Optimising Australia's Skilled Permanent Migration System

Optimising Australia's skilled permanent migration system

Oct 13
Join your fellow NSW Trustees, CEDA’s Gabriela D’Souza and Fragomen's Teresa Liu, Managing Partner and Cherie Wright, Special Counsel as we discuss how to optimise Australia’s skilled permanent migration system.
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Gabriela D'Souza, Senior Economist, CEDA

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 outlined key challenges:
  • 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 NSW CEDA Trustees and hear from Senior Economist, Gabriela D’Souza at this virtual roundtable as she unpacks the above challenges and CEDA’s recent reports on migration. Gabriela will be joined in conversation by Fragomen’s Teresa Liu, Managing Partner and Cherie Wright, Special Counsel. 

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.


Meet the speaker

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.

Meet the hosts

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.

Cherie Wright
Special Counsel, Fragomen

Cherie is an Australian immigration lawyer based in Fragomen's Sydney office. She is a Special Counsel and Accredited Immigration Law Specialist. She provides specialist advice to individual applicants in family migration, temporary entry to Australia, skilled migration and business skills visas, as well as Australian citizenship applications and related issues. She is also the manager of the Centre for International Employment and Migration (CENTIEM), where she regularly runs workforce migration training workshops for human resources professionals. Cherie has practiced in immigration law since 2000 and has extensive experience in both corporate and private client matters. In addition to her time with Fragomen in Australia, Cherie spent close to one year in the London office, developing Australian-based work for Australia and New Zealand. She is also a Notary Public in NSW.

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