Optimising Australia's skilled permanent migration system

Optimising Australia's skilled permanent migration system

Sep 6
CEDA Senior Economist, Gabriela D’Souza unpacks our latest report: A Good Match: optimising Australia’s permanent skilled migration.
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Gabriela D'Souza, Senior Economist, CEDA
Prof. Chris Leishman, Professor of Property and Housing Economics, University of South Australia

Event Overview

As the economy recovers from the 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 the opportunity to recalibrate the skilled migration system, to support the needs of growing industries, while also retaining community confidence.
Key challenges outlined through the government’s parliamentary committee include:
  • 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

Hear from Senior Economist, Gabriela D’Souza at this special Trustee Roundtable in Adelaide as she unpacks CEDA’s recent reports on migration.
Gabriela will be joined by Professor Chris Leishman, Property and Housing Economics, UniSA Business, to discuss the findings of the reports and how CEDA’s recommendations can be practically implemented to address both current and future needs.

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 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.

Prof. Chris Leishman
Professor of Property and Housing Economics, University of South Australia

Professor Chris Leishman is a housing economist, and one of Australia’s leading housing researchers. He is also a non-executive director of Housing Choices Australia – a not for profit community housing provider active in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Chris is best known for his work on modelling housing supply and housing need in Australia and the UK. He is an editor of the academic journal Urban Studies and a past Editor-in-Chief of the Housing Studies journal. He works extensively with government at national, state and local levels and is focused on research projects that make a difference to people either directly, or through influencing policy change. He is the author of many recent research reports that have studied the impact of COVID-19 on the housing system and the economy, and a major study about to be published on the links between population change, migration and economic productivity.

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