The role of migration in Australia's economic recovery

The role of migration in Australia's economic recovery

Apr 20
Join Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, and commentators for a discussion on the outlook for migration and its role in our economic recovery.
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The Hon. Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migration Services and Multicultural Affairs
Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
Teresa Liu, Managing Partner, Fragomen

Event Overview

It is now over a year since Australia closed its international borders due to COVID-19. Australia will experience negative net migration this financial year, the first time since 1946. This will have immediate and long-term implications for Australia’s ageing population, cities and businesses experiencing skills shortages. In the wake of Australia’s long migration pause, the migration system will need to be recalibrated and strengthened so that it can be a driving force in Australia’s economic recovery.

The Hon. Alex Hawke MP became Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs at the end of 2020. One of his first acts as Minister has been to ask the Joint Standing Committee on Migration to inquire into and report on Australia's skilled migration program including adjustments necessary for pandemic recovery and to attract the best and brightest global talent.

CEDA invites you to join the Minister and business leaders to explore the role of Australia’s migration program in Australia’s economic recovery.

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 11.00am
WA: 9.30am

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The billion-dollar blackhole in our skilled migration program
Based on exclusive analysis of Department of Home Affairs data, CEDA's latest report found nearly one in four permanent skilled migrants are working in a job beneath their skill level. This mismatch cost $1.25 billion in foregone wages from 2013 to 2018. Download it here:


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Alex Hawke MP
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migration Services and Multicultural Affairs

Alex was elected to Federal Parliament on 24 November 2007 as the Member for Mitchell, an electorate centred in the Hills Shire in Northwest Sydney. Like so many Australians, Alex’s family came to Australia seeking the opportunity, freedom and safety our beautiful country affords everyone. Australia’s great migration story will continue to be an essential part of Australia’s ongoing prosperity, success and recovery. Prior to his current role, Alex has served as Assistant Defence Minister and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Special Minister of State, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer.

Meet the speaker

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She is a Non-Executive Director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors. Melinda was previously a Non-Executive Director with Woodside Petroleum, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

Meet the facilitator

Teresa Liu
Managing Partner, Fragomen

Teresa is Managing Partner of Fragomen’s Australia-New Zealand practice, which comprises offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland. Teresa has particular interest in immigration planning for companies establishing themselves in Australia and working with them on their growth plan in Australia, Asia and elsewhere. With significant changes in Australian immigration law in recent years, Teresa has supported clients in the provision of strategic advice, including through presentations and roundtables, to assist clients in navigating these changes and implementing necessary program, policy and process changes.

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