Response to the Policy Consultation paper – Visa Simplification – transforming Australia’s Visa System

Response to the Policy Consultation paper – Visa Simplification – transforming Australia’s Visa System

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection have released a consultation paper and called for comments on how to build a modern visa system. The consultation is looking at all aspects of the visa system with a view to making it simpler, delineating between temporary and permanent migration, and ensuring Australia remains an attractive destination.

AAMRI would like to see appropriate migration pathways continue that all for the recruitment of highly skilled medical researchers from overseas. These researchers help to fill skill gaps that cannot be filled locally, and help to train the next generation of researchers.

AAMRI outlines a number of principles it would like to see within a future visa system

  • Ensure ongoing engagement with industry to identify where skill gaps lie, and which visa program (direct entry, employer sponsored, or a mixture of both) would best respond to them.
  • Continue to provide an employer sponsored visa route that matches skills and employment opportunities.
  • Continue to provide an employer sponsored visa route that allows for the recruitment of highly talented and skilled individuals.
  • Process applications so that acute skill gaps can be filled in a timely fashion using temporary or permanent (provisional) visas.
  • Medical research institutes should receive the same age restriction exemptions as universities and government agencies.
  • Temporary visa opportunities should be available for those that do not meet the age requirements for permanent visas but can bring skills and talents to fill a genuine skills shortage.
  • Provide greater flexibility to low-risk employers that continuously demonstrate high visa integrity standards.
  • Medical research institutes providing significant training opportunities should be exempt from Skilling Australians Fund requirements when they can show they are already providing substantial training opportunities for Australians.