a saving of around $267 mi l lion.

"This change will pr ovide yet anot her disi ncentive f or pe op le conside rin g t he da ngerous bo at j ourney t o Australia.

" Changes to t he s kill ed and f am ily stream in ta kes will pro vide appr ox imately $3 5 million in savings," Minister Morr ison said.

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