Effects of temporary migration: population and workforce

Effects of temporary migration: population and workforce

Jul 23
At this event we discuss Australia’s migration system and CEDA’s forthcoming research which examines the effects of temporary migration on population growth, our labour market and the national economy.
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Event Overview

Immigration has strongly shaped Australia’s demography and has always contributed to rich and diverse cultural identity. Today, 28.5 per cent of Australian residents were born overseas.

While there has been a spotlight on the country’s permanent migrant intake, there has been far less focus on Australia’s temporary migrant intake – even though Australia is currently home to two million temporary residents and recent migrants. It is widely cited, that Australia’s desirability as a destination for migrants has contributed to the country’s 28 years of uninterrupted economic growth.

CEDA’s 2019 research Effects of temporary migration will interrogate data to better understand the role that migrants, specifically temporary migrants, play in Australia’s economy. It will provide key insights on how the Australian Government could enhance its approach to temporary migration policy ensuring the stability of the program in the years to come.

This CEDA research release event will examine:
  • The migration system: how it functions and how it has evolved; 
  • Skilled migration and its relationship to the needs of the Australian economy;
  • Labour market impacts and sectoral analysis of where temporary migrants are most needed; and
  • Broader implications for Australia’s long-term population growth, housing affordability and the adequacy of infrastructure.
For a preview of the report, watch CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento give a brief rundown of Effects of temporary migration. Watch the video here

Event presentations

Melinda Cilento, CEDA MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the keynote 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 speakers

Peter Cully
First Assistant Secretary, Small Business & Economic Strategy Division, Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Peter is First Assistant Secretary, Small Business and Economic Strategy Division in the Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. Peter’s Division has responsibility for a range of areas including leading the Department’s work on migration policy issues (including providing advice to Government on the composition of the skilled migration lists), small business, deregulation and women’s workforce participation.

Justin Gibbs
Practice Leader and Director of Government Relations (Asia Pacific), Fragomen

Justin is the Practice Leader of Fragomen’s Perth office and Director of the Asia Pacific region's Government Relations practice. He is responsible for leading a team that assists clients across a range of sectors, including the oil and gas industry, in transactional and strategic immigration matters. With widespread immigration policy reforms underway in Australia and the broader region, Justin also works with government decision-makers to increase their understanding of the impact of policies on business and corporate interests.

Iain Watt
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International), University of Technology Sydney

Mr Iain Watt joined UTS in June 2018 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor International. Iain is responsible for envisioning and driving the implementation of UTS’s next stage of internationalisation. Iain has extensive international experience and a record of significant and successful leadership in international education. Mr Watt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the ANU (in mathematics and statistics) and also undertook his postgraduate studies in Chinese language, economy and culture at the ANU.

Cian Zoller
Human Resources Director, ANZ, DXC Technology

Cian Zoller is the DXC Human Resources director for Australia and New Zealand. Cian is an experienced human resources leader, business transformation specialist, change manager and consultant, and has spent 15 years working in the areas of talent enablement and performance management. Cian has extensive experience in designing and delivering solutions that integrate with workforce planning and organisational design frameworks. Cian believes that engagement is at the core of any successful business, and strives to harmonise the relationship between the business and the employee.

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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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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