Temporary migration, population and the WA workforce

Temporary migration, population and the WA workforce

Jul 31
With an economy heavily influenced by the resource sector and restrictions on temporary migration for foreign workers, is Western Australia about to be impacted by another skills shortage?
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Gabriela D'Souza, Senior Economist, CEDA
Justin Gibbs, Practice Leader and Director of Government Relations (Asia Pacific), Fragomen
Chris Kent, State Regional Director, Hays
Paul Young, WA President, Engineers Australia

Event Overview

CEDA’s second research report for 2019 examines the effects of temporary migration on population growth, local labour market and the national economy. Join CEDA as we examine Australia’s temporary migration program - its purpose, labour market impacts, the effect on wages for domestic workers, current and future constraints around temporary migration and areas for possible improvements. 

Temporary migration enables a more flexible solution to workplace/workforce supply. It enables a skilled workforce and key sectors of our economy, contributing to the country’s 28 years of uninterrupted economic growth.

Event presentations

Gabriela D’Souza, CEDA MP3 | PDF

Justin Gibbs, Fragomen MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


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.

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.

Meet the panel

Chris Kent
State Regional Director, Hays

Chris Kent is State Director of Hays in Western Australia, with full day-to-day operational responsibility of all Hays business units. In addition, he holds the position of National Director of Hays Resources & Mining. Chris joined Hays in 2002 and has held a variety of roles, including key leadership positions in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. He is passionate about working with and supporting small business and recently led a strategic team focusing on the SME market in Australia and New Zealand for Hays. In 2015, Chris completed Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership Program. He gives back to his community via several Western Australian institutions, including as an inaugural board member of his local primary school and of a small not-for-profit organisation that promotes disability awareness in schools. Chris currently sits on the Board of both Awards WA and Leadership WA.

Paul Young
WA President, Engineers Australia

Paul is the WA President of Engineers Australia and has over 30 years industry experience in Project Management, Civil Engineering and Engineering Leadership predominantly in WA’s mining and Civil Engineering sector. His experience includes Land Development, mine site operations, Brownfields sustaining capital projects and large complex greenfields and brownfields projects. Paul holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Master Of Project Management and a Master of Business Administration in Finance. He has worked in all phases of projects including Concept Study, Prefeasibility, Definitive Feasibility Study, Execution, Detail Design, Commissioning and Handover to operations. Paul is well known in Perth’s engineering and mining community providing a weekly Linkedin blog on current trends, events and key issues in Perth’s mining and engineering community.

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