Optimising Australia's skilled permanent migration system

Optimising Australia's skilled permanent migration system

Oct 12
Join your fellow ACT Trustees, CEDA’s Gabriela D’Souza and ANU’s Professor Brian Schmidt and Dr Liz Allen as we discuss how to optimise Australia’s skilled permanent migration system.
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Gabriela D'Souza, Senior Economist, CEDA
Dr Liz Allen, Demographer and Lecturer at the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University

Event Overview

As the economy recovers from the ongoing shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s skilled migration system cannot stand still. Border reopening will see migration growth begin to turn positive again. Australia must seize this opportunity to recalibrate the skilled migration system, to support the needs of growing industries, while also retaining community confidence.
The government’s parliamentary committee recently outlined key challenges for Australia's skilled migration program:
  • The composition of the program and how to get this balance right once we reopen
  • How to ensure that we’re selecting for the right skills for the economy
  • How to make Australia a desirable place to migrate to (noting the international competition for talent)
  • How to return migration to close to normal levels in the near future
Join your fellow ACT CEDA Trustees and Australian National University Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC at this special roundtable as we hear from Senior Economist, Gabriela D'Souza and ANU's Dr Liz Allen, Demographer and Lecturer at the College of Arts and Social Sciences.

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.


Meet the speakers

Gabriela D'Souza
Senior Economist, CEDA

Gabriela D’Souza joined CEDA as Senior Economist in 2018 with eight years of experience in public policy. She has worked at some of Australia's most well-known and respected public policy think tanks and economics research centres. She has conducted research on a wide range of public policy issues including education, immigration, multidimensional disadvantage, and area-based measures of exclusion. Gabriela has a master’s degree in economics from Monash University and is an affiliate of Monash University’s Department of Business Statistics and Econometrics.

Dr Liz Allen
Demographer and Lecturer at the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University

Dr Liz Allen has considerable experience working in the public and academic sectors. She was named among the national Top 5 academics in the humanities and social sciences by the ABC in 2018.
The Future of Us, Liz's first book was published in 2020.
Liz’s doctoral research explored the individual, family and neighbourhood contributions to child excess weight and screen time among two Australian cohorts.

Meet the host

Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC
Vice Chancellor, Australian National University

Professor Brian P. Schmidt was appointed the 12th Vice-Chancellor of ANU in January 2016. Professor Schmidt is one of Australia's most eminent scientists. Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, alongside many other academic awards and distinctions, Professor Schmidt spent most of his academic career as an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Schmidt makes a significant contribution to public debate through the media, and via his membership of bodies including the Prime Minister's National Science and Technology Council.

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